There are times when I am not sure what I am in the mood for, and thinking up a workout is the last thing on my mind. These are usually times when I skip a morning workout, and only have time for a short one after work. Granted, I don’t need to make sure I get a workout in, but it just feels better knowing I did. Recently, I was introduced to the Johnson and Johnson 7 Minute App through my partnership with FitFluential.
Upon first hearing about it, I thought it would be one simple 7 Minute workout that somehow would be enough for everyone. I downloaded the App from the App store (available for both iOS and Android for FREE!) and quickly realized I was absolutely wrong.
When opening the app, you have a few choices. You could quickly choose the 7 minute workout, choose with or without a warm up, and get started. You could also choose the Smart workout. After a quick questionnaire, it chooses your workout level, and lets you see workouts according to that. Or you could make a custom workout.
This app has gone above and beyond my expectations. I have played around with a few other apps, but then typically forget about them and go back to creating my own workouts. I chose one of the Smart workouts. They have varying levels even if that’s not what the questionnaire said.
I tried out a 24 minute Hard workout focusing on strength with some cardio burst. I was feeling up to the challenge, and it was a fantastic workout! It started off being fairly easy, or at least that I could do it feeling great. Then, it became harder by making things have two parts to the move, or have one leg lifted. I felt fantastic after I was done!
The only thing I wasn’t sure about was that when one leg was lifted, I felt the other should get a chance (gotta be fair!) but they never switched legs. I thought we’d repeat those exercises, but we never did. One exercise was the side plank, of which I would have liked to done the other side.
On top of the premade workouts, you can choose to create your own! You choose the length, and then you add exercises. They let you pick 3 of each section- cardio, lower body, upper body, core.
My mom happened to be here after I completed the workout and I told her she needs to download it. It is just perfect for having on your phone and accessible all the time.
The only thing I didn’t like about it was that you couldn’t exit the app and have it still going. I received a text message I was clicking on during the 10 second break, but then it made it a longer break because it had to start back up. This is a very trivial thing but just something I would have liked.
You could watch the timer to see what you had left in that exercise, or watch a video of a man performing that exercise. That was extremely helpful when I wasn’t sure what a few exercises were. I don’t mind looking them up on the internet, but when I’m in the middle of an app working out, I would rather it be right there.
All in all, I am looking forward to using this more in the future. I love having the option to choose between workouts, or choose the length. I also like that we didn’t repeat exercises. The best part is that you don’t need any equipment other than a wall and a chair. Everyone has those, which makes this perfect!
Do you use Apps to workout? What’s your favorite one?
I did receive a resistance band and book of exercises but no other compensation was made.