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TRAINR official app for Windows Phone makes exercising super simple

Hidden Gems

When it comes to the world of fitness and technology things are just getting started. This year at CES and Mobile World Congress, wearables and tools used to measure your fitness routines have become one of the biggest growth fields. And why not? With all the advancements, it's about time we started to use technology for healthy reasons.

TRAINR (getrainr.io) is one of those new companies that is looking to shake things up. They're not another me-too organization in creating their own smartwatch or smart device; instead they want to come up with software tools for those pieces of technology, including smartphones.

Two days ago, the TRAINR app for Windows Phone was released to the Store, beating out iOS and Android. TRAINR does have apps for the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 and Gear Neo, though their Windows Phone app is their first foray into a general exercise app for beginners on up through regular gym rats.

TRAINR for Windows Phone

From the app description:

"Challenge yourself with our Challenge mode and try to beat your best score, or use our Workout mode and choose from 4 professionally designed multi-day routines that will walk you through specific exercises and rest periods created specifically for strength, endurance, cardio, and circuit training. And when you're finished, share your completed workouts online."

Broken down you get

  • 4 multi-day routines based on high intensity interval training
  • 21 bodyweight and dumbbell based exercises for your upper body, lower body, and core.

TRAINR is easy to setup, with big, bold screens that walk you through the process. Enter in your gender, height and weight, and the program does the rest. From there, you get two choices: Challenges or Workout. The 'Challenges' allow you to push your limits for certain exercises like 90 degree crunch, leg thrusts and the dreaded burpee. 'Workout' takes you to another section where you can do a basic diagnostic, quick circuits and multi-day programs.

TRAINR menu

Probably the nicest feature of TRAINR is the detailed walk-throughs of each exercise. Indeed, almost certainly the number one barrier for a lot of people who want to get fit is knowing what to do and how to do it. It's the old 'Okay, where do I even start?' issue that we all face when trying something new. TRAINR makes this simple with descriptions and detailed photos of the moves that you're supposed to do so that you do the exercise correctly. It makes learning them dead simple and it's perfect for those who are just beginning. It's also great for folks who have been exercising for a long time.

TRAINR doesn't use any of the Windows Phone sensors e.g. the upcoming SensorCore technology featured on new Lumia phones. It's in essence a basic exercise app that lets you count and record reps for your exercises, challenges you to push further and multi-level routines to make sure your body doesn't get used to anything.

TRAINR for Windows Phone

What makes TRAINR worth the download is the excellent layout, detailed exercises and ease of use. I'll be curious to see if the folks behind TRAINR, Los Angeles-based company FOCUS, enable the use of SensorCore in future versions similar to Bing Health + Fitness. After all, their motivation as a company is to leverage such technology so that they can use their proprietary algorithms and SDK to calculate your level of fitness. SensorCore though is still very new so there will be some breathing room before it becomes adopted by developers.

If there were any complaints about TRAINR, it would be the inability to export or share my data with other services like MyFitnessPal or even FitBit. That's always a touchy subject with some companies, though I wouldn't mind being able to utilize the data fully as I see fit. Also, I noticed I would get reminder notifications at a higher frequency than I would prefer with no option to disable. However, that's easily solved on Windows Phone 8.1 where users can control those through the OS settings.

TRAINR is a free app, and you can create an account right on the phone. I found it useful for doing circuit training routines and even appreciate picking up a few new moves. It's also great to see a company delving into Windows Phone before the competition.

Download the app, give it a spin and tell me what you think of it in comments. Is TRAINR something that can help you? What would you like the developers to add next?

TRAINR is part of our new Hidden Gems series in cooperation with Microsoft to highlight new or under-appreciated apps on Windows and Windows Phone. See our announcement post for more information.

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Daniel Rubino
Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

