11-05-2012, 10:35 AM
iPhone 4S, iOS 5.x
Join Date: Jan 2012
Reviewed as MarcFizzy on the US Appstore.
Get Fit With Fitness for iPad
Fitness for iPad is an amazing app. This certainly the best fitness app on app store. The app looks extremely polished. And it has an unbelievably huge collection of videos and images. (It has 700+ exercises for men and women & 50 yoga poses with more than 700 video clips!)
With such a detailed database, surely you will get the correct form. I really like the clear voice instruction. That just makes my workout much easier. The videos are accurate. Besides, you can track a lot of useful information (distance, duration, weight, etc) about each of your session.
Moreover, the app has several other professional utilities, namely, Calorie Counter, Body Tracker & BMI.
The body tracker is amazing, it allows you to visualize your progress in the form of beautiful graphs, and it even allow you to take photos. With body tracker I am sure I will be motivated everyday!!!
The food tracker is equally important. It help you to monitor the food you eat. And that's important, isn't it? So that will help you to find what food will really help your workouts.
But I do has some suggestions:
1. iCloud, universal profile, and intergration
I appreciate the sign in with Facebook feature. But still, I hope an iCloud sync option will be available soon. I know this can be tricky. But it will not only make this this app a lot better, it will benefit all Viaden health apps. It's kind of frustrating that you have to set up profile everytime when you open a app from the same developer. I expect I can have a universal profile once and for all. For example, when I did workouts (following All-in Fitness), I can know how much calorie I burnt in Calorie Counter.
I think sync needs to be done automatically as well. It's more convenient for users. A universal profile can help better intertergrate all these health app together. Not only users who use more than one of these health app will be grateful for this, I think it will also help Viaden building its brand.
2. Better loading
This is a minor problem. Especially if you have downloaded the content and uploaded it to the app, it won't be problem even if the Wi-Fi connection is bad in the gym. But I notice when you are training and switching to the next exercise (when the rest is over), the app will start to download content like pictures immediately, and it slows things down. This loading circle won't be necessary if the app starts to download the picture for the next exercise when you are doing the previous exercise. I hope the app will handle downloading in a more efficient way.
And I think there might be a bug in this version. Now the loading can be very slow, much slower than I had expereinced in previous versions. It just say Please, wait...and it don't download anything. I have to download alll the content in Pref.
3. More intuitive UI
The app has a very polished UI. But sometimes it looks quite confusing. When you choose from the quick recipes, the users might not notice the categorization because it looks too dark. I think if add a icon for each categorization, it will be more intuitive for new users.
The new "Share your own programs" clutters with the photo in vertical mode. And the interface of "Food & Body Tracker" need to be more streamlined. And I hope the app can offer a demo tutorial for new users.
When you are in workout session, the interface does not arrange all the information very clearly. I do not think putting the Timer icon on the right side of the screen is not a good idea. (I didn't very quickly find it.) First the timer icon should be bigger. Because it is actually a very important feature. Second, I think the row of icons (audio, movie, muscle, timer) should be put beneath the workout instruction image like this. I think if you rearrange these elements, it will make more sense. Because, first, a user should carefully read all the detailed instruction. Then he looks at the image, and he will get the general idea what the workout is like. If he still doesn't know how to do it, he can watch the video, (which he will not do it every time). And for me, then I will listen to the audio instruction and do my exercises. And finally I will tap the timer (So please make it bigger!).
If a image zoom up, you have to tap within the image, so it can go back to normal size. I hope I can tap anywhere on the screen and it will go back to normal size. I believe this practice is more common in iOS development.
4. Retina support for the new iPad
This is urgent! If iPad 4 is out this September, no Retina support will be a big probelm for this app.
5. I hope I can play some workout music within the app.
6. Can you add some kind of social network with GPS tracking, like "find my gym buddy" in this app? So I can get know other guys who use this app around me and we can talk and exchange tips. I think that will be fun.
Anyway, this is a powerful and professional fitness app! Thank you for making such an amazing app!