Fit­ness trainer on tap

Financial Mail - - PATTERN RECOGNITION - Kate Fer­reira

Get a jump-start on those work­out res­o­lu­tions be­fore the new year hits with Aap­tiv fit­ness app. It’s au­dio based, and avail­able for IOS and An­droid users.

The app is well es­tab­lished in the US, where it launched in 2016, and was last month made avail­able to 20 more coun­tries, in­clud­ing the UK, Aus­tralia, Sin­ga­pore and SA.

The of­fer­ing is sim­ple but smart: au­dio-guided work­outs you can do at home, while trav­el­ling, or in the gym. Some of the work­outs re­quire ac­cess to equip­ment such as a tread­mill, el­lip­ti­cal trainer or er­gome­ter (row­ing ma­chine), but many don’t, and there are over 2,500 work­outs to choose from.

They cover a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­ity cat­e­gories, such as run­ning, sta­tion­ary/in­door cy­cling, yoga and strength train­ing, and Aap­tiv prom­ises to add fresh con­tent weekly.

On open­ing the app you will be asked to state a goal for your­self and pro­vide some ba­sic in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing rank­ing your level (from begin­ner to ad­vanced).

The app then sug­gests ses­sions or cour­ses for you (a course is a se­ries of ses­sions pre­sented by one trainer, of­ten work­ing to­wards a spe­cific goal, such as run­ning 5km). The trainer will guide you through each ses­sion, even telling you when to pick up the pace or change po­si­tion. There is a layer of back­ground mu­sic too, to give you that ex­tra oomph or ex­er­cise-class feel­ing.

These are real train­ers with their own dis­tinct pre­sen­ta­tion and mo­ti­va­tion styles; it is not an au­to­mated voice­prompt fea­ture. This means that it feels per­sonal and di­rected, even though you know you’re lis­ten­ing to a pre-recorded ses­sion.

The only down­side is that when you’re fol­low­ing along with some­thing mat-based, like yoga or floor stretch­ing, you’ve got no vis­ual means of ref­er­ence against which to com­pare your form.

The app has an at­trac­tive, clear in­ter­face that is un­clut­tered and easy to nav­i­gate. Dur­ing a guided work­out, you’ll also see a clear count­down timer and progress bar.

The app it­self is free to down­load, but af­ter a seven-day trial you’ll have to sub­scribe. The cost starts at R199 a month.

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