I've been trying to lose weight and get in shape recently.
But I have always felt like exercise was boring. So I've been on the lookout for anything that can make working out more interesting or fun. So I thought I'd try out the Gixo Fitness App.
What is it?
It's an app that has live workout classes throughout the day. These are all led by a trainer and you can sign up for one as late as a few minutes before a class starts. I think that's wonderful because many of us are busy and it can be hard to fit working out into our schedules. But this way, you don't have to worry about it so much. If you happen to find that you have some extra time on your hands, you can fit in a class.
You have to decide if you want to activate your phone's camera or not so the trainer can see you. It helps a lot if they can see you so they can give you tips on how you're doing. And if you do decide to use the camera, the other people in the class won't be able to see you, so you don't have to worry about that. But you can talk to others in the class if you'd like. I always like to say hi to everyone and ask how everyone is doing.
I was pretty nervous before my first workout because I had never used an app for a workout before and I'm pretty out of shape. I decided to do a short, 15-minute long workout. I figured that wouldn't be too difficult. It was mostly a lot of running with some strength training. It really tired me out. I wasn't able to do all of the runnings so I just slowed down and walked for a bit, but that was okay. The general attitude of the trainers and other participants is that doing something is better than nothing. So if you think someone might give you a hard time because you can't keep up or do as much as everyone else, you don't have to worry about that. Everyone is really nice.
The classes all have awesome music too. If you have any trouble hearing the trainer's voice you can adjust the volume on both the trainer's voice and the music which is a big help. I didn't realize that until I was almost done with my first workout.
Your trainer can see your stats (how fast you're running or walking, etc.) even if you don't use your camera. Below are my stats from that first workout. They are kind of sad but it's better than nothing.
There are tons of different classes too. So there is something for everyone no matter what you're into. They have cardio, strength training, and they just recently introduced yoga. I haven't had a chance to do yoga yet but I'm really looking forward to it. And if a live class isn't available when you need it, you can do an "on demand" class which is just a recording of an earlier live class. These will also track your stats so you can keep track of your progress.
Overall I really like using this app to workout. I've always enjoyed things like walking and hiking, but only when I am able to bring my friends along with me. So if you need encouragement or just like to add a social element to your exercise, then this is worth trying out.
It's $19.99 a month but you can try it for free for 7 days. It's a lot cheaper than some gym memberships and you can use it anywhere, 24 hours a day. I think that's pretty cool. You could even use it in a gym if you wanted to. Many people use it while at the gym and just tell the trainer before class starts that they're on a treadmill instead of moving outside. That way the trainer understands why the person's stats are showing "not moving" or something like that. So far by using Gixo and eating healthier, I've managed to lose 17 pounds in 2 months, so I'm pretty glad I found this app.