There is an app out there for ANYTHING and EVERYTHING. Whatever it is you are looking to track, find, learn more about; you can get an app on your mobile device and take it with you where ever you go. This has since become a lot more popular among the fitness industry as well. This industry is growing and changing so often, it only makes sense to mix fitness and technology to appeal to as many people as possible. A lot of Americans are lazy and are looking for the simplest and quickest way to get the job done. This is what caused the ‘boom’ of app technology for devices and why it continues to grow every day. You can get apps to track food, track exercise, get workouts, circuit timers, the list goes on and on. But how beneficial are these apps when it comes to the fitness industry? Can you actually get a good workout following along on your phone for 7 minutes?! If so, this is definitely beneficial for those people who only have a limited amount of time to exercise each day. If it doesn’t work, it is a big waste of time and money for these people just looking to get a quick home workout in or are just trying to learn how to get started. Today I will be explaining the pros and cons of fitness apps and you can then decide if it’s worth your time or not!
Pros of Workout Apps
- Do it yourself
Fitness apps are great for people who want to get a workout in on their own time, in their own space. If you are someone who doesn’t have much time in your day for exercise, opening your app and getting in a 10-minute sweat sesh is ideal for you! And if you can do it from the comfort of your own home…even better! You don’t need someone telling you what to do, or correcting your form. You can just re-watch the video, or YouTube the move and then figure it out on your own. No need to have to deal with others at all.
Most fitness apps are either cheap or very affordable. This also makes them very appealing because we all know personal trainers aren’t cheap to hire! If you can get a free workout on your phone from someone else taking the time to create it, they must know what they’re talking about! And if they’re free, you can get a bunch of them and mix it up whenever you get bored! On average, a personal trainer can cost anywhere from $30-$100 per session, so if you don’t have the funds for a trainer yet still want workouts to be created for you, then an app is going to be perfect for you…until it runs out of content and you start over 100 times.
- Different levels
There are also apps out there for people who are beginners, intermediate or advanced fitness levels. This is very beneficial for those just starting out. The few who are too afraid to go to the gym and look like a fool not knowing what they are doing. There are a lot of people of there like this, so getting an app that correlates to your fitness level can be very helpful in this sense.
Cons of Workout Apps
Obviously, fitness apps are created by people to target those who need a quick workout, without having to get a personal trainer. Well, you’ll get just that; a workout on a phone screen that thousands of others are also doing. You don’t get the motivation, knowledge, friendship, programming or research that comes with having a personal trainer. A fitness app won’t push you to your limits or full potential, that’s up to you. Most people don’t have what it takes to push themselves far enough to make changes in their body, and that’s just what a personal trainer can do for you, in fact, that is our pain purpose.
People lose motivation, drive, and discipline very easily in the fitness industry. This is because we don’t always see the results ourselves, or they don’t come as fast as we would like. Studies have shown that people working out alone are more likely to just give up after a few days/weeks, whereas people with a trainer or a workout buddy tend to stick with it longer because someone is counting on them. Your discipline has to be bigger than your excuses. After doing the same workout over and over again, it becomes ineffective. This is because the body uses muscle memory move, and when you do the same moves over and over again without progression, you begin to plateau. Workout apps don’t use programming or progression, they only have so much content on them that is used over and over again without every changing intensity or duration.
Workout apps can also be very dangerous. This is because you cannot see or know if you are doing the movement correctly. If you practice doing a movement incorrectly, it could cause injury because you are putting stress on the wrong muscles at the wrong angle. This causes bad body mechanics overall. And if you do the same movements over and over again, you will start to overuse certain motions, which can cause injury. Also, fitness apps do not take injuries or ailments into account. They don’t care if you have a bad knee or a weak lower back. And if you continue to do certain exercises, you can irritate these injuries and make them worse.
There you have it, pros and cons of fitness apps! As you read, they can be beneficial for some people, in certain circumstances. But again, they can be totally wrong for someone else. So be wise, and if you are worried about hurting or injuring yourself, be smart and ASK FOR HELP! Everyone in the fitness industry is willing to give out information. After all, helping people IS why we went into this! So please, be smart when it comes to these apps. Do your research, watch accredited videos to get the right form, and work your butt off to get those results you want.
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