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In the words of the immortal Hans & Franz, “We’re Going to Pump You Up!” Or at least, iFitness for the iPhone and iPod touch is going to. The personal trainer app has enjoyed a lofty position on the Top Paid charts in the iTunes store, […]

In the words of the immortal Hans & Franz, “We’re Going to Pump You Up!” Or at least, iFitness for the iPhone and iPod touch is going to. The personal trainer app has enjoyed a lofty position on the Top Paid charts in the iTunes store, and I wanted to find out why. I’d been disappointed before, so I hoped that iFitness might restore my faith, and get me back in the gym.

From the start, things were looking up with iFitness. The UI, while nothing special, was clean, simple, and dialed-down, which strikes me as appropriate for an application that I’ll be using at the gym in between exercises. From the home screen, you can access individual exercises, your custom workout, pre-set routines, and your log from the bottom navigation bar.

On the Exercises screen, you can browse by categories organized according to muscle group. You can also search for an exercise by individual muscle, or browse the list in its entirety alphabetically. One of the key features of iFitness is the ability to add and edit custom exercises to the already extensive list that comes with the app. Clicking on an exercise shows its details on the home screen, initially displaying just an image series showing you what to do. You can press a button at the top to display text instructions, add to your workout, or add to your log.

My Workout displays your custom workout, which you can build by adding exercises from their information screens. You can also add dividers to separate muscle groups or sets. My Workout adds a degree of customizability that makes iFitness a must-have for more advanced users. The only downside is that you can only create one workout, so the list could get unwieldy if you want to keep a variety of custom routines.

The preset routines are good starting points for novice users. Each has an extensive description to tell you just what the workout is meant to do, and a list detailing number of sets and repetitions.

iFitness has definitely found a place as my app of choice for workout management, since the ability to add custom exercises and your own routine is crucial to my fitness habits. At only $1.99, it’s a steal for beginners and more advanced users alike.

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  2. I am a regular Gym rat and after having this post I have tried out iFitness for … well what it tries to do. Unfortunately I have to say that this app is totally useless for anyone. I would *NOT* recommend it for even the beginners.

    The interface is far from intuitive, but let’s not even get into that.
    The biggest problem with this kind of app is that when people go to the Gym, they often find the exercises they want to do themselves depending on the equipment of their own gym. Or that they can learn from the people there or if they have read about the exercises online.

    The categories are completely misleading. Having an “Arms” already signifies how the developers have no clue about working out (there are at least 4 different major muscle groups in your arms). I spent 5 minutes looking into the build in exercises, and I could not for the life of me figure out how could so many of the basic exercises are not even there. Yes you can add your own workouts/exercises, but in reality a simple list or notepad would do a much better job.

    The logging is nearly useless, if you actually try to use it.
    They shouldn’t even try to advertise it in their app.
    iFitness is an app that tries to do a bunch of things, but does none of them well (or far from it).

    Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is the truth.
    Now to be a little fair, the other gym apps aren’t great either.

    As a regular gym goer, and someone who always help out people in the gym, I highly recommend AGAINST this app.

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    1. I think you’re being a little critical. I’ve loved the app. Perhaps its not great if you are a gym rat like yourself. (somebody who knows all exercises backwards and forwards.) However for a novice this is great. I liked the logs because I found it motivational for me to see what I’ve done and where I’m going. It helped keep me wanting to go back and continue.

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    2. I’ve been working out off and on for the past 2 years and I’ve always been searching for a good system to log my workouts. This program I would have to say is by far the best, mind you I know which exercises I need to do and I really only use it for logging my reps and sets + distances. It’s done a great job doing it so far and it beats bringing a pad of paper and pencil. (At least for my sake because I always lose the pen, rip / sweat on the paper.) But then again that’s just me.

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    3. I gotta agree with you. I am NOT a gym rat and stil find it has many basic shortcomings. Some of the missing exercises are nobrainers. The logging is fine, but why can’t I create a custom “routine”. Why can’t I list the same exercise twice in one workout? Why can’t I plan my reps and sets ahead of time without having to “log” them until they are actually done?

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    4. You’re an idiot…. This app’s awesome.

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    5. I think your comments are completely misleading, you give no alternative to the app or a solution to the so called bad exercises. maybe you dont understand how to use the app or are just too juiced up to focus on the screen to add the information needed, i think it gives a great start and also something to do while they rest between reps. stay with your chalk board and all will be ok.

