I needed to start getting back into shape and regain my muscle tone. Due to a previous knee surgery and lack of strength running is not an option - a 5k run left me in pain for 3 weeks. So I did want everyone does when they're feeling out of shape - I joined a gym. I didn't want to book a class (so people could see how out of shape I am) or just get on a treadmill and hope for the best. Instead I downloaded the free Nike NTC app and did the beginner workout call Sweat & Shape (I tucked myself away in a room at the gym that wasn't occupied by many people). This was brilliant - a good hard workout that involved burpees and push-ups, along with other equally challenging exercises for 30 minutes - it was perfect for a beginner like me but yet it still proved to be a challenge. I felt great afterwards and was reassuringly achy the next day.
This app is great - if I'm stuck, bored and in need of a good workout I know it's there on my phone. I also feel a little less daunted by the though of reaching my fitness goals.
The app gives you a variety of different workouts suited to different fitness levels. You can use it at home, while on holiday or in the gym - it has different workouts focused on different parts of the body too.
What do you need:
Gym gear, the standard trainers, tight leggings and vest top work best. You also need an iPhone which you can use with our without headphones depending on where you are doing your work out (in the gym or at home)
There are programs to suit different fitness levels so you can adapt it to be as challenging or as easy as you like.