Price: FREE (in-app purchases available to unlock full content)
Version Reviewed: 1.7.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Well laid out, making it ideal for use in the gym, Gym Hero is a handy workout tracker tool, although one that's more appropriate for those who know exactly what they're doing in the gym.
Gym Hero dispenses with tutorials or advice, instead focusing on providing an interface that's great for tracking workouts and seeing how things are improving, all at a glance. Hit the Start Workout button and get going with inputting information. Not every type of exercise is automatically included, but there are plenty of the key exercises here to start users off. It's simple to add new ones too, as well as add them to an appropriate muscle group to help the statistics side of the app.
Entering repetition numbers and weights is similarly easy, and it takes only moments to get a full picture of what was achieved during a workout session. This builds up the more Gym Hero is used, with some great graphs and pie charts explaining things such as the main muscle groups used, how long an average session lasts and how the number of reps are improving. There's no coverage for cardio based exercise such as running, cycling, swimming or rowing, but for the strength focused gym fan, Gym Hero has it covered.
Many of these features do come at a price, though. Interestingly, Gym Hero is free for the basics, with a selection of in-app purchases available to customize the app how the user wants it. It's possible to spend $7.99 to unlock everything but if the user merely needs the Statistics package, rather than a timer or memorization button, they can always pay $2.99 just for that. It's a clever way of doing things, although as a cardio fan, I'd love to see the introduction of such a pack.
Well thought out, Gym Hero should provide something for everyone and its 'Try Before You Buy' style mentality makes it all the more endearing for those trying to find the tracker that works for them.