I’m part of the Nike Training Club

nike training club

I only work out for the cute clothes…let’s be real.

One of my resolutions for 2013 was to hit the gym 3 times a week. While I walk Caspian just about every day, I also have a gym membership. I used to take a lot of exercise classes, but after doing that regularly for months and not really seeing any results, I figured I needed to switch up my workouts.

It’s been hard for me to get into a routine. I need to go to the gym 2-3 times a week for me to feel like paying for it is worth it, and unfortunately the only time that we can really commit to going (David is my workout buddy) is early in the morning. Which suuuuucks. It is SO not fun to wake up and head to the stupid gym with all its stupid cheerful morning people, GAH everyone stop SMILING at me!

However, it is nice to feel like I go to the gym on a regular basis, and I’m not wasting my money on a membership. One thing I struggled with was finding a workout routine that worked for me. I do enough cardio for fun (walks! lots of walks!) that I felt like I needed something that was more weights heavy, and I don’t know about you, but I feel like a total idiot hittin’ up the weight room. I so clearly have no idea what I’m doing, and I felt weird printing out instructions and carrying them around with me. I looked for some workout apps, but I didn’t find anything that didn’t assume a base level of knowledge that I didn’t have.

Once I stumbled upon Nike Training Club, that changed. It’s so cool! You can choose your intensity level, you can choose what kind of workout you want (want to get lean? want to get toned? want to build strength? want to do a quick 15 minute focused workout?) and the best part is that you can listen to your own music while you’re doing the workout. It will then serve as an interval timer, verbally guide you through each exercise, and provides videos and photo instructions on how to do each exercise. I listen to podcasts while I work out, so it can be a little annoying to have Nike Lady (that’s what I call the voice that guides you through the exercises) talk over my podcast, but other than that, I really love it.

Nike Training Club also tracks your minutes, and gives you a handy total number of minutes you have worked out, so you can see if you’re working out as much as it feels like you are. The best part is, the app is free.

I know I sound like an advertisement, but actually I just really love this app. I’ve been using it for a month or so, and I actually feel like I get a really good workout at the end of every session. It also has boosted my gym confidence, because if Nike is telling me to do these exercises, they must not look totally stupid.

If you have a workout app that you love as much as I love NTC, can you please comment and tell me about it? OR, if you love NTC, let’s talk about it! Has anyone moved up past the weakest setting? I would, but I’m kiind of afraid.