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    6. I think the app is great, there are some exercises that are missing but you can add your own, Logging is great it even has video demonstration for some activities, It has programs, Its great for mixing up your workouts,

      I use it for logging progress which is fine and use it to mix up different exercises

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    7. Dramatic? More like Drama Queen.

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    8. you absolute moron. It gets people exercising…. Its better than not having anything at all, isnt it!!!!!??! idiot.

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    9. I think your comment is way off. As someone who started working out in 7th grade (I’m 35 now) but isn’t a gym rat (just a normal guy) consider what I like about this app:
      1. It is easy to use while I am huffing and puffing between sets. I actually look forward to entering my data.
      2. It motivates me (more so than when I was in the military) by means of me not wanting to see a valley in my charts/graphs because I skipped a day.
      3. As for it not being intuitive…really? I thought it was plainly intuitive and sort of on the simple side.
      4. The great thing about it is it helps keep me focused. I became used to doing circuit training in rural Arkansas to get ready for football training. In those sessions we had the luxury of a spartan group workout where 3 men teams would follow each other around in a circle hitting different exercises. It was highly efficient. I don’t work out with anyone but myself now. So, having a plan saves me a lot of time and in my mind provides my body with the best chance of seeing results. I see a lot of chubby guys and gals in the gym just sort of milling around. I bet if they had a plan they would probably become regulars…

      So, for what it’s worth this little app is an efficiency tool that you can use to show results in strength gain, endurance, stamina, and even weight loss.

      The only complaint I would have is that the loading time is 3 seconds longer than I would expect.

      Geez – iFitness should pay me to write this review.

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    10. I have to agree that you are being a little critical on this app. The majority of people spend hundreds of dollars on personal trainers, so what is a $1.99 to help them get started on their journey to become healthy. I am getting ready to start my journey back to the gym and getting healthy by using all iTouch apps and blogging about it. So we will see how this app does during the long haul.

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    11. I would like to delete some of the selections for a category, example I only do a few ab exercises but I have to scroll through a sea of options til I get to my exercise. Anything to make me workout more is well worth $1.99. Live longer, Live Happier, Live Healther. Sounds like a good value. Don’t worry I don’t own the stock of this company. However I have exercised my entire life and few years I have worked to much and exercised to little so need some motivation. I have been happy so far.

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  3. What about Fit Phone? For people that have been around a gym and don’t need the awful pictures and descriptions of each exercise, Fit Phone blows the others away.

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  4. @gos

    Not sure what version you used. But the latest version you can sort the exercises by muscle group. Arms is broken down into Biceps Brachii, Brachialis, Triceps Brachii, Wrist Extensors and Wrist Flexors. I don’t know all the muscle groups, so I’m not saying it’s accurate, just saying there’s some more advanced filtering now.

    It’s also regularly updated, which is nice.

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  5. I completely disagree with the comments of gos. I had similar first impressions, but all of these complaints have been fixed with recent updates.

    The logging feature is great and is obviously designed by someone who has been to the gym a lot. Select the exercise you are about to perform from the list and you can quickly find the weight and reps you did last time. You can then set the weight and reps in the fields and repeatedly hit the add button. In practice it means about 3 seconds between sets to log everything. It even has a place to make a note for each specific set. This rapidly beats a pencil and paper if you go a lot because it is 1) faster than using a pen and 2) does not eventually run out of space.

    I do agree about it being somewhat misleading with the categories, but if you use it with a set routine that you design outside of the program itself it can be very useful.

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  6. I agree with Tim. I’ve found this app very useful. Especially since I got an armband for my phone I can listen to music, record my reps and weights and even use a timer for breaks. Gotta love this little device; it’s the gym goers best friend, in my opinion. And Tim, you’re right about using a set routine. Personally, I’ve created 4 different workouts for each day I go and its worked out quite well for me. I was suprised by how many simple exercises I had to create to make a functional workout, but having done so, I enjoy using the app in my workouts now.

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  7. I love this app, I’ve been going to the gym for several years but always to lazy to rally track my progress. I created 6 of my own workouts and added several exercises that were not in the app already, which you can add to the workouts you create. It’s great it keeps me disciplined and forces me to do exercises I normally would not do. I enter all my stats and email my self the record once a week and compile everything into one master spreadsheet where I can track my progress. I highly suggest this app. It would be even better if you could get a tailored workout from a professional trainer, maybe a new one every three months, and offer this service at a deep discount.

