|iFitness Application Home Screen|
At its heart, iFitness is a database of over 230 exercises, conveniently grouped by muscle group (abdominal, shoulder, chest, arms etc.) or body part (you click on different parts of the body and the app shows you all exercises related to that body area).
So it is worth to pay $1.99 for information that you can basically get on internet for free? As an example, this page from bodybuilding.com is a comprehensive list of all known exercises with description, pictures, and detailed video demonstrations. If you just want to know about exercises and the correct way to perform them, then the bodybuilding site wins hands down - plus it's free to boot.
The value proposition offered by iFitness is that it is exercise data "on the go". When you are in the gym, you don't have a laptop next to you to check bodybuilding.com. When you want to see how to do a particular exercise, just take your phone out, tap a few keys and check the exercise. Each exercise comes with a detailed description, pictures showing the correct form for performing the exercise and (for some exercises) a video demonstration.
|3. Customized Routines: If you get bogged down with all the exercises and cannot decide which exercise to do, you can try the customized routines prepared by the developers. There are different routines for different people. The app currently has 20 different routines ranging from "Beginner's Program", "Muscle Building Program", "Business Travel Program", etc. There are special routines for women too.|
|4. Micro-Apps: Finally, the developers of iFitness have added a bunch of fitness related tools such as a BMI calculator, weight tracker, and body measurements. These will be quite handy to keep track of your progress. Additionally, the data can be synchronized with the iFitness server.|
Finally, the app supports multiple user profiles in case the device is to be used by different individuals.
All in all, this is a very comprehensive application and well worth the $1.99 they charge you. My only niggle so far is the lack of videos for more than 50% of the exercises. The developers are constantly updating the app and I hope they resolve this issue soon.