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  • Daniel, Thanks for the great article and the feedback. We are working on a fix for the high frequency notifications, and as you said, most users can disable them for now depending on their OS. If your readers are interested in finding out more about us, they can do so here. 
  • It's a great looking app, although saying that, it reminds me a lot of the NIke+ Kinect companion app. I guess once you've seen one flat style medal icon you've seen them all right?
  • Sorry, I had to uninstall it because of this.  My phone was telling me to complete a circuit every 20 minutes, without fail.  
  • Hi Zuke. Sorry to hear this. An update of TRAINR has been pushed out and it should resolve this issue. Please dowload the most recent version and let us know if this fixes your notification issue. Please feel free to email us at support@focustrainr.com if you have any other questions or feedback. 
  • Hey there TRAINR developer, Your app looks great. I keep several workout apps on my phone, since I am a U.S. Servicemember, and I like the way your app runs. Keep up the good work. Please integrate more sharing options. I'd personally like to see WordPress actually or integration with Bing Fitness in some way to push your workouts to their tracker. That would be cool. I'll add more ideas as I come up with them.
  • It's a beautifully designed app, and easy to use. Sadly though I'm not of the exercising type so I haven't had a chance to properly use it ;p
  • It would be very helpful if we can change to metric system... This will work best if can be set before entering my details right after registration and before entering my details, like height and weight. Otherwise - amazing app!
  • I agree Kras, I always enjoy masuring my weight in stones, makes me feel lighter. This app looks great, but it is too fragmented. What I want is an all inclusive fitness app: run tracker with gps, fitbit sync, execercise/food log, etc.
  • Umm... Hate to break it to you, but stones aren't metric... They're imperial.
  • Metric! Woot!
  • I agree with this. Not everybody lives in America.
  • Thanks for the feedback Krasimir - We've heard this a lot and will be adding this feature soon. We'd love to hear more feedback at support@focustrainr.com. 
  • Intressting app and agood series about training apps. I didnt get if some of them could count the times you did an action in a training machine, example how many pulls you do or if all of them depends on that you count yourelf
  • Should use sensors. Should have pedometer. Should have calorie calculator
  • Downloading, will edit when done !
    EDIT: Pretty cool UI, fast and smooth
    i can't say what it's missing, it's my first time trying these apps, but like percistratus said a few videos would be better, anyway the photos aren't bad.. and again its UI is pretty cool EDIT2: "Do a circuit today!" okay okay ! 
    i think there is a bug when you enter the app, the loading/starting screen stretch out of the screen.
  • i've no idea why i can't edit, but here what i didn't like about the app : -first is that i needed to convert my height and weight from m/kg to feet/lbs, there should be an option to change units. -Live tile should be uhm more live, it's just a photo and it's not really cool to have it between others.  
  • I would like to have it sync to my Fitbit Flex and automatically upload my steps for the day and give me calorie burned credit.
  • Awesome app !!!! Well done Microsoft .. Nice effort the application is really nice !
  • The app design is very well done but having to reenter your email each time is not good. This should be the kind of app that with a few taps you're off and going. Other than that everything is fine as far as I can tell.
  • Thanks! We love hearing that. 
  • Looks a real decent app. Better Tha NTC on android. Could benefit from video tutorial though
  • Would love to see integration/syncronization with HealthVault.  This is a key issue that is missing from most health related apps. EDIT: Regarding what I like, the design and layout. What I do not like are the constant alerts telling me to do a circuit. Perhaps just one notice a day not every 15 minutes.
  • Yeah, I agree there. MS HealthVault is something many users like, but few apps leverage. I'm not sure if that's because MS doesn't push the APIs hard enough or devs don't know about it. With Apple's foray into this field with their recent announcement, you'd think MS would double down on it.
  • I do hope so. MS has a vision very far ahead but it's always the others that deliver that vision. I've read somewhere that iOS Handsoff feature is coming to Apple TV, which I believe is MS' vision (play on one device, pick up on another) It's very neat. I'm waiting for this type of feature in Windows 9 in which they will have unified everything. I hope they don't disappoint us.
  • This is the first time I hear about the API being open, I'm developing to the platform since the early 7.0 days. On MSDN it looks good, they even have open source libraries. It looks old, but usable I guess.
  • HealthVault is an XML-over-HTTP web service exposing a set of XML-based methods that developers can leverage to build applications that connect to HealthVault. Any modern technology environment that supports reading and writing XML can be used to build applications for HealthVault. Applications can connect to HealthVault using a number of technology stacks and development platforms.
  • I was never even aware of Healthvault. I just signed up. It seems like a great product. They should definitely promote it and try to get health apps and providers to integrate with it.
  • I couldn't agree more on this point. A direct link to track duration and type of exercises would be very helpful.
  • Hi Eric, We're working to resolve the notifications issue, however, you may be able to disable them for now depending on your OS. You can contact us at support@focustrainr.com if you need any help! Thanks for your feedback!
  • Looks really polished and nice. Also great for short workouts in the morning or after work. 
  • This app sounds exciting. Will give it a try.
  • Nice layout. It would be helpful it it could record your steps to Fitbit. How about having music integrated too?
  • I like to listen to music, whether I'm running or exercising in the gym; music support would be nice, and even more so a voice function, that interrupts the music to inform you of exercise status etc. Interface looks good, though.
  • Really nice app just loved it but it is having miscount needs update for it
  • Starting to navigate the app. Seems like more helpful than micoach. Even better than sportstracker which i encountered low memory most of the time.
  • Looks pretty good. Will try it
  • I really like the application. I like how it provides an interactive guide to perform the exercises, kinda like iMuscle 2 on iOS.
  • Have been looking for an app like this. The design looks awesome. Will edit this comment with my verdict. Edit: It's pretty impressive. The interface really blends in with WP's style and it looks futuristic. I used some other fitness apps on Windows Phone but this one is unique (in a good way).
  • Abdhoms - If I could like your comment I would. ;) We'd love to hear more feedback at support@focustrainr.com. 
  • Yeah... About that.. Why do we not have a thumbs up option on comments?
  • That's a good question. Can anybody help us out with that? ;) 
  • Dan... You listening??
  • I don't mind seeing a like button of some sort so I can goto my profile and find all the comments and posts I liked.
  • Installing now but my first thought, like percistratus said was that video tutorials would be nice although not including is probably the right way to go as my HTC 8x is constantly complaining that it is out of storage and videos would probably make the app huge.  Maybe there is some way that they could incorporate streaming videos though, that would be cool.
  • FWIW, the first two times I tried to open the app on my HTC 8x it silently crashed back to the apps section.  Third time was the charm.
  • Well, I uninstalled this last night after it toasted me to do a circuit ~20 times.  I don't know if I'd done one if it would've stopped pestering me but that was just too much.
  • Hi ComputerBear01, We are working on a fix to resolve the notifications issue you're experiencing. You may be able to disable them for now depending on your OS. You can contact us at support@focustrainr.com if you need any help! We hope you give TRAINR another shot. 
  • I probably won't use it, but hopefully it is more accurate than Wii Fit Plus. That game said I was obese even though I was only a little over weight. It also overexagerated how large my stomach was. For the people who like fitness applications, this probably will work great for them. Anyway, isn't June Mobile Fit Month?
  • I love the interface: It's modern, fast, and works great! I would like more localization though, I know my height in centimeters and meters only. Same for weight. And swiping to the right for settings is intuitive.
  • Could be an interesting app, but it has few major downsides. First you have to create an account, which personally I see no point in doing, just another password to remember. The inability to export data like you can from apps such as Cycle Master is a downside, along with the fact that it does not take advantage of any sensors in the phone. Good start, but needs improvements for me to use it instead of the apps I already use. edit: also there is a bug when you launch the app, the splash screen gets cut off at the bottom across the logo. Using Lumia 1020.  
  • Thanks for the comment John - we're definitely keeping your feedback in mind as we move forward with developments. Trainr + Samsung Galaxy Gear was our first launch which actually harnesses the power of the sensors in the watch - we look forward to having a wearable wrist device to pair with the Windows Phone in the future. To address the issue with the spash screen - we are working on correcting this now. Thank you! 
  • I wish I could download this. But in the last few weeks I've loaded my phone with so many fitness apps!
    I bought gym pocket guide pro and downloaded fitness log. Also have 6 week training and endomondo. Had bought runtastic pro also. And I've used all these apps to a very fair level.
    In fact I've tried more, but these stand out.
    Now,I am very tempted to try this app. But I need to slow down a bit on this front. Sorry dev.
  • We'd love to have you give TRAINR a try! We don't think you'll be disappointed - but we're biased. 
  • Is there a pedometer on the app I cant find it if not that would be handy?
  • Sorry I don't like it. I wish it would be more self aware like jogging and the transitions are a little slow but the workout routines and notifications are a good
  • Kaosi - thanks for the feedback. Stay tuned, you'll see plenty more "self aware" features coming soon in the future. 
  • Looks nice.  Would like to see some more body weight type exericse routines since I don't have access to dumb bells or weights really.
  • The App is really good! The UI is well laid out, and it is really helpful for people who wanna exercise as this provides them with all the information they require too!
  • UI looks really cool .... might just give it a try through this week ... seeing as it is Fitness month : ) 
  • Health and fitness is a good app if you know what to do. But this is exactly what I wanted. Something to guide me at home instead of crowded gym.
  • Health and Fitness has the potential to be by far the best app of its kind.... if MS would keep updating it with useful feature like the ability to customize the weight chart and an easy way to add and retain custom exercises and routines. I do not need a chart that go from 0 lbs/Kg to X: what you get is a line that imperceptibly change.
  • Thanks Cree! Stay connected and let us know how your progress goes. We're on Twitter and FB. 
  • This app has a lot of potential. Beautiful design, probably the best designed fitness app on WP i've seen. The one thing I would like to see is having a dark theme implemented. Since this is an app that would be on the screen for awhile during a circuit or a workout, those of us with AMOLED displays would benefit from less whiteness. Also, as a track coach, i rely heavily on circuits for training my guys. It'd be interesting to see some more customizability with creating circuits.
  • Just downloaded I like the UI and the way it gives you a diagnoses just a couple things to fix its a little laggy at times and when I sign up it says error email is already in use when I just signed up. Thanks keep up the good work
  • I like the UI simplicity and the resources it has. But I think it could benefit with some features like integrated music, integration with other fitness apps and the use of the phone sensors.
  • All around it looks like a really nice app, the concept doesn't seem all that new, but I particularly like the guidance and how easy it is to reach whatever the app offers you. There's much room for improvement, taking advantage of the possibilities that WP offers plus integration with other services. I've experienced some bugs as soon as I started the app (for example the load screen seems alive, sometimes getting bigger than my 925 can show, or taking the tutorial and then selecting "Challenge" crashes the app), but as I stated, all around seems quite solid, and direct to the point, something I really look forward in an app. Some of the things that could be improved, from the top of my head (without considering other services of which the app could nurture from): * Consider other metric systems (I don't know if that's the correct term), meaning that you could enter your height/weight in meters/kilograms * There's too much 'blue' in it, and sometimes I feel it too dark. These type of things seem minor but some users could be driven off for stuff like this, perhaps interacting with the accent color would be nice. * Font seems too small, sometimes uncomfortable to read I'll edit the post as I use the app further.
  • Downloading and looking forward to it. Sadly, it isn't still common to find a usefull app that also looks great like this one.
  • I imagine a lot of people walk into a gym and don't know where to begin. Aside from hiring a personal trainer, it would be nice to have an app that allows you to input goals, then automatically generate specific workout routines designed to help you reach them. Someone overweight and just starting might need to drop a few pounds before they can safely do certain activities. So allow a person to give details about their lifestyle (weight, age, medical conditions, etc.), combine that with their defined goals, and then give a workout schedule that fits them. You can have periodic check-ins to update changing stats, and push notifications can be used to motivate people.
  • Downloading,I will edit this post with my review after I user it for someone. Definitely looks neat though. Review coming up :D
  • Ok,yeah.So here's my review.I rate this app 8/10.
    The first bug I faced was the splash screen,In the lowest part,you can see "Powered by..." A company's name can be half seen in between and for a fraction of a second after the app opens but after that the splash screen re-adjusts and you can see only the upper half of the company's name.Not sure if it's a device specific issue or a global one but just so the dev knows,my device is a 3.8" Lumia 620.
    The overall user-interface was very modern but I do admit that when you had to set your height,weight,date of birth,I tried swiping on them instead of tapping on them(as I later found out).Not a major issue,maybe I was slightly stupid and in a hurry to test out the app :P xD
    Couldn't export my data as well so this might be a flaw for some users but definitely not for me,not that much of a fitness guy ;) xD
    The division of categories was very good and the step-by-step info was actually pretty neat.I enjoyed the app for the time period I explored it(almost half an hour).The instruction were extremely helpful with the pictures.Kudos to the developer.
    I rate this app second only to hardfox six pack fitness app because of the voice support they have added and their app is pretty fast as well.The animations on this app were only slightly laggy (y) also please add option to convert weight into other units as well :)
    Well,this is my overall review of this app for the developer and users,I hope the developer doesn't mind my review.I apologize if I made any mistake in my review,I tried to avoid any but maybe I might have made a mistake.But thanks to the dev for making this app,it's definitely more modern that any fitness app I've used.
    Thankyou to WPC for uncovering this hidden gem as well,I really didn't know of it's existance(sorry dev) but thanks to you guys,I discovered another app for my WP.Thanks a lot :)
    Eagerly awaiting a hidden gem tomorrow,want to test more new apps/games on my phone :)
    P.S:-Sorry for the rather lengthy review,I know it's long but this app really deserved a good long review :)
  • Interface looks really nice, seems to have all the basics covered well.  Will definitely give this a try as I am trying to get back into a routine of working out, so the timing of this is perfect.
  • Seems quite comprehensive... performance is good on my dual-core too. Shame the design isn't more "Modern".
  • Looks like a Well-Designed & Thought of app. I'll give it a shot when I get a chance.
    Keep up the excellent job guys :)
  • The exit confirmation is unnecessary and annoying!
  • The layout is freaking awesome. Just joined the gym 4 days back. Seriously needed a fitness app. It's Fitness month and great to see new fitness apps. It's great as a WP fan to know that any app is on our platform first before iOS and Android. This App's free and even if it ain't, I would pay for it.
  • Running pretty great on my 1020. The UI is slick too. What I'd want to be different: 1. The background color maybe should be something more neutral or just user selected. Having a "cobalt" accent makes it difficult to spot the loading dots. Another confusion I had, while signing up, I made a mistake in my email, so I tapped to change and the blue highlight was hard on my eyes with the general blu-ish background. 2. I'd prefer another font overall, the one currently used is pretty dense. Again, while double checking my email, I moved closer to the screen to make sure I could read it. 3. Localize some stuff, like the units. The app, since these guys are in LA, is using a US culture, but my culture uses the metric system and kg instead of lb for weight, so I have to use a converter to correctly enter my height in feet and inches and my weight in libres. Cheers, Fanis
  • I agree with the background color, hard to look at it.
  • Nice app, solid and simple. Would be cool to see more languages e a unit converter.
