How to Start Running Today
The best tool for beginning runners is Aaptiv.
Continue reading to find out why Aaptiv is a great tool to help anyone who wants to figure out how to start running regularly or who’s already a seasoned pro.
Pro Tip>>Aaptiv is not just a running app! You can use it for all kinds of different workout styles (not just running).
I’m not a regular runner (although I exercise regularly I’d put myself in the beginner/intermediate category as a runner) but Aaptiv makes me feel like one!
What is Aaptiv?
“Your body was made to run”—Ed, pro trainer from Aaptiv
I’m really excited to tell you about the audio fitness app called Aaptiv because it has completely changed my runs (and given me new and exciting options for other workouts).
**Attention>>Aaptiv has released a sleek new look for their app! The information in this post is still completely accurate but now you’ll find even more workouts and trainers in the app! It’s all good! Try Aaptiv! It’s awesome!
Keep reading to find out why you’ll love this app!
Let me ask you something…
- Do you get bored when you run? How about when you do core work?
- Are you too mentally exhausted sometimes to create a workout plan for strength-training?
- Do you find yourself doing ‘lazy’ runs where you never challenge yourself to go faster or longer?
- Have you ever wished you had more variety in your workout but were too tired to think about or look up new exercises to try?
I’ve got the solution for you.
If you’ve been here before then you might already know that running isn’t my favorite form of exercise.
I tend to get bored and lazy when I try and incorporate a lot of runs into my regular exercise routine.
Aaptiv has completely changed how I feel about running, and given me all new options for strength-training, stretching and other forms of exercise to add variety and fun to my fitness routine.
I actually look forward to running now. (And I would have NEVER thought I’d say that.)
Stick with me and I’ll explain exactly how and why Aaptiv will improve your fitness routine in this detailed review of the Aaptiv fitness app.
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What is Aaptiv?
- Aaptiv is the number 1 audio fitness app in the App Store
- Aaptiv already has over 200,000 paying subscribers
- Aaptiv can be used anywhere at any time
- With more than 2,500 workouts on the platform there’s a workout for everyone
Is Aaptiv the same as other running apps?
Aaptiv is like having a trainer in your ear telling you exactly what to do during your workout.
Aaptiv isn’t a heart rate monitor and doesn’t sync (or interfere) with your other devices.
You can continue to wear your heart rate monitor and capture data with it while you’re working out with the Aaptiv trainers.
*For more about this check out Aaptiv FAQ’s.
How do You Use Aaptiv?
All you have to do is pick one of the categories.*
*There are 20 categories listed (in the app) as of the day I’m writing this. I especially love that they have 5K and half marathon training program.
And then select a workout from the list that pops up.
Here’s a screen shot from a part of the long list of workout options that popped up when I selected the Outdoor Running category:
You can click on each workout to get more information about it. Here’s an example of what you’ll see:
You can also use the Find a Workout button to narrow your search beyond just the category:
And narrow things down with filters:
The Trainers of Aaptiv
As of the day I’m writing this there are 20 trainers listed in the app.
Here’s a few of them:
If you find one you like you can filter the workouts you pull up by trainer.
I’ve tried several different workouts with different trainers and found each of them unique in the way they prompt and encourage you.
I love that there are so many trainers to choose from.
And if you’re looking for a specific style in a trainer then you can use the one-word description of each of them to narrow things down:
The Workouts in Aaptiv
The workouts are divided up by category and athletic level.
I did at least one beginner, intermediate and advanced routine and found the category ratings in Aaptiv to be accurate.
There are new workouts added all the time and the app will eventually start to recommend workouts to you based on the routines you’ve done.
A Few of the Aaptiv Workouts I’ve tried Out (And What I Thought about Them)
Quick HiiT Warmup with Meghan
I did this as a pre-workout warm-up.
How did my data compare to Aaptiv’s?
According to my treadmill I went the exact same distance and time as the app suggests you’ll go.
*I forgot to put on my HRM so I wasn’t able to compare the calorie burn I actually had with what the app says you (might) burn (100).
My thoughts during the workout with Meghan:
- Meghan’s so calm (like your favorite teacher prompting you each step of the way)
- I love her form pointers (how to move your arms, your posture, relax your jaw (my favorite), and how your feet should land)
- She’s easy to understand
- The music isn’t bad
HiiT Variety with Kelly
How did my data compare?
According to my heart rate monitor I finished at 34 minutes, went 3.2 miles and burned 349 calories.
