Developer: Heckr
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★½☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Having been on a fitness kick in recent weeks, Gorilla Workout sounded like the ideal app for me. I’m fine while cycling or walking for instance but my general strength is distinctly lacking. I’m terrible at lunges and my arm strength means that if I manage one proper push up, I’m doing well. Throw in limited time and even more limited equipment and I’ve got a problem. Gorilla Workout aims to be a fitness app that requires no extra equipment and not even much time. It’s not going to make you fit on its own but it will provide a great starting block.

Using a series of quite cute but informative monkey to gorilla images, Gorilla Workout offers 4 different levels of activity depending on current fitness levels. This means that for example, Day 1 on Level 1 is a relatively basic mix of 4 rounds of 8 squats, 4 lunges and 10 modified push ups. For people like me, the modified push up is a blessing to start users off easily – offering a way of doing a push up supported by one’s knees rather than on toes. The next day offers a slight more challenge and so forth.

For more accomplished and fitter people, level 4 on the first day offers 4 rounds of 20 tuck jumps, 10 split jumps and 20 incline push ups offering more of a workout. Rounds are a little vaguely described but as the app description states, this is meant to be all done quickly. I found myself trying to complete each round as quickly (while staying safe) as possible.

It’s a nice way of doing things ensuring that no one feels intimidated or cheated. Selecting a level enables users to check all exercises available under such a category with a video demonstration of each provided to ensure that the move can be performed correctly. In some cases, admittedly, minor equipment is required such as a push up bar but for the most part; everything can be done without anything extra.

It’s also possible to consult previous workouts to see how progress is going although the lack of a calendar function does impede this slightly. There’s also no way of restarting a workout which can be a pain if disrupted mid way through. Some form of timer function would have been very convenient too as everyone loves to beat past times after all.

Gorilla Workout isn’t a cure all form of exercise. Alone, without a balanced diet and other forms of exercise, the results won’t be great but combined with other tools; it’s a great form of keeping active in a simple, easy to use package.

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