Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Fitness Games

When I heard that name & asked to review it by the awesome peeps at Sweat Pink, I was a tad nervous.  After all, I had images of Katniss floating through my head.

Did this game involve someone chasing me with arrows or the threat of having to eat poison berries at the end?

No... this one was a fun app that you can download.

I actually downloaded The Fitness Games (http://www.tfgapp.com/) on my tablet & checked to see what its all about.  (Go to their web site to get the app link)

This is a app that is just basically ready to kick your butt & gives you challenges to complete against other people if you choose to do so.

You basically go into this app & check what you want to work out on.  Strength, Cardio, Full Body or Cross Training... take your pick... it's all going to kick your butt.

Then you can decide if you want to challenge someone or if you want to challenge yourself.  You are then ready to work up a sweat.

I did appreciate that this app would give you pictures with description or video in case you didn't know what a certain move name meant.  I clicked on these pictures & descriptions ... a LOT...

At the end of the work out, when you are finished, you actually get points & the more points you earn, the more work outs that open for you.

The workouts are full of different things that can keep you working hard.  Like I went to do an ab work out, & usually ab workouts are a quick set of planks & crunches... look at the workout for the Ab Assault circuit work out...
That's a LOT of exercises.
My Abs better look out!

I really liked that when you set up your Profile, you also have a "my feed" tab that you can go on & check out all the people that you friend & see what they are doing or how their points are ranking up.

I was going to try the Running feature because I saw it has a GPS tracking on it that lets you truly journal how long your distance is & your time.  Perfect if you were challenging someone else.  Since having it on my tablet, I would have looked like a nerd running with that, so I didn't use that feature... but its good to know its there should I put it on my phone.

I did have a hard time setting up my profile.  I don't know if it's because it was on my tablet & not my phone, but when I would take a picture, it wouldn't save it for my profile pic... which it finally did after 238 times I think... & then other pictures would come up side ways.  & when I would take a picture, I would have to take it sideways to make it work.  There was also no easy way to delete the picture. I finally learned how to do it after flubbing around for a few days.  If you asked me how to do it - I couldn't even tell you.
Side way pictures... makes for a neck stretch exercise

So while its got some great features,  I think it needs a few more 'friendly features' to make it easy to work with for dorks like me.

I also had a hard time in finding friends to link up with.  I basically had to go to Instagram & look up #TheFitnessGames or look up the actual apps Instagram page & look at who commented & try & find them through their names they put on the comments.  I wish there was a link that would find your Twitter friends.  I think I sent out a few friend requests that never got acknowledged - I'm pretty sure because they're like, "Who is that person?"... So needless to say, I didn't get to do many challenges against other people.

Though I do have to say, I did appreciate that I could challenge myself. I always say I am my biggest competitor, so even if you don't have a lot of friends on there, you can still get the work outs in & see how you do with each workout.

Another downfall I see is a lot of the moves involve gym equipment.  I have been around working out enough to know how to modify it for free weights at home, but maybe a new person wouldn't be so understanding.

It's not all downfalls though.   It really is an amazing way to work out & get new moves & different routines to mix things up. To get a full body work out in.

I will say I am glad to have this app though because its handy to carry with you wherever you go.  I would imagine traveling with it would be fantastic in getting your work out on.

& the best thing of it all - its FREE!  BAM!  How do you go wrong with a free app that works you out? 

Its now available for both Apple and Android... I love when us Android users aren't left out of the fun.

So if you download it & give it a try, send me a friend request (my name is rebeccajo on there) ... & challenge me...

& I'll shoot arrows at YOUR head  #TeamKatniss

Tweet: Challenge your fitness with #TheFitnessGames! Check out @TFGapp and let the games begin! http://ctt.ec/gd5dj+ @fitapproach #sweatpink


  1. I totally would've done this if I wasn't in the middle of marathon training. This app reminds me of the Nike Training Club app!

    1. Nothing gets in the middle of Marathon training! :)

  2. I don't do well with apps. For some reason something always goes wrong ( with the set up or profile or something).

  3. I have been seeing this app all over the blogging world lately. It sounds really neat! I like a little competition every once in a while...I'm surprised, however, when you said a lot of the moves require fitness equipment. I would think an app would be more conducive to doing exercises you could do anywhere!

    1. That is so true - kind of the point, I think - to make it easier... I'm just glad I know how to modify exercises. Some people may not know how.

  4. I have been hearing about this app. I am not huge on using apps, but now that I have a new phone and need to experiement one day I may just have to try this app and see what all the great talk about it is about:)

  5. sounds interesting - i am not really an app girl when it comes to working out, though i've heard the nike app is good.

  6. Sounds fun! I need to download this! The name does sound very Katniss!
    xo Krissy @ Sneakers and Sequins

  7. What a fun lil blog! I love this post :) I needed to fuel my brain so I'm about to go post mine. #sweatpink ! God bless, Christiana of spillingcoffeendroppingthings.com

  8. I've heard a little about this app and really appreciate reading your review. It sounds like a fun app that would be worth a try. When I first heard the name, I thought of Katniss too. :)

  9. Is it sad that the first thing that lured me in is the "gym selfie" feature? LOL. I'm doing a hybrid program now but will check it out for future!


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