Pushups are among the best bodyweight exercises to build upper body strength. If you prefer the simplicity of the pushup exercise, but need some motivation to do them, then you should consider downloading the Pushups Coach from Maxwell software.
When you first launch Pushups Coach, you are prompted to create a profile. The app supports multiple profiles, allowing you use it with friends of family members. The profile asks for your basic health fitness information, including your gender, weight, initial pushup ability, and your starting difficulty level.
Pushups Coach starts off easily and gradually increases in difficulty over the six week course of the app. Each daily exercise takes about 10 to 15 minutes, with a 30 second warmup period, five pushup repetitions of 60 seconds each and a cool down period of 60 seconds between each repetition. It only takes a small amount of time, which makes it easier to follow in the long-term.
Besides providing an exercise plan, Pushups Coach also includes a journal that tracks your progress, including total progress through the plan cumulative time, calories burned, total pushups and the number of pushups today. A graph chart shows your progress as the number of pushups you perform increases each day.
Pushups coach is a versatile app that can be used to help you train to increase your upper body strength, reach a record number of pushups or achieve the coveted 100 consecutive pushups goal. The app is easy to use and the gradual increase in difficulty over the course of six weeks makes reaching your goal possible. Progress tracking provides the encouraging feedback necessary to keep going when you really wan't to stop. The addition of bonus features such as pushup tutorials as well as the ability to listen to music while you workout add to the overall experience.
The only knock against the app is the warmup period, which is fixed at 30 seconds. This short warmup period is adequate in the beginning, but a little too short for the higher, more intensive levels. To prevent any muscle injuries, you may want to warm up on your own before starting the app and its timer.
Pushups Coach is available for 99-cents in the iOS App Store. It is compatible with the iPhone and has no ads or in-app purchases.