Weight loss is generally a goal for many as the warmer weather starts up and summer edges closer. However, the coronavirus lockdown has thrown a spanner in the works of nearly everyone’s lives. Trips to the gym are no longer possible and there’s no guaranteeing you’ll get what you want at the supermarket to whip up your diet-friendly meals.
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Fortunately, working out a home is still an option – and it’s to this that countless Britons are turning, whether it’s digging out dusty fitness DVDs or tuning into Joe Wicks’ P.E classes.
Fitness apps are also becoming hugely popular at this time.
One such app is Fiit. Founded in 2017, Fiit is the number one rated fitness app in the App store and is available on iOS and Android.
It provides all manner of workout classes – so is it the app for you to help you get fit during the pandemic? This writer found out.
What is Fiit?
Fiit lets you stream interactive fitness classes straight to your phone, tablet or TV.
With the app, you can work out any time and place with in-demand industry experts.
There are three ‘studios’ – cardio, strength and mobility – and a huge range of classes including HIIT, combat, strength training, yoga, pilates, mobility flows and breathwork.
Fiit also enables you to track your performance thanks to the Fiit device which tracks heart rate, calories and Fiit points.
The Fiit device Lite costs £25 and is available for purchase during signup via the website or in-app, while the Fiit device costs £45 and also counts reps which helps you maintain good form, and track progress in the Cardio and Strength studios.
What classes does Fiit offer?
The cardio classes will challenge you. You can focus on specific body areas or opt for full-body workouts with different styles and game modes to keep you on your toes.
The strength classes build strong movement patterns and muscle that you can utilise in all your cardio workouts.
Mobility classes – including yoga, pilates and breathing sessions – aid muscle recovery and help to prevent injury while increasing your range of motion, meaning you’ll move better, with increased muscle activation.
I myself enjoy the wide range of options available – there’s always something for you no matter what form of exercise you’re after.
Classes are either 25 or 40 minutes and are aimed at all levels, from beginner to advanced. The music is excellent and well-paired, too.
If you’re looking for added interactivity and like a bit of competition, then Fiit Club run classes live throughout the day and you can see your Fiit scores against others and see how you rank.
Are there programmes I can follow?
Yes, there are all sorts of programmes available on Fiit, whether you want to build muscle or lose weight.
I would heartily recommend following one if you’re after some structure during this period of coronavirus chaos.
Training plans include such options as ’14 Days of Cardio’, six weeks ‘Total Burn’, four weeks ‘Resistance’, six weeks ‘Real Strength, ’14 Days of Rebalance’ as well as several postnatal plans.
I sign up for the 10 week Sweat and Reset training plan, created in partnership with Women’s Health. It’s designed to help you to lose fat, build muscle and increase flexibility, and works for any level of fitness. The plan is supported by two trainers in each of the classes: one demonstrates beginner and intermediate moves and the other advanced variations.
What equipment do I need?
The good news is that you need very little equipment indeed as a lot of the classes simply use bodyweight.
However, at least one set of light to moderate dumbbells is needed for a selection of the classes and resistance bands could also prove useful. A yoga mat is also advisable.
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What are the trainers like?
I swiftly learn to love the trainers. Yes, they’re all gym-honed and gorgeous but they also sweat along with the rest of us and are endlessly encouraging as they clarify what move they’re doing and what’s up next.
I particularly enjoy the motivating rapport between the trainers when there are two working together and it certainly adds an element of camaraderie. Sometimes I even distract myself from the muscle burn by wondering what their real relationships are with each other and who fancies who…
What’s more, some trainers are faces you may recognise from say, Love Island (Gabby Allen) or Instagram (Lilly Sabri).
What’s the tracking like?
I love seeing how many calories I’ve burned as my Fiit device measures the stat and shows it up on my iPhone screen, and the heart rate figure is certainly interesting.
However, I’m left never quite knowing how many Fiit points I am meant to be earning. The trainers talk repeatedly about racking up more, but personally, this isn’t something I find hugely motivating – I simply do the best I can, and the sweat pouring off me tells me I’m doing something right. The point system would likely work wonders for others, though.
I appreciate that it tracks how many workouts you’ve done a week, too – perfect if you struggle to remember yourself!
How easy is it to use?
I fully recommend watching all the introductory videos available on the home screen when you first download the app as they are a great way to orient yourself.
I make the mistake of not watching these initially and consequently am left quite baffled through several sessions.
There are also useful clips on the correct form for certain exercises.
The live chat function was highly helpful for when I did encounter any issues. Someone was always quick to respond and answer my query which was beyond useful. There’s also a good FAQ section if you don’t fancy making human contact.
Undeniably the best way of working out with Fiit is to use an HDMI cable to hook your phone up to your TV to watch the classes on the big screen.
Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work as well when using the app on a laptop in my experience – there is only the option of mirroring the screen through an external application rather than streaming directly.
Alternately you can simply use the app on your phone – even if the screen is rather diminutive.
How much does it cost?
Fiit Premium membership costs as little as £10 a month with the yearly membership. £45 for a quarterly membership. Or £20 for a flexible monthly subscription.
I really enjoy using Fiit and am even tempted to continue using it after the lockdown has ended in favour of a gym membership. I appreciate the convenience of working out from home while still have top trainers coaching you through – and it costs less too. I would definitely recommend it to a friend.
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