A year ago, if you said I’d be writing a post about fitness on my blog, I would have laughed in your face. Running? Forget it. Weights? Where do I even start? If I’d gone into a gym, I would have had absolutely no idea where to start. However, after trial and error with several fitness and training apps, I finally stumbled across the Nike Training Club app.
Most fitness apps I’ve tried follow a similar format: pick a workout and it’ll give you a list of exercises to do with ridiculous names and minimal instructions. Most likely you’ll get annoyed when you can’t actually do most of the things because someone is on the machine you need, and you’ll eventually give up, leave the gym and not go back for 3 months. Sound familiar? You need this post!
Nike Training Club does it differetly though. Enter a few details like what equipment you have/want to use and your goals, and it will create a training plan for you over several weeks, with varied different workouts based on the information you’ve given. You can modify the plan whenever you need to, and increase/decrease the difficulty as and when.
As someone who struggles to know what to work on when in the gym, and more importantly how to do it correctly, the video cues the app shows you as you work through the exercises are super helpful. You get a few seconds at the start of each exercise to familiarise yourself with what’s coming next, and then you’re either timed for a certain period, or you tick the exercise off the list once you’ve completed the right number of reps. If you have headphones handy too (wireless is 1000% the way forward!) the virtual instructor gives tips on each stage and motivates you to the end of the workout.
I should probably say at this point that I’m in no way sponsored or affiliated with Nike (I wish!), I’m just realy enjoying my workouts using their apps and wanted to share what they can do for you! The plans are flexible enough to fit around my ever-changing schedule, and this means I’ve been able to stick to it. I’m seeing more results with this than I ever have with any other plan or app.
This brings me neatly onto my next point of exactly why I’m working out. Having always been a petite, fairly slim person, when I say I’m going to the gym I often get the response of ‘what are you going to the gym for, you don’t need to lose weight’. But since I started an office job, I haven’t exactly been in the best shape of my life. For the first year of my professional career, I basically ate what I’d been eating before (ie. crap) and did a lot less exercise compared to retail work where I was on my feet all day. No surprise then, that before I started working out I got to the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life.
So why am I going to the gym? I’m going to feel good in myself and my skin, to stay healthy in a fairly sedentary lifestyle, and because (and this is something I never thought I’d say!) I’m really enjoying it! Although it taks the promise of a nice dinner afterwards to actually get my butt there 3 times a week, I know that afterwards I feel so much better. I have more energy, I feel better in myself and I know I’m doing my body some good by going.
I think the most important thing with your personal fitness us to find what works for you. If you need a group of people and an instructor shouting at you to keep going in a class, go for it. Work out with a friend if you like a chat while you do your squats. If, like me, you prefer working out on your own with a pair of headphones and some good music, grab your phone, download the app and get started! But most importantly, make sure you’re doing it for you!
What motivates you to work out? Leave your tips and tricks in the comments!