If you sit in front of the computer screen for most of your day you may know how difficult it is to squeeze training or workouts into your schedule. You are lucky if you have enough time to go to the gym during a break, or for a jog outside, but most of us probably do not have the time nor desire for that.
Max Capacity Training for Android may provide you with the right answer, at least where the time spend to work out and the intensity of the training is concerned.
The application uses a similar system as the 7-min Workout which I have reviewed a couple of weeks ago. This app on the other hand handles the training in a different manner which is helpful for users who need more direction when they train.
You train three times a week for 16 minutes each using the application. The overall goal of it is to get you in "the best shape of your life" in 12 weeks time.
Workouts are divided into weeks so that you know exactly what you are getting yourself into when you start using the app. Most workouts consists of four exercises that you repeat four or eight times for a total exercise time of 16 minutes. The application introduces a time attack mode every third week that asks you to do a certain amount of repetitions in the least amount of time based on your previous exercise performance.
Each exercise is displayed to you before you start the workout. A tap on an exercise displays information how it is done on the screen so that you know exactly what you have to do. While that may not be required for push-ups or squats, you may need some assistance when it comes to crocodile push-ups or cliff scalers that make an appearance in later weeks.
The application keeps track of the time and the exercise that you will do next in line. You need to perform each exercise as many times as you can in 50 seconds. The app reminds you with a voice over when you reached the 30 second mark and the last three seconds. It also informs you of the next exercise in line so that you know what to do after the ten second break.
Repeating those exercises can be really strenuous. 50 seconds may not sound like much but if you are untrained or have only trained specific body parts, then you may be in for a rude awakening.
You need to add your score - the repetitions - to the application as it bases some of the later week exercises on your initial performance.
Different protocols are introduced in later sessions. Here you may be asked to do more rounds, e.g. 8 rounds, or do a specific number of repetitions in the least amount of time possible based on your previous exercise performance.
What I like about the application is that you can do all the exercises anywhere. You do not need weights or other equipment to perform them which is great, as you can do them in a hotel room, in your office or at home.
The 16 minutes that you exercise are intense and your heart will pump like crazy when you are done, but it is only 16 minutes after all which means that you can get a thorough workout in a time that you would usually need to get to the gym.
The voice information are useful as you do not need to watch the phone's screen all the time anymore to find out what is coming next or to know when you finally can stop doing the superman.
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