If you are one of those folks who vows every year to use your health club membership, but find yourself hating to go to the gym, you might love a “fitness coaching” app.
I’ve been testing one called MotionTraxx for about a month, and it’s highly motivating to use.
It’s not just a fitness tracker that logs what you do after you do it. MotionTraxx solves the problem of being bored at the gym by giving you a big selection of coached workouts from well-known fitness personalities to do at the gym, delivered to your headphones from you phone.
One word of warning: This app offers kick-your-butt classes in the High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) category of workouts.
HIIT means you do bursts of activity that get your heart rate up very high. It’s great for fitness, but if you are fairly new to exercise, this app is perhaps not the best place for you to start.
MotionTraxx is for iOS and Android, and you can try 5 free sessions when you register. (Another word of warning: the app loves to spam you with email to also motivate you, but I unsubscribed and it stopped. ) It costs $5/month or $35 a year. For that price, you get a constantly refreshed stream of workouts, which can also be downloaded and accessed offline.
Here’s a look …
There are workouts for the treadmill, stationary/spinning bike, elliptical, and a generic 'other' category that includes stuff like the stair stepper and other equipment like wall balls.
The classes can be done in 20 minutes, 40 minutes, or an hour. You can also string workouts together to go as long as you want.
The workouts are coached by known fitness personalities, such as spinning workouts from gold medal track cyclist Christine D'Ercole.
I'm a fairly fit cyclist and did a 60-minute class from 'Cycle Master' Gregg Cook and it was KILLER, just like being in a hard, live spin class.
The workouts include music synced to the activity, eliminating that problem of hitting a slow song on your playlist right during a sprint. The coaches talk over the music, instructing and motivating you to push yourself, just like a personal coach or a class instructor.
If you get bored of machines, there are other types of workouts, such as a slam ball workout (a weighted ball you throw against the wall or floor). Overall, MotionTraxx is good for people who let their fitness die in the winter because they hate the gym, for gym lovers looking for fresh workouts, for people with home equipment that need motivation, and for people who hate to work out alone.
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