  • Nice App. But I don't like that I can't edit my profile. And I don't know my height in feet. It would be good to have the option to change units
  • Will test it a little bit more, but lost the excitement in the setup of the account. I'm measured in kg and cm, not in inches, feets, stones,sand,barrels or similar
  • The app is definitely powerful but it requires some,minor tweaks and improvements to make it as competitive as the other fitness apps available out there.
    The UI is really awesome, I love it. U can do so much at one page, its just awesome.
    But as said before, a few minor tweaks and it will be awesome.
  • I'm probably more of a couch potato than this app is intended for.  I do really like the Challenges because you can start off with any level of ability and one up yourself each day.  One criticism overall:  lack of descriptive info on the Workouts.  The Quick Circuit > Core Crusher, for example, is composed of 10 different exercises for approximately 7+ minutes.  It would be great if the description of each circuit would tell you this up front instead of forcing you to click through each just to see what it entails.  Same lack of info for the Diagnostic and Multi-Day Programs.  I'd also like to see rep counts and date last performed on the Challenge exercise select list. Overall quite a nice app - I can see myself using this daily.
  • As a Windows Phone user looking to lose weight, I've been heavily researching helpful apps for my phone.  After reading the article, I downloaded the app to give it a whirl.  I hate that I have to create an account before I can even try it.  The first positive checkmark for the app is the large easy to use screens.  Even though I'm still waiting on an official FitBit app, it's a little disappointing that even it it was already out, I can't share data with Trainr.  That said, maybe the feature will be added by the time it comes out.  I'll keep it for now because it's so easy to use.
  • I've been using MiCoach for strength workouts recently, but I'm going to give this a shot for a week or two and see how it goes. It looks like a really well laid out app, and my only comments are the same for pretty much all fitness apps that I've used so far. I really want to find one that integrates or aggregates all of the data that I'm generating on a daily basis. Basically, I want an app that will hook into my fitbit, MiCoach/Endomondo/etc., diet tracker, and display it all in one place so I can see an aggregate of all that data for a day/week/month. If this app had a way to integrate into something like that, it would be awesome. I fell like i'm generating this ton of data basically for data's sake. I don't know of a good way to make it valuable.
  • It's weird that I'm not able to edit my comment. After reading through their website, I'm really liking what they're trying to do with this app and their platform. I really want to be able to take all of the data that I'm generating and use it to help me make informed decisions and help me improve. If this app would eventually integrate cardio training (running, cycling, etc.) along with the strength workouts, and have the ability to use a BTLE heart rate monitor, that would be perfect.
  • HealthVault integration is a must
  • Really great looking app, and very useful for me (trying to get into the workout scene). Integration with Healthvault would be sweet. Looking forward to updates enabling fitness accessories like FitBit.
  • I've just downloaded the app and ran the diagnostic....Wow!!! I need to get in shape lol! What I love about this app it is really well made! Nice graphics, simple to use, it is really clear of what you need to do and how to do it properly!!!! What could be an future option is to keep the screen open while doing the diagnostic/workouts. I will start the workout with the multi-day programs! Thanks to the devs to have created this nice app! Thanks Dan for writing those nice articles!!!! If it wouldn't be for you guys, we would miss a lot of amazing apps!!!!   I will comment further in the coming days when I will use this app!
  • I think there should be an option for a transparent live tile. The tour part of the app doesn't scale well on the Lumia 1520, making the text & images appear slightly blurry; I think instead of having just pictures for each tour page, vectors should be used for the images and have the text be actual text instead of being part of an image. I like how the app asks me if I want to close it when I press the back button to prevent accidental closing of the app.
  • The app looks nice. The interface is straightforward and easy to navigate.  I haven't used it yet to actually exercise as I'm at work currently but will do so later to test that fully. The biggest annoyance I have seen is that at least on my device it doesn't remember that I logged in.  It prompts to log in every time I start the app and doesn't even retain my login details so I need to re-enter them every time.  Please fix that.   (Lumia Icon running WP8.1 DP) I would definitely like to see integrated music support.  This would be extra helpful if it allowed access to your Xbox music pass subscription songs.  It would also be helpful if this provided video instruction for the exercises, tied into health vault and had Cortana / voice support.  Would be cool to have Cortana give progress and status updates relating to workouts.  She could also help coach/motivate you to push harder, etc.
  • This app was appealing to me reading the review here. I did like the appearnce of the app on load, the registration was simple and a bit fun. I didn't like the font on the signup screen too much (minor). I went ahead and selected workout and asked to perform a diagnosis. The instructions are pretty clear and the photos do their job to help explain the motions of each excercise. This is where I ran into my first issue which is pretty major and needs to be fixed.  The first excercise of the diagnosis is to jog in place, which I started to do only to look down and notice my phone screen had shut off and the screen locked, my screen timeout is at 1 minute. So while still jogging I unlocked my screen and to my surprise and disappointment, the timer had reset to 2 minutes. This is a big disappointent and not very encouraging for someone new to training especially. I restarted the timer and moved on to the next excercise. The next issue I had was when entering the rep amount for excercises. I did squats fine, but after pushups I accidently hit the next button. There was no way for me to go back and edit the pushup count. Upon hitting back it prompts me if I am sure I want to exit the diagnosis. At that point I just hit next thru the rest of the excercises as this was clearly the 7 minute workout and I was not interested in exhausting myself after those 2 disappointments (will redo the diagnosis if that is an option later). What I do like is the challenges and I am looking forward to going through those and what is great with those is that it encourages you to try to beat your previous records. Nice! I also like the idea of notifications to encourage you daily to do some excercise, a constant reminder is a good motivational tool. I also like the scoreboard as it shows total and best for each excercise, but I would like an export option or backup of data, I am not sure if the app stores my data on the cloud so if I was to re-install the app if my scoreboard would still be there. Another issue I ran across was the app did crash when I switched back to it. I think for the initial release this looks like it will be a great app that I will be using, and I look forward to app updates which fix these initial problems and add more features. And finally some voice prompts and voice encouragement would be great as I don't want to look down at my phone to know if 2 minutes are up.
  • Great to see another app like this make its way to the wp platform but its not really for me. I workout but im not a professional athlete so I don't feel the need to track my workouts and I don't really need the motivation that tracking progress would give me.
    I definitely appreciate this type of app but for now Bing Health and Fitness is good enough for me when I feel like finding new workouts...and even then I just use it on my surface pro.
    Tracking workouts...too time consuming for me....same reason why I got rid of my fitness pal.
  • cool ui, but its completely isolated from other apps/platforms and on top of that it's not even measuring/counting anything on its own.
  • Interesting... Haven't seen an app take this approach. I've been using "loggers" and have often wished for some guidance/recommended next steps
  • Okay here is my little review of the app! :) The first thing I notice is that SUPERB LOOKING DESIGN. I'm a design guy and I absolutely love great designed apps. Exactly like this one. It has a clean interface, everything has it's place throughout the whole application. The use of another font than Segoe makes this app very unique (although it looks a bit than the Nike app for the iPhone.). I really like the color, although it seems a bit dark in some parts of the app. One point that really has to happen is that the developer should increase the size of the font. There are lots of people who don't want to wear their glasses during the training. The burger button in the upper left corner feels a bit Androidy, maybe the developers could change this to the Windows Phone design principles without that button. The setup is really easy. What would be great is synchronisation with HealthVault. The exercises are good explained, it's great to have some pictures. (Please increase the font-size here too!) I tried lots of fitness apps and some didn't have pictures to explain what to do (Or maybe I'm just too stupid to understand some of the exercises XD). A great thing about the app. What I would really like is support for Cortana. Maybe she could remind you about your daily worlout or could motivate you to beat your high scores in challenge mode! That would be a great addition, especially because Windows Phone 8.1 will be released shortly. Right now I can say that this app is pretty good considering It's only available some days. It's a great start for this app! Here and there are some changes needed, but these are just small one to make the user experience a bit better! EDIT: And some bug fixes, too! All in one a pretty good app. EDIT 2: :0 Where's a metric unit?? C'mon! EDIT 3: The app just crashed when I tapped on the burger in the upper left corner. EDIT 4: Just tried Challenge mode. What a great idea! It's a great motivation if you want to beat your highest score. EDIT 5: Please develop lockscreen support. The timer resets everytime the phone locks. I don't want to change the screen timeout just for one app!  
  • Its an attractive app but it doesn't seem to feel like a WP app.  It's not very faithful to the "Metro" style.  I would love it to integrate with other fitness wearables if that were possible.  Also, I'd appreciate an interface to my company's wellness platform (PowerOfVitality.com) so I can get points for exercising.
  • This truly is a hidden gem! I can't believe that such beautiful-designed app could remain hidden.
    I guess the purpose of this series is starting to pay out :) And about the app - probably should be built for WP 8.1 and get integrated with Cortana. But even without those - it's still awesome!
  • It's a nice looking app, but it's clearly designed to be cross-platform. By that I mean it doesn't really employ the traditional Windows Phone UI design characteristics at all.
  • Minutes after I exited from the app, a notification popped up. I don't want to disable the notification but do wish I could pick the time/days I want to be notified. Also, video tutorials wouldn't hurt. Everybody has those times when they wish they could just see how to do the exercise step by step (as if they had their own personal TRAINR) instead of looking at pictures and reading.
  • Great app.... More interesting way to make fit body by this app.... Minimal UI just perfect for windowsphone.... Loving this app
  • Wooow!! Liked the challenger mode a lot! Just this afternoon I had commented on another app that didn't have a good database for exercises. But I guess this is it...
  • I thought this app would very handy to get me again in shape :)
    I think it works very good, except it should have an option to prevent screen lock, or it should not restart the timer when the screen gets locked... Also, When you select a challenge, you will need to press on 'begin challenge' to see the information about the challenge. When you press on the back button, the home screen of the app will again be shown. This is rather annoying... Also the 'i' next to the name of a challenge does not give you more information right away... For the rest it's a very good app! If those little things can be changed, it would be great! I will surely use it, and hopefully I will see the results of my efforts soon! :)
  • wow, downloaded the app and tried it earlier.
    This is awesome, Ive done some challenges and ill surely do it everyday and beat my current stat .. one thing that ill change.. Illustration of the challenges, make it gif, that would be better :) othet than that its 4.9/5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • I love the visual UI of this app. I've taken it for a spin and it does it's job in a pretty cool way. Everything is layed out and explaned to the point and the fluidness of the walkaround is great.
    Few things that bug me and some suggestions... 1.the Android look UI with the "side slide" menu from the side. I think that if would look much more coller to keep the WP design guidelines. 2. No metric units?? Really?? 90% of the world functions on metric. Gotta fix that!! 3. Even though, I'm not one of those people that like to share stuff on social networks, I know many of my friends do, so there should be sharing with Facebook and Twitter. 4. People mentioned HealthValut integration?! 5. And make those plus/minus signs bigger. It's hard to press them, when your hands are shaking doing pushups.
  • It's 3 in the morning here so I can't quite try the diagnostic yet but so far I don't like the design of the app which will probably push me away from it. The font doesn't suit either the app or Windows Phone. As a service I would also prefer signing in with another account such as Facebook or Outlook so that there isn't yet another account that I need to remember my password for. Also when signing up you tick a box to say you agree to the terms but you can't access these terms until you sign in which isn't how it should be. Once I've tried out the exercise part of the app I will make sure to come back and edit this but so far the user experience isn't great and it doesn't feel like it belongs on my phone.
  • I don't know how to edit but getting a notification every 20m telling me to excercise is ridiculous
  • Hi! Sorry to hear this. We have pushed up an update that should fix this - we would love to hear from you if this update fixes the issue you're experiencing. Please email us at support@focustrainr.com if you have further feedback. 
  • This app is phenomenal! Very well orginized and useful! The only beef I have with the app is that it's not  integrated with Cortana! That would just be the icing on the cake! Imagine saying "Trainr, show me upcoming workout routines" NOW that would be too cool for school !
  • Thanks for the comment! We've heard several users suggest this Cortana feature and are passing this feedback along to our development team. If you have additional feedback, we'd love to hear from you. Support@focustrainr.com
  • I'd like to see a routine shuffler, that randomly creates a "playlist of exercises for each day/week.
  • I go to crossfit several times a week but this is a great in between workout! I struggle to make up my own workouts so having it right here for me is great. I like the challenge aspect so I can keep improving. It's like my own fitness diary. There is a variety of exercises which I like. The program runs very smoothly on my Lumia 822 also. The ony thing that could make this app better would be maybe a diet monitor and some app color choices!!
  • This is a pretty cool app.  I was actually looking for an app like this to begin my diet and exercise program.  I feel this app may actually, finally help me lose weight. Some things I've noted: When entering birth date, the year disappears off the screen.  May need to reduce the font on this page. Love that there is a tutorial included in the app.  Menu - Tour.  Great extra! Nice to have a scoreboard as well.  Helps to keep me informed as to my progress. All-in-all, this is a pretty cool app.  I look forward to using it.  Thanks to Focus for creating this!  And WP gets it first....now that's the best surprise of all!
  • Thanks for the comment. Just stay tuned for more awesome features and updates. We'd love to hear more from you - please feel free to email us at support@focustrainr.com if you have additional feedback. 
  • Before i try it out, i'll just say this much, the UI looks awesome!! All devs should know, that when they put a little more effort into it, and give us a unique UI, we automatically want to download the app. As for features, i think the app will satisfy my needs. As for exporting/sharing data, i'm pretty sure a lot of people will appreciate that.
  • UPDATE: I feel like there should be more common workouts. The app provides detailed workouts that probably ARE alternatives to the workouts i already have in my routine. But i'd feel more comfortable not changing my routine, without expert advice, so the app should include more workouts. :)
  • software that works without additional hardware is awesome. Trainr is definitely helpful because: It works without the need of additional hardware Excercise is always good The app is free, (no risk, wouldn't mind paying for it) Suggestions/Feature request: Cortana integeration, for hands free operation Universal app. Would like to have the same app and my data follow me on my surface and my HTPC (would like to work out in front of a TV)
  • Love the UI of the app, easy to use, and the tutorial doesn't hurt. It's easy to navigate through and quick and responsive..no crashes.. yet! :) 
    -explanations are clear with each exercise. Love it!  Some things that could be improved: 
    -Cortana integration 
    -exporting data 
    -moving videos for some exercises are always helpful 
    -metric units! It's a must for an international audience  I'll add more when/if I find any! Good gem!
  • The more I use this app, the more I like it.I like its layout and its notifications.It has a very neat feature called 'scoreboard'.Its helpful. Also the detailed workouts are nicely presented. The only thing lacking is sensor support as you've pointed out in your article especially with the new fitness oriented hardware coming to WP devices.
