VirtuaGym Review

August 1, 2011

VirtuaGym WorkoutsI didn’t plan to do a review post today but I figured I’d crank one out since I did give VirtuaGym a try today as I looked for a way to get a little exercise while in a hotel.

VirtuaGym is an Android application offering workout plans for both the home and gym. What makes it unique from other workout plan apps I have seen is that it is very visual, with animated characters showing you the workouts and a coach “Brad Fit” who calls out the number of reps and the occasional motivations to keep you going.

Brad can be a little corny. Here are some of my favorites:

“You’re reaching your goals.”
“You will turn heads.”
“Can you feel the burn?”
“You’re burning calories like an inferno.”
“Let’s get sweaty.”
“Oh my, you’ll look hot.”

May be corny, but I have to see the combination of the visual animation and the audio makes it very easy to follow along, even when you can’t be looking at the phone.

This morning I did the 15 minute morning workout which is classified as “beginner”, and while it was really simple, the fact I was sweating a bit after the 15 minutes. I also found that my knee that has been bothering me for a few weeks actually felt a little better today, perhaps because of the stretching it got put through with exercises like squats and lunges, not to mention a little yoga.

One thing I haven’t been able to figure out is how to do multiple sets of an exercise. There seems to be a visual cue on the app that shows you can do multiple sets, but I haven’t figured out how to make it work. Other than this, the app is simple and easy to use.

The app is free, it’s a little fun and corny and it might actually get you to do a little exercising. if you are on an Android based phone tablet, give VirtuaGym a try.

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