Ever want to have a dedicated workout buddy? Want to have a nice soothing lady talk to you in your head? … Ignore that last part. lolo Burn is a cardio calorie counter and music app that is to aid your walking, walk-jog, or running by setting tempos, pace changes, and duration trackers. This app is available from lolo and is for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. This app costs $4.99 (8/15/10).
Ok, before I go into the app itself, let me talk about its introduction. After a brief personization fitness level survey, the app just starts right up and a lady starts talking to you. She explains that music can set the pace to your exercising since you naturally sync up with the beat of a song. Using this, they set up intensity levels for your sessions with customizable intensity levels and monitors for how fast you walk/run (based on whether you are on a treadmill or on the street).
This app works well. After 3 or 4 exercising sessions on a treadmill, this app actually does work. The music is adaptive to the point where if your running pace changes, the beat will try to match you! I was pretty surprised when during my run, I increased the speed and the beat of the music matched my pace. It was pretty interesting to experiment with. You can change the songs though, so thank goodness for that since there are only 24 tracks and after while they start to become repetitive.
The voice over is pretty well done with a woman trainer speaking to you. Her tips and motivational speeches are nice and you can disable it if you want.
This is a really good app for people who don’t have access to tons of mp3s in their devices. Sometimes popular songs are slow paced, which can ruin your exercising pace or sometimes they are ridiculous to try to follow (Ever try running to the pace of “Through the Fire and Flames” from Guitar Hero? It hurts. It hurts a lot.) Yes, you could try to set up your own playlist with your own personal songs, but listening to each one to set the pace is a pain and this app does a great job of matching your pace.
I enjoyed this one as an exercise aid. I would love to see a new version with a muscle building alternative, more music, customizable skins, and maybe for the sake of fairness, a male voice option. I personally would love a “Drill Sargent” boot-camp style voice that yells at me Full Metal Jacket style. Cause you know, when trying to lose weight, you need to be belittled and called a little girl.
If this app has some updates, alternates, and different programs for different exercise (hopefully within this paid version so we don’t have to buy more), then maybe the higher price line could be better justified. As it is now, the program is pretty good but could us some more content to be a truly great app. Till then–
Here is a video demo of the lolo Burn – Cardio app on the iPhone
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