  • UI is very nice and clean, app runs smoothly and the exmaples are nice.  Definite bummer that I cant share workout results to my social networks.  Staying with Endomondo now (most of my exerecise is walking/jogging anyway)  
  • I really like the app, but like others have said, I wish it had Cortana integration.  Especially while youre already runnigbor working out, it'd make accessing the app much easier.  But I'm a huge fan of the interface, converting your mass/height isn't tough with the hundreds of unit conversion apps out there.  I also wishthe Live Tile did more, butthat's must reaching haha
  • Design of the app seems a bit iOS-like. no pivots or large titles like other Modern apps. It could use a transparent tile.
  • First thing I noticed while trying to register or log in, for some reason I can't use swype to type. I don't know if apps have to enable swype keyboard. EDIT: It seems that I need to login everytime I open the app. Also, there isn't a settings page to toggle Toast Notification. I don't want to be reminded everytime to workout like that episode in southpark about shake weights.
  • Yeah, I'm finding teh near constant Toasts to be annyoign as well.
  • Likes: UI is great, fresh, clean, simple. App is fast and really responsive. Tour is a nice touch, well done. Easy to create workouts. Lots of challenges, I like! Dislikes: I can't find a way to update my profile, the data I entered after I signed up.  Maybe I missed it, but I couldn't find it. Can't change password or email? Wants: Possible integration with third-party devices or sites (Fitbit, Suunto, etc...). Would be nice if the app could generate random workouts for a week or set number of days.   Overall I like the app and I think it has a lot of potential.
  • Can it exercise for me? :)
  • I like it. Good for beginners like me :) I agree, video would be nicer, music? i think is very important to track your progress to keep motivated.
  • Nice start to Hidden Gems -- I appreciate the list of exercises since I find myself doing the same things over and over and it gets a little old.   The app itself wanted me to log in, but then I apparently skipped that (to the menuhamburgerbutton, select tour, and then when it is done, you're off and running) -- I'll have to make an account next time, I guess!
  • Seems like it could be really useful, not sure what it needs my email for. As others mentioned the slash screen bleeds off of the bottom of the screen on Lumia 920, though it seemed to fit at first so I don't know what scaling adjustments it's trying to do. Can bypass login and start challenges by opening the menu at the login page and clicking on "tour", then clicking "finish tour" will bring you to the "workouts" and "challenges" page. Clicking on "workouts" causes the app to crash, "challenges" seems to be fully functional however, though I didn't attempt to do any.
  • Yes, I think would make a good universal app with Windows 8 and even Xbox eventually.  I love the functionality to switch to my tablet and desktop and use an app or my browser seamlessly. I am also happy to see another good app for Winphone but have to admit I now have a half dozen or so workout/trainer apps I need to weed through and see which ones I will keep.  Up until then I will keep using it as an excuse to not be working out as I should ;)    
  • The screenshots stop me from even clicking into the link to download the app because it shows how uncomfortable-looking the font is (to me)... Is there an option to change it at all?
  • I'm not into workout apps but the interface looks good at least. :)
  • This app has a really nice UI. Also, it uses a very nice font face (which is incredibly overlooked when reviewing applications). I also like the use of colours and icons. The app provides the user with simple instructions on how to use the app. However, if that's not enough, there's also a tour of the app which further explains the app. Overall, looks nice and I will try it out for a few days to see how it fairs.
  • After the first day, I'd have to say I'm iffy about this app. It's constantly telling me to "Do a circuit today!", which, in some cases, could be very motivational. However, if you're not in the mood or simply too busy to be active, then there is no possible way to remove this sometimes annoying feature.
  • Hi Ian, Thanks for the feedback. We have pushed out a new version of TRAINR that should remedy the notifications issue. We hope you will try TRAINR again and let us know if the solved notification issue makes using the app a better experience for you. Support@focustrainr.com
  • My first impressions from tinkering with the application is that it is well designed (although the small fonts can be tough to read). It asks for your gender, height and weight to personalize your experience a bit more which is a nice touch. Finally, the workouts and challenges are a great way to become motivated to work out. With that being said, can't see myself switching from other fitness apps on this platform for this one.
  • First of all, nice ui. Second the app needs to put some more tech in it, like the use of the new sensorcore or similar things, otherwise it is just a normal workout app that I feel can be replaced easily by other apps. Third, there are still some small details to make the app user friendly, like you have to convert units yourself.
  • Loving this hidden gem series already. I was looking for exactly this type of app. Really like it so far but I must say I hate when apps force users to create an account. I'm happy when its an option that adds more features, benefits etc. but not when I have no other choice. Puts me off
  • First, I don't like the fact that I have to have an account to use it. Second, it doesn't really have anything for me since I am a powerlifter and not someone who does a lot of cardio type excercises. I do cardio, but not really this way. Also, it crashed on me. I can make that happen everytime. Here is how to reproduce. Open App Click the menu icon Click tour Click finish tour Now you are presented with the main menu (I guess), click workouts. CRASH. I assume the crash is because I didn't create and account and login, but still, it shouldn't crash.
  • Hi Vincent, thanks for the feedback and for posting the steps to reproduce your crash. We're looking into this now and will push out an update shortly.
  • I'm a, well, trainer, and this looks pretty cool. Going to have to give it a shot.
  • Would have been great if the timer had ticking sound and instead if just punching numbers for squats and crunches, a timely tick would also help. Otherwise nice ui. Looks pleasant.
  • I just downloaded and used it immediately. The UI is nice and clean and the app loads pretty fast (Lumia 720). As others have said, it would be useful to have the option to choose your height / weight in either m/kg or feet/lbs. So far I have only tried the so called Diagnostic to assess my current fitness level - it's great. One comment here is that after you finish all the workouts for the diagnostic there is a delay (over 10 seconds) untill you can see all the results on one page. What I don't like is that there is no settings menu (or at least I wasn't able to find it) to configure, for example, reminders. Overall this has made a good impression and I will continue to use it.    
  • I love fitness apps, and hope this will help me with workout ideas on my non-running days. Will it run well on lower-spec devices like the Lumia 521?
  • I'll start off with what can be improved and then I'll write about the good stuff. The bad: First I would like to mention that the "powered by" text at the bottom of the screen when you launch the app is pushed under the screen, making it impossible to see it (Nokia Lumia 925). Not a major issue by any means, but I thought I'd let you know. Next up is a bug which makes the app crash. Whenever you go to the menu at the login screen, then Tour and Finish Tour you will find yourself with two options, either Workouts or Challenges. When I click challenges, do a random challenge and input my score, it crashes. Keep in mind: This does not happen when I have already signed in! After I signed up I find myself at the screen where I input my height. I am European, so I have no clue about how much one "feet" or "inch" is (sorry), so I had to look it up and convert my height (meters and centimeters) to feet and inches. My suggestion is to let the user switch to European standards if he or she wants to. The same goes for the next screen (lbs). How much is 150 lbs in kg? Once again, I had to look it up. Then, the timer: It would be great if it gave a sound (beep) when it finished counting down, so you don't need to stare at the phone, or have it right infront of you when you do the excercises to know when you should stop. Last, but not least: Whenever you do a workout, it would be great to see how much you had left of it, for example a little message in the upper corner which shows for example 3 / 8 excercises completed in the current workout, so you know how many exercises are left. The good: The levels are a great addition to the app and is a real motivator to keep pushing yourself because you want to reach higher levels. I also like how simple the challenge system is, but yet, very detailed. Being able to see your score and jump right in and try to improve it is great!   Conclusion: It's a very pretty app with good descriptions and pictures to guide you trough the various excercises. While there are some minor things I didn't like about it (and shouldn't take too much time to fix), it still gives you everything you need. Nothing more, nothing less. Overall I would rate it 7.5 / 10 the way it is now.
  • Very Very nice. TRAINR, BING HEALTH & FITNESS AND SIX WEEKS TRAINING, definitely taking my fitness, diet and lifestyle to another level. 
  • After playing around with it, it seems this is going to be a great app to use in conjunction with Health & Fitness. Nothing like technology to get you off your ass!
  • I've been looking for an app that has routines designed for lazy beginners like myself that can first help get me motivated and then keep me on track.  Most of these types of apps are built for people already into workout routines.  From what I could tell via the Tour, the app looks clean and easy to use.  However, you can't actually check the app out without first having to create an account. I'm a little protective about just giving my email address away for an app I may not even use. A review of the TOC (although filled with legal indemnitiy) says nothing about what they do with personal data. By clicking on "Finish Tour", then "Workouts" causes the app to crash.  Sometimes when clicking "Challenges", and if your lucky the app doesn't crash, you can see about 15 excersize challenges, each with easy instructions and images on how to do them. The time/rep counters work until you enter your data and then the app crashes.  I'm assuming it wouldnt crash if I were logged in (?). So while the Challenges look interesting, there is no way to get a preview of what the Workouts look like.  So for me, unless I know what I'm getting beforehand I'm reluctant to give away personal information.  Possiby a nice excersize app but a no-go for me.    
  • Hi, Thanks for the feedback and we're sorry to hear about the crash you're experiencing. We're looking into it now. We're also taking note about your suggestion to add previews of the challenges - we've heard this request before and may be adding this soon. We'd love to hear from you with any further feedback - support@focustrainr.com
  • You know what really would be a great addition to these health & fitness apps? A mode for disabled people, or for people who have a problem with a specific part of their body. I have a friend who cannot use his legs, but he has a perfect upper body. Sadly there isn't an app available that can help him in his workouts. I know that every problem with your health requires specific training, but I am not talking about a treatment training. There must be a way for developers to target disabled people in their needs. That would be a great plus and a next step for a health and fitness app.
  • This looks like could be a really awesome app long term.  I especially like that it suggests activities for you to get you motivated.  I still prefer LiveScape, however, because it tracks more (IMO) and integrates with Microsoft's HealthVault.  I know HealthVault seems like a trivial thing, but it really is nice to have.
  • I suppose as a trackign app it's pretty good.  But I confess that's not my style of app, I'd prefer somethign that tracked as I went with minimal input. Also, I'd like to be able to look at it without having to sign up. I took the tour without entering an email address, but then when I'd click "Workout" (to see how it worked) it crashed back to the app list. Signing up fixed this, but it'd be nice to mess around without having to give personal info. To be fair though, I'm probably not the target audience for this app.
  • Starting an exercise program can be overwhelming, confusing, or just hard. This Trainr app removes alot of that. The reason being is because of the programs/plans that are already set up within the app. You have choices depending on need with their "quick circuits", which target specific areas of the body, or you can do a full body program over a specific period of time. Another convenience is that these workouts can be done in your home, if you want privacy. No weights involved. There are time limits and goals to help challenge you, or go at your own pace. The workouts also don't seem very lengthy if you're on a time crunch. For comparison, Trainr reminds me of a Beachbody program, ( p90x, 10 minute trainer, etc ) only free. This being more convenient because you dont have to switch DVDs and such. The UI is also clean and straight forward. There are tons of tracking apps and how tos. This does that too, only for the Trainr programs though. There is also detailed instructions on how to do the exercises with pics, although it lacks video instructions. If I was wanting to redo a exercise, hitting the back button ends the session. It should bring you back to the previous exercise, or there should be an option to redo an exercise within the hamburger menu on the lower left. I would also like to see a home button, save spot ( it does save a specific plan/multi-day program, but not where you left off in an exercise), and a way to manage notifications. I also didn't see an option to add/track your own exercises or customized programs. Don't expect to get huge from the Trainr programs either ( these are not those types of programs/ lift heavy weights to get huge). Also, the most important thing that the app doesn't address is diet. It would be helpful to know how many calories to have per day, plus a calorie tracker, and target weight goal/body fat percentage. Diet is the key to getting the results you want, coupled with exercising. So it would be nice to have a link on some information about dieting or maybe add that in sometime down the road. Overall, I think this is a good app for people just starting out, wanting to get back into it, or maybe even a cutting program. It is convenient, targets a lot of areas of the body in a session, not time consuming, and its only as hard/challenging as you make it. So for anybody that's struggling to get started, this seems like a good place ( app ) to get rid of the excuses.
  • Didn't know about this before but the great simple interface might actually make me want excercise, only for a little while though.  
  • The app is well laid out and has good aesthetics. The workouts included do provide a good start with a small but effective list of workouts. Being able to make a custom workout from the list of exercises would be a welcome addition. Overall it's a good start and recommended to anyone who wants to start getting fit and doesn't know where to start. It's also good for those fitness veterans to challenge themselves through the challenges contained in the app. This app is promising and is already useful.
  • Well done, really loving the UI, almost making me actually want to get in shape!
  • I liked the way they approached the modern UI. It's a beautiful design, but sometimes it seems too simple and empty
  • Liked the layout and how the exercises walkthrough are displayed. Hope they add an option to change between unities and a more "live" tile.
    Ahhh, support for more languages are always welcome also.
  • I was actually looking for something like this. I'm starting out and need a decent routine and something that tracks my workouts. Having challenges seems like a good way to try to push yourself harder.This was a timely article and this app might be all I need. I was going to go back to the fitness week reviews to find something to use.   Many of those apps showed excercises but didn't track them. If anyone thinks other apps are better, I wouldn't mind getting a list  of other apps to try out.
  • Seems to be a very slick, yet wonderfully simple trainer program. And any company that leads with Windows Phone gets brownie points in my book.
  • Keen to check this out later today - myself and a few others have been bugging JeFit in regards to when they'll release a WP version of their app - to which they've always replied their currently working on an update for Android and iOS, and maybe later 'thus year' for 2 years now. From first glance this app seemed a little similar and might be all I need to ditch my old Android completely.
  • I liked the design and all the options the app has. Exercises are well ilustrated and explained. The several plan options are also cool to have. But I have a few complaints... - There is no option for metric units and no option to change my once I entered it when configuring the account. Maybe a prompt that allows user to chose between metrics and imperial units at the begining of the setup... Also, the app did close unexpectedly when I switched to a converting app.
    - The font used in the login fields is too narrow and difficult to read
    - If the screen locks, the app restarts the timer... This app definetly should have an option to prevent the screen lock
    - Also missed being able to see the list of exercises and explanations before starting to run the series I will continue trying it and decide if I will keep it. (Lumia 720 here)
  • The logo is a bit "Cortanaish" and I when I launch the app, on the splash screen I can't really see the sentence at the bottom. It says "Powered by ......" but I cant really see it cause the half of it is not on the screen. Love the UI! Edit: I have a Lumia 720 with 8.1.
  • Healthvault would be awesome. Great app!
  • That has already been mentionned many times, but the app should also support international units (centimenters, kilograms) for foreign user. Having to use an outside converter can hardly be called convenient ;)
     