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  8. I like the application, however, here is a suggestion when entering a new “Workout”.

    I wanted to create a Workout called “Steve’s ABS”. After creating it, I started to add the relevant abs exercises. I had to browse throught the entire list and handpick the exercises. I would have preferred to be given the option to add all of the Abs exercises as listed in the “Exercise” tab, and then remove those I don’t want.

    Can it also be possible to allow editing the name of the custom exercise, after it has been created?

    When adding multiple Sets in a exercise log, allow the user to edit the ordinal position of the sets, for example;

    Set 1 , xxxxx
    Set 2 , yyyyy
    Set 3 , zzzzz

    Now I realized that Set 2 and 3 needs to be swapped in order

    Set 1, xxxxx
    Set 2, zzzzz
    Set 3, yyyyy

    Thanks

    Steve

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  9. Maybe yoga section would be a nice addition to ifitness!

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    1. yoga, is the biggest scam associated with fitness that ive witnessed in a long time. i personally do not quite understand how so many people have been fooled into thinking Yoga will some how get you into better shape. just my opinion, but really

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    2. um actually no.. yoga isn’t a scam.. there are tonnes of benefits associated with stretching your muscles.. have you not noticed that people who only pump iron without any stretching have serious problems with their flexibility? yoga is a must.. i’ve been working out for years and yoga has recently became an indispensable part of my routine.. so i agree with the comment about yoga being a nice addition.. for more info read the NSCA’s guide on stretching etc

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  10. Nice idea. I’ll try this out.

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  11. it’s great stuff it would be nice having a desktop application for better management. Not sure how to create your own routines divided by days…

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  12. This applcation is completly useless. It crashes whenever I tray to ad somethin to the log. is the third upgrade that i download but it seems that they still not able to get it right!

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  13. I agree with Mike in the second comment. Fit Phone was one of, if the first workout log on the store. I got it when it first came out. It is very mature mow and over the months it has become one of the best apps I own. I don’t need picutres and animations. I just want something simple, clean, and easy to use in the gym. I think Fit Phone does that better than any other workout app. It’s a little more expensie (a whopping 5 bucks!) but it’s worth it in my mind.

    Oh, plus you can backup your data to your computer so you don’t have to worry about losing it or you can copy it to another device. Last I checked no other workout app was doing that. Fit Phone always seems to be one step ahead.

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  14. Sounds like Rich and Mike are the same guy – Fit Phone developers in disguise. Sad.

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  15. Alejandro Gonzalez Friday, April 10, 2009

    I got iFitness and it’s been awesome using it as my personal work out records; I am Hispanic and I have recomended this program to all of my friends but not all of them understand much English but they want to get that program.

    I would be aweseme if you guys create it on different lenguages including Spanish.

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  16. Alejandro Gonzalez Friday, April 10, 2009

    put some gal picture as a work out display
    (for flavor, get a latina)
    Hehe…

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  17. First of all, I really like this app. But there are a lot of exercises missing. There’s been a lot of negative reviews regarding this app. Mainly due to missing exercises. The app probably covers less than 50% of the exercises out there (even simple ones). With that being said, the app does have a lot of potential. Please update new exercises daily. I found this site. Please use it as one of your reference. http://www.exrx.net

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  18. [...] iFitness: Workout Smarter With Your iPhoneIn the words of the immortal Hans & Franz, “We’re Going to Pump You Up!” Or at least, iFitness for the iPhone and iPod touch is going to. The personal trainer app has enjoyed a lofty position on the Top Paid charts in the iTunes store, …http://theappleblog.com/2008/11/22/ifitness-workout-smarter-with-your-iphone/ [...]

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  20. i would really like to see a simple clock with seconds at the top. i’m doing a lot of stretching and holding exercises, and i find myself having to look up at the gym clock in order to see how long i’ve been holding a particular position. should be really trivial to just add a clock/timer at the top of the screen. the one thing that seems to be missing is a stretching category… i’m doing a lot of stretching exercises as part of my physical rehabilitation from ACL surgery, and it would be cool if there was stretching in addition to cardio and weights. otherwise, really like the app!!

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  21. Hank in Vancouver Sunday, April 26, 2009

    Heads up that I really like this app. I like how it has progressed and haved used quite often in the gym as a reference tool. I train 5 x week so really like how they have expanded the libraries … the only thing I would like to see is something refering to HammerStrength (or similar ilk) so that I can use for routine tracking – right now I find that the only hinderence for tracking purposes.

