Like many people, what I expect from a personal trainer is quite a lot; tailored workouts, training plans, encouragement, support and of course results. But all of that comes at a cost. That's why I was pleased to hear about the Endomondo app which promises all those things and more. But does it deliver? I put it to the test at the Energy Lab, London and here's what I found out.
Getting started was easy. It took just two minutes to download and sign up. The interface is clean and fairly straightforward. There's an enormous play button begging to be tapped and so I jumped into my running gear and gave it a whirl.
Before you start, the app allows you to set a goal (e.g. your first 5)k. Then it creates a plan to help you get there. It even gives you the option to make a commitment (a feature that let's you make a public declaration to achieving a goal) which is great for socialising or if you're akin to a bit of mild peer pressure.
During my run there were lots of notifications and words of encouragement and after the run there was a clear display of my statistics/results, with the option to share my activity on social media. Brilliant but there are loads of fitness apps on the market so what makes this one so unique?
Well, for a start they have a long list of sports you can track and the calorie calculations adjust accordingly. "I wanted to make the app fun for all, regardless of their chosen sport or activity" says founder of Endomondo and former competitive horseback rider, Mette Lykke. "We're continually developing the app thanks to the daily feedback that we get from our 4 million users and I'm so inspired and motivated by their fitness journeys. This app has changed lives and will continue to do so."
There's also an inbuilt audio coach that tells you how well you are doing while you're tracking and the GPS function not only tracks your regular running route but also introduces you to other routes nearby that you may like to try, enabling you to keep your workouts varied and fun.
To me however, the most impressive feature about this app is the fact that it has the ability to consider all the factors that may affect your workout; from the weather to the altitude, duration to distance, this app even considers how hydrated you are when creating your results. What's more is that it's completely free of charge with the option of upgrading to Premium at any time (which offers even more advanced statistics, interval training programs and is advert free).
So there you have it. One easy fitness app for the data loving, activity seeking people out there. Go forth and download.
Endomondo is FREE of charge.
Endomondo Premium is £3.99 per month OR £22.99 per year.
Sign up to Endomondo by clicking here.