  • It's a really good looking app. It has potencial but it fails in just one thing: Automatically turn my abs in a 6 pack.
  • We're working on this feature! ;) 
  • I am waiting for that feature ;)
  • Nice app. I don't think I need to be notified every twenty minutes to do a circuit however.
  • Very nice app. The UI si modern and clean, app is working smooth and fast. It also provides good instrouctions (with pictures) for each excercise. The start screen is too big on Lumia 920, so text on the bottom of the screen is not visible. I miss metric units at registration process. Also the user data can't be edited (or I just can't find where can I edit them). At the moment, I woud rate it 7/10, but i think it has a great potetntial for further upgrades.
  • Pretty nice app, cool Metro design, but as the OP said would probably benefit a lot from the SDK used in Lumia phones, the SensorCore. Keep up the good work!   EDIT: Also, as others may have pointed out, the metric system would really be appreciated, as most of the planet uses that system. 
  • Love the design and idea
  • I think that more live tile info will help.  Maybe info on the next training session?
  • Cool app, great design! Beat after the diagnostics. It would be nice to have an option to turn off notifications and prevention of lockscreen
  • I like the 'basic' nature of the app.  I think that not requiring any hardware for the app to function will make it easy for anyone to tryout. 
  • Fitness app seem to be the new trend - this app is free and looks good so i will try it now, thanks for letting us know about it. As said in the article, it'll be nice once the phone's sensor can be used to further improve the app. Nice to see quality apps developed for WP first. From one of the other comment however, it seems you cannot use metric units but hopefully this will come in a future update. Looking forward to the next Hidden Gem articles - even if i don't win anything, i will discover many great apps!
  • It's very good to see well designed apps on the Windows Phone store more frequently. Honestly, its the only reason I even downloaded the app in the first place ( the contest was powerful incentive too. :D ) the app did seem to stutter at times but nothing that lasted long. As someone else said, would be nice to see HealthVault integration.
  • I do like the clean UI. The challenges really keep you coming back for more. But I would like to see a more modern app icon with shades of transparency rather than blue. Also, make the back button close the menu, not ask to exit the app. Video tutorials would be extremely useful as well. Keep up the good work :)
  • Looks like a nice app, turning fitness into a game is starting to become more popular these days.  It will likely get people out and exercising more, which is never a bad thing.
  • Nice app and good layout but music support will be highly appreciated :)
  • Nice clean UI following Moderm guidelines Nice use of color and vector graphics Layout is quite logical. Need to test it more at home where I can do some exercise.
  • AWell, i have to say it's a great app. for tracking exercising routine, but even thou I selected that I'm a man it gives me exercises suitable for women, also on first start it would be great if it will ask what measurement units to use as many of us aren't US based but have US as the main region in the settings.
    Also, it's not saving my data, I have to reenter all my parameters again on each app startup.
  • HI all, just downloaded the app now...    -What I've liked: >Icon looks great! > Good looking UI concept; > Amazing and intuitive section division; > App peformance (it is REALLY smooth on my 512mb WP); > I NEVER (!!!!) tought that i would have an WP app compatible with my Gear 2; > Tour explain the whole point of the app simply and great! :D   -Suggestions: > I don't know if it is possible, don't know if there's an API for that, but I have a NL720 and a S4,  and I would love to see S Health data (from my S4) and TRAINR data synced across devices. That  would simply awesome to have on my WP8.1.   -What I've don't: >UI seems a bit 'small' on my Lumia 720 screen; >Doesn't give option to choose between meter and kilograms x foot and lbs on start (had to use Google for that); > Also on first setup, birthday text looks cropped for me; >In my opinion, Tile looks HORRIBLE, too much polluted and non-WP-simplicity-style;   (HUGE THANKS FOR THE GEAR 2 SUPPORT!!!!)    
  • Well, I've been playing around with the app for a while and these are the things I've found cool enough and some others that need some arrangements or enhancements. Cool: Complete app: Different and detailed exercises to train every part of your body. Nice move beating iOS and Android for the release date.   Less cool: Seems Android-y. It has a good design overall but I think that that font is not the most adequate for it. They could use Segoe or a more neutral one like Calibri or Arial. There's a bug that keeps sending push notifications about doing circuits. I just ate pizza. Don't feel like moving. Only in feet and lbs. Please enable metric system for those outside the US like myself. No settings.   I don't want to be harsh or anything, I really think that this is a very nice app for Windows Phone but with some tweaks.... This can be a must-have app. :DD
  • Nice app! Like the clean User Interface, the minimalist aspect really works for this app. It's fast and runs smoothly. The first thing i don't like is the fact that you have to create an account. I don't need another password to remember! Like everybody, i too found the little splash screen bug - it gets cut off/stretches out the screen (on Lumia 520).
  • I am a guy waaaayy out of shape.  But then again round is a shape I guess. Never knew where to start to change that.  This might just help me in the right direction. I looks pretty easy for a newbie.  Not sure how I feel having to set up an account tho.
  • The look and feel of the app are great! But I love a transparent tile option. Also, I hate having to login each time I go into the app.
  • Not seeing any way to do reminders about workouts. I'm so bad about even starting it would be nice for the app to bug me into doing it. There's a few "Bugs" as well. Some of the Scoreboard shows counts as time instead of just a normal number(Lunges for instance show as 0:10 instead of just 10). as well as the mains loading screen doesn't show the "Powered by" Aside from that, I'd personally, like to see the app look more WP in the UI. Panorama layout and whatnot. To me it feels more like an IOS app than a WP8 app.
  • From a design perspective, I like the look and feel of the app. I havent had a chance to actually go through the diagnostic, but have already noticed that I have to log in everytime i open the app. This is hugely disappointing, but nonetheless I will try this out next time I'm at the gym.
  • I was using "6day workout" and "Healt and fitness" apps before this app. And this one looks realy familiar to the 6day but with a greate collection of workouts and  exercises. I totaly love small tile of this app - it looks greate near cortana tile. I like idea of chalenges, it is cool to try some of them and compare to my friends. The only one thing that annoys me is that it doesn't ask if i want use metric system. It is inconvinient =(
  • The app looks great with a simple, clean interface. The challenges should be a great way to track progress over time. It would be great if the developers added integration to MS HealthVault or other 3rd party trackers. It will also be nice to see the offerings expand over time.
  • First of all this app has a great looking UI.  I agree with some others though I am not a fan of having to create an account to use this.  I found a way around this by hitting settings->Tour->Finish Tour and then you are able to select and view challenges.  Hitting Workouts after doing this will close the app every time (Lumia 928). 
  • This looks like a very decent exercise app.  I like the detailed walkthrough of each exercise.  I'll be downloading.
  • As a WP user I have huge problems with apps that are not well designed, UI and UX wise. The app itself is pretty neat, feature wise...but. It is not a WinRT app...it has some weird UI technology which let it appear like using a mobile website. It is launching pretty slow and I have to logIn every time I start the app. As said how ever, the exercise part is pretty neat and for someone who doesn't care as much for a proper UI/UX will be very happy with the app. 
  • This seems like the good beginnings of a very useful app.  My biggest problem, which is stated in the article, is that it doesn't integrate with myfitnesspal, which will probably keep my from using it.  I could see this being very usefull for a beginner but, without integration into other diet and tracking apps, this beginner might abandon the app as they progress.  I'd like to see updates that include this integration, along with an RT companion app.  For people who use apps to track thier steps (fitbit) and diet (myfitnesspal), this integration is crucial.
  • I think this app is really useful and helps to work out.
    But I don't like the design and font.
    I also think the metric system should be added for European users
    Some lags are there, too, but it's not that bad
    So basically it's a cool app which only needs some small improvements to be "perfect"
  • A GEM!!  I've found a ton of really well written apps just doing regular searches. This one I haven't.  Thanks.
  • The graphics/color usage in this app are engaging and very pretty. Well designed visuals make it easy to use. 
  • When I saw their intro video the other day, it seemed like it required a smartwatch to function. Their description also seems to reinforce that requirement.  It appears as though you do NOT need to have a smartwatch or fitness band to use TRAINR. The setup was mostly easy, but the data entry part seemed a bit off. I wouldn't prepopulate any birthday or weight type of information, just make those fields to fill in. I only really looked at the diagnostic section so far.  I wanted to get an idea about what I was getting into.  Was this something I could do in my living room or would I need to wait to get to the gym?  An intro or list of activities before starting would be helpful for someone making that kind of determination. I'll add more after I get into a workout.
  • A very good and beautifully designed app, great content and I think I'm actually going to use this day to day to get myself fit! I think I've picked up on a bug though: I keep getting notifications to do a circuit extremely frequently - I got 6 in an hour! Not sure if its just me though. All in all a great app though, and I'm excited to see it improve!
  • The UI looks great and the routines seem well designed. The exercises may seem basic to some, but in reality are quite effective. Best of all, the app is free, so there's no reason not to try it out. I only wish there was an option to play music while doing the workouts.
  • Nice visuals. Health Vault would be nice. I'm not a fan of having to enter an email right away. Instead, cache some result locally and let me really try it a bit before passing my email. Found a crash: Run first time, don't enter email. Swipe right and pick tour, finish tour, pick workouts and the app exits.
  • I kind of like this app, it's definitely a change from Bing fitness.
  • Indeed it's fresh and somehow prettier to use.
  • Really cool app! Will be useful for days when I miss the gym. Just got a toast notification saying 'do a circuit' which is awesome! Would be nice to be able to set a specific time alert for that (or even a location based reminder!!)
  • Adding a second comment... I've gotten a push notification every 20 minutes to "Do a circuit today" and it's driving me insane. Removing from notification center now
  • This app is a full stop for me. First, agree with the reviewer that no MFP/FitBit/Endomondo integration is a problem. These apps are only of value if they integrate. I don't want to have to enter or track things more than once. Second issue is that I HATE apps that require registration before you can even play around with them. I can't decide whether I want to keep/use an app until I use it a bit. I should be able to do that without having to register. The fact that I can't use this app that way is a full stop for me. This is an app that will be deleted and will never be reinstalled on my phone.
  • I'm so lazy.  It just sent me a notification to do something, anything.  I like the challenges aspect and will give some a those a try.  I loved the menu flyout from the left of the screen instead of using the app bar. For the first use it wants to do a diagnostic which is fine but I would like a little more info on what is required and how long it should take.  It does say that I'll start by walking of jogging in place for 3-5 minutes but I would like to know what else to expect before I get started.
  • Oh no ... I had to uninstall it as it was sending me a notification every 20 minutes and I couldn't find anywhere in the app to turn it off.  It might be there somewhere but I couldn't find it.
  • I need to be honest. This is not the type of app that I would even be interested in, so I'm not going to bother trying it. If I want to work out, I'll do it in front of my Kinect so I can earn achievements.  
  • It looks like an app that still needs work to be taken serious
  • Nice app. I ran through the diagnostics phase and it created a profile to get me to the next level.  I've never used an app like this for workouts but it could be fun.  My wife will probably like it too.  Two small complaints. First I'm not sure why I would need to provide my birthdate.  My year of birth should be enough to calculate/estimate potential difficulties with exercises.  Second is that the sign-in prompt was very small on my L925.
