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Spring has officially arrived! Even though there is still 3 feet of snow up here in the Great White North, I feel the need to burn some of the blubber that has magically appeared over winter. Its been a LONG 8 months!
So I skipped over to the carefree BerryReview Store to see what kind of amazing fitness apps I could discover. After catching my breath I picked up 4 apps that I will quickly review here: 200 Situps, Pushups, Brainwave Tuner, and Self-Hypnosis for Weight Control.
200 Situps is basically a virtual personal trainer that helps you to eventually do 200 situps. Not in one set, but in one session. So theoretically, by the end of the program, you should be able to perform 5 sets of 40 situps with short rests between sets.
To get started, begin the initial test, as shown above, and do as many ‘good form’ situps as you can manage. After you save, the app will automatically create a program that will help you achieve the goal of 200 situps. I would advise against killing yourself in the initial test. Do as many as you can comfortably, then stop. If you can only manage a few, that’s fine. If you go crazy during the test, you’ll have to go crazy the entire time.
Keep reading…or keep blubber. Its your decision.
As you can see, the Pushups app is pretty much the same as the situps app. This one I’ll go through in a little bit more detail.
After the initial test, you click ‘Today’s Program.’ Above is an example of a daily program. Across the top you can see how many pushups you need to do in each set.
After you click ‘Done’, this screen appears showing you how long to rest until the next set. This is my favourite part.
You can track your progress in a graph to see how you’re doing. These 2 apps surprised me. I really liked how they were setup. Neither daily program takes more than 10 minutes so its easier to stay motivated. The visual aid of the graph is helpful to keep motivation up.
Another great way to motivate yourself is, of course, hypnosis…
After trying Situps and Pushups, I was getting frustrated that the fat wasn’t melting away before my eyes. I guess I should have actually done the exercises rather than just clicking buttons? I don’t know. So I turned to Brainwave Tuner. This is a very interesting app. I basically got it to hypnotise myself so I actually did the situps and pushups. As you can see in the screenshot above, this app is for many other things as well. I was surprised to learn that Brainwave Tuner won the 2009 Handango Championship Award for Best Health/Fitness App. It also has a 4.5 star rating on App World. Check out the surprisingly flirt free reviews below.
These reviews actually provide a decent overview of Brainwave. Its basically a series of tones and frequencies that play repeatedly, supposedly affecting the way your brain works. I gotta say, I’m not sold on this app quite yet. I attribute most of these positive reviews to one of three things: the placebo effect, buyer’s remorse, or…it actually works. I’ll let you be the judge.
Now here is an app that might just save my waistline and help me blast this blubber once and for all! Self-Hypnosis for Weight Control. This app differs substantially from Brainwave in that it aims to actually hypnotize you into eating right, exercising, and taking care of your body. It uses speech rather than tones. You choose how long of a session you want, relax, and let the brainwashing begin. A calm man’s voice comes on with soothing elevator music playing in the background. He tells you your eyes are getting heavy and you’re laying in a field somewhere surrounded by sunshine, lollipops and rainbows… or something like that.
I haven’t been able to sit through longer than the 5 minute session but I’m pretty sure the full recording lasts for an hour and it just cuts off depending on how long you selected. I must admit though, I did feel quite relaxed even after a 5 minute session. Below is part of the overview of Self-Hypnosis for Weight Control from the homescreen of the app.
Overall, I thought the Pushups and 200 Situps were quite useful apps. They are simple and intuitive and with free versions to try, there’s no reason not to give them a shot. They are also small in size (about 250kb) so you don’t have to worry about memory issues.
There are free ad-supported versions of Pushups and 200 Situps on App World that you can try. To get rid of the ads, each app costs $3.99 which is a savings of 20% off the regular price of $4.99. A small price to pay for a tiny, virtual, personal trainer.
GIVEAWAY: Bhargavi from Vimukti Technologies let me know that they will offer one free copy of Pushups and one free copy of 200 Situps (both ad free versions of course) to our readers. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post. Contest closes April 7, 2011 at 11:59 EDT. Only one comment per person.
Brainwave Tuner and Self-Hypnosis for Weight Control take an obviously different approach to fitness and motivation. I am more of a hands on kind of guy, but judging by all of the positive reviews (at least for Brainwave Tuner) the apps could be effective. They are both quite hefty when it comes to size though (Brainwave 2.9MB, Weight Control 2.7MB). Ironic?
50% DISCOUNT: Brainwave Tuner and Self-Hypnosis for Weight Control regularly cost $3.99 each. For a limited time, iMobLife is offering an exclusive discount for all BerryReview readers. By using the coupon code: BERRYREVIEW11 at checkout, 50% will be discounted from the price. So you can get Brainwave Tuner or Self-Hypnosis for Weight Control for $1.99 each. NOTE: This coupon code will only work in the BerryReview store and it will only be effective until April 7, 2011
GIVEAWAY: Jessie Chen, a representative of iMobLife also let me know that they will offer one free copy of each of their apps, Brainwave Tuner and Self-Hypnosis for Weight Control to our lucky readers! To enter, simply leave a comment on this post. Contest closes April 7, 2011 at 11:59 EDT. Only one comment per person.
So to sum it all up, there is one copy of each of the 4 apps up for grabs. For your chance to win, leave a comment on this post. Winners will be chosen by who we decide might actually use the apps. There is also a 50% discount available that only applies to Brainwave Tuner and Self-Hypnosis for Weight Control in the BerryReview Store.