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MASON CITY, IA – Sometimes you know exactly what you’ll be doing at the gym one day, but others, you may need a little inspiration.
And now, your iPod or Smartphone can double as a personal trainer – with the right apps of course.
KIMT’s Annie Szatkowski is showing us how with this weeks Fitness Friday.
When hitting the gym, it’s always a good idea to come with a game plan. Instead of walking aimlessly around wondering what to do or looking for equipment, you’ll come in ready to get started.
This week, we’re showing you how to build an entire workout using apps for your smart phone or iPod.
But before you get started, begin with a warm up that stretches out those muscles.
For cardio, one of the best apps out there is “Nike Running.”
it’s great for people just starting out on their fitness quest, or any hardcore runner.
You’ll need an armband to make this app work. Attaching the device to your body helps track your movements and progress telling you how many calories you burn, your mileage, and then it keeps track of all you’re runs for you.
If you’re looking to do an interval HIIT workout like we’ve talked about before, Annie loves the “Nike Boom” app.
Say you want to do a minute running at a moderate pace and a a min sprint ,10 times through. Just set the intervals, and then it’ll prompt you when it’s time to switch the pace.
Just choose playlist and you’re ready to go
Next we’ll move onto some strengthening exercises.
Women’s Health and Men’s Health Magazine each have their own apps that help you map out your workout.
You can browse through individual exercises, or the app will create a whole series for you to try.
After you go through a workout, make sure to go back to the beginning and stretch out and bring down your heart rate.
Those are just a few of Annie’s picks for exercise apps, but there are plenty out there, so whether you’re looking for some inspiration or already have some moves in mind, pretty much if you can dream it, odds are there’s an app for that.