  • Love the apps features! Before starting the apps, asking about gender, weight, height. It is simple and attractive. But i would like to comment on a few things On Lumia 1020, On the startup of the apps, the startup photo went zoom in so it covered the logo "Powered by" below. Next it lags a bit when starting the apps. It didn't on my first attempt. Maybe it need to be fixed, but it iss not a major problem for now I would recomend put in some smooth animation transition between pages to make it more attractive, and maybe some font type changes, Like others have said, every 20 minutes, the apps asked to do a circuit training. which is really annoying. I recomend you to put a setting button, and let the user adjust how the notification works. A major changes i think i would like to see, or maybe add some to it a video of sample a person working out. A bit more graphic to it. But if you want to keep it simple then, do nothing.  I really love the apps, it challenge me and motivate me to do better each time i work out. Thank you for this app. I've been searching for this kind of app in WPStore for a long time. It's hard to find these kind of apps in the WPStore when comparing it to iOS or Android Hoping for some improvements near future!
  • So this is what I think of the app: The Good: Good looking UI.  The app is very easy to use. Challenges (makes exercising fun)  The Bad: Doesn't support metric system. Support of the metric system is needed for people outside of US. I want to see the UI be more WP style then Android
  • Really nice UI, but there is no support of the metric system, and I would like to have the possibility to try the app before signing up with an email
  • The design is quite WP'ish but I don't like how the phone image in the tour option resembles a galaxy phone. Will be using this daily to attain my target weight.
  • Its a nice looking app with an intuitive design. Not a fan of having to constantly enter my email and would love music integration that would be paused for a status update where you are holding with your workout. And as some people said video tutorial would be helpful. But it looks good to me though.
  • Today I installed the app on my Lumia 1020, and didn’t sign-up yet. So far, this is what I found after playing with it for a while: When I open the app, the screen is 'stretched' too much, so the bottom logo is placed half outside my screen. When taking the tour without signing in, finish the tour, and then select 'Workouts', the app closes/crashes. I can select challenges, but when I click the little checkbox inside a challenge, the app also closes/crashes. Maybe it shouldn’t be possible to do this without logging in? I don't like the 'hamburger' menu. It's not the default way to open a menu in WP, as the menu usually is in the bottom. This gives me the idea that the app is not native. Also, according to recent studies, a hamburger menu-button is a really bad way to display a menu (google it) I don't like to sign up for an app that doesn't really needs my information. I think a workout-app can work perfectly without knowing my e-mail address, as it can save data on my phone (or onedrive). If not, it should point to me why an account is needed. (this is also the reason why I didn’t sign-up yet. I created an account for Endomondo once, and now I still receive a French newsletter (I am Dutch) with no unsubscribe option.) A dark scheme would be nice. My phone has an amoled screen, so a darker interface makes my battery last longer, and I think it just looks nice A transparent logo in the live-tile would be nice. After opening the app and doing 'all the above', the live-tile shows a ‘1’ in the upper right corner. But when I open the app, I can’t find any notification or message. On the sign up page, there is a checkbox to agree to the terms. However, the terms can't be found on that page. When I hit the back-button, it displays the ‘Exit Trainr’ question. If I wait a couple of seconds here, the app just closes without me answering the question. Not sure if this is a bug or it should do this. While I didn’t even sign-up, the app gave me a notification to ‘Do a circuit today’. Having a notification is nice, but I don’t think you should get it if you’re not signed up. Also, it should be optional, but I can’t find any settings to disable it. Except for the 'Exit trainr' question, the app doesn't seems to use any native WP8 elements (menu, page transitions). This gives me the idea that the app is more like a web-wrapper then a native app (looks more like an android app actually). That's too bad, because I really like the WP interface elements. And after all, it is a Windows Phone app  Maybe I’m too critical, but all these points combined make the app a no-go for me at this point. When I look at the screenshots and possible exercises, I think it has great potential. Hopefully more people (and also the developers) agree with me about these ‘points of interest’. I hope also critical comments can join the contest  Also, feel free to explain to me why signing up is needed for this app. If there is a good reason, I might consider it and evaluate the app further 
  • I can't seem to edit my post, as that triggers a spam filter.. Not sure why, so let me add a reply. @wpcentral; In my post, I used a bullet list and some smileys, but they are not visible after submitting the reply. Is it supposed to be like this? If so, any idea to remove these buttons from the toolbar? I can see the correct layout when I click 'edit' on my reply.
  • +520
  • Downloaded it and played with it for a while, started a circuit, but couldn't finish it. Anyway, I like the design, it's nice and intuitive for me, would like it if there was a darker theme color. I've also been bombarded with notifications to complete a circuit every ten minutes... It'd be annoying if it were any other app, but it would force me to actually do something so that's a plus since I don't keep the app tile pinned. Haven't delved into the settings yet though. Like this app a lot, probably would use it a bit.
  • a very good fitness app! what i like about this app is the interface its very smooth , a nice addition of exercises is a must for the next update keep up the good work devs!!!
  • Beautiful looking app. Workouts are important and anything that will motivate one to do it is worth it. I like the built in workouts. That's a nice feature that makes it better than just a fitness tracker.
  • I installed it. Nice looking app (i have yet to use it for a workout), but every 20 minutes it gives me notifications to try a circuit! This is obviously a bug that should be fixed.
  • Are there any fitness apps for more "mature" users?
  • Daniel's comment about the notification is the only concern I see with the app. I have not downloaded the app yet but I like how it has walk throughs for beginners. I'll have to try it later this weekend.
  • hey hey... nice to see such a polished app in the store.. Great work
  • I like the app, particularly the test at the beginning where they rate your level. What I don't like is how they require signing up for a new account. It would have been better if I could sign in using my Microsoft account instead.
  • Perfect! Has an amazing UI and looks beautiful. I love this app, and you'll love it too. Thanks for sharing this!
  • Splash screen gets cut off  (lumia 1020) Noticeable bug: without loggin in after you click on finish tour, the app will crash if you click on workouts.  You can view workouts (?) by clicking on challenges, but will crash afterwards you proceed through challenge settings I like the workouts, would be nice if they added a beep nofication for the concentric and eccentric contraction part of the exercise (e.g. like with free weights, 2 secs for conc, 4 sec for ecc) that way you know that you're properly doing the exercise right.  Most annoying thing is the app keeps sending toast notifications to "Do a circuit today!"
  • The UI is very clean and informative. All the necessary info can be found with no difficulty. The app is pretty fast, tha transistions are very nice. The detailed exercises are a deal breaker, making things much easier for beginners.
  • The sign up screen says my email already is taken but lets me proceed with height, weight, age entry. Why would my email already be taken? Then I get to Take the Diagnostic and I feel stuck. Do I have to do this? Why? Can't I just do a Quick Circuit? I see that option hidden away there along with Multi-Day Programs (where the text below says Being instead of Begin as it should.) I give up now.
  • Edit: the notifications have begun. Uninstalling so I can sleep.
  • I like its beautiful design, is pretty good for windows phone, also is a quite stable app  What I don't like and could be better, is that the app don't uses the sensors, for budget smartphones that is ok, but for big new generation smartphones, using the sensors will be good, I hope that soon sensorcore will be used here.  Also some features that other training apps do have (like nike running) and I miss here is the ability for sharing the result with your friends and compare your workouts, also play music from the app will be very good too
  • I was not able to use the app immediately after downloading ,due to being busy. In the 2 hours or so after downloading, I was notified about 8 times to train, highly annoyoing!!! So, I went in and disabled it from the background to stop the pestering notifications until I could get some one on one time with it. After getting signing up, I was pleased with the simple , minmalistic layout, but soon encountered my next (and last) irritating flaw.... I fired up the app and began its initial Diagnostics by running in place for 2 minutes, but when my screen would timeout , the app would reset the clock!!!! And I am sure this maybe had something to with me disabling it from background task, but that was the it for me. 2 irraitating flaws that probably kept me from experincing this app and how much it had to offer. If these flaws are fixed, I would consider giving it another try, but if I have to answer or should I say hear constant notifications about Training today without being to disable them and sacrificing the apps functions then I would rather just delete and move on. Nokia Lumia 1020  
  • App is good. UI is crisp n clear. But seem to crash occasionally on my L822. As others pointed out, it can be integrated with health n fitness tracker app. And some unwanted annoying notifications can be avoided. :)
  • ok,i've just downlaoded it.Its my first time that i have downloaded a trainer app or app related to fitness and  exercixes,cos i never thought it wud be helpful. What i Like?--- 1.I like the nice and simple user interface of the app.good for beginers 2. Performance is smooth and easy. What i don't like?--weight in just lbs,it should have option for both kgs and lbs same with meter and foot.
  • The sad truth is that this app is not availible in my  region. So bummed
  • I want to try this app but I can't connect to the store right now. Like the idea of it though, anything to help me burn the belly fat. Edit: Got it downloaded and all signed up. What I can definitely do without as others has said is the incessant nagging the app does to remind you to do a circuit EVERY twenty minutes. We should be able to change when we get notified as if it wasn't for Quiet Hours my phone would be going off all night long. Seriously. Will do a circuit later.
  • Is it ironic that TRAINR is the first one of the hidden gems series as mobile nation's celebrating mobile fitness month.
    A great app but can do some polishing, beautiful interface makes me to train often.
  • The App offers a streamlined UI especially the theme. Very much intuitive and would be happy if there is constant developement for this app. The "Hidden Gems" review in WPCentral is a great way to look at apps which would need a shot at being a major app in a growing platform.
  • I have used Trainr for the last four hours and except the annoying number of notifications, this app is cool. Likes. :)
    1. Clean and modern UI.
    2. Instructions are more detailed than other apps on its category.
    3. Uses real life pictures while most training apps go for drawings.
    4. 'Challenge' is a good addition. It pushes you to break your earlier reps. Dislikes :(
    1. My phone got flooded with notifications. (although WP 8.1 settings came to rescue)
    2. Offers no sound feedback. There are such apps on store that have this feature.
    3. You have to keep updating datas after the exercises. Should have used sensors for that.
    4. Offer only single system of units for putting information.
  • The hardest part of working out is figuring out where to start. I want to give this app a shot to see how easy it is to get going.
  • Nice, easy to use interface and the app performs very smoothly with no real hiccups or stuttering and seems very stable. I also Like how it shows how to do an exericse for ones a person may not be familar with.
  • Health Vault integration would be nice. Some of the notifications can be annoying. It has potential though.
  • Very nice app, I like the overall design and features, makes it stand out! Not really a jogger myself, but a lot of people will use it, I am sure of it :)
  • The UI design is great. User experience can be improved though, such as unit options, exporting/sharing data, and of course fixing bugs like the permanent log in.
  • This app is freaking amazing. Literally the perfect supplementary workout app for me. I have a baseline workout I do and then I just switch up exercises whenever I get bored of them. So I wont use the feature that creates a workout plan for me much. But it is great and amazing for anyone especially beginners. What I truly love though is the challenge part. What I am so guilty of doing is not ending my workouts with a run or some HIIT. Cuz I just dont like it. But I am a crazily competitive person. So having challenges to beat all the time at the end of the workout would definitely be something id love to do all the time. And it'll be high intensity so it'll work my cardio and stamina just like HIIT. can't say how much I love this feature. I hope in the future they add more to it tho. Like maybe a challenge of a mini workout. Like going to max reps in pushups crunches planks then dips. And see how much u can do. Something like that. Would be enough to do after each workout and you could compete with friends. They could even have challenges of the week. And show leaderboards worldwide and with friends in your social circle. Actually I'm writing that in the review section of the app now! That feature needs to be added for overly competitive people like me
