Review: Get a Custom Workout Plan With the Fitbod App
Finally, there’s an app that builds a personalized workout program for you and gives you a place to log your progress.
Have you ever walked into the gym without a plan and left feeling like you accomplished nothing?
We’ve all been there and it sucks to feel like you wasted your time in the gym.
It can get frustrating searching the internet for a good workout program to follow and it’s nearly impossible to find a good and affordable one that’s customized for your fitness goals and your physical capabilities.
But, finally, there’s an app that uses data and an algorithm to build you a workout program that fits your ability, goals, and the equipment you have available to you.
It’s called Fitbod and this is what we thought of it after using it for 90 days.
The Fitbod App
Let’s dive into what Fitbod is and what it can do for you.
The app is designed to be your tool for better workouts. It builds a customized workout program for you and gives you the ability to choose from multiple forms of fitness - whether that’s bodyweight training, lifting weights, doing cardio, or a combination of all three.
Fitbod uses AI-learning to develop a workout plan for you that includes exercises, sets, and repetitions based on your abilities, goals, and available gym equipment.
Your workout program gets harder over time, as Fitbod’s algorithm learns from your past workouts that you log.
Plus, the app is ready to answer your questions about how to do certain exercises and what muscle groups are fresh with its’ built-in demonstrations and recovery sections.
We’ll go more in-depth about all that.
Here we go.
First, you can download Fitbod through the IOS app store. Sign up by filling out some basic information about yourself.
Now you’re going to start creating a workout program.
There’s a lot to select from, starting with how you want to create your workout. You can select individual muscle groups that you want to target, pick a few exercises you know you want to do and let the app fill in the rest, or you can create a workout from scratch.
There’s also a number of different workout styles, or splits, to choose from: push workouts, pull workouts, upper body only, or lower body only.
Next, you’re going to select what gym equipment you have available and almost everything you can think of is listed, from free weights to machines and everything in between.
If you’re traveling or don’t have access to a gym, Fitbod gives you the option to select bodyweight-only workouts that do not require any equipment.
Select your fitness goal: strength-training, bodybuilding, muscle tone, general fitness, powerlifting, or Olympic weightlifting (not available for beginners).
Then you’ll choose your level of strength-training experience: beginner, intermediate, or advanced.
You can select how much cardio you want included in your workouts, if you want a warm-up and cool down routine, how long you want the workouts to last, and a few other options.
One of the things that stands out about Fitbod is the quality of the workouts. They’re carefully crafted for your goals and they cover a wide range of training styles to keep almost any gym rat happy.
Let’s take a look at the workout program for strength-training with a full gym available.
Fitbod provides you with a 4-day training split, divided by body part.
Day one is chest, quadriceps, and abs. Day two is back, triceps, and lower back. Day three is biceps, shoulders, and abs. Day four is quadriceps, chest, and abs.
Each workout has seven exercises but you can add any exercise that you wish.
Each exercise has reps, sets, and pounds, plus instructions and videos. You can log your workout as you progress or at the conclusion of your training session.
If you’re unsure how to properly perform an exercise, select it and scroll down to the bottom. You’ll find a demonstration video and description of the exercise.
There is no free version of the app available besides the free trial.
Without a subscription, you won't be able to start or log workouts. You can, however, save and create workouts using the exercise library and view exercise demonstration videos and instructions.
Fitbod Elite is a premium upgrade and subscription that offers full access to Fitbod, including the ability to generate and log unlimited workouts.
A monthly subscription is $9.99 and a yearly subscription is $59.99.
Fitbod’s functionality and design are great. The app flows smoothly and is laid out in an easy-to-use format.
The variety of workout styles, exercises, and other customization options are where Fitbod really excels. I was blown away by the number exercises and gym equipment options that the app has to select from.
The other thing that makes Fitbod really stand out is the AI-based development that comes with your program. The app analyzes your workout log and builds on previous workouts by adding repetitions, sets, and weight, making the workouts progressively harder. This is where we make gains in the gym.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve struggled at times with finding good workout programs. Experienced lifters tend to not need or want the help of a personal trainer, but we still need to follow a program and log our progress. Pen and paper works for some people, but in this day in age, why not use an app like Fitbod?