Easy Touch Fitness Makes Tracking Easy and Feedback Fun

Total Score:   28.5

I have been reluctant to add an app that was inspirational or coach inspired because I feel like I am motivated to keep going.  However, once I discovered Easy Touch Fitness I changed my attitude about these positive feedback apps.  It is not just about feedback, it is about setting goals, seeing how you are doing against your goals and keeping track of calories and time spent.  It has an added dose of just being fun.

  Price Rating = 4     $1.99  It’s not a bad price for an app that provides you with positive feedback when you achieve your goals.   I haven’t actually seen another app that provides you with the opportunity to set multiple short and long-term goals.  For that reason, I am very positive about this one.   If you are unsure, you could try to the lite version of this app.

Ease of Use Rating = 4.5     It’s easy to use and move around in the app. One small thing wasn’t intuitive, and I’ve explained it below.

  Readability Rating = 5     Nice fonts that range from medium to large.

 Will You Use It Rating = 5     It’s a good way to keep track of goals.  I believe you will find it useful.

Downsides Rating = 0     I did not see any downsides.   I would make a suggestion to allow it to sync between devices.  I would also suggest that they add more activities that burn calories that aren’t traditional exercise – like housecleaning, gardening, etc.

 Consumer Review Rating = 4     I wrote this review several months ago and there still haven’t been a lot of reviews.  The rating here is mine, combined with the comments.  There have only been a few reviews and all positive.    

 Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5    There is a high value and good results that can be obtained from setting goals – particularly short-term ones.

How does it work?

  1. When you open the app for the first time, you should probably set some goals.  Examples of goals are how many times you want to work out each week, number of minutes you want to spend a week or a target weight.   For instance, if you wanted to work out five times a week you would set the number as five and then set an end date.   The app will track your progress towards goal.
  2. Each day (or when you exercise) you rate how you feel, note how many minutes and adjust your weight as needed.  The criterion is easy to set by sliding the dial.  I purposely tried to fat-finger the dial and it still worked well.
  3. As an additional function of reporting your exercise you can add a few notes about the experience.
  4. You can look at the calendar view and see a symbol on each day that you exercised.  Through the settings you can set the symbol to your preference.   Just to make me smile, I choose a peace symbol.
  5. As you achieve goals you get trophies in your Locker.   It also shows you a summary of the number of workouts you have completed, the minutes you have exercised, how many goals you have met and how many trophies you have.  I have to admit I like filling up the locker.
  6. Clicking on the trophy at the bottom takes you to a bar chart that shows how many minutes you have exercised.  (This is the part I mentioned above as not intuitive.  It took me a while to figure this out.) You can click on the SET button and change to a line or pie chart that monitors minutes, workouts or weight over a day, a week or a month.
  7. You can also share your workouts on Facebook and Twitter.  You don’t have to connect to both Facebook and Twitter, you can deactivate one or the other.
  8. It is not optimized for the iPad, but using the 2X view does give you really big fonts.
  9. The features are clearly shown in this video.

Once of my measures of a successful app is one that encourages me to visit it daily. This app scored well on that meter.  It only takes minutes to update my day and I get a little positive feedback in the process.

Devices:  This app is compatible with iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S as well as iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation) and iPad.  It requires iOS 5.0 or later.  It was developed by Easy Touch LLC.

 

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