When I lived in Mississauga, I spent most of my time at the gym in group fitness classes. I hardly ever did my own workout because I didn’t really know what I should be doing. It worked well for me though. I lost weight and put on some muscle and had a blast! Which was a definite plus :).
Then I moved back to Waterloo and found out that the Goodlife closest to my house didn’t have any classes but spin :(. I faltered a bit at first, but I eventually decided I either needed to get out of my comfort zone and use weights, or give up my membership.
I considered personal training for a bit, but honestly its just too expensive and unrealistic at this time in my life :(. So, as I always do when I’m stumped, I turned to Google.
I did some research and found some apps for my phone that were supposed to work like ‘virtual trainers’. There were so many, but I chose JEFIT and so far I love it! It’s pretty user friendly so I can easily use it while I’m working out with out any time-consuming delays.
The JEFIT database supposedly has 15000+ exercise routines to choose from. I for sure haven’t gone through and counted so who knows lol but when I first started I definitely took advantage of a few of them.
These days I tend to come up with my own workouts before I hit the gym, like this sample back and biceps workout. I usually choose one or two body parts an then troll through the JEFIT exercise bank and select whatever looks doable :lol:.
Once I’m ready to start an exercise, I just tap it and it takes me to a page where I can keep track of the weights I use, number of reps and number of sets. It also brings up my last logs if I’ve done the exercise before. That way I don’t have to struggle to remember what weight I used the last time. Score!
The JEFIT app also an interval timer and there’s even a guy in the top left showing you how to do the exercise! Definitely useful for an almost-nube like me 😉
If you decide you just wanna wing it when you get to the gym, there’s an option for you too! The Exercises tab allows you to choose a body part – cue ridiculously muscled guy below – and gives you a bazillion (slight exaggeration) exercises to choose from.
In addition to keeping track of your exercises, the JEFIT app also allows you to store body logs in the Logs tab and then track your progress in the Stats tab. You even have the option of setting goals so you can compare where you’re at now and where you eventually hope to be!
I’ve had the app for a little over a month now and the only problem I have with it is the ads…but it’s free so I guess it’s an okay trade off 😛
What Health & Fitness Apps do you have on your phone?
I’ve also got MyfitnessPal, but keeping track of my meals in such detail is way to time consuming so I hardly ever use it. I’m also looking into getting a running app like Couchto5K or something similar. I got a wild hair last month that I want to be a runner, but I definitely need help with that one LOL!