Fitness Checkup Pro helps users gauge their fitness level with a series of fun little tests that are simple and easy to perform in the comfort of your own home, the park, or even waiting for the stair master at the gym. Let’s discuss…
Great Looking App, Useful and Informative
When Fitness Checkup Pro loads users are greeted by a title screen and then the app takes them right to the first set of tests. It wastes little time getting to the meat and that’s exactly what most people want in an app like this. Fitness Checkup Pro uses a series of 11 different tests to assess the users fitness level. Each of these tests are slightly different but they all add up to accomplish the same goal of assessing the users health level. I thought with this interview I would give a brief synopsis of each test so readers have an idea what they are getting.
The flexibility test shows a photo of the side profile woman in workout clothes bending over at the waste. It looks like she’s about to touch her toes. Beneath the picture is a slider that change the photo of the woman the more you slide it to the right. As you slide the woman bends more until the slider is at the right side of the bar and the woman has bent over to touch beyond her toes and has her hands flat on the floor. The idea here is the user taking the test does the same thing and reports what level of flexibility they achieved by sliding the bar until the woman looks to bend to the level the user did. Simple and fun.
In this test you again see a woman standing on one leg. Users are supposed to do what she does and start the in app stop watch. Once the user starts to lose their balance they are to stop the watch.
The core test is a one minute crunch test. Users start a stop watch and begin performing crunches until the 60 second timer has stopped. They can then report how many crunches they were able to do in one minute.
The strength test is exactly the same as the core test except instead of crunches the user does push-ups.
The tone test is a squat against the wall test. Users get into a seated position and hold it as long as they can . There’s a stop watch in this test as well to record the length of time the user were able to hold the position. The goal in this test is to hold it until they can’t hold it any longer.
This test measures how high the user can jump. Users jump as high as they can from a slightly half squatted position and then measure how high their jump was. I am thinking unless users have a tape measure on the wall or some way of recording their jump they might need the help of someone else to complete this test.
The effort test measures the users heart rate at rest and then after 45 seconds of excercise. Users can measure their heart rate using the iPhones camera and flash by holding their finger over the lens of the camera. One note here is make sure you completely cover the lens. Just place your finger lightly over it, don’t push down. I will say that this test was annoying because I didn’t have much luck getting my heart rate from the app. Instead I just used the iPhone stop watch and my own fingers to take my pulse. It was less high tech but much easier. Users measure their heart rate resting, then perform a series of standing squats for 45 seconds and then take their record their heart rate again. This is to show your resting and active heart rate.
The cardio test tells users to measure their heart rate in the morning or after a nap.
Users enter in the weight and height and the app calculates the users BMI (Body Mass Index). Over the last 10 years BMI has been one of the standards of measurement for overall health. The only problem with that is sometimes BMI can be inaccurate and doesn’t really tell the whole health picture. In this app the maximum weight the slider goes up to is 330lbs. I personally would like to see an app like this take the slider to 400 or 500 lbs because those are the people that need the most help. I personally weight more than 330 lbs and was not able to take an accurate BMI with this app.
User enter in their height, waist size, and neck size to get an approximate FMI (Fat Mass Index).
This test is kind of like a game in a way. Users see a white rectangle at the top of the screen. The user presses the start button and waits. When the rectangle turns red the user is supposed to tap it. The app then registers how long in milliseconds it took for the user to tap the rectangle. The app does this 3 times and then gives a result. This was kind of fun and I can swear I’ve seen apps like this before but can’t recall the name of them.
That’s all 11 tests! From this list you can see that the developers have offered a lot of value and try hard to give an accurate portrayal of the users overall health. Also on the app is a daily history, overall health chart, and rewards are given for improvements. The app also had social media sharing options to share results with Facebook and Twitter.
Help and Information In App
The other great thing I found while using this app was the “Aid” section. The Aid sections introduces you to “Sarah” the in app fitness coach. She tells users all about the app and what it can do. Also she’s really cute so that also might get guys hearts pumping if nothing else does. In this section there’s also some disclaimer information just to make the lawyers happy I’m sure.
My overall impression of this app is that it’s developed well, relies on some sound common health tactics most trainers use to gauge fitness, and is easy to use. And that fact that it’s free makes it a huge bargain. I would say anyone looking to get an idea of their overall health should definitely check this app out for themselves.