I am SO, SO, SO intrigued by all of the fitness apps on the market now, especially since so many are geared for home workouts. I have a love/hate relationship with home workouts. In a lot of ways, it’s easier to get up and get it done. I mean, you don’t have to go anywhere or pack anything and you don’t have to look presentable at all (I mean, let’s be honest – gym presentable is a pretty low standard, but home workouts fall even lower than that.)
BUT it is also so much easier to quit. So much easier to get distracted, to give up early, to get so annoyed with all the pet fur on your carpet that you decide it’s better for your mental health to vacuum than to workout.
So I decided I’m going to start reviewing them. It’s going to be a slow-going process since I probably need at LEAST a month testing out an app to give you a decent review. Which means at the absolute most, I’ll do one of these a month. But I’m super stoked.
FIRST up is Aaptiv! Partly because it’s the first of those apps that I saw really heavily advertised and partly because I love that it includes RUNNING. Now that I’ve scoured the internet for other apps to review, I’m finding that running workouts are even less common on these apps than I would have guessed.
Aaptiv is an audio-based app with fitness “classes” that you can listen to. They have workouts for running, spin classes, treadmills and ellipticals, yoga, strength training, boxing, and more.
HOW IT WORKS:
You select what kind of workout you want to do, turn on headphones, and go! Their search and filter settings are great, so you can filter based on intensity of your workout, type of music, duration. You can search by a favorite instructor.
One of my favorite things about the app is that you can download the classes onto your phone, so you can listen to them without draining all your data or worrying about service interrupting you.
HOW I USED IT:
Free trial:30 days (YAY!)
Subscription options:$100/year (billed annually); $60 for 6 months; $30 for 3 months
几注:this off their website, but when I had the free trial, I swear up and down that the ONLY option I could see on the app was $100 for a year. I have done some digging since then and they DID have different subscription options at that time, so I don’t know if this is just me being a moron or if there really is some not-so-user-friendly options on the app.
你得到任何上述那些订阅选项的30天免费试用。我不明白为什么有6个月和3所以也许这是一个错误没有价格差异？和他们在其网站上的帮助部分不同的订阅选项(the prices above are from the “sign up” part of the website) which only gives two option: $15 per month or $100 for a year. Soooo they’ve really got some issues with clarity going on that I certainly don’t appreciate.
Helpful tip on the trial:如果你通过他们的网站注册，你必须联系客服取消，它需要长达48小时之内取消（其中 - 来吧 - 不健全的可信）如果你通过你的手机上的应用申请，就可以取消您的手机上立即（方法取决于什么样的手机就搞定了。）
在该应用程序的实际内容！I have very different opinions for the treadmill workouts than I do for the outdoor runs and other workouts，所以我分裂他们分成部分。
I LOVED the treadmill workouts.Every single one that I tried. The cues are super simple since you just adjust the speed and incline the way your instructor tells you to. And if you feel like you can handle something a little more intense, just increase either the speed or the incline a tiny. If you need a little break or to take it down a notch, same.
It’s really easy to pick a treadmill workout that is the right level of difficulty for you because the descriptions tell you the highest speed and incline you’ll reach, along with a great description of the workout.
我非常喜欢的跑步机上锻炼爬so it was no mystery that I wound up totally loving those, even more than the running workouts. A lot of them had you jogging (slowly) for short intervals on the incline and I liked that push because I never make myself do that.
我真的没有一个底片ative thing to say about the treadmill workouts.现在，有更多的订阅选项，我可以完全看到自己获得了3个月的冬季订阅只是独自在跑步机上锻炼。
Okay, now the criticism starts. The outdoor runs were significantly harder to get into than I expected.
My biggest problem with them was figuring out how to pace myself. The trainers typically used the terms “walk, run, sprint” and sometimes “jog” to describe the pace you’re supposed to take. But “run” sure includes a hell of a lot, yes? At least for me it does… and maybe this has something to do with the type of runner I am. I used to be a sprinter, wayyyy back in my track days (100 and 200 meter dashes), so to me, “sprint” means give it your absolute all for a verrrryyy short time. And while I can absolutely run long distances, I would always describe my pace as a “jog.”
培训人员都非常出色，而且很多时候，他们会告诉你在锻炼你的间隔会是什么样的整个训练开始。但是，使用术语“步行，慢跑，跑，冲刺”仍然意味着很多的时间，I had absolutely no ability to set an appropriate pace for myself.在大多数情况下，这看起来像我去过分方式锻炼太早，然后感觉糟糕，因为我无法跟上的锻炼的其余部分。之后发生了几次，我矫枉过正，并有一对夫妇可怜的锻炼，我没有推开自己不够。
So maybe if you’re a seasoned runner who does tempo runs and is familiar with how long of an interval you can maintain a certain speed, it would be easy for you to listen to cues and set an appropriate pace. But I am not that kind of runner. And I’m guessing most people trying this app aren’t.
Also, I was trying to mix it up and try a lot of different trainers and types of workouts so I could write a helpful review for you guys. I’ll bet this pacing frustration wouldn’t have existed if I’d stuck to a favorite trainer or repeated a workout a few times until I figured out the pacing issues.
- You have no control over the music（我发现的描述有时误导。）我是一个大的歌曲，船长和歌曲中继器上运行，所以我可以有恰到好处的感觉，所以对我来说这有可能会令人沮丧，如果我真的没有感觉的音乐。（虽然，因为我喜欢在跑步机上锻炼了这么多，有这么在室外锻炼受挫，我发现这只是困扰我在室外跑步...）
- I had one super annoying technical glitch. I guess once in 20 workouts isn’t bad. But I was 5 minutes from finishing one of my favorite smoothest outdoor runs, and the workout suddenly skipped back to the very beginning of the workout. And then it did the same thing four more times… I was not a happy camper.
- 力量训练课are suuuper unclear. I gave up really quickly in trying strength training. It’s just not something that’s practical for me to do with only audio cues – and I am pretty familiar with strength training exercises/terminology/etc.
- 瑜伽班are even MORE unclear. Infuriatingly so. Okay, I may be generalizing because I only tried one class, but I got so mad at it less than 10 minutes in that I gave up and didn’t try another. I tried it after my attempt at strength training because I figured yoga would be way easier to do with audio since I KNOW yoga poses and all I have to do is follow the pose. But instead of cuing with the names of poses, I got some bizarre and terrible attempt at describing how to move your body without actually using the names of poses. Terrible.
I did not like it enough after 30 days to commit to spending $100 for a year-long subscription. But I did like it enough that I might try a shorter subscription so I can work through some of the issues I had with it. If you’re looking for an app for strength training, yoga, boxing, or circuit training classes, there are so many options that are VIDEO based (or at least include photos!) that are much easier to use. If you’re looking for something for running or spin that you really don’t need video for, it’s absolutely worth a try. If you’re a treadmill fan and just need an extra push, I HIGHLY recommend Aaptiv.