Get Fit With Nike Training Club!

May 6, 2012

I've mentioned several times on this blog about my plans to get skinny. Well, they didn't quite pan out. I'm sort of like the boy who cried wolf when it comes to this. A week ago, however, it was kind of warm outside and I realized how close it is to summer (I'd like to wear shorts this summer without feeling self conscious) and how close it is until July (going to the beach for vacation!). I was going through the Fitness apps in the App Store and found one called Nike Training Club - best of all, it's FREE. I've never heard of it before so I downloaded it. Keep in mind, it's a large one so you'll have to download it via WiFi or connect your iPhone to a computer and download it on iTunes.

I used it for the first time yesterday morning. I went to the gym and did a 5 minute warm up, 10 minute run, 5 minute cool down. I did the Conditioning Corps exercise under the Beginner category under the "Get Toned" category. Since I already ran, I skipped the first 5 steps and did steps 6-23 instead. IT WORKED. I have never been sore after a workout except for the first week of Fitness Bootcamp that I did nearly 5 years ago after my son was born. I started getting sore last night and could hardly get up and down. My butt and back of my thighs are especially sore which is awesome since those two spots are my trouble spots. Here's the full workout from that category:

  1. Light Jog - 1 Minute
  2. High Knee Runs - 1 Minute
  3. Slide & Glide - 1 Minute
  4. Straight Leg Kicks - 1 Minute
  5. Recover/Rest - 1 Minute
  6. Plan Row - 1 Minute (Switch sides half-way)
  7. Single Dead Lift - 2 Minutes (Switch sides half-way)
  8. High Knee Runs in Place - 30 Seconds
  9. Deadlift - 1 Minute (Switch sides half-way)
  10. Mountain Climbers - 30 Seconds
  11. Alternating Step Back Lunges - 2 Minutes
  12. Sumo Squat with Press - 1 Minute
  13. Basketball Lunge w/Medicine Ball Press - 1 Minute (Switch sides half-way)
  14. Modified Side Plank Leg Lift - 2 Minutes (Switch sides half-way)
  15. Russian Twists - 1 Minute
  16. Toe Touches - 1 Minute
  17. Single Leg Deadlift - 2 Minutes (Switch sides half-way)
  18. Opposite Arm/Leg Supermans - 2 Minutes
  19. Walk Outs - 1 Minute
  20. Shoulder Press - 1 Minute
  21. Lying Quad Stretch - 2 Minutes
  22. Lower Back Stretch - 1 Minute
  23. Pretzel Stretch - 2 Minutes
And there you have it! What I really like about this app is they have step by step instructions as well as a video of a real person doing the exercise. My biggest problem with some fitness apps is it will tell you what exercise to do but I usually have no idea what it is so I have to Google it to find out and it's just irritating. I go through the list first and if there's anything I don't know how to do, I read the steps, watch the video until I get it figured out and then start my workout. It has voice prompts so there's no need to stop to look at what you have to do next unless you need a quick reminder on how to do the exercise. It's like having a personal trainer in the palm of your hands. I'm in love with this app! You also get "Workout Rewards" and "Bonus Workouts" after completing so many minutes.

If you download this app and try it, let me know what you think! I'll keep you guys updated on my progress and opinion on the app as I move further along. Since my bottom half is so sore today I think I'm going to do a 10-15 minute walk and focus on upper body and maybe some abs today.


  1. I also downloaded this app, awesome !! However, it did take some discipline to actually stick to using it regularly ;) Have you been doing it regularly ?

    1. I'm glad you like it! I've been using it ever since I wrote this post :) I'll either do a strength training workout from this app and then do about 30 minutes of cardio or I'll do cardio first and then strength training - just depends on what kind of mood I'm in.

  2. Why do you have to google it every time if it shows you the video and tells you the steps?

    1. I don't. That's why I like the NTC app.

      I wrote: My biggest problem with some fitness apps is it will tell you what exercise to do but I usually have no idea what it is so I have to Google it to find out and it's just irritating.

      I don't have this problem with the Nike Training Club app because they show videos & step-by-step instructions.

  3. I love this app! I found it accidentally in late December 2012. I had just gotten a android tablet device, and downloaded it, and I have been doing every since the beginning of January. I have been very diligent with it. Given I don't have a job right now, so, it's easier to stick to it. Plus, it's nice that I get to open little rewards after a lot of work.


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