Some folks just need the voice of a military man yelling instructions in their ears in order to get a good workout. If that sounds like the kick in the butt you want to get in shape, check out British Military Fitness.
Designed by Big Ideas Corporation Limited, this is a good old-fashioned break-a-manly-sweat type of workout, complete with running, lunges, sit-ups and push-ups. When you enter the app, create a profile with the icon on the bottom left, including your height and weight so you can keep track of your progress.
On the main “My Workout” menu, tap Instructors to choose between two personal trainers. Both have highly energetic and encouraging voices. Click Set Up & Go to get started. The layout is interesting and easy to figure out quickly. You can choose whether or not to monitor your heart rate and have access to the videos during the workout, and you can also select the duration of you workout – anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes. Choose a Low, Medium or High Intensity Level, and choose whether you want to focus on cardio, strength or a combination of both.
The level at which you’re allowed to customize your workout is seriously impressive. Each workout automatically includes a warm-up and cool-down. I would recommend setting up a workout, then playing through it once without moving. When the trainer gives a new instruction, you can choose to view the video, which pauses the instructions. Very useful, but if you’re actually trying to exercise the constant starting and stopping is irritating. Watch the videos once, then when you’re ready to begin you’ll be able to get through the workout without stopping.
As the workout plays, you can tap pause at any point. However, you can’t rewind, which is another reason I think it’s best to watch the videos before pulling on your sweats and tennis shoes. When a new move comes up, the app beeps to let you know you can watch the video, so turn the video option off before starting your workout to avoid that distraction. I do wish it was possible to rewind in the workout – you’re only options once you start are to pause or go back, so take care not to accidentally brush that Back button while your doing the moves.
Military Fitness also tests you on your sit-ups, push-ups and running, allowing you to easily record your results and view your progress. The impressive level of customization and enthusiasm of the instruction of this app makes it well worth the price.
British Military Fitness is compatible with iPhone, iPad touch or iPad and requires iPhone OS 3.1.3 or later. A small fee was paid by the developer to expedite the publication of this review.