Train with IMuscle 2 for the iPad

Total Score:  29

I am a huge Nova fan and frankly anything with that name on it sounds good to me.  So, I was predisposed to like the iMuscle 2 (Nova Series) app.  I expected dazzling graphics – and got them.  I expected great information and I got it.  IMuscle 2 for iPad or iPhone is a must-have addition to any strength training program. You can target specific muscles, find out how to improve those muscles and track your progress.

Price Rating = 5     $1.99.  Free, of course, would be better, but you do have to pay for quality apps.

Ease of Use Rating = 5     The help video, either in the app or on the support website provides you with easy to follow instructions.

 Readability Rating = 5     Reasonable size font when in portrait, better size when in landscape.

 Will You Use It Rating = 5     If you are committed to a training program, or just want to know how to improve your strength, then you find this helpful.

  Downsides Rating = 0     I haven’t found any yet.  I would like to change it to a female form, but that is probably trivial.

  Consumer Review Rating = 4     There have been 500+ ratings.  Positive comments relate to the ability to target muscle groups.  Some people find the progress screens time consuming.

 Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5     Muscle strength is important to your overall health.  Having strong muscles increases your metabolism, improves your balance and sleep and a host of other benefits.   Yes, we need to build muscle strength and this app can help.

How does it work? 

  1. When the screen opens, it opens to a figure of the muscle structure of the human body.  On the left is a quick navigation section.  Even with this, you have many options.  You can switch to front (anterior) or back (posterior).  Switch between Lateral and Medial (right and left).  You can move the white box over the small figure to any part of the body to focus on that area.
  2. Clicking on the pins in the muscles tells you what that muscle is and offers primary and secondary exercises and stretches.
  3. You can also search by muscle group (index on the right side of the screen) to locate appropriate exercises and stretches.
  4. You can make small swipes on the iPad and turn the muscle around.
  5. You can set up a profile for each member of your family.  You tap on the icon at the top right corner.   Once you have a profile set up, you can create workouts for each muscle group.  Within those settings you can determine the number of reps and how heavy a weight you will use.  Note:  A number of the exercises do require gym equipment, but not all of them.  Exercises are offered for dumbbells.
  6. If you click on an exercise it shows you what primary and secondary muscles will be worked, how to prepare for the exercise, how to execute it and offers comments or hints on how to do it.  You can also see the figure do the exercise to allow you to see the proper form.  There are over 450 3D animations.
  7. Tapping on the progress button will take you to your exercise programs and show your improvements for each exercise.

I have provided you with the basics of how this app works.  It is full-featured and I have just touched on enough to get your started.  Check out the video on the website to watch it in action.  Get the app, explore it, and let me know if it helped you.  Learning to train properly is important and is my current focus, so I will also revisit this review and provide some additional details.

Update:  When I originally reviewed this app it was just called iMuscle.  I have not fully reviewed this new version.

Devices:  This app is designed for the iPad.  It requires iOS 6.0 or later.  The App was developed by

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