GAIN Fitness iPhone App Video Review
Do you need to toughen up Rocky style for the next big match? Are you running a marathon in three weeks and desperately need a full-body tune-up? Even if you just need to stay in shape for swimsuit season, GAIN Fitness by the iOS developer of the same name has enough gut-busting tone-ups to match every gym rat’s needs—six-pack abs not included (out of the box).
Concept and Functionality
The developer touts GAIN Fitness as the modern equivalent to a personal trainer, and they’re mostly right. The app provides custom made workouts to match your physical needs, available equipment, and even available time. The app presents each portion of the workout in a stacked list. Clicking on any portion of the regimen provides a video example of the motions required—you’ll have to mimic the onscreen patterns to get any results, of course. Not only that, but using the app’s matching website, you can create your own fitness programs and then track your progress along them as far out as you’d like to go. It’s a great mobile incentive to keep working out, and it might even help you lose some pounds.
As long as the app doesn’t crash, that is. During my time with the app, I found GAIN Fitness to have a nasty quitting habit, which usually kicked in between reps. Just as I was transitioning from one exercise to another, the app would crash back to the springboard. This bug was frequent, and very irritating. Other users have complained of similar happenings during syncing, and though I didn’t experience this myself, it’s a sure bet that future updates will address these issues.
Design and Practicality
GAIN Fitness’ layout is very easy to use, and I don’t have any doubts that even the most luddite of gym goers could wrangle a decent tone-up out of it. Creating your own workouts really is as simple as advertised, and the results were usually very accurate to my needs. However, it’s safe to assume that users will be leaving their iPhone stationary as they workout. If so, an optimized workout screen for landscape mode would be greatly appreciated. Maximizing the seen real estate of the iPhone’s screen would make it easier to mimc the onscreen actions, and would help to not break the flow of good exercise.
Standing at a cool two bucks in the App Store, GAIN Fitness really is quite the bargain. The service it offers can’t be had cheaper anywhere else (especially when compared to an actual personal trainer) and the incentives it offers to workout may be just the thing you need to get in shape. The app isn’t perfect, but it certainly deserves a recommendation for its innovation.
GAIN Fitness requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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