Nike+ Training Club: ★★★★☆

Set goals, find workouts. The new Nike+ Training Club app for women, released January 5, provides fitness-motivated users to create individual short and long term workout programs while connecting them to the Club community.

General Review: ★★★★☆

With the option to choose from over 100 workouts, users can choose a type of fitness plan that is geared towards their needs. The first step of the individualized workout program is to choose a goal:

  • Get Lean: High interval cardio drills to slim down
  • Get Toned: Light weights and intervals to add definition
  • Get Strong: Increased weights and reps to build strength
  • Get Focused: 15-minute workouts to target specific areas

Following the selection of a broad goal, members of the app can then choose the level of physical participation from beginner with 4-5 workouts a month, intermediate with 2-3 workouts a week, or advanced with 3-5+ workouts a week. Next step? Choosing the workout, whether that be “Sweat + Shape” or “Fighter Fit,” just to name a few.

Obviously, Nike has included an array of possibilities to finding the perfect workout. Besides including a personal profile that tracks your success and another option to create 4-week programs, the app also contains a “Sport Feed” through which users can scroll and discover others’ workouts.

In an Instagram-like fashion, members can either “Cheer” on other uses (“like” their posts, basically) or comment on the activity. This provides a way to form interactive workouts and to increase motivation by sharing personal successes.

Generally, the app is great. Every workout provides you with a duration time, approximate NikeFuel (points for every completed activity), and approximate burned calorie tracker while providing videos audio directions and videos demonstrating the plan.

Still, Nike+ Training Club is geared towards women, alienating potential male users who too may want to participate in the app’s individualized workouts. And due to the several useful features of the program, the app takes up quite a bit of phone storage.

But hey, at least there’s no need to open iTunes on another screen. The app also has an option for music that connects the app to your phone’s playlists.

Fitness, goals, interaction. Nike+ has it all.

Originally published in Harker Aquila.

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