My little internet hamsters have been reporting back to me that a lot of you are searching for “You Are Your Own Gym app reviews”. Since the authors have updated the app, I thought I would take the time to post an updated review!
(Haven’t yet read the first review? It gives a lot of background of the program and the book – you will want to check it out as well!)
Okay, first things first. The app is based on the book of the same name – “[amazon_link id=”B004GTLFNW” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]You Are Your Own Gym[/amazon_link]”, and it is unique in that it stands alone as a fitness app, as well as a companion to the book. I will definitely suggest that you buy the book as well if you are serious about following the You Are Your Own Gym program, since it really discusses the philosophy of the whole bodyweight movement, as well as nutrition and workout safety.
However, if you are a rebel and want to forge ahead with the app, here’s what you can expect!
The app has been significantly reworked, and many fantastic features have been added. Let’s go through them one at a time.
The main screen offers several options:
- Start Working Out – this gives you several options for working out, including your standard 10-week program based on Mark Lauren’s YAYOG workouts; quick workouts for when you’re pressed for time; as well as the option to create your own workout from scratch.
- Exercises – here you can view every single exercise included in the program – and then some! The exercises are categorized by Push, Pull, Legs, Core, Whole Body, or you can browse the whole list of exercises available to you.
- History – view your saved workouts which are organized by date.
- Settings – does what it says on the tin and lets you change multiple aspects of the app.
- The Book – gives a bit of background on the book behind the app, and provides links to buy the book, which is highly recommended.
- Connect – provides you with links to MarkLauren.com, where there is a very active forum of YAYOG fans (look for me, I’m crispy8888), as well as links to YAYOG on Facebook and Twitter.
The workout options on the “Start Working Out” screen are great – I used to follow Mark’s standard 10-week programs diligently, but after about 6 months, I needed to modify some of the exercises due to injury (and to be honest, some of the exercises get pretty old after 6 months or so, like Let Me Ins!).
The app makes this incredibly easy to do; you can modify any of the workouts in any of the programs – so if you like a stock program but just want to swap in one or more exercises, you just need to tap and hold on an exercise in the list, where you can change the variation or difficulty of the exercise, or even swap in another one altogether.
Or, if you’re hardcore like me, you can totally build your own workout from scratch – so if you want to build a big, 30-minute Core exercise routine to look good in that Speedo this summer – you can do this as well. I love this feature, and I can save as many different workouts as I want. I have a workout for Arms and Chest, a Core Workout, and a Legs workout that I return to repeatedly.
When I’m pressed for time, I find the pre-configured Quick Exercises really handy, as I can pick a Circuit workout in durations from 2 to 10 minutes, depending on how much time I have available. You can also choose the difficulty level – and again, if you need to swap exercises in and out, you can do so.
Where this update really shines is that not only is each exercise described step-by-step in picture, there is also an optional video component available for download which shows Mark himself demonstrating proper form and technique for each of the exercises.
This is beyond awesome – my biggest beef with workout books and apps is that there is no one there to show you how the moves fit together in dynamic form. YAYOG solves this problem really really well. Although the add-on is pretty big (500+ MB!), it’s invaluable to have in your arsenal. Plus it’s free to anyone who has already purchased the app.
All exercise programs and circuits in this app have a countdown timer with voice-over that tells you when to start, when there are 30 seconds remaining in your exercise, and when to stop. I love this feature as well, because I typically have my mobile up on a shelf out of harm’s way so that I don’t fall or step on it during my routine, and I can’t see the countdown clock most of the time.
I can’t say enough good things about the YAYOG program – but I know that if you want to form some life-long good habits when it comes to exercising – and avoiding excuses – then You Are Your Own Gym is the way to go.
If you’re REALLY serious about YAYOG, grab the book – [amazon_link id=”0345528581″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]it’s available from Amazon[/amazon_link]. The book and the app are excellent companions for each other.