by Nicole Allen
For those who are too intimidated by P90X or Insanity, but are getting tired of doing the same three machines at the gym, Nike has the app for you.
Nike Training Club is a free app that lets the consumer control the workout. First, you get to choose the “end goal” of what you want your body to look like. The options are “get lean,” “get toned,” “get strong,” and “get focused.” Once a goal is selected, Nike gives users the option to choose from three levels: beginner, intermediate, or advanced.
For those who are thinking that this will be too time consuming, Nike has already put doubts to rest. The exercise sessions range from 15 to 45 minutes, so even the busiest college student can get a quick workout. Also, demonstrations of the different exercises are available to ensure proper form and technique as to prevent injury.
Nike Training Club keeps track of total training minutes. After accumulating a certain amount of these training minutes, users achieve reward badges. These badges unlock rewards such as healthy food recipes, discounts off Nike apparel, and Nike trainer workouts. Nike Trainer workouts are just like the regular workouts, but they focus on one area of the body. My favorite is the “Jeanette Jenkins Ab Blast” workout. The exercise is only fifteen minutes long, but she truly does “smash your abs.”
The app received good reviews online with 3.5 out of 5 on Apple’s app store. Though the app is a great workout, there are a few glitches. You do have to login and it does have a required password. Some people have had trouble with logging in recently on the latest version (2.8.1). Also, even though the app is available for both the Android and the iPhone, it takes a lot longer to download on the Android. In all, I would give this app a rating of four out of five stars. The Nike training club app is a great work out, so long as you can access it.
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