Figuring out what to do at the gym can be daunting, especially when you are only at ease sticking within your elliptical and crunches comfort zone. That is why I am here to share three great apps to boost your comfort and creativity in the gym, or anywhere for that matter because #noexcuses. The best thing about these apps is that they naturally increase your workout intensity week by week, so you are able to keep improving without the confusion of how to keep progressing.
Bodyrock Bootcamp (Youtube)
Forever my go-to HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout, Bodyrock Bootcamp combines plyometrics, cardio, and dynamic strength training exercises to target your full body strength. You will not leave one of these workouts without being drenched with sweat, energized, and satisfied with yourself. Lisa Marie, the trainer, is incredibly motivating, the best kind of drill seargeant you could picture. The workout combines 30-40 seconds of a strength exercise alternating with 30-40 seconds of a dynamic cardio exercise. Lisa’s motto is harder, faster, heavier, and she continually reminds you throughout the workout. She changes up the environment of her workouts to prove that they can be done anywhere, at the beach, at the gym, or at home. The best part is that the workout is only 20 minutes long average, and if you need more you can repeat the workout or do the “burnout” with Lisa. These videos are free to do and available on Youtube. Search: Bodyrock Bootcamp 21 day challenge.
Kayla Itsines BBG:
#Thekaylamovement pretty much seems like it is always trending on Instagram. Kayla Itsines is an Australian fitness trainer that created BBG (her Bikini Body Guides). It is basically a downloadable PDF of her guides, including nutrition plans and her workout guides. The workout guides change bi-weekly, and consist of circuit workouts done at a high intensity. The exercises progressively get more difficult, and are done in 7 minute circuits repeated twice. The circuits are to be alternated with high intensity and low intensity cardio sessions dispersed throughout the week, and followed up by rehabilitation and recovery days. The plan is well laid out and easy to follow, and you are able to download the app for recipes, the workout timer, and overall simplicity! Instagram has incredibly motivating transformations that are regularly posted by Kayla herself, fostering a strong and inspiring community. The only downside to the program is that it’s pricey, but once you have it you will always have it.
Nike+ Training Club
Nike Training Club is an incredibly popular workout app because of its well designed interface, its personalization and flexibility. It is ideal for all levels of athletes and allows you to cater your workout to your individual needs, whether you workout 7 days a week or 1 hour per week. The program provides individualized workouts paired with a video demonstrating the moves for clarity and simplicity. The videos are incredibly varied and even feature celebrity trainers and athletes for added motivation.