    For price point – it MORE than worth it. People sepnd more on coffee … and this app will last longer!

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  22. I like this app but, I cant figure out the order of work-outs in given routines. for example, after a bench press work out it is the timeto do leg press, and after that there is another chest stuff. I dont believe it is a healty way to follow these given orders. you must finishthe chest andafter that you can do the leg workout.what do you think guys?

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  23. [...] this as I switch yet again from Yasmin Generic back to my beloved Yaz.  I also downloaded iFitness to see how that would do for tracking/planning my weekly workouts.  I’m one of those people [...]

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  24. gos sounds scared lol, perhaps he’s a gym trainer

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  25. I love this little app, which has improved considerably from the earlier versions. It’s my poor man’s personal trainer.

    I definitely recommend it… particularly for $1.99 there isn’t a whole lot to loose.

    I did try two other apps (including PumpOne’s Fit Builder at $19.99). Fit Builder feels more polished and “commercial grade”… but seems overkill/overprice when iFitness does pretty much the same thing (my gym doesn’t have wi-fi to stream PumpOne’s videos for example.. nor would I use that anyway)

    iFitness helped me adapt to split routines and introduce variety to my workouts.

    I have entered a few split routines from Mens Health etc.

    iFitness acts as my shopping list of “what to do” at the gym today and helps me break my daily mundane pattern I was getting trapped in. Admittedly, I don’t slow down much to record details/logs, so I can’t testify much to that.

    My main weakness? If I ever forget my iPod Touch, then I sometimes feel stranded as to what exercises I had scheduled for the day! I don’t bother remembering the multiple routine varieties, because I built a reliance on iFitness prompting me what to do.

    To be fair, that isn’t fault of iFitness…. thats just a side affect of me using a fitness app as my personal trainer/prompting tool.

    I found most of the typical exercises are there from health magazine routines I entered (but in mid to late 2008 quite a few were missing).

    Tips on looking for an exercise:
    1) I sometimes missed finding an exercise… often because it is called something slightly different. (Example: is it a Bicep Curl, a Curl, or a Dumbbell Bicep curl?)
    2) Even if it was missing.. it is easy to add a custom one.
    3) There are often very functionally close exercises that are probably good enough to use anyway (ie: an identical exercise using say dumbbells, instead of the barbells). Often, thinking laterally this way also helps me slowly morph my routines to different exercises anyway.. such as “Hmm… I always do that with dumbbells.. here is functionally similar one with a cable”

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  26. Best app I’ve bought. No complaints. Sure there’s some functions that could use a tinkering. But if you use it as intended you can monitor everything fairly well.

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  27. It’s a great app, other than the fact all the pre-made routines tell you how many reps to do, yet you can’t add the rep ranges for your own custom workouts. It’s a bit of a pain trying to remember how many reps to aim for in each lift in a custom workout when the app can clearly display that information in the routines.

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  28. Good stuff, I wouldn’t use it at a gym tho… there’s something about having a $500 iPhone around free-weights that is more than a little scary… You’d either need to continually get it out of your armband to look at stuff and put it back in, or keep it loose and lay it somewhere while doing your reps.

    Just my opinion. Mine stays in the locker ; ) I use a $15 refurb. Sansa Clip while doing my routines (for music) and it gets abused… I accidentally tear it out of the armband at least once per session. I’d have broken my iPhone by now for _sure_. The clip is more or less indestructible and if I break it, so what?

    If you are working out and doing it right you are shaking at the end of your workout. I tend to bump into things because I’ve got a serious endorphin buzz going. I have to cool off before I feel safe driving home.

    I do have this program and use it at home after my interval training (which I do on a real bike in a park), for my ab workout, which doesn’t require equipment beyond an exercise ball and medicine ball. It’s perfect there because I can sit it on my coffee table while doing my thing and don’t need to worry about someone stepping on it or stealing it.

    From a practical/logistical point of view this is largely useless at the gym because of the risk to the device.

    -Neil

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  29. [...] last night in the gym when following a routine set-out by iFitness (what did I do before my iPhone) a news programme came on the television and I immediately went for [...]

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  30. Where are the videos mentioned on the app store?

