LWR Personal Trainer (£1.49/$1.99) by Dennis Publishing
Available on iPhone, iPod Touch
Back in the day I used to exercise four times a week for about an hour. Now that free time is pretty much a thing of the past…I was lucky if I can get one proper workout a week (as perhaps many can relate to).
Whether it’s for health or vanity, exercising and eating healthy have become hot topics in recent years…and there are plenty of apps that promise to whip its users into shape. LWR Personal Trainer is an app that actually delivers. It’s developed by Lucy Wyndham-Read, a women’s fitness expert with over 15 years in the business.
LWR Personal Fitness Trainer is a 28 day program for women that includes a meal plan and exercise routines. The program is customized by asking questions such as height, current weight, and to choose three goals (such as weight loss or reducing stress). I did have a problem with the app crashing after switching from kg to lbs when entering current and ideal weights but there was no problem entering it in kg or my height in feet/inches.
The main screen includes a daily planner (listing the meals/exercise for that day), a progress chart, motivational videos, daily tips and a shopping list (for the week’s meals). The app’s developers say that it features 85 recipes and 80 different exercises (needless to say although I have been using the app for a while.. I haven’t tried them all!).
The recipes are easy to follow and simple to make. Unfortunately, I don’t like bananas, raisins or dates so I didn’t follow the meal plan exactly . Other than indicating if you are a vegetarian or not, there’s no way to customize the meal plan for individual preferences. However, the program does include the occasional treat of chocolate as well as allowing for “a cheeky glass of wine or a naughty dessert” so you don’t feel too deprived (and are more likely to stick with it).
At the time of writing this review I haven’t completed my 28 days yet but I’m hoping at the end I will be able to change my goals and do another 28 days (if not…that would be a very helpful feature…especially for those who are changing from a weight loss goal to toning up etc.)
|Ease of Use||Very easy to use.|
|Functionality||Good other than the lbs glitch.|
|Value vs. Price||Excellent.|
|Overall||Well worth downloading this app.|
|App Name:||LWR Personal Trainer (iTunes)|
|Price as of this writing:||£1.49/ $1.99. A free version of this app is not available at this time.|
|iTunes category:||Health & Fitness|
|Available on:||iPhone, iPod Touch|
|Device & iOS used for review:||iPod Touch, iOS 5.1|