Apps in the Gym are now as Common as Towels.
I remember several years ago when I went into the gym. People on a strictly regimented training routine would wander over toa file drawer, pull out their fitness log, and place it on a clip board. I have to laugh, because now I look around the gym and I often see people inputting their reps and sets into their phones! This is amazing when you think about it. These little phones literally have become an extension of who we are. In cringed when I saw an phone slip out of a lady’s sweaty hands and bang against a 45 pound plate on the gym floor.
There are some 17,346 fitness applications for your smart phone and it can be a daunting task to figure out which one is the best for your routine. “Fitness Buddy” seems to be one of the the winners in the ninety nine cent category. With hundreds of resources from videos for correct execution of a bench press to the proper posture to do a standing curl, this little app is powerful and versatile. Another leading app that you might want to check out is “Fitness Pro”. It is by far one of the most popular apps and probably for good reason. But I am not endorsing either app. These are just a couple of the thousands of apps out there, and so who is to say which is the best. But they are here in force and I guess we have to decide if we want to make them part of our gym equipment.
I’m all for anything that makes a person want to go to the gym, and I know for some people the thought of setting their phone down for more than a minute sends trembling convulsions through their body. Personally for me, though, the gym has always been a refuge from all the stress and interactions out there beyond the doorways of the iron plate palace. I always zen out and just focus on nothing more than the exercise. This phone this is just too much of an interruption for me, so I leave my phone in the car. The gym is my refuge and I don’t want to make it anything less than that.
That being said when I was doing a pull down ab routine, a well meaning individual took time out his own workout to show me a slightly more effective way to accentuate the contraction of my abdominal muscles. He was kind enough to show me the video on one of his fitness apps that demonstrated where I was losing out. Well, I want to increase the strength of my abs, so I guess I’ll just have to eat some crow on this one and realize that like everything else — it is a new world, and we either go with the flow or will be left on the side of the river bank. I still want preserve the sanctity of my bodybuilding routine, but I’ll go ahead and succumb to those well meaning fitness afficianados that use their app as a way to contract their barbell. As for me, I still am not ready to have it replace my clipboard and pencil. I wonder what Arnold the Governator thinks about all of this?