    From description…

    “30 (and quickly growing) number of video instrucitons for each exercise”

    Can find any video instruciton at all…

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  31. They are integrated into each exercise. Look at Shrugs, for example, and there is a little TV that shows the video. I assume all of them will eventually have their own video.

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  32. [...] iFitness. For only $1.99 you can get this app that provides pictures and instructions for over 130 exercises and you can add your own. Choose your exercise by target region and create a great cross-training regime for your running program. [...]

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  33. I’m in the middle of the pack here. I have worked out in a gym before and I think for that purpose I would stick with a notebook and pen but then would probably transfer it to my phone later since my notebooks would usually end up trashed within a few weeks from sweaty hands and rough handling so for long range tracking this app works fine.

    BUT, what I don’t like about it is this:

    1 – Exercises are only broken down by thing like ‘Arms’ like gos pointed out above. Come on guys, grab a copy of “The encyclopedia of Body Building” and give us a better breakdown than that, and add in the missing exercises that are very common.

    2 – The setup for logging has only one way for your workout to go, simple sets of weight and rep. There should be an option for a timed set, supersets and Trisets. It’s kind of a drag when you can’t record your workout the way you are really doing it.

    One of my routines involves doing as many pullups as possible in two minutes and it would be nice to be able to record it that way and an easy timer or stopwatch would be nice too.

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  34. I only recently started looking at iFitness and I still haven’t used all the features. I thought the interface was nice and easy to use. There appear to be a lot of exercises but like some have said I see many missing.

    Something that really bothered me that I didn’t notice anyone else mentioning was incorrect exercises. Many of the exercises illustrated match methods used 15 years ago but have since been eliminated or modified due to being injury prone.
    As an example both of the Quad Stretches illustrated are actually bad for you – they put unnecessary strain on your ankle/foot. You should never stretch your Quad by grabbing your foot, instead grab your ankle. The lying back Quad stretch is bad for both your feet and your back (if your posture isn’t perfect), you should instead lay face down and grab both your ankles.

    I’m not a personal trainer or otherwise qualified sports therapist but I do use one when working out and do a bit of research before I do an exercise. I would bet an actual qualified sports therapist would find a lot more problems with the exercises than I have.

    A bit of searching on the net will show that a lot of workout sites actually show exercises incorrectly (or at least older methods) but there are many that use the more updated methods and a bit of research will help you understand why.

    It would be nice if the developers of iFitness did their homework because otherwise you can’t count on the application and you’re forced do find alternate sources anyway. This is a big problem because most people actually do exercise incorrectly and that is why sports therapy is a booming business.

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  36. [...] iFitness ($1.99): I’m not crazy about those apps that let you keep track of what you’ve eaten because I don’t like having to search for the exact thing I ate just to count some calories. I do, however, love this gym-friendly app. You can search a database of 115 exercises to find which best works out those arms, legs, back, etc. and also keep track of your workout. It also uses pics of real people with detailed instructions on how to perform each rep. The only thing is that it seems to be targeted for men in terms of saying which exercise will help increase their shirt size. As if women don’t work out, too. Hmf. [...]

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  37. Useless until some basis information is provided, like how to enter the info for day to day exercises…..

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  38. [...] iFitness: Get individual exercises, a custom workout, pre-set routines, and a log from this top selling app. [...]

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  39. David zimmerman Thursday, October 8, 2009

    I am pleased with this application and I also would like to see a desktop version that could sync with this along with a food app that would be compatible with it or added to it to track my protien water calorie intake song with all the other basics if there is somethn out that will sync or I can xfer info to please let me Know my email is zimjr26@aol.com

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    1. Good suggestions! I hope some one is listening.

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  40. I’d like to see an option for weight to be entered into the tracker in Kg’s not just in pounds. OK it converts it when you save it, but most of the world went metric on weight a long time ago – and this app is sold worldwide :)

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    1. You can change that in settings to the Metric system.

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  41. Hi!
    Anybody knows how to switch language?
    Thks!

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    1. you need to switch you ipod language, but some exercises will still be in english.

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  42. I love this app. I find the illustrations and text descriptions of the exercises extremely helpful. I use it all the time.

    I wish that there were a version for the Palm Pre. I recently had to switch plans because AT&T is so horrible. I’m loving sprint and the Pre, just wish this app was on there. Workout Tracker is no substitute.

