Motivating yourself to keep fit can be tricky. But VirtuaGym Fitness, available for the Nokia Asha and recently announced Nokia X family makes it easy to keep track of your progress, set yourself training goals and stick to your plan.
After you’ve entered a few basic details about yourself – such as age, height and body weight, it’s time to set up a weekly goal.
Input the number of days you intend to exercise and, once you’ve been using the app for a few days, it’ll keep a history, showing you how many weekly goals in a row you’ve met, along with scoring your achievements.
You can choose from virtually any physical activity, either browsing through a huge list of sports and recreations, gym activities and different workouts, or searching by name.
Multiple activities for each day can be set up; VirtuaGym works out (approximately) how many calories you’ve burned completing each exercise.
If you don’t have an exercise plan in mind, but have specific areas of your body you’d like to work on, tap a specific part of the body diagram and pick routines that will help to develop those muscles, or aid in weight loss.
The perfect workout
The app comes in particularly useful when it comes to specific exercise plans, suggesting repetition numbers and rest periods. Pick and choose from multiple disciplines, pushing different areas of your body to the limit, and you’ll have the ideal workout.
Finding and scheduling exercises is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to VirtuaGym, however, and the potential to monitor your progress and get encouragement as you go offers a lot more motivation to hit the gym machines.
You can keep track of your weight on a graph, and also enter fat percentage, waist size, muscle mass and visceral fat. The fitness feedback is one of the bits we like the most about VirtuaGym, with a positive-looking graph doing wonders for self esteem. Even the odd blip where training is missed doesn’t look that bad if you meet the majority of your goals.
Overall, VirtuaGym is one of the most complete Asha apps we’ve seen this year. A must-have if you’re intending to get fit during 2014.
Do you use a training app while you’re getting fit? We’d love to hear what you use and how it helps.