Apnea Trainer: Breathe In, Breathe Out!

Price: $0.99

Apnea Trainer: iPhone App Written Review

Apnea Trainer for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Do you ever wish you could hold your breath for just a little bit longer? Ever wanted an iPhone app that would help you get the job done? Whether you did or not, Apnea Trainer by developer Jan Luther will certainly get you there and back again. The title makes it deceptively easy to train your body and your mind to hold your breath longer. It will even help you relax before a big dive or swim, that way you’re in your best performance zone. Sound like something you need for your next trip to the ocean? Then cruise on down below the break to see what we have to say about it!

Concept and Functionality

When it comes to Apnea Trainer the “cool” factor of the app is not so much in what it immediately presents, but what’s running underneath the hood that enables it to work. You see, the app uses a form of training used by apnea divers (long distance breath holding monsters of human ingenuity) to maintain a single breath for longer. The same yoga-inspired techniques are applied with Apnea Trainer, though you won’t have to think about it at all. Why? We’ll explain.

When freshly started, the app presents the user with a single panel of lungs, a bar and some text instructions. Hit the button and away the app goes, immediately instructing you on how to breath, when to hold your breath, and when to relax. Believe it or not, if you follow these instructions to the T you will very quickly find yourself straining to keep up. Like any other form of exercise, you’ll need to work to improve, and you’ll feel that right away. You can also turn off the breath holding feature to simply relax before a dive. All in all, it really does work, and it’s really quite delightful in its simplicity.

Design and Graphics

Apnea Trainer for iPhone

Apnea Trainer for iPhone

In fact, our only real complaint with the app is that it’s too simple. It has a single interface, which is nice, but getting a little bit more information about the app can be rather difficult at first. There’s a fair amount of text included, but if you’re the sort who just likes to push buttons (like us) you’ll not get a lot of lead-in beforehand. We also might have liked a bit more description about some of the settings, ie. explaining the difference between relaxing and working out. Either way, it’s still delightfully solid and easy to use.

Overall Value

What other app do you know of that helps you train for apnea diving? We can’t think of any! As such, this one dollar gem in the App Store is a brilliant addition to any snorkeler or diver’s iPhone. If you’ve been waiting for just such a utility, or think it sounds like a good investment, then jump on the band wagon now. Apnea Trainer is a recommended title.

Apnea Trainer for iPhoneApnea Trainer 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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