If you haven’t already figured it out… fitness is a lifestyle for me. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have good days and bad days. But, I have found that consistency is key. I have learned to keep pushing myself EVERY DAY, and two fitness apps have helped me do just that.
When I first started my fitness journey a few years ago, I started with just cardio, as most women do. I also didn’t know what to do in the gym to help me achieve my goals. I knew I wanted to have a bigger butt, toned arms and abs (I mean isn’t that every woman’s goal lol.) But, I didn’t have the patience or time to look for workouts every single day.
But, then I discovered the Sweat program by Kayla Itsines. I have been using this fitness app for just over three years now, and I love it! I have had many fitness apps before, but none of them were quite like this. The app is easy to use, connects seamlessly with my Apple Watch, offers five different personal trainers with over 15 unique 12-week programs that you can do either at home or at the gym. It also has meal suggestions, a weekly planner and the ability to track your progress all within the app.
The trainers and programs
I started with Kayla’s BBG program, which focused on 28-min circuits which were a great starting point for me. However, after a few months, I moved onto Kelsey Wells’ PWR program which was focused on sculpting muscle and increasing strength. At the end of 2018, Sweat introduced two new trainers, Chontel Duncan, whose program focuses on HIIT workouts and Steph Sanzo, whose program focuses on power building. Lastly, Sanja Elise has fantastic 28-min yoga programs.
A few times a year, Sweat has 6-week challenges. They are meant to push you out of your comfort zone. You have the option to choose a new trainer, all the programs in the challenge offer new workouts, and you can choose from beginner or advanced depending on where you are in your journey.
Beyond the workouts, Sweat has the most amazing community of supportive women. We all encourage and motivate each other, with no judgement. There are local Sweat communities all over the world. I joined the recently formed @Sweat_Canada group to connect with local women who love the app and these programs as much as I do. Also, all of the trainers interact and engage with the community daily, making it that much more fun to post your workouts/progress.
Now, at face value, Sweat isn’t cheap, it’s about $120/year. But it is worth every penny! It is truly one of the best apps I’ve ever invested in. Think about it, a personal trainer could cost up to $300/week, with this app you get five trainers for the less than the price of one and the convenience of working out whenever and wherever you want.
Nike Run Club
The other fitness app I use religiously is the Nike Run Club app. I know there are a lot of running apps out there. But, I love Nike, it’s easy to use and connects seamlessly to my Apple Watch.
Guided runs & virtual coaching
When I was training for my first half marathon last year, there wasn’t a day that I wasn’t using the Nike Run Club app. I actually used their virtual coaching program to train for the marathon. It set me up with a plan based on my run date and the number of times that I could run in a week and a few other data points. I loved that it captured all of my progress and the program adapted each week, depending on how I did the week prior. It was personalized for me.
The app also offers many guided runs to choose from. To be honest, I don’t use these often as I prefer to listen to music. But, they are beneficial on the days when I don’t have it in me, and it pushes me to keep going.
I love a good challenge, and the app has at least three challenges each month to choose from or can you create your own and invite your friends who use the app.
I am my own competition on most days. The app has a rewards system that gives me something to work towards and helps me stay motivated to keep running. They have seven levels based on the number of miles/kilometres you’ve run on the app. I am currently at level 3 (green). But, I am 31.2 miles away from level 4 (blue). This means I would’ve run a total of 621.3 miles using the Nike Run Club App – which is incredible!
Well friends the Nike Rub Club app is free. If you download it, add me as a friend “Cara S”.
As I have said many times, fitness is your own personal journey. But, these two apps have really helped me with mine, and they may help you with yours