Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TFG App Review

As a sweat Pink Ambassador I was recently given the opportunity to review The Fitness Games App. I liked the concept behind the app, you invite friends to join and you can challenge them to the workouts or challenge yourself. Personally I'm more of a solitary worker-outer so for me, virtual friends at the gym are fine with me.

There are a few different options that you can access by tapping on the icons.

I really liked the Full Body and Strength training workouts. It's been well documented that I have no idea what to do at the gym and usually end up doing some sort of cardio either on the elliptical or treadmill. I have no idea what do with the weights, how many reps or which parts I should focus on and I LOVED that the app told me exactly what to do.

I did the Les Go and Get Shredded last week and I have to say, I got a pretty decent calorie burn and my shoulders were sore for quite a few days afterward.

I do love my Cardio and really liked that it was an option as well.

My honest feedback? I enjoyed the workouts and I'm really happy to have some other options at the gym; however,  I was not a fan of the challenges, either against other people or for myself. I'm a competitive person and they just did not work for me.
One of the other testers challenged me to a run, which was cool, but it was on Weds morning. I had Weds scheduled as a rest day and was unable to respond. My next run day was on Saturday and by then the challenge had expired. I felt bad that it seemed like I just blew off her request.
The ones I did on my own I chose the option to challenge myself and it gave me a time in which I should complete the workout. I actually found that to be pretty difficult. Not because of my fitness level, that wasn't a problem, it was actually finding the machines in my gym. In each workout I needed to complete the circuit 3 times but it wasn't possible in a gym full of people to go from a bench to a machine to a burpee. Since I am so competitive I didn't like that my time was slowed down because I had to wait for people to return the weights I needed or get off a machine.
The other issue I had was that the app would time out and I'd lose all my data. I was doing the circuit the first day and it said to plank for a minute. I left the app, went to my timer, did the plank, huffed for while, went back and all my info was gone. The timer had stopped the challenge and nothing was saved. I was almost finished and pretty cranky.
I had a similar problem with the outdoor run. Saturday I chose "running outdoors", and said I would do 3.5 miles. I left the app to go to Pandora and took off on my run. I checked in at the 2 mile mark and the app said I'd only ran for 8 seconds. I guess it needed to be in the app for the time to log? Grrr...
As part of the testing program we received additional workouts but the basic app only comes with a few workouts. You can purchase additional ones for .99 but you don't know what's in the session until after it's purchased.
Like I said, I really liked having new workouts my phone but that was about it. If you'd like more info, check out the website here or in the App store


  1. Oh man... I hate when apps just bomb.
    I never tried the GPS with the running, but that bites it couldn't even track that.
    I actually did my review of the app today too :)

    1. Awesome! I'm glad you had a more favorable opinion on the app than I did. I really wanted to like it but it just had too many issues for me.

  2. I am a solo workout person too. Too much pressure from someone else and I get annoyed. It is always nice to have some new workouts but the timing out would frustrate me too. Hopefully they update that bug.

    1. I tried running with a group once and it just didn't work for me. I need to work out on my own. I'm there to get my sweat on and head home. :)

  3. i really dont think workout apps are for me - i love your honesty!