Ok. Self-assessment time. Do you have any of the following symptoms?
- Overwhelming desire to one up your peers, even if it’s only a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors
- Constant need to see whether you’re lifting more/doing more reps/going harder than the person next to you at the gym
- Overwhelming disappointment when you don’t do your best, even if you know you’re kind of being a sore loser
- Extreme high when winning
If you answered yes to any of the above, you my friend, may be a victim of chronic competition…and well…there’s nothing you can do about it but continue to keep winning!
Yes, I myself fall into this trap. I’m pretty sure most of us do. As much as we like to say “It’s okay, I tried my best” when we don’t win something or perform the way we want, it’s just not the same if we don’t kick a little ass in the process. It’s all good. We’re competitors.
So, while you’re in the competitive spirit, you may as well use it to get some awesome fitness benefits from it. Studies have shown that financial reward and competition are more effective with helping people lose weight. It’s no joke – we do some really amazing things when we have the pressure of winning something…even simple bragging rights will do the trick.
I was asked to review The Fitness Games app through Sweat Pink and thought it sounded really cool. The way it works is there are a number of different challenge types – cardio, strength, full body, and cross training. Each challenge takes around 10 minutes to an hour to complete and they have a level of difficulty assigned to them.
The one that I tried was Body Weight Madness and it has about seven different exercises (see the pic below) each exercise took about 1-2 minutes to complete, so the entire thing took 20-25 minutes. I don’t have a specific time…but more on that shortly.
Here’s what a couple of the competition screens look like. There’s also a social component to the app where you can seem people do the workouts Instagram-style.
I definitely got a great workout! Of course, I create my own Full Body Workouts for this site, but it was great to do workouts from a different site to you mix it up. It’s one thing to do squat jacks for a minute, but it’s something else to do 40 of them! (Took me about 2 minutes, but probably could have been done in 30 seconds less)
Here’s a little quickie video of my workout.
I had access to about 20 or so different workouts, with the option to buy others for $.99. Also, the app has a nice interface and timer that work really well. In general, it was a smooth experience.
As far as my issues with the app – it’s still a new app so there aren’t a ton of people to challenge. I also never even heard anything from the guy I challenged so I don’t really know who won – and that kind of defeats the main purpose of the app. Also, I can find no proof of my hard earned 20 minute workout! It’s like the workout never happened 🙁
However, it’s still a new app and I’m sure the developers are hard at work to make this thing even better.
So in general, I will say that I like the direction of the app in general. I say it’s worth checking out, especially if you’re a competitive person and you’re motivated by the opportunity to beat someone at something. If the app continues to grow, it will probably be awesome in a few months as more people join.
If you do check it out, challenge your girl! My name is marstaples in the app. Good luck and go kick some ass!