About Those Free Fitness Apps
Apparently, most free fitness apps don’t meet the guideline and fitness principles established by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM, the organization that developments and modifies exercise programs based on evidence.).
This study whittled down the number of health and fitness apps to just 30 iPhone apps. The goal was to determine if any of them met fitness guidelines and principles (to include cardio, endurance, strength, and flexibility) established by the ACSM.
It turns out, most free fitness apps don’t include an actual training plan, nor do they explain how and when to choose certain workouts.
There’s good news, though. There are two standout free fitness apps: the Sworkit Lite Personal Training and the 7-Minute Workout.
Both apps include training programs, exercise how-tos, and a variety of exercises to keep things interesting.
The Two Best Free Fitness Apps
Sworkit Lite Personal Training: The most comprehensive app that scored 9 points out of a possible 14, and covered all 3 ACSM components of a well-designed training program.
Also available on iPad, Android, Web
Strength: There’s a good variety of exercises for different 30-minute workout sessions.
Weakness: Some exercises may be difficult for beginners, like plyometrics, which can have higher rates of injury.
7 Minute Workout, by UOVO: This app scored 5.38 points out of a possible 14 points (that still doesn’t seem that high to me? But it does have some strengths.)
Strength: Great for beginners, organized exercises with clear instructions, video demonstrations were helpful for skill development and safe exercise execution.
Weakness: Doesn’t have some important elements of a fitness program, such as guiding you through workout frequency, duration, intensity, and training progression.
Do you have any favorite free fitness apps? Leave a comment below.
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