AAPTIV FITNESS APP REVIEW
When it comes to fitness and finding a regular routine, I’ve pretty much tried it all. From personal trainers to Class Pass to gym memberships to apps. The only thing that’s really been a constant for me is knowing that I tend to be better at holding myself accountable when there’s someone else either real or app setting the workout for me. That way I don’t have to think about what exercise to do next and given my busy schedule it’s one less thing I don’t have to plan myself.
The most recent app I’ve started experimenting with on my fitness journey is Aaptiv. I’ve been using it for a little over 2 months now, and I’ve been really happy with it. The main reason I started using the app was because I wanted to cut back on gym membership costs. In New York, to go to a decent gym that has regular classes, equipment and showers (with towels) it easily costs $90 and more per month. The original reason I signed up for my gym membership was because I found the classes were a way to hold myself accountable. However, after a while I was never able to sync my personal schedule with the class schedule so I wasn’t even taking advantage of the whole reason I signed up.
So after cancelling my gym membership back in June, I initially set my own workouts - run/walking outside 2 days per week and then lifting weights (dumbbells) 2-3 times per week. For awhile I did pretty well keeping a consistent routine and setting my own workouts. However, probably 3 months in I could tell I was doing the same exercises over and over again and not mixing in enough variety. I decided to try out Aaptiv because I’d heard good things.
Initially, I was just planning on using the 30 day free trial and then calling it quits, but I ended up enjoying the app way more than I thought. What I love most about the app is the variety of workouts you get for the price. The membership fee of $99/year is literally how much I was paying per month to go to the gym in New York so I definitely think it’s a great value for the price. Mostly I use the app for it’s outdoor running, strength training and yoga workouts.
I will say the hardest thing you have to get to using this app versus other free and paid workout apps is not seeing a visual example of the exercise. When you use apps like Kayla Itsines’ BBG or Nike Training Club, they have a visual demonstration of the exercise, which helps you know if your form is correct. Aaptiv is audio only so you really have to listen carefully to the instructions to make sure you know how to do the exercise. I’m not going to lie, it takes some getting used to after using NTC and Sworkit. (Not to mention I’m terrible at following instructions!) It gets easier over time though, I promise!
Some of my favorite things about the app are having the audio mixed in with the workout and the ability to download workouts to your phone ahead of time. Having the music coordinated with workout is really helpful because I don’t have to spend time trying to find a song on Spotify. However, I will say that I do try to pick the workouts with either Pop or Hip Hop music rather than Rock. I pretty much always need music or a podcast when working out so I find the pre-set music really helpful. As for downloading workouts, it’s really easy and prevents me from using up all the data on the family plan when I’m running outside.
The last thing I want to share that I really love about the app is the ability to choose a workout that’s super tailored to what you want to do. You can choose the level of difficulty, duration, type, and format. For example, when I’m running outside I generally run/walk for 30 mins. On the app I’m able to pick an outdoor run workout that’s a beginner Run + Walk combination for 35 minutes. I love how specific you can get when selecting a workout it just makes things really easy.
I will say when it comes to strength workouts, you definitely will need to have a decent size floor space to do the exercises as well as basic equipment (i.e. dumbbells, yoga mat). I live in a tiny New York apartment and I’m able to find space so hopefully you can too!
If you’re interested in signing up for a free trial of Aaptiv, you can check them out here.
Let me know if you guys have tried out Aaptiv or any other workout apps you really love! I’m always down to try new ones.