One word comes to mind when thinking about strong thighs and a tight butt: squats! These are a great thing to do, but most of the time it's much to nice of a day to make a trip to the gym.
Runtastic Squats PRO will help train those legs, without needing to go to the gym. Whether Runtastic will be able to whip you into shape will be exposed in today's app test review.
|Reviewed version||Latest version|
|1.4.1||Varies with device|
Features & Use
Runtastic is a name most people should recognize, whether you have an Android or iOS device: they have apps for jogging, bike riding and push-ups where experts in fitness give you advice. Runtastic Pro can be installed from the Play Store.
Runtastic training programs all have the same structure. It offers nice stats from runtastic.com as well as motivational queues and visual stimulation to keep you motivated and on track with your own training. The hardest session is usually the first one, however it does a good job of making it seem less like work and more like fun. There's also an integrated social aspect which plays a big role. You're able to share your progress by pressing a single button which also helps to keep you motivated.
Runtastic Squats Pro is built simply and logically: the application counts the number of squats and acceleration with its movement sensor. It never miscounted during my training, the problem only arises when you go too slowly or don't complete your squat correctly, so you need to be a good sport and do them right.
You're also able to follow a training plan within the app with has different levels, leaving you with tight buns at the end. Unfortunately, I thought it was missing personalization features, since the first day was too easy. But when I did continue, after a while it did start to progress and become a bit better and more intuitive. It would've been great to be able to add personal goals too, not everyone wants to do 150 squats. An option of doing 100 with added weights would've been a nice tweak. It seems like the app is catered to a very select few, rather than the general population.
Runtastic Squats PRO is a good application which offers a nice change that might just get you off of your couch. Unfortunately, the app didn’t use its full potential and I wish there were one or two extra added features for personalization. The integration of runtastic.com gave me a really great overall training analysis and the developers were really quick in responding to user questions.
Screen & Controls
Runtastic Squats PRO has a nice design and the developers have stayed true to their overall look and feel.
Speed & Stability
Runtastic Squats PRO worked glitch-free during the course of the test and didn't crash once.
Unfortunately, Runtastic Squats PRO isn't a free app and costs 2.60 US dollars, which I find to be expensive for what you get. If you plan on getting a Runtastic app, then I would suggest getting the lite version first.