I have a hard time keeping a proper training journal. I workout regularly but lately I have not been seeing any progress and I know that is in part because I do not know what I did from one workout to the next. I have tried different ways to record my workouts, from a pen and paper journal to iphone and ipad apps, but either I could not stick with it or the app did not seem very helpful. As I got more serious about tracking my workouts, I started shopping for an app with a keener eye on what I was looking for. When I came across Full Fitness HD for the ipad, I realized that I found what I was looking for.
I like to use all kinds of different workout tools and styles, from Crossfit-style WODs to kettlebells to Olympic lifts. Full Fitness is the first app I have found that afforded me the flexibility in selecting the type of exercises that I needed. If there was an exercise that was not on the list, I could create it and add it to my workouts. Even better, the app tracked my workout results and gave me feedback on how I was doing. For example, if I did 3 sets of deadlifts, I could see my average weight, 1 repetition maximum and more. I could compare how I did on different days to see if my weight improved. I like this feature but it could be improved. For example, on pull-ups, the chart showed the weight I used. I just used my bodyweight, so the chart just gives me a straight line as my bodyweight was the same each time. I wanted to see progress on how many pull-ups I did instead. Overall though it is a good feature.
The workout tracker feature is my favorite and the one I use most often but there are other good features as well. The routines menu, which shows a variety of workouts based on specific goals, is very helpful. This feature shows a full workout, with all of the necessary details, for everything from golf to mixed martial arts (MMA).
The weight tracker is very simple. You just type in your height weight on a given day and hit record. You can track your weight loss/gain over time. You can also view your Body Mass Index (BMI), which includes the range so you see where you on the healthy scale.
One feature I do not use, but probably should, is the calorie counter. The app downloads a list of foods the first time you open it and then you can use that list to pick out everything you have eaten and how much. A general guide to losing weight is to burn more energy than you take in. This feature is a way to track whether you are actually doing that or not. That is important because most people eat more than they realize and recording it makes it more real.
Overall, I really like the app. I have recorded every workout that I have done for the past month and plan to continue to do so. The progress charts are my favorite part because I see how much I have improved over just this one month. I would like to see more flexibility in the chart itself, like with the pull-up information that I mentioned earlier. However, that would be more of a "nice to have" than a "must have" type of item. I recommend this Full Fitness HD for anyone who is looking for an easy way to record their workouts and view the results with a simple click or two.