Take the Gym Home with You Using Fitness Buddy

Working out. Not all of us are good at it. Even those of us that are don’t know if we’re training right or wrong. If you’ve struggled trying to bulk or tone up, it probably has to do either with a fault in the exercises or a lack of organisation. That can all be changed with the help of this app.

Fitness Buddy is an app packed full of exercises that will help you sculpt your ideal body. It has many useful features for the new athlete or the dedicated bodybuilder; anyone will be able to enhance their workout through this app. Let’s take a closer look at what’s in store.

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Getting Started

As soon as you open the app, you’re presented with a calendar labelled Overview in the menu at the bottom of the display. This will contain workouts for each day that you have assigned. Just touch on a day, and you’ll be able to see what workout has been assigned to that day below.

Calendar Overview

Calendar Overview

The main feature of this app is the exercises that you can perform. Under the Exercises tab on the base of the screen, you will be presented with four ways to sort them (there are over 1,700 exercises in the app!). These are as follows: exercise by muscle, favourite exercises, exercise library or the default general area exercises.

Exercises Menu

Exercises Menu

When you tap Exercises by Muscle at the top, you are presented with a model of the human anatomy with different muscles annotated accordingly. When you tap the muscle, you are presented with a load of exercises that primarily target that muscle. For example, below I have tapped the pectorals and have been presented with a list of exercises.

Working the Pecs

Working the Pecs

When you find an exercise you like or were looking for, simply tap it and you will be presented with a detailed step-by-step guide to perform that exercise. You can scroll through each individual step and see the motion repeated by scrolling further. View the instructions on how to perform the exercise once tapped.

Performing Barbell Bench Press

Performing Barbell Bench Press

Another great feature is the ability to download a video of the exercise being performed by touching the button in the top-right hand corner. The reason why that’s so important is that form is key when exercising, especially if you’re just starting out. This is because if you don’t perform the exercise properly, this will not work the muscle correctly and may lead to sustained injury and muscle imbalance. Try and make sure you watch yourself performing the exercise in the mirror, or getting a partner to watch you to make sure you’re doing it right.

Video

Video

Starting a Workout

Once you’ve looked at the exercise you want and how to perform it, you can add that exercise to your workout for the day by clicking the addition symbol At the top of the display. You can also touch the same symbol back on the overview.

When you’ve done that, you can edit the reps and weight that you want to perform the exercise with. You can add multiple sets, and for bodyweight workout like the plank, you can add a timer also.

Example Exercise

Example Exercise

Now, the next feature of this app is probably the highlight for me. On the Workouts tab, you can choose from readily made workouts for a whole range of reasons. These are sorted into primarily general competence, i.e. beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert, but there are also many other ways they are sorted. These are sorte by the type of equipment they use (barbell, kettlebell, bodyweight etc.), male/female orientated and even conditioning for different sports.

Workouts

Workouts

Extra Stuff

The app has some other cool features such as a music player that lets you work out to music of your choice while still viewing the exercise you’re doing. It also has the ability to track your weight, body metrics and blood pressure as you develop over time. You can view your workout history and get email support too, all under the More tab.

More

More

Design

The app is very organised, and for a good reason too: 1,700 exercises would be awfully difficult to navigate through solely by scrolling. The detailed instructions and clear labels make this to be one of my favourite workout apps for iPhone, not to mention such a huge database of exercises.

Everything looks pretty polished and minimalist, making sure you won’t have a hard time using it. The blue is very Facebook-esque and compliments the presentation of the exercises. Navigation didn’t really pose any issues at all. The design is solid, with no major issues that I have come across over my many months of using it.

Functionality

This is where this app scores big. The organisation of the exercises is perfect for accessing workouts for different parts of your body, something I’ve found really helpful, as more often than not I’ve ran out of exercises to perform for a particular muscle group.

The sports conditioning section in preset workouts isn’t as complex as what a coach may assign you to do, however the workouts are very useful in general conditioning. A greater variety of sports would’ve also put this app higher up in my good books.

One thing that I’m filing to see for a lot of good fitness apps these days is the addition of yoga or stretches before/after exercises. Without stretching, especially if you play sports, the exercises may hinder you a little as you may find yourself not feeling the full benefits or becoming slightly more inflexible. I recommend using another stretches-based app alongside this one when working out.

Conclusion

This is so far my favourite fitness app for iPhone. The huge exercise database, the detailed instructions and the great organisation make this a staple app for anyone wanting to shape up for whatever reason.


Summary

A great compilation of tons of good exercises and organised, instructional navigation.

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