iFitness for iPhone review

Using iFitness for the iPhone and iPod touch can be a great help to newbie gym-goers. The app includes simple graphics and instructions for more than 150 exercises. For those with a passing familiarity with weight machines and free weight techniques, iFitness’s breadth of exercises, descriptions of what muscles are being worked, and logging capabilities may be appealing.

When considered simply as a reference, iFitness is impressive. Each of its exercises can be accessed via three list views: by muscle group; by muscle; and alphabetical by exercise name.

When you tap on the exercise, you’re presented with a graphic including two images of a person performing the exercise. These images are often sufficient to provide a basic understanding of how to complete the exercise. But if you want more information, tap a quote mark icon at the top of the screen for a text description.

After you’ve finished the exercise, you can tap on a pencil icon at the top of the screen and enter in the weight lifted (when appropriate), the number of reps, and notes. These are then added to your log, which you can view by date or by exercise. It’s possible to view a graph of your progress and email your log data to yourself.

iFitness includes nine routines (with more to come, according to the developer). These include routines for the beginner, abdominal defining, weight loss, muscle building, strength building, and more.

It is possible to add your own custom exercises, you can import images, include details about the target region, the target muscle, and the difficulty, and provide a name for the exercise and a text description. When you add your own exercises, they’re seamlessly integrated into iFitness’s list of all exercises in alphabetical order and by muscle group.

OUR VERDICT

The app does have a few shortcomings. Some of the exercises simply don’t lend themselves to a two-photo graphic depiction, and could benefit from a four- or five-photo sequence or a short video. In addition, many people begin fitness programs with weight loss as a primary goal, yet the app doesn’t yet provide weight tracking capabilities.

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