The holiday season is upon us, and that means family, friends, presents and most importantly — great food. Whether it’s your mom’s homemade stuffing or your aunt’s green bean casserole, a lot of the foods you’ll be devouring over Thanksgiving aren’t really great for you.
Nobody expects you to deprive yourself of the delicious seasonal fare, but remember moderation is important, and maybe even some perusing of the App Store can help, too. There are thousands of apps that help people maintain a healthy lifestyle and have fun doing it.
Luckily for you, Heavy’s Tech section is always looking for great, sometimes-obscure apps that can help you achieve your hopes and dreams. So, we’re taking a look at the up-and-coming app, The Fitness Games on iOS and Android. We’re pitting it against Workout Trainer, also on iOS and Android.
The Fitness Games
Founded by personal trainers Arya Farzin and Joseph Phillips, the Fitness Games is all about friends challenging each other to some friendly competition. The goal is for users to stay motivated and accountable because they’re challenging each other, a tactic Farzin has seen firsthand.
A few years ago, Farzin weighed 395 lbs. When he decided it was time for a change, he moved in with an uncle who helped keep him on track with his dieting and workout plan. After months of dedication and hard work, Farzin lost more than 200 lbs., and he eventually found his calling as a personal trainer. The life-changing experience led to the creation of The Fitness Games, and the result is pretty interesting.
The scripted workouts come with Vine-esque explainer videos and demonstration photos, and are segmented into categories, such as “Get That Fat Off Ya Shoulder” and “Body Weight Madness.”
After a user has completed a scripted workout — or a custom workout they created — they can challenge someone they know to beat their time, reps, etc., or they can broadcast their triumphant workout to the world and accept challenges from all-comers.
The use of online community support and competition is a great strategy by The Fitness Games, and this app is definitely worth a look for people who have a difficult time getting motivated to work out.
The aptly named ‘Workout Trainer’ focuses on user’s needs and lifestyle from the very beginning. New users are prompted to enter how many times per week they want to workout and the primary barrier they face to achieving their fitness goals.
As with many other fitness apps, Workout Trainer squeezes in as many plays-on-words as they possibly can, such as “Tri, Tri Again” and “Armored with Dumbbells.” Not-so-clever puns aside, the range of workouts are impressive, and they can be as short as only a few minutes or more than an hour.
Workout Trainer also offers programs that last as long as a couple weeks, but those will cost users $9.99 or more. There are also subscription models where users can have unlimited access to everything for one year in the app for $59.99.
Similar to The Fitness Games and many other fitness apps, Workout Trainer also has demonstration videos, but those are only available in the PRO version of the app.
Verdict: Download The Fitness Games
The Fitness Games encourages people to motivate and support each other, and isn’t that what online communities really should be about? The idea of people getting together for friendly competition in the spirit of living a healthier lifestyle is a great idea.
Workout Trainer definitely has quality workouts and a lot of options, but it’s clear that every move the developers made was to make some money. While that’s fine for them, app users tend to not really like a bunch of pay-walls in their apps.