Aaptiv Workout App Review

I love working out. Wait, did I just say that? I was never am not athletic. I am uncoordinated and forever banging into things. I joined a workout group from work a few years ago and saw the same trainer for 6 or 7 years. She constantly pushed us, forcing us to do squats and lunges until our butts hurt, and encouraging us to push ourselves when we thought we had nothing left. She is amazing trainer and an amazing person, and I miss her all the time.

When our group all got laid off, we went our separate ways and our group stopped meeting. I kept working out on my own and looked for a something to keep me inspired. I found Aaptiv formerly called Skyfit. It’s a monthly subscription workout app that puts trainers, programs and music inside your phone, ready to be played at the push of a button. It’s affordable at $10 USD per month and you can do the workouts outside, at home or at a gym. In the fall I used it to run outside and when it got too cold for that (I’m a fair-weather runner), I bought a cheap gym pass and use the app inside.

The category section of the app

It has 15 categories including: Treadmill; Outdoor Running; Elliptical; Strength Training; Indoor Cycling; Stairclimber; Yoga; Walking; Stretching; Meditation; 5K Training Program; 10K Training Program; Half Marathon Training; Full Marathon Training; and Monthly Challenges. So you can see there’s something for just about everyone. I’ve tried lots of different ones but there are still lots that I haven’t tried. I also love the monthly fitness ones where you can try something new for the month.

Some yoga workouts you can try

Things I love about it

I am lazy. I get distracted watching other people working out, I forget what I planned to do, I do half the workout and figure that’s good enough. I have lots of excuses. This program pushes me. I have sore muscles after doing dozens of squats. I can see my stamina increase after doing several runs/treadmill workouts in a row. It also pushes me harder than I would’ve pushed myself (see above: lazy). I really like the variety available. There are literally hundreds of workouts in various intensity levels (using green, yellow and red dots to easily decipher which is which) to choose from every single time you workout. And you can’t beat the price of $10USD per month (closer to $15CAD with taxes) considering you don’t need a gym membership to do over half the workouts. The price also goes down if you choose to pay upfront for monthly or lifetime subscriptions. Click here to see the options and to sign up for a 7 day free trial.

Each workout shows you a quick description and some stats on duration, calories, etc.

 

Things I hate about it

If you use this and your gym doesn’t have wifi (or has terrible wifi), you should increase your download plan on your phone as you can’t download workouts, you have to stream them. For me, this isn’t a huge issue except that one month I was playing RollerCoaster Tycoon4Mobile (yes, I am a huge nerd) and streaming workouts. My husband texted one day and told me to cut down on whatever I was doing as I was using a significant portion of our data plan. I stopped playing the game and have been fine ever since.

Conclusion

Overall, I really like Aaptiv and will continue to use the app to help push myself towards my fitness goals. I don’t think an app will ever replace a person so if you have a great trainer, I would recommend keeping them. If you are like me, and looking for a way to keep your motivation high while working out by yourself, then Aaptiv may just be the app you are looking for.

Have you tried this? I would love to hear from you. Please leave me a comment. Happy Shopping!

My friend Amy and I pretending to be tough before Spartan last year

Joe Cross Juice Cleanse – Day 1

So, Day 1 of my juice cleanse. My husband was actually the one that picked up a lot of the fruit and veggies yesterday so he was super keen on seeing my first juice that morning. (He also thought that all the fruit and veggies went into one juice, so silly).

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So, I got up and boiled some water and added some lemon. Uh, yuck! Apparently I really don’t like hot water and lemon. I sipped at it until it was cool enough to drink from a straw and sucked the rest down that way. 

 Next I made my morning juice: 3 carrots, 2 apples (I used Gala) and a one-inch piece of ginger. It was pretty tasty. Even my husband and daughter tried some and liked it.   At 10, I had my Mean Green Juice. It definitely wasn’t my favourite. Celery is not my favourite flavour and it was predominant in this juice. 

At noon, I made the gazpacho juice. This is the one I had been dreading since I read about this. I don’t like tomatoes. When I was a kid, I wouldn’t eat them at all. In the last couple of years, I’ve been eating them occasionally, in salads, on burgers, that sort of thing. But I still don’t  really like them. So it’ll be no shock to you when I say I didn’t like this juice either. Oh well, I drank it anyways. 

I needed some help getting through this juice. So I rewatched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, Joe Cross’ documentary about his 60 day juicing journey. I mean, if he can do 60 days, I can do three, right? I drank the juice and then went for a nap. 

I slept for a couple of hours, so I missed the planned time of 3 pm of the afternoon snack juice. This one has oranges, more cucumber and Swiss chard. I figured this one would be better because it had all the oranges in it. I was wrong. I didn’t like this one either. 

Now I’m getting pretty discouraged. I can’t imagine drinking one more juice nevermind two more days of juices. By the time my husband has gotten home from work, I’ve decided I’m done. I’m eating solid food for supper. This has been much harder than I anticipated. But I am going to try all the juices. So I make the last juice and drink it with dinner. It wasn’t too bad but not my favourite either. 

So I didn’t continue with the next two days of juicing. I’m glad I tried it even though it’s not for me. It did make eating clean the next day much, much easier. I’m going to look into it more and maybe find some recipes that fit in better with foods I like. My husband enjoyed the juice but isn’t interested in doing the cleanse. I think we’ll make juicing part of our regular diet but not exclusive.

So, what do you think of my one day of juicing? Inspired you to try it or convinced you to stay away? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Happy Shopping!

Joe Cross Juice Cleanse – Intro

Obviously, from  reading my blog, you know I love trends and fads. Well, one fad I haven’t tried is a juice cleanse. And since so many ppl have questions about them, I thought I’d write about my experience.

I googled “juice cleanse” and came up with this one: the Joe Cross 3-day Juice Cleanse.

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Sounds simple with ingredients I can buy anywhere and it’s short. I already know I can’t do a 14 day juice cleanse, no point in setting myself up for failure.

So, I’m getting ready to start the cleanse tomorrow morning and do it Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. It suggests to do it over a weekend but I am prone to snacking on the weekend so doing at work is a much better idea.

So I grocery shopped and picked up the mountain of fruits and veggies I would need for the next three days (this is actually only one days’ worth of fruit and veggies):

Cleaned and put together the juicer for easy use: 

And made extra ice to pour the juice over.

I feel excited. I was in labour for three days. Juicing can’t be that much harder. The article suggests that you get your body ready for juicing by cutting out dairy, processed foods and sugar. Ya, that’s not happening. As I type this, I’m drinking hot chocolate and I have a pizza party to go to tonight.

So? Anyone else tried a cleanse? Was it beneficial? Would you do it again? I’d love to hear, Happy Shopping!