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  43. This app is amazing. If you want to exercise by muscle, there’s a human anatomy diagram where you can pick the muscle to exercise. I actually bought the PumpOne program (because it came out first) and now I use both. I use iFitness primarily, and then refer to the PumpOne program if I want a different perspective on something or to see what alternatives there are to the exercises in iFitness. If I had to choose only one, I’d pick iFitness. The interface is WAY easier to use than the PumpOne app (which actually tries to upsell you to its subscription plan).

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  44. Quick summary:
    If you are a gym rat, then no, this app isn’t for you.
    If you are a beginner or just need a little help with some variety, suggestions, and very easy logging then this app rocks.

    Suggestion for next version:
    I know you can send logs via email (very nice) but it would be great if you could send an “exercise progress graph” to your email too. Sure viewing your progress via the iphone is ‘ok’ but it would be much better to be able to print it out and keep all the logs and graphs together.

    Bugs:
    App seems to crash when you try to backup data. Doesn’t indicate whether or not backup was successful.

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  45. I like this app. We have some exercise equipment in the basement and this helps keep me motivated. Plus, I love the log graphs! I don’t use all of the exercises that they have but I have created a few custom workouts that help keep the workouts interesting. And I find by logging all my reps etc… I’m likely to complete goals I have set for myself on a daily basis. I’ve used notebooks and logbooks but this is so easy. I already have my iPod on me because I’m listening to the music.

    Maybe it’s not for everyone – but I enjoy it and actually use it!

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  46. I like the app. A personal trainer would probably get better results faster but I can’t afford one. I am fairly new to working out seriously and this is an acceptable alternative. I am a little surprised by how many exercises are missed out but there is ample variety. I guess it depends in part on how you choose to use it. For me, the only realistic time for me to work out is either at lunch time or right after work. Both are times when the gym are rammed and I focus on working on one part of the body each day. I simply pick five exercises to do from what equipment is not being used by other gym users. I log my work-outs as I go along. If you are a serious body builder than this is probably too basic for you. But if like me, you’re more interested in keeping fit, need some way to track what you’re doing, would like some variety, and cannot afford personal trainers, it’s a reasonable alternative. For £1.99, it’s an absolute bargain.

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  47. [...] iFitness – Tired of doing the same old workout routines? This application is like having a personal trainer with custom workouts and pre-set routines with videos to show you the correct form for doing the exercise. [...]

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  48. I find the app very good, I guess it may not be for all gym people as some may not understand basic navigation of phone/computer menus. I fine example of “Im not clever but I can lift heavy fings…

    Anyway, the app is being updated all the time, in the month I have had it I have downloaded 3 updates, so the makers do listen to feedback.

    I have been training for over 15 years and I am also a gadget geek. Iv e used them all from Garmin to Polar. For such a small app that you can take with you all the time I think it ranks with all of them.

    Lets not forget its only a couple of dollars, a similar product from Polar would cost hundreds I reckon.

    Would like to see a diet and cardio log to marry with it to give complete fitness management system.

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  50. [...] biceps, triceps och bröst. Tänkte köra efter ett 4 dagars schema, som fanns inlagt på mitt iFitness program på min iPhone, den här veckan för att kolla om det känns bra. Det är ett program som [...]

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  52. As a woman, I say don’t bother with ifitness. This program seems totally geared for men. The photos, videos, routines (bench presses for the into program!) are all geared toward men. I think it is a mistake that they don’t spell this out in their description!

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  53. Love this app! at first, was kinda tricky to find out how it worked, or how to use it with my routine. Then i decided to create a workout with my gym routine, the one my trainer gave me. Now i work greatly, puttin all the info of how much weight im using, and using the stopwatch to work out better (1 min btween reps and 3 min btween exercises) now i can say im a pro using the app. Is very useful and recommended, specially for cheking your improvements, and to get better.

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  54. I was looking in the appstore for something to motivate me to go to the gym and I found iFitness. I’m very happy with the app and it is easy to use and build a program. Some exercises (or picture) I’m doing are missing but I’m sure in the future they will be include. (ex, Leg Seated Curls).

    One of the good thing that would be nice to be included would be a calender. With a quick view, you would be able to see what day you did your exercises and also if you have more than one program (ex, fitness, running, lower part of the body, upper body…).

    Thank you very much for reading me, I hope that was useful for future change.

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  55. [...] and strength.  By the end of 2010 I intend on being prepared to run in a local marathon.  Tool – IFitness (IPhone [...]

