If you ask me to do anything other than run, you’ll usually get this: a not so happy camper.
But today, ladies and gentleman, I present to you my two cents on what may be the best exercise tool since the treadmill. Whoa…bold claim? Indeed, but one I’m happy to back. Here’s my two cent review on the new Nike Training Club iPhone app.
Full disclosure: while I am a Nike ambassador, they did NOT ask me to review the app. Instead, it was something that I happened to stumble upon and fall madly in love with. So here goes…
Unfortunately, I don’t have $200+ a month lying around to pay for a personal trainer. As much as I’d like one, I think that the free Nike Training Club app (yes, FREE) is the next best thing. Their site describes the app as follows:
“Nike Training Club is a full-body training app designed for you to make yourself whatever you want to be…Inspired by world-class athletes and developed by a Nike professional trainer, each one of the 90+ drills builds on the fundamentals of strength, cardio, interval and core training.”
Not only is the user interface clear and beautiful to look at, without reading any instructions it was easy to figure out how the app works:
Step 1: Drag Yourself Out of Bed
Awesome. We’re off to a great start.
Step 2: Choose a Goal
This ranges from “Get Lean,” “Get Toned,” “Get Strong,” or “Get Focused.” All of the different workouts have a handy description do you know just what you are getting into. “Get Lean” focuses on high interval cardio drills while “Get Focused” is comprised of a variety of 15 minute workouts to target specific areas.
Step 3: Choose a Level
Within each workout you can choose beginner, intermediate or advanced. This wimpy, no-upperbody-strength-gal will stick with beginner for upper body, thank you very much.
Step 5: Get Your Sweat On
I think we know what happens next…
Ok, so this all sounds fine and dandy, but it’s the extra bells and whistles that really make me never want to workout without the app again. Throughout your workout, the app has an interface that features a clock counting down to the end of the workout in its entirety, a clock counting down until the end of that drill, a photo of the exact drill that you are on, and options to read instructions or what a video tutorial on how to do the exercise. You’ll also want to make sure that you are wearing your headphones while using this app as you can choose your own playlist to accompany the workout (no more cheesy workout DVD music) and there is a women who talks you through the routine, updates you on your time and gives helpful tips throughout the workout. You know what this all equates to? PRACTICALLY A FREE PERSONAL TRAINER!
Once you’ve had your butt kicked, you can track your progress, earn badges and sync them to the Nike Women’s site for additional rewards. I consider it digital bling-blang!
Two Cent Takeaway: In earlier posts, I’ve confessed my love of workout DVDs and my desire for a personal trainer. However, this handy app is everything that a runaholic who knows she should be cross training could ever dream of. No more cheesy DVD instructors, no more awful music, and finally the helpful motivation to ensure that I get my strength training sweat on. The workouts are envigorating, challenging and definitely easy to mix into marathon training (which I will be doing). Cherry on top? It’s absolutely free…need I say more?
Two Cent Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (and that’s the first 5 I’ve ever given)!
Day 49: Woops, overslept
Day 50: Three mile repeats at 10k pace plus NTC ab ripper!