If we’re friends on Facebook then I need to apologize. Ive been working out like a mad man for the last few weeks. Sitting all day long developing courseware and video training hasn’t been good on my belt line. When they say that the camera adds ten pounds they aren’t lying. I guess I have about four of them pointed at me in that case. So I’ve been making a real effort to buy out some time for exercise.
In the past I’ve done p90x, Daily Burn, had a trainer and so on. You name it, I’ve probably tried it. Lately I’ve been using Runtastic. Specifically I’ve used their Premium membership which is 9.99 a month. This is cheaper than a Gym and it tracks what I do. While I’ve enjoyed being more active I will say that my experience has been less than stellar with the Runtastic family of applications. Here’s my experience so far.
Running with Runtastic is not bad. They have something called “story running” where you basically listen to an audio book while your running, but you’re a character in the book. One that I did not long ago was the scenario where you wake up and are being chased. There’s a voice in your ear telling you that you’re some kinda spy and he guides you out of harms way. It’s pretty interesting. Premium members get access to these without any additional cost.
So here is where my experience declines a bit. They offer an Apple Watch app but it’s proven to be quite useless. I would expect to see stats on it like distance, elapsed time and so on. Nope. All I see is a screen that has a start button. This is even after I’ve pressed the start button and my phone is under the impression that I’m now running and working out.
Even if I close the app it opens itself back up because my iPhone is telling it that it should be running. I’ve worked with support for over two weeks now and they have not resolved the issue. In fact, they are very slow to respond so if you really need help you’re on your own.
Now aside from that I’ve been using one of their plans for weight loss. It’s been going really well so I plan to continue with it. However, one day I selected my planned run and accidentally started a story run as the audio. Once the run was started there was no way to stop the story run. This differs from just selecting music in the app because the music plays directly from the Apple Music app and you can control that music as normal in iOS. It just seem inconsistent.
Body Weight Training in the Runtastic Results App
For the days I’m not running there is another app thats part of the Runtastic ecosystem that I’ve been using. It’s called Results and its not bad either. It’s proven to be less buggy than the Running app.
In the results app you can start a workout plan. Each day you simply run through the workout and it marks you off. My only real grip with this app is that I feel like the two training plans should be married together. There should be an option to say… “I’m going to run and do body weight exercises so customize the plan for both.” Instead I have to toggle through both apps and decide if I’m going to run and do 50 burpies or not. If I miss a workout in one of the apps the little icons makes you feel like you’re a loser for skipping a workout.
What’s The Point?
Yes, this has nothing to do with networking. I know. But we’re all regular people. I know many who have packed on a bit of weight while sitting behind a terminal studying for the CCIE. And being that we are in a technology related field a lot of us like to use our technology in other areas of life. Yes I can SSH into an ASA from my phone and I can also use my phone to knock out a 15 minute workout.
I think all of this lends itself to the work/life/balance that every one of us has to contend with. Taking breaks from the gear to freshen up your mind and body is not a bad thing. In fact, when you get stuck on something it may actually help out to walk away, do a bit of exercise, and come back with a new perspective.