Soccer Fitness Gols Review

Soccer Fitness Gols Review

Sep 19, 2014

Sometimes, we get apps to review that are so natural to use. As a licensed soccer coach who has played and coached The Beautiful Game most of my life, I have an intimate understanding of how seriously fitness impacts the sport. It’s an important, and there are quite a number of wearables aimed at this segment.

In any case, checking out apps like Soccer Fitness Gols not only feels natural, it feels like its my duty. So there.

The app itself is simple in design, with bright green, turf-like graphics making up the main background. The developer uses different shades of green in places to contrast the mostly white main screen text. The UI, as noted, is simple, and uses mostly uses taps and some gestures as the main modes of navigation.gol1

The main menu provides a few options: Programs, Assessment, Leaderboard and Profile. The Program submenu is futher broken into Strength, Endurance, Power, Speed and Flexibility. Each of these categories has three levels of difficulty aimed at people of different stages of fitness (beer league? Hilarious), and selecting one opens up the fitness activities to be done. Now, the exercises were my favorite part, incorporating a lot of warm-up moves familiar to soccer players, and several logical sequences, with video accompanying the descriptions and instructions. The program lists goals (sorry, gols) and allows the user to tweak the actual number achieved, which actually worked to encourage me to “beat” the gol. When done, the results can be saved (to be compared to past and future results), assessed and/or shared to social networks.

It turns out that “gols” isn’t just a funky way of spelling the obvious word; it is also a measure of activity. Gols are assigned for doing the workouts, and used to populate the Leaderboards. The Assessment is self-explanatory, and the Profile allows for users to personalize usage stats.

I especially like the video aspect, and the leaderboard adds a competitive aspect. I do think there could be more media content, and probably a little bit of nutritional pointers. Still, it’s an app I have no problem allowing my players to use.

Or myself, for that matter.

UltimEyes: a Mobile App That Claims to Improve Vision?

UltimEyes: a Mobile App That Claims to Improve Vision?

Apr 21, 2014

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Claim that a mobile app can restore eyesight to a better state is a bold one to make, but it’s exactly what UltimEyes suggests. It provides a number of exercises that allegedly help people who have to wear glasses and who have trouble reading in the dim light. The app can be purchased here: UltimEyes on Google Play.

Fitocracy Review

Fitocracy Review

Jan 21, 2013

It’s a New Year. Resolutions abound. Fitocracy might just be the tool to help folks keep the ones related to healthier living.

It’s an app that uniquely melds excessive with a competitive process that “rewards” completion of tasks. In doing this, it looks to avoid being just another fitness application, and to potentially become a full-fledged life coach.

The app itself comes with a mature, clean look, with trademark purple hues making a starring appearance.

The app is made up of three main pieces, accessible via the left side pane: Feed, Track and Your Profile. The Feed maintained my interactions with other “Fitocrats” all around. I could talk, encourage and request feedback from Fitocrats.

The Track section was where the party was at. Here, my exercises and activities were tracked for points. Fitocracy has a nice system of points and leveling up that encouraged exercise and the completion of “Quests” that generated bonus points. With the Quest Explorer feature, I could pick from a host of challenges to improve my status. Color-coded to indicate difficulty, these ran the gamut; there was stuff for beginners all the way through Olympians. I could also add exercise activities. For example, adding push-ups to my list gave me the opportunity to list reps and such, and completion yielded points, as well as a chance to share said activity to social networks.

The in-app Profile had my information, and summaries of how many points I needed to level up, along with portals for updating my status and taking pictures.

I thought the developers did a good job of making the app usable and easy to understand. I found it easy to use one-handed, and the point system was a pretty fun incentive. The social aspect of the app was a great idea. Also, the app had an online companion, which was another advantage.

KickStarter Spotlight: WalkJogRun for Android

KickStarter Spotlight: WalkJogRun for Android

Apr 11, 2012

New Years Eve; the day when most Americans were making promises to change something about their lives, chances are that getting fit was high on most of those lists. But, of course, getting in shape is never as easy as it sounds at 1 am in that crowded bar, and running in place on a treadmill rarely seems like an enjoyable way to spend the afternoon. Exercising outside is a great idea but still can get repetitive, and venturing off the beaten path can be risky. Another problem is that it is very hard to stay on a regiment. Sure anyone can stick to a plan for a few days, but it is incredibly difficult to stay dedicated to a training plan without some outside help. Enter WalkJogRun, who have launched a Kickstarter to help develop an Android app for their service. For those who are unfamiliar, WalkJogRun is a great online tool that is most simply defined as a pin board for joggers and runners to post their favorite running routes for others to view and try out.

Not a jogger? Don’t worry, WalkJogRun also is accessible for those who just want to take a nice relaxing walk around town. The routes on WalkJogRun vary from simple 1 mile jaunts to 13.1 and 26.2 mile marathons and are categorized as walks, jogs, runs, or even rides for bikers. Included in the mobile app is WalkJogRun’s extensive database of personal training plans, which are customizable and range from simple workout routines to full marathon training programs. But for me, I find that WalkJogRun shines the brightest for those runners who constantly travel. Waking up in a town that is unfamiliar makes it daunting to go and get a morning jog in, but for those with the WalkJogRun app there is no guessing or uncertainty. WalkJogRun allows users to pull up specific routes recommend by the people who know those cities the best.

Seeing as this is a small company trying to make the leap from iOS to Android, the use of KickStarter is a necessity, and like all the KickStarter projects we feature here I strongly recommend that anyone interested shouldn’t hesitate to lend a hand. Who knows, maybe a few New Years from now, getting in shape will seem more appealing.

Max Capacity Training Review

Max Capacity Training Review

Apr 5, 2012

Getting in shape takes time. Many people these days do not have 2 hours a day to spend at the local health club to keep in shape. Most people have a spare 16 minutes 3 times a week though.

Max Capacity Training gives the person on a time budget a great alternative to start a workout routine without a gym membership. None of the exercises require weights. Some examples are squats, push-ups, lunges and dips. These and the other parts of the routines only use body weight.

Each day is broken down into 4 exercises. Depending on the week, the duration of each exercise will vary. There are 3 different workout types; 1 style per week and repeated every 3 weeks.

  • Fifty-Ten Protocol – Perform each exercise for 50 seconds non-stop. There is a 5 second break between exercises. When all 4 exercises in 1 round are completed, there is a 10 second rest before the next round of the same exercises start.
  • Tabata Protocol – The same exercises from the previous week are performed in 20 second bursts with a 10 second rest between each round. There are 8-20 second rounds of a single exercise before moving on to the next exercise.
  • Time Attack Protocol – This is a week of beating previous accomplishments. The goals are a combination of Day 1 score plus Day 4 score multiplied by 3. The goals can be auto calculated when scores are shared on Facebook through the Max Capacity Training app or on their webpage. The idea for for the 3rd week is to complete the goals as quickly as possible instead of a pre-determined time. After the 3rd week of a routine is finished, there are a new routine for the next 3 weeks.
  • Busy parents and anyone who travels frequently can appreciate Max Capacity Training. Because there are no weights required and the time to perform the routine is minimal, there aren’t many excuses for not getting in better shape. The hard part is forming the exercise habit. On the Max Capacity Training website, people post comments (via Facebook) with their scores. This is a great motivator and can add a bit of accountability while you are getting in the habit of working out.