App of the Week: Learn to Run

So one of my goals this year was to get back into running (I know its June but better late than never) so this week’s App of the Week is a great tool for just that.

 

Learn to Run, foco00 – Android

 

This training app is a great tool for beginners to get into running or for anyone who has taken a break and wants to get back into it.

 

The app is simple to use and once downloaded you simply work your way through each of the stages building up to an hour workout.

 

Review

 

The app has a simple interface with the main menu having just two options, an information based “how to start running” text and a “Start” option to take you into the workouts.

The “how to start running” tab takes you into a write-up about what you need to consider when looking to start your running programme from equipment/clothing advice to making time for fitting in your training and visiting a doctor to ensure there are no health concerns.

 

So after going through the advice section you can move on to the actual training, pressing the “Start” option gets you into the 25 workouts designed to ease you into running.

 

Each one is marked “Day 1″, “Day 2″ etc. and it is advised that you do no more than 4 workouts a week and the app makers claim that  following these steps will have you being able to run for an hour after the 25th session.

 

 

The workouts begin with a 5 minute warm up and an audible beep to let you know when to switch between running and walking. The app will also play music from your phone playlists to keep you motivated during the running sessions and the music stops when the app switches to the walking intervals. You can change tracks using the buttons or change the preferences and use shake control to switch between songs and there is the option to make the music play continually rather than it keep stopping during intervals.

 

Overall the app is really simple to use and it’s a great way to get in shape and start running, the only downfall is the lack of GPS and tracking options as I would like to know the distance I have gone etc. So the simplicity of this app and how easy this makes running for beginners but due to the lack of statistics and tracking gets this app a Mobilesplease rating of 4 out of 5.

 

Mobilesplease App Rating:

Around the World in 80 Scams scores 4 out of 5

 

 

Do you have a favourite fitness app? Which app would you recommend for runners?

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