Fitness Apps Annoying The Heck Out Of Me

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Last month, I subscribed to Fitbod after testing it for three workouts and seriously loved the app. It’s available for Android and Apple. It seems like it is still in beta testing but its a wonderful app…or it used to be.

Fitbod is an app that gives you workout routines based on your gym equipment and what part of the body you want to work on. Good thing about the app is that it memorizes. For example, you pick your fitness level and what you want out of the workouts. Once you do an exercise, it remembers your previous weight and when it schedules it again, it keeps you at that weight. Perfect for people who can’t remember what they actually did. I have been using this for a month now and loved it.

The company’s last update, they scrolling on your previous workouts stopped working. So when I go back to see what I did on yesterday’s workout for my blog, I can only see like the first three exercises and can’t scroll through the list. Thinking it was my phone, I installed it on my wife’s phone and it is doing the same thing.

This made me want to try to find another app to use. I think I have installed and uninstalled 10-15 different apps. I tested them, went over features, and how easy it is to use. I finally came up with an app called Strong.

Strong doesn’t create routines for you like Fitbod. It has a list of exercises and you can create a workout based on what body part you want to exercise. During your creating, you have to tell the program that you want to do how many sets, how many reps, and how much weight. For something who is a novice, this can be the downfall. How does a person know where to start? With Fitbod, It gives you a starting spot, you can adjust if you can’t lift the weight. For example, it told me to use a 10lb weight for lateral raises. I have no arm strength, so I can drop it to 5lbs on the fly.

Last night, I had Fitbod plan my routine then I input the same data into Strong. First off, exercises are called different things on different platforms. Also, not all exercises are in both programs. I had to attempt to find a compatible exercise on Strong that Fitbod gave me. Also, I had to leave out a complete exercise because I could not locate anything similar.

This morning, I put both programs to the test. I started my work out on both programs and began to log each set/exercise as I finished them. I was able to adjust weights and reps on both programs fairly easily. About half way through the routine, somewhere in the moving around the program, I “backed out” of the workout. Instead of giving me a prompt that stated I was going to end my workout, it just started back at the beginning like I never even started it.

Both programs use a timer, so that you can see how long it takes for your workout. I could not go back into Strong and start over because my timer would not be correct but I attempted  go back and mark the exercises I did. Again, somewhere it did not register correctly and ending up finishing the routine with only 4 exercises completed. Sadly, when it asked me to save it; it overwrote the routine I planned to do last night.

Fitbod, let me finish like normal… but as I come back now to write my blog post, I can not go into my previous workout and see what I accomplished. I can only see the first few exercises. And Strong’s workout list is exercises short, so I have no clue of what I actually worked on.

Thinking that maybe Strong’s issues are just me, I attempted to create myself a new workout. Something I never saw before was a “PREVIOUS” column. It tells me that previously, I used 20lbs and 10 reps. It did not tell me how many sets I did. Most people usually do 3 sets. Sometimes that can change if you do less reps like 5 sets of 8 reps. That gives your body a little change.

Both Strong and Ftibod do isolate exercises by muscle but Strong allows you to pick your equipment, so in case you don’t have a barbell, you can use a kettle bell. Both apps show you how to do the exercise. Fitbod plays a video of a real person, while Strong using a graphic that sometimes moves. I guess, either is okay. I like the real person better as I can see form better in a real person video.

Fitbod, you can not edit a previous workout but Strong you can. I think I may give Strong a little more attention. It has a lot of features I like but I just have to plan it out a little better.

Ultimately, here is what I did this morning:

  • Decline Reverse Sit-up (body weight exercise) – 4 sets of 8 (listed as a decline crunch)
  • Declined Russian Twist – 5 sets of 4 holding a 10lb plate (this is listed as a standard Russian Twist not declining. Strong does not allow weights on this exercise)
  • Barbell Skullcrusher – 3 sets of 15 at 20lbs (1st set was 15, 2nd set was 10, 3rd I could only get 6)
  • Dumbbell Shoulder Raise – 3 sets of 12 at 5lbs
  • Dumbbell Kickbacks – 5 sets of 4 at 10lbs
  • Single Arm Dumbbell Tricep Extension – 3 sets of 15 at 5lbs (it wanted me to do 10lbs, I could not)
  • Machine Shoulder Press – 3 sets of 15 at 15lbs (I had to go 10lbs and even that was hard to lift. Once lifted, I did short bursts instead of full range of motion since I have no shoulder strength – I also could not finish all 15, I was around 10.
  • Seated Back Extension – 3 sets of 10 at 65lbs. (I thought it said 15 reps, so I did 3 sets of 15. I’m such an overachiever.)
  • Kettlebell Upright Row – 3 sets of 12 at 10lbs (I only found 1 kettlebell at the gym and I don’t know how much it weighed. It felt like about 10lbs)
  • Leg Raises (body weight exercise) – 4 sets of 5