If I were to say that I am no longer in the springtime of my youth, I would be considerably understating the matter. These days if ever I claim to be “pretty fit” I always feel obliged to add “for my age”. My New Year’s Resolution this year, was to do something to improve my existing fitness level. And the first weapon in my fitness armoury is the iOS app, You Are Your Own Gym.
The app itself has over 200 ‘bodyweight’ exercises that can be performed at home, or wherever else you happen to be, without using any special equipment. Most exercises can be done standing or lying on the floor or using everyday items such as tables, chairs, doors and towels. You can create your own exercise programs or (as I am doing) you can follow a pre-defined 10 week course. The app comes with four 10-week workouts for beginners through to experts. Each of the beginner-level workouts take around 20 to 36 minutes or so to complete including some rest periods between exercises but no including warm-ups and cool-downs which may add on another 10 or 20 minutes. Higher-level workouts can take a bit longer. The exercises are all shown in video clips and there are text-based instructions to provide more details.
|Each week of a guided workout provides sets of timed exercises (seen here at the left)
Overall I am mightily impressed by this application. I’ve been using it for over six weeks and so far I haven’t missed a single of the four sessions per week which I’ve scheduled for myself. The exercises are well explained and demonstrated, the workouts are well designed and the production quality is first rate. There are just two minor criticisms: 1) a friendly introduction video would have been useful to give an overview of exactly how to use the app and 2) more warm-up and cool-down routines would have been good to have. The app has just two warm-ups and cool-downs which are presented as fixed sets of exercises which (unlike the exercises in the rest of the app) allow for no variation. But those niggles aside, this is a fantastic app – well worth the mere $2.99 I paid for it.
|Exercises are done using household furniture as equipment so they can be done almost anywhere.