There’s an explanation for the discrepancy (between the app’s data and my own). I couldn’t do the sprints as fast as Kelly told me to! And obviously the calories you burn will be unique to you.
*Seriously, be careful! Don’t set your treadmill to 9.5 mph just because Kelly tells you to. I never went faster than 8.0 mph. I’ll have to work up to 9.5.
And (just in case you try this routine) Kelly prompts you at times to get off the treadmill and rest by standing on the rails (you’re gonna need the rest) so be ready for that. But if that sounds like a really scary thing to try from a full sprint then don’t do it (decrease your speed, instead).
Obviously modify the workout however you need to.
My thoughts during this workout with Kelly:
- Holy hell! They aren’t kidding with that ‘Advanced’ level
- Someday I’ll be able to run as fast as Kelly wants me to
- This is fun and so hard
Work That Full Body with Sultan
Category: Strength Training
How did my data compare to the Aaptiv workout information (above)?
My time was 24 minutes and I burned 202 calories.
Honestly I was shocked at just how close my numbers were to the app’s data.
The format of this workout was 3 rounds of exercises that you repeat 3 times in each interval.
The exercises were step-ups, walk out plank push-ups, squats, crunches, tricep dips, bridges, plank holds and plank push-ups (without the walk out).
My thoughts during/after the workout with Sultan:
- It really was a total body workout
- I’m going to be sore and I didn’t even pick up a dumbbell
I’ve done workouts with Ray, Benjamin, Amanda and Candice as well.
I’ve been happy with all of the trainers and workouts I’ve tried.
I think the level (beginner, intermediate or advanced) is accurately categorized (based on the routines I’ve done).
I’d definitely recommend that you try out several different trainers before you make your final decision about whether Aaptiv will work for you or not.
The trainers aren’t following some master Aaptiv algorithm for every workout.
Each trainer has his/her own style and follow their own plan.
That means every single routine feels unique.
This is one of the things that makes Aaptiv so awesome.
What’s the difference in the Free Aaptiv app and the paid version?
The free trial allows you to try out every nook and cranny of the tool for 30 days.
After 30 days you’ll have to want to pay.
How Can Aaptiv Help You (Why I love Aaptiv!)
I’m super competitive. So, when I do ANY workout program I try to do the exact number of reps the instructor does (or tells me to do). This app works with that competitive side of me.
Aaptiv taps into that natural desire to win/succeed in everyone.
The trainer is training you. It’s that simple. And who wouldn’t want a personal trainer in their ear??
Here’s another way Aaptiv can help you: We’re all mentally exhausted. After making life decisions all day it can feel overwhelming to make yet one more decision during the day >> What workout do I do? This is why so many people end up doing the same exercises over and over and stop seeing results.
Let the Aaptiv trainers take care of your workout routine. It’s genius. Just tap a few buttons and do what the Aaptiv trainer tells you. No excuses.
The trainers give you form pointers (as I mentioned) and tell you EXACTLY what to do as you’re going through the stages of a program with phrases like:
“if the speed gets too fast then try and keep the incline but slow down”
“think about landing on the balls of your feet”
“next interval—incline 7.0, speed 3.2…here we go…in 3,2, 1…incline 7.0 and speed 3.2”
“think about staying with the music,” “head up”
I’ve found the prompts to be spot-on and really effective at finding that last bit of energy you need to finish your workout strong.
Are there any Cons with Aaptiv? (Is there anything that needs improving with Aaptiv?)
I write honest reviews.
Rarely do I run across a product or program where I don’t have a list of things that can be improved.
But I struggled with coming up with any faults in the Aaptiv app.
The only thing (and this is being really picky) I can think of that could be better is the FAQ section on the Aaptiv website.
When I do a review I always find the FAQ section and read through it. Aaptiv’s FAQ’s are certainly useable but could be set up a little better, in my opinion.
Is Aaptiv worth the money?
I don’t know your budget situation but I personally spend a LOT more than this app costs every month on stuff I don’t need and that offers me no health benefit.
Aaptiv is worth the money.
But definitely give the free trial a whirl and see what you think.
Use it at least 3-5 times with different categories and different trainers and see if it doesn’t change your fitness routine for the better.
How do you sign up for Aaptiv?
You can sign up on the Aaptiv website.
Or download the app on your mobile device and create an account there.
Yep, you’ll be getting emails…you might even get a coupon, though, so don’t delete them.
Here’s another link to those FAQ’s, in case you have more questions.
And some closing thoughts from the developers of Aaptiv:
Try Aaptiv today! You won’t regret it!
Thanks for being here!
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