Get fit with friends with BattleFit
Now you can turn your daily workouts into a friendly competition with BattleFit. The universal app runs on iOS 6.0 or later and is a free download.
In BattleFit you will find a four different levels of workouts available, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Custom. Each level contains eleven different workouts you can do. Additional workouts are available but that requires an upgrade to BattleFit Pro for US$2.99.
The concept behind the app is for users to make the workouts competitive. The developers feel that we all will achieve more if we have a specific goal to beat. With BattleFit you can compete against yourself or friends even if you are not working out together. Users can track how they do in each phase and enter the final result. The app tracks those workouts so you know what you have to beat each time you do the same exercise again.
You can also enter your numbers and compare those with friends who run through the same set of exercises. As users complete each exercise, they earn points based on their times or the number of repetitions they completed. As the point totals increase users move up to higher designations within the app. You start at Couch Potato and go up from there.
Users select the Arcade method to compete against their own personal bests or Versus to set up a battle against a friend or another user. The app has a search function that allows you to locate other users and invite them to become a workout friend. You will be able to see what level each user has achieved so you can choose someone for your Battle at the same level you are.
In each level of the the workouts you will find the name of the workout and what the goals is for that exercise. For example in the Beginner section, the exercise called 20/20 requires you to complete 20 Burpees, 20 Crunches, 20 Squats, and 20 Pushups and time how long it takes you to do each set. When you are ready, a stop watch pops up and you go through all four sets then hit stop. You then post the time and you will be awarded points.
Overall, BattleFit can be a good app to use to keep you motivated during your workouts especially if you tend to be more competitive. The workouts are strenuous and will test your fitness level if you want to keep moving to higher levels. One thing that would make the app better would be to offer more complete descriptions of how to do each exercise. Some do have single line descriptions to help but others have nothing. Everyone knows what a pushup or a pullup is but I am not clear on just what a Burpee is or how I do it. Maybe if you are a veteran workout addict all these names will be familiar but for beginners BattleFit needs more information.
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