  • Beautiful font selection ,very well blended with the UI & backgroud. Found no glitches with it till now on my lumia 520, Some of the suggestions 1.transparent live tile for 8.1 2.Sync with calender about daily workout times that would be great.  
  • It's a nice simple app that does what it says - I'll be looking forward to future iterations, but a couple of gripes as summarised below: Pros: Looks really nice, even though it is not in keeping with the Metro style - it's always nice to have a change Challenge mode is great! Cons: Random crash after exiting the tour and entering challenge mode Requirement to sign up before using the app NO METRIC UNITS no lockscreen support Splash screen cut off at bottom (nokia lumia 1020) 'Motivation' banners motivate me to uninstall it
  • Downloading... Will edit it once I go through the app thoroughly.
  • Hi developer, I hope you're reading this. I've tried your app thoroughly and here are my initial thoughts. I've focussed more on how to improve the app rather than what I like the most about it, since I think that's what can actually improve the app. So here it goes- **********FIRST IMRESSION********** I loved the logo at my first sight. Not sure why, maybe because I like Cortana, and it reminds me of that (specially, the TRAINR logo in the app list of my phone). **********APPEARANCE / USER INTERFACE********** Welcome screen. Nifty but few things can be improved. First of all when I opened the app, the "Focus Motion" logo slightly dragged down a second after. See in this screenshot. I'm not sure if it's due to incompability of my screen resolution (i.e. 480 x 800) or a bug. Login form. The Email and Password form looks a bit Androidy (no offence, I know its a style). And the text in there are too thin and small. Hard to see, for me at least! User response. I noticed there are loading beads at the top (when I tapped Sign Up) as in Windows native style. But, they are in blue color (could be white instead). Its difficult to recognize "blue" on "blue" with a minor different shade. I was hardly able to recognize that they're processing my request and I was like, to Sign Up again! Next thing is that, I was expecting a "Confirmation Email" just after I signed up but didn't get any. Not sure if its a bug or network error. First time selection. When I was given to choose my Height, I started swiping over it like a fool. It worked only after I tapped over it and typed in the dates. I'm not sure if I'm the only one who did this, since, in most windows phone apps, we just swipe over it. You can also relate that to the way we choose date+time in settings of out Windows Phones. However, the Birthdate selection worked the way exactly we usually do except that the scrolling lagged a bit! Next thing is, the full birthdate didn't fit well in my screen. The text could be a little smaller. You can see the screenshot here (The 1996 isn't showing up completely). While my birthdat comes in October, it can go out of line for those in December or November. Sidebar menu. When I open side-menu at left side of the screen (the gray one), I should be able to close it by tapping anywhere on right side of the screen, not exactly the three bars at the top ;) Whle its not a big deal to find out that, I guess it shouldn't be missed out either! Units. Just as many people already said, there should be more metric system of units. I wasn't able to figure out my weight in KG from lbs unitll I opened up bing and converted it. About. I don't know if its just my point of view, but I believe there's much room in the About page to write something about the app, obviously, along with those two links: T&C, Copiright & Licenses. **********PERFORMANCE********** Overall performance is okay. I find it a little bit laggy sometimes. Like when I finish an exercise, it takes a while to show up results under the fllowing category: Exercise.........You Did..............Your Best  It should be a little faster. I can wait and consider it for "Diagnostics" because it loads a lot of info at once but then those listed under "Challenges" shouldn't take much time. Timer. Other than Counts, I would also love to see in how much time I finished a particular exercise. While its not much necessary, it can help one compete against his previous records both with Counts and Time as well. And it would be better to have tones / audio for timer. Specially, when countdown, as in Jogging, reaches 10 seconds. Live tile. I would actually expect much more info from a Live tile to display other than the same repeating text. For example, my recent records, my levels, my diagnostics etc. The live tile picture could be a little simpler to meet Windows Phone style though ;) Notifications. It was good to see the app didn't drained up any noticiable battery through its notifications but there were too much notifications right after I exited the app. I suggest to enable an option that users can use to control the amount of notifications they'll get. Login. I don't know if its just me but I was logged out automatically many a times. By that, I mean I've to log-in each time I open the app. It should auto-login. Size. While the app is really beautiful and the high quality images might have contributed to the increased size of the app, the overall size could be a little smaller. I mean, compared against other apps in its class, its probably the largest. FitBit is 3 MB, Healt and Fitness is 10 MB etc. I'm sure its not a big issue for *most* of the people but in developing nations like India and China, people still use 2G mobile data where size matters, sometimes. I'm sure a proper optimization can bring the size down to 10 Mb or so... **********NETWORKING********** Cortana integration. Now that Cortana has started coming out to more countries, we may expect the app to have a Cortana integration. That's, we should be able to ask Cortana "Cortana, open 90-degree crunch". Health status / Food info. It would be ice on the cake if we could get to know Food info like the amount of calories, vitamins, source etc in a particualr sections of the app! It'd be almso amazing if the app could be integrated with Microsoft's Health Vault. **********WHAT I LIKE?********** The pleasant and clean UI Instructions with various pictures The splash screen logo "Multi-Day" programs feature "Scoreboard" to see all my stats at a glace **********WHAT I DON'T LIKE? / WHAT TO ADD TO MAKE IT BETTER?********** I've already mentioned them all! no? ;) Thanks, I wish you'll work on as many of these are possible! 
  • Whoa!! You sure do have lot of free time...  
  • Lol not really!
    I've just finished school, waiting for admission in college so I'm spending more time here, while I can. That's all! ;)
  • Is a very impressive app...especially for me as I hate go to gym or having trainers.......
  • App is very nice.  It would be nice not to enter my details in everytime I start the app up.
  • Very nice app but too much notification. But it should be possible to enter weight and height in kg and meters and edit them in app
  • Definitally worth checking out. It looks nice.
  • Not bad but i would prefer metric units as mentioned above.
  • useful app but need metric unit.
  • The UI is very good. However it crushes in my L925. I didn't create an account yet maybe that's why.   1) The spash screen is streched when I open the app 2) It crashes when I go to workout 3) It crashes when I play a rep in the challenges tab 4) It gives me a ton of push notifications   Otherwise, it looks promising it needs an update or 2 to be able to use it properly!
  • (+) The UI just looks fantastic and is easy to use. The details on every workout are awesome. I also like the Challenges. (-)  It could have an option to remember the user, not that you have to login everytime again. And the weight could  also be in meters, and height in centimeters.
  • Yays > UI is pretty intuitive  > Works offline (though it bugs with login prompts which could be bypassed) > Images instead of videos (grt for emerging markets, where wp is blooming)  > Pretty straight forward for beginners and has a lot to offer ( I don't know squat about sqauts) Nays > Constant alerts (You're not my mother, so quit nagging and gimme some space)
  • Nice App, The strong points are: The UI with we can see that they spend same time on it The tutorials are a great help so that the user don't exercise the wrong way and get an injure The workout and challenge modes, the user can work out and then challenge himself. The greater adversary is yourself. Points to work: The splash screen on my Lumia 920 is cut at the bottom, I only see half of the "Power by". Make the App more international, I don't use the imperial units but the metric units. Graphics that show the evolution Prevent the phone to block when exercising Bigger stop button, when the user is tired maybe difficult to hit the button.
  • It looks great and is easy to use. I wish it didn't show so many notifications, and the timers would run under the lock screen. Also, I wish you could design your own workout if you want to.
  • Nice app,I like the attention to details and the other little things like large fonts, etc. Give the option for a transparent tile switch.
  • Good Fitness App....
    1. But after starting the app, I had to grab my conversion chart and a calculator... Many countries use metric system. Weight and height must have an option for kgs and metres...
    2. Cloud sync is a cool feature, no worry of losing my record of 81 push ups.
    3. Smooth, fast, but an option to increase, decrease font would have been better. They are too small for some.
    4. The exercises are explained quite good.
    5. No transparent tile....
    6. The first picture that is startup logo is NOT properly optimised for devices like Lumia 620.
    Only few workouts, expected much more exercises from this 23MB app.
  • This is a great app! I love how simple it is to use and how the UI is very fast. This app will definitely help motivate me and other people to work out. I also like the options that allow you can have a routine to do each day and then create your own for one particular day. Now for the few cons about this app. The thing that bothers me the most about it is that for the explanation for each exercise there is a picture with a somewhat lengthy written explanation. It would be nice to have video and maybe even audio to make the explanations more exciting. I have also noticed that the live tile is very boring and is just a still picture of the app, hopefully that could be more exciting in a future update. One other note is that I noticed a slight bug in the loading screen which causes the picture on the screen to stretch out. All in all, this a great, easy to use app that will motivate people to exercise.
  • Good app. I especially like all the preset exercise plans whether it's a single day plan or a plan that stretches out over days or weeks. Good find.
  • I have not been able to actually use the app yet (I have a few different workouts that I do in my small amount of free time).  But one thing I don't like about the app so far is the push notifications telling you to "Do a circuit today!"  It would be fine and dandy if it asked me if I wanted those kind of notifications when I first opened the app or something instead of having it set up like that automatically. 
  • Solid. And at this point, my comments kinda reflect the other ones that have been voiced so far. It looks and feels fantastic. Great paradigm to use. But as a Fitbit/MyFitnessPal user, i would really like the integration. Also, It would be appreciated to not have to do everything in the metric system... i'm not good w/ those conversions. I'm on a Lumia 920, and when the app first starts, the logo is cut in half at the bottom of the screen. I'll keep trying it over a few days, but i've been a fan of BodBot, so i need more time before i can fully compare. Great starts.
  • Well done app. In the pros side: UI graphics, easy to use, and scoreboard. In the cons side: lack of settings, integration, and annoying notifications (eg. it doesnt stop to suggest me to do a circuit). But, in the end, this is a must have app.   Cheers 
  • Good app, but I miss music integration (local or xbox music)
  • I don't usually install fitness apps as I don't rely on them for some reason, but I had to try this one out and I have to say I'm pretty satisfied with it. I love the UI, it is simple and beautiful: it just feels good to look at it - the font is, hovewer, so much different from Windows Phone that it feels a little bit strange at the same time. It has lots of functions an average person would need. I found it a little bit strange at first, it is a little bit difficult to get used to it and the font size is also a bit small - even on the 4,5" screen of my Lumia 920. It's a greap app, it still needs some improvements but it is really satisfying. :-)
  • The app is fluid, nice and easy to use, its perfect for someone who is looking to start various exercises, will definitely continue to use this app Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • it's clearly still very fresh, it gave me a few problems just in the first few seconds of interaction. after the tour, trying to start a workout will crash the app. the splash screen doesn't scale properly and the lower part of the logo was cut in half. Another bug I found was when completing a challenge before assessing my fitness level, the app decided to give me a level "". Apart from those little problems, it's clearly a well designed and well tought but I feel like the UI could be a little better. I wouldn't mind a choice of colors and overall it seems like an app designed for android, not for wp. That doesn't mean the UX doesn't work overall, it's just that it could be reworked to better suit the OS general look and feel.
    The choice of exercises it's good, for my kind of workout. it could be bigger but as is covers everything necessary for someone looking to improve his general fitness and lose weight. challenges are another very compelling feature that screams for a good social integration. competing against ourselves it's rarely very motivating.  Overall: 5/10
    It's a good start, but needs polishing and a few more features to compete in the category. I feel that it'll be a great app a few udates down the line, so I'll keep it installed and give it a shot in a little while.
     
