Getting Fitter With Aaptiv
Working to get fitter means always looking for something new to try, or to help boost your workout. In this era of smartphones and limited free time, that often means hunting for a good app that will guide you through workouts. Lucky for me, I discovered Aaptiv, a fitness app that features audio guides for everything from running to yoga and HIIT routines.
Aaptiv calls their offering “trainer-led, music-driven audio workouts”. Frankly, that very accurately and concisely describes their product. With dozens of workout and training programs in multiple categories, the app works by tailoring a routine to your needs, goals, and current fitness levels. At the time of writing this, Aaptiv offered 12 different categories of workouts, including but not limited to, outdoor running, yoga, meditation, and stretching.
The Aaptiv app is available on the Google Play Store as well as the App Store, and can be downloaded for free. While training programs are paid features, they offer a free 30-day trial upon sign-up.
Once you’ve signed up, the fitness app takes you through a short questionnaire to ascertain your current fitness levels, your goals, workout preferences, and the amount of time you can commit to workouts. Based on your responses, it assigns you a training program that it recommends.
Now, most fitness app workouts and tutorials you find online are visual-based — meaning, the tutorials are in the form of videos. This can be tricky, because well, you can’t exactly keep your eyes on a screen AND maintain proper form throughout. Not to mention, it’s not exactly practical to try and watch a running tutorial while you’re running!
That’s where Aaptiv offers something a little better. By designing workouts that are purely audio, the fitness app allows you to follow along to a guided routine, without having to worry about keeping your eye on a TV or laptop screen.
I’ve got to admit, I was a little sceptical when I first started out. While the whole “don’t have to stare at a screen” angle was definitely appealing, I did wonder whether that would make proper form difficult. I mean, if I have no visual cue to follow, how can I ensure I’m doing it right?
Well clearly, Aaptiv thought of that. Every routine’s vocal cues were clear and precise, detailing every movement from limb position to spine extension, and even breath regulation. I must say, their coaches do it brilliantly!
Speaking of coaches, they have a whole army of them. To make picking your coach(es) easier, they’ve very thoughtfully categorised them not only by workout, but also by coaching style.
My workout routines were mainly a mix of bodyweight HIIT, yoga, and flexibility training. The app also sends you little reminders when it’s time to workout, and cheers you on as you progress along your recommended training plan.
Would I recommend Aaptiv to those looking for a fitness app? Absolutely! I will mention, however, that audio-only training can take some getting used to, and some users may not enjoy it as much as video-based tutorials. But my unbiased opinion is that Aaptiv can be a great source of workouts, as well as coaching to help you improve and progress in your training.