TechLife Australia - - BAR­GAIN HUNTER -

Fit­ness apps are front and cen­tre on the iOS and An­droid app stores, but find­ing a qual­ity app that doesn’t re­quire you to pur­chase a sep­a­rate hard­ware ac­ces­sory or pay for a monthly pre­mium sub­scrip­tion to un­lock key fea­tures is a tougher find.

Nike Train­ing Club is one such gem that negates the need for a per­sonal trainer — or even a gym mem­ber­ship. This slickly-de­signed app con­sists of more than 160 video work­outs that cater for all lev­els of fit­ness and are themed around dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the body or spe­cific train­ing goals.

Be­ing able to see each ex­er­cise per­formed by the trainer, along with the trainer’s au­dio com­men­tary, makes the Nike Train­ing Club a de­cent — and much cheaper — al­ter­na­tive to a per­sonal trainer. While some work­outs re­quire spe­cific equip­ment such as a foam roller, dumb­bells and ket­tle­bells, many of them don’t, which is yet an­other mon­eysav­ing ad­van­tage of­fered by this app, as you can do many of the ex­er­cises at home or in the park. In any case, get­ting your hands on the req­ui­site bits of equip­ment is still a lot cheaper than pay­ing for a monthly gym mem­ber­ship.

There are plenty of ways to nav­i­gate through the app. You can flick through the per­son­alised rec­om­men­da­tions, browse by mus­cle group, work­out type, no-equip­ment work­outs and short work­outs, or start with a multi-week work­out plan that fo­cuses on par­tic­u­lar train­ing goals.

Other fun fea­tures of the Nike Train­ing Club in­clude celebrity train­ers (ev­ery­one from ath­letes like Cris­tiano Ron­aldo and Ser­ena Wil­liams through to co­me­dian Kevin Hart and singer El­lie Gould­ing), per­son­alised work­out rec­om­men­da­tions based on your pre­vi­ous ac­tiv­ity, and seam­less in­te­gra­tion with ex­ter­nal apps like Ap­ple Health and Nike Run­ning Club.

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