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  56. My weight graph always shws 1 lb. lighter than the weight I entered. Does this work correctly for others? Using an IPod Touch.

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  57. [...] iFitness (£1.19) [...]

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  58. [...] There are literally hundred of tools to help you track your various health and fitness goals.  I’m really a minimalist at heart, so I settled on just two: Food IQ and iFitness. [...]

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  59. I saw this app on the top 25 and bought it and it was the best £1.19 that i have spent on apps. I have worked with a trainer at gyms for 15 years but still am not very confident to workout alone when travelling. What i love about this is that i can create a balanced workout in a hotel gym based on whatever equipment is available and i have ifitness to show and tell me what i need to do. I also can track my workouts and then share them with my trainer who can comment, track my progress and set me up with a more detailed workout for when i return to that hotel.

    I love it.

    I doubt that it would be good for the muscle mary’s or gym rats, but for me – it is just superb. Easy to use with a clean and easy UI.

    I don’t think its a case of this is good or no good, it is either suitable for you or it is not. If you need support, coaching and a means to track your progress, then it is probably for you. Give it a go.

    Baz (London) Working on being fitter!

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  60. The people that are dogging this app are probably personal trainers that are losing business. This app is great and only cost $1.99 compared to someone having to spend $60-$75 an hour for a trainer!

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  61. Women who think this app is sexist need to learn about proper weight training for health. It’s the same for men and women, young or old. Do any basic research and you’ll find that resistance training is vital for optimal health regardless of gender. The weight you lift varies depending on your level of strength and fitness, but the exercises do not. Perhaps you’ve spent too much time at Curves? Get educated before you post, please.

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  62. Hi!

    There is an error in your application. In Routines -> Baseball Conditioning -> Day 2 -> Triceps Quickback (Should read Kickback)
    It will show the previously recalled pic and description. I think that since the name is wrong spelled, it recall the last exercise viewed. Please, check the program you may need to compile it again.

    On the other hand, if you go to the exercise list and select Triceps Kickback you will able to see the correct pic, description and video.

    Please, advice.

    Note: The application is excellent. God bless you.

    Regards,
    Ed

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  63. Version: 9.62
    Hi!

    There is an error in your application. In Routines -> Baseball Conditioning -> Day 2 -> Triceps Quickback (Should read Kickback)
    It will show the previously recalled pic and description. I think that since the name is wrong spelled, it recall the last exercise viewed. Please, check the program you may need to compile it again.

    On the other hand, if you go to the exercise list and select Triceps Kickback you will able to see the correct pic, description and video.

    Please, advice.

    Note: The application is excellent. God bless you.

    Regards
    Ed

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  64. I am a regular gym rat and I no tons of exercises from my friends, family and random trainers and I found this app to be very helpful! My brother purchased it and I thought it would be awful but the chest exercises leave me sore and pumped also I noticed the difference within 3 weeks! some of the workouts might not be as good as projected like the ab workout (your much better off with ab ripperX) but other than that it was great.

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  65. I used to be a gym rat. Now I go at least 3x/wk, although I aim for 4-5x. I don’t need the videos and only use the images as a reference. My best guides in the gym used to be watching trainers train and Muscle & Fitness magazine. I had a six pack and huge arms when I followed that regimen.

    I have been a member of several gyms since I’ve been working out since the ’90s. I used to use the Muscle Head logs, and I loved those. When writing down information, it’s quick. Digital logs are something I longed for, and then came th iPhone, and then came these apps.

    I will say that in a busy gym, I’d feel awkward holding up a machine while scrumaging through and dialing in set details between sets as someone waits for the machine. However, I don’t work out at busy times, so I’ve had no problem taking the time to enter data in digital logs.

    I used iFitness, then switched to Pump One’s Fitness Builder.

    I like certain things about Fitness Builder, like the ability to search exercises, the thumbnailed view of your workouts in the My Workout log list vs. iFitness’ date view — which tells me nothing about what I did unless I turn it into landscape view. However, I eventually went back to iFitness after some updates. Now they have an iPad version coming out!

    I feel that iFitness has a slow startup. When the iPhone/Pad 4.0 OS is released, this may be remedied with multitasking. As-is, when I change a song, then return to iFitness, that delayed startup is annoying. Plus it doesn’t return to where I left off.

