Disclosure: I received a complimentary trial to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Remember that time I signed up for CrossFit? Or the 5 am Bootcamp? Well, I’m going through another one of my “I must get hot right now” fitness spurts. So when I got the opportunity to try out a fitness app I was all about it.
I like apps. What I don’t like is talking to people, especially sweaty people. Also, I have serious commitment issues so signing up for a yoga class every Monday and Wednesday at 10 will give me all kinds of anxiety. So I have apps that log my calories, that count my steps, and chart my weight.
The Apptiv app doesn’t do any of that. It’s more like experiencing an instructor-led workout whenever you want. You can choose a class by workout type, difficulty, or my favorite – duration. If you travel a lot or are a busy mom (hi) and don’t know when you will have time to fit in a workout this app is great. I also really loved that the workouts are all set to a playlist just like a class you would take at a gym. You can filter a class by music genre too (even hits from the 90’s and Reggae!).
The other night I decided at 11 pm that I wanted to do a quick ab workout. I found a Beginner Core workout that was 9 minutes and 30 seconds. I like that I can have a personal trainer in my living room at night encouraging me to hold that plank for a few more seconds. Granted, he was in my earbuds and not physically in my living room but he still got me to break a sweat in less than ten. I could also download a workout to my phone so I don’t have to burn through my data plan if I choose to take the workout outside. There are plenty of outdoor running classes or training for marathon classes where this would come in handy. There are so many classes to choose from you can never get bored. There is even a Maternity program for working out during every trimester of your pregnancy. Already popped out baby? There are stroller workouts. Aaptiv where were you three years ago?! I’m glad all the expecting mama’s now, get to take advantage though.
There were a few things that I wasn’t a fan of. These classes are pure audio. So if you are unfamiliar with Downward Facing Dog then there is no video to show you how to do it. The audio-only aspect took me a little while to get used to, especially since I’m very visual and it helps to see someone demonstrating the move.
Also, there is a subscription. Aaptiv has monthly and yearly subscriptions or even a lifetime membership for those of you who are not commitment-phobes. You can find more information here.
Or, how about a free two-week trial? Visit here and enter the code AAPTIV2WEEKS. Then download the app and sign in. Make sure you come back and let me know what you think!
Raj @ www.ThePrimalDesire.com says
Would you say that the service is worth the fee? There are multiple free options out there that DO have visual assistance. Maybe not with the cool search choices, but still…
For my lifestyle right now, it’s worth it. I was paying $50/month for a gym membership and going maybe once a week at best. I’m not missing so many workouts anymore because I can do them whenever I want and if I do skip exercise then I don’t feel so guilty about $9.99/month. I found that I could do without the visual assistance.