You want to get in shape but you don’t have time to go to the gym. I get it—I don’t have time to go to the gym either. That’s why I was excited by the premise of Obstacles XRT, a new fitness app.
This innovative app, made by Chicago-based Barracuda Partners, turns anywhere with a floor into an obstacle course, no equipment necessary. There are three levels of intensity: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.
If you want to up the ante, Obstacles XRT also allows you to compete with friends on the same courses.
“The idea is that we would like users to wear a heart-rate monitor or check their pulse to get a general idea of what their heart rate is, and no matter what difficulty, the challenge is to see who has the lower heart rate,” Brian Atz, Barracuda’s chief marketing officer, told Business Insider.
Atz says he uses Obstacles XRT whenever he has the time and the notion. He’s always on the road and was sick of doing jumping jacks and sit-ups in his hotel room.
The beginner courses are only 20 minutes including a cool-down and warm-up.
We tested the app ourselves and were thoroughly impressed.
Obstacles XRT is available for the iPhone in Apple’s App Store. It’s on sale for $1.99 for the rest of January 2013. Barracuda’s considering an Android version.
Obstacles XRT is available only for the iPhone. The first thing you'll want to do is head to the App Store.
Before you can get inside, you have to accept the app's licence agreement. This isn't just the usual legalese—it warns you to take care of yourself while exercising by staying hydrated, for example.
Now that we're inside, you can select between three course difficulties. Before we select a course, head toward the bottom and fill out your profile.
The Courses tab shows all of your workout options. We started by selecting the Kiliburn Proving Grounds.
This workout only lasts 20 minutes, perfect for getting your heart rate up when you have a free moment.
Follow the on-screen directions. It begins with a warm-up, then the action begins. There is a small calorie counter in the bottom right and you can pause in the bottom left corner. In case you need to exit during a workout, tap the X in the top left corner.
Videos are extremely detailed and show you exactly what you need to do. Enjoy getting in shape on the go.
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