Total Score: 26
It is important to balance cardio and strength workouts and Nike’s Training Club helps support your goals. It is not always possible to have a personal trainer, but with this app, you have training tips at your fingertips. The app allows you to be in charge of the time you spend, the level of expertise and which goal you want to reach. While the app is targeted to women and all the videos are of women doing the exercises, there were comments from men who used the app saying it was valuable.
Price Rating = 5 Free
Ease of Use Rating = 5 It is very easy to move through the training options.
Readability Rating = 5 Most of the fonts are sized for easy readability.
Will You Use It Rating = 4 If you are looking to improve your cardio or strength, this app offers many options.
Downsides Rating = 0 I am not taking points off for it, but it is a large app at 616 MB. Since the app focuses on women, Nike should consider either adding a male/female choice option or designing another app.
Consumer Review Rating = 3 There have been over 21,000 reviews and they are mostly positive. The last edition of this app was rated 4.5 stars. Most of the negative comments related to sign-on issues.
Why Do You Need This App Rating = 4 It helps to have some direction as to where to start with fitness training – this app gives you the information you need to move forward. Of course, you should talk with your doctor before starting an exercise program.
How does it work?
- Logging in to Nike is one of your first steps. If you use any of the other Nike apps, you might already have one. If not, you can create a log in within the app. Logging in allows you to keep track of and share workouts with friends. You can also unlock rewards.
- The next step is to set your goal. The workouts are designed to help you reach them. You can choose to Get Lean, Get Toned, Get Strong or Get Focused. The workouts for each choice range from 30 to 45 minutes.
- Once you have made your choice the training is further broken down by beginner, intermediate and advanced. This is based on how many workouts you average per month.
- You can choose from more than five workouts within each level. Make your choice and get started. The workouts are broken down into timed intervals. You might start with a two-minute light jog and then move on to the next exercise. Breaking the exercises down in this way allows you to learn the exercises and then move quickly through them when you feel comfortable.
- For each exercise you can click the camera icon (top right) to see the trainer perform the exercise. For some exercises you can also page through screens to breakdown the movement step by step. Once you feel comfortable with the workouts, you can click the “Do Workout” button and get started.
- You can also play music with your exercises. The trainer will give you verbal prompts as you go along – both for time and for form.
- The My Workouts tab is pretty much what you would expect. Any workout you have started or completed will show here. It provides an option to move quickly to a workout you enjoyed.
- The Progress tab at the bottom of the screens sums up your workouts. You will see your total training time and rewards as they are earned.
- The rewards are primarily focused on achieving total minute goals. They start at 60 and go from there. You can also download bonus workouts made available by Nike. One is available at the start and others are earned as you complete workouts.
This app is a good option for beginning or experienced athletes. Wherever you are, you have an organized workout with video and audio instruction. I think this is a good building block for fitness.
Devices: This app is compatible with iPhone, iTouch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. App developed by Nike, Inc.