    However, it does motivate me. Seeing that I haven’t worked out biceps in 2-3 weeks explains why I’m so weak, and can no longer lift what was once a lightweight to me. Sometimes we don’t even realize such gaps unless we have a log view. Things happen, you miss a couple of workouts — next thing you know, you had a 2 day instead of a 5 day workout for the week. It’s good to SEE that.

    That said, people should go with what works for them. I keep an eye on iFitness’s updates as well as Fitness Builder’s. iFitness still has me hooked.

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  66. I’m getting the results from iFitness that I did my $50 per hour trainer. I’m not paying for misses sessions. I’m getting more sessions per week since I’m not bound to the trainers schedule. It’s easy to plan my workout. It’s satisfying to hit the record button after the last set of squats. To put the weekly squats “in the books” is motivating.
    If your a trainer, you will not like this App.

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  67. I’m a gym-rat and I love this application. Incredible intuitive. Try it! :)

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  68. This is very good app. It motivates people to workout. It could help me want to workout more.

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  69. chkn joe808 Friday, May 28, 2010

    this is a pretty good app, just wish i could see some more exercises for bodybuilding and not just for sports.

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  70. i like ifitness, but i wish you could be able to set targets to your exercises.

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  71. I try this application and it is really helpful when you what to start to get in shape! It is easy to use and got a lot of great informations.

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  72. [...] available.  Pretty soon, we had downloaded apps that ranged from managing our personal budgets to fitness apps to Dora and Elmo apps for our two amazing [...]

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  73. just want to say to “gos” your a gym rat huh? hmmmn didnt you ever here of the movie mall rats? yeah its people who sit around at a mall doing nothing ..funny i bet thats what you do at the gym. i go to the gym alot and i am always seeing people that just sit there acting like they are working out. i guess some people just have to money to waste on a membership. i dont understand what your doing wrong with the app but it is very helpful for people. hmmmn better yet you prob dont think this app works because you do not know a good formation . yeah so try again with the app but do it the right way loser

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  74. [...] iFitness has over 160 unique exercises to choose from. Find a new way to work your muscles! Each exercise has how-to photos and instructions, plus you can create customized workouts and keep a log of your individual progress. Just $1.99! [...]

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  75. You know I have recently bought a new app which is similar to this one, but I think it is cheaper and it is more improved. I am talking about All-in-fitness by Viaden Mobile. It combines more exercises and it includes both Yoga video instructions and pedometer body tracker and calories counter.
    I am very happy with this new app.

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  76. iFitness application was deleted from the Apple Store! I was a bit disapointed ans started looking for something else – some other alternative to it and found – All-in Fitness for iPhone and iPad. This app is even better : it has video lessons and instructions, and a built in pedometer! I recommend it.

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  77. Yes, it’s deleted from the AppStore.

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  78. iFitness was the most used app on my iphone.
    I recently upgraded my phone to 4.2.1 from 3.1.3. All apps were removed from my phone. I damn near threw my phone across the room after trying fruitlessly to find iFitness on the App Store, only to read it was pulled.
    2 things are shameful since the loss of this app.
    1. Apple will not divulge why the app was pulled. I’ve emailed support to which they have responded that users must email the developer in order to determine the reason for the removal.
    2. The developer has decided it best not to respond to numerous emails regarding the state of the application.
    If the developer chooses not continue developing this app, I certainly hope someone picks up where “Medical Prod” dropped off.
    I encourage anyone using this app to email ifitness support.
    http://medicalprod.com/ifitness.html
    I live in canada and when trying to install the app it mentions that this app is only available in the US. Can someone from the US confirm/deny whether its pulled there as well?

    The developer’s name is Hooman Zohoor. If anyone knows how to contact him, please contact me.

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  79. iFitness is back as Full Fitness!

    After contacting Medical Productions, it became clear that their app was pulled from the store and would not be returning. The owner informed me that he put up a fight, but Apple was firm.

    Knowing how much I use the app myself, I purchased the rights from him for rather cheap (I guess not being able to sell an app in the store makes it worthless for his company). My group has redesigned it over the past while, and we will be bringing all the old features back within a week or two (the majority is there for now).

    We went with the name Full Fitness as a recommendation from them because apparently they were facing some BS trademark name lawsuit from some large US company that helped lead to all of this trouble.

    Hope you guys like the app! We’re keeping it dirt cheap for a limited time to give everyone a break:

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/full-fitness/id418806764?mt=8

    Let me know what you think at healthxperts@gmail.com. We will be keeping up their excellence in turns of regular updates.

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