Review iPhone Fitness App: lolo Treadmill Trainer – Day 5 & 6

This is the fifth in a series documenting my experience with the iPhone fitness app, lolo BeatBurn Treadmill/Outdoor Trainer.

This certainly hasn’t gone well. I took another break after the last bad workout to let myself fully recover from my illness. Once I was recovered, I proceeded with excuse-making. I am an expert in this area, like most fat people.

Most people I know will not tell me I’m fat. In fact, I don’t even have to put my excuse-making skills to work when it comes to my fatness amongst friends. They will make excuses for me! Or outright deny my physical state. While I may not be completely on board with the government’s definition of overweight and obese, I do consider myself to be obese, just like the BMI chart says. I am well-proportioned for my size (a.k.a. I carry it well.), but it doesn’t change the fact there is too much of me. I don’t look like I belong on The Biggest Loser, and it is my hope I never do. It’s good to have goals. I could certainly use a good chastising by one of those TV trainers though!

Instead, I have Brittany, who is nothing but encouragement and useful tips. Unfortunately, she doesn’t tell me I’m being a lazy ass who has missed working out for five days. If lolo could simply add Push Notifications to nag the bejeezus out of you when you don’t work out, I would sing their praises and probably take the time to actually do a review on iTunes. Runkeeper has Push Notifications to remind you to work out if you set them up. Some other apps I’ve tried will automatically schedule workouts on your Calendar with built-in reminders. I’m lazy, and I need that little extra push, as you can plainly see. It is a feature worth adding.

Once I did finally encourage myself to get on the treadmill, I completed Day 5 on Saturday, February 16th. This felt like a less intense workout overall with inclines ranging from 0-6% and speeds of 2.5-4.0 mph. The worst interval was 4 mph at 4% incline. There were lots of one-minute intervals in this session, and it was a surprisingly nice way to easy back into things.

It took me another two days to get back in the saddle again.  Day 6 was completed on Tuesday, February 19th. This one had more incline, ranging from 0-12% with a two-minute interval at 2.0 mph and 12% incline. Overall though, it felt much the same as the last workout with very little increase in intensity.

As for weight loss effectiveness, I’ve lost about a pound since I started. Considering I’ve been about as committed to eating better and doing other activity as I have to this venture, I’d say those results aren’t too bad. I believe I would have better results if I stuck to it, but it’s hard to say with my lackadaisical nature. So much for pushing too hard!


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