13 Moves is a fitness aid app that uses Amy Star, a fitness workout lady, to help guide you into performing different exercises. This app is a free app that is available for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
The app shows you 13 different exercises of varying focuses on varying body parts. Need toned legs? Stronger arms? This app attempts to guide you into it.
First of all, most of these exercises are for both men and women. Pushups with your knees down may be mostly for women in most guys’ eyes, but this can help guys who don’t exercise a lot to start off or dudes who have messed up arms. Back to my point, this app can be used by almost anyone.
This is a free app, which helps it out in terms of how critical I can be on this app. The exercises have different options to make them more or less intensive and the app will actually show Reps and Sets that you have left. Each exercise shows you still frame images of Amy Star performing exercise and those images usually flip between two images. This is one of the major issues I have with this app.
The still images really don’t show you how to do an exercise. Yes, there is a ‘Preview’ section where it explains in detail about the exercise, but they give you no information about breathing (which is beyond important), what to avoid doing (which might lead to injury), and what muscle to concentrate on.
The app can use an interface lift so it explains how to do exercises safely and properly without having to quit to menu to ‘preview’ the exercises. Also information on weights a person should start with when exercising would help. Amy Star uses 5 pound weights, though that is not for everyone. Granted, I already know, but that’s because I did a lot of research for my exercises outside of this app.
All and all, this is a fairly good app with a system for counting your reps and keeping track of how many sets you have left. The images are actually pretty useful. There needs to be more clear information with maybe some safety guidelines or some kind of audio explaining what to do. That may require that this app costs money, yet those changes would be welcome. Make sure to do some research on the proper and safe ways of positioning, breathing, and how heavy the weights you use should be for your own personal body type.
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