  • Trainr App looks very nice and it has good instructions for workouts and challenges. The good thing is too that it makes kinda fit test for the beginning. There seems to be only English version available and there was only US units available in personal settings (height, weight). That one thing made it useless for me as a Finnish user (using metric units).
  • Wassup Guys.... Here is my 5 bullet feedback on "TRAINR" Honestly speaking Windows phone is curretly over whelmed with too many fitness tracking/training apps. But I'm confident to say TRAINR will give good competition to top two fintess apps micoach and Bodbot. Bodbot is just like a pocket dairy where you can add the type of exercise and number of repetetions you'd like to do. This is more of an Expert level kind of app, you can make use of Bodbot only if you know which exercise you want to do. You can search for an exercise from thousands of pre-loaded excersises list(Huge advantage) Micoach always looks too informative to me. I kind of avoid micoach for this reason. I'm not a big fan of Micoach But, here comes the TRAINR: It has the-best UI compared to other two apps. Attractive images and options. It has all the features which Bodbot is supporting, additionally it also helps you set your goals/target for every exercise you'd like to do. Last but not least, it runs in the back and ground and keep showing the push-on notifications reminding you about exercise. This is Hillarious.. That's all for now folks, we will back after few more and give you a more revised update.  
  • So I downloaded the app and my first empression is great.  I do think the instruction are pretty simple and easy to understand.  I haven't try the app fully because have no time yet.   I will try the execise feature later on and report back.   I read a comment about being able to listen to music while exercise and I believe that would be  a great feature and maybe a exercise  reminder.
  • I wanted to get a new fitness app but I don't like installing apps that require me to sign up using an email address.  This characteristic singlehandedly made me lose interest in this app.  I might be in the minority, but that's something that I don't like to do with all apps.  If this gets changed, I might revisit.  Graphics looks good though.  
  • It's always nice to see an app come to Windows Phone first. This is very nicely designed from a usability standpoint and looks very modern and crisp. 
  • Overall design is nice. One big complaint is that it kept reminding me to do a circuit every 30 minutes. This may be a bug and I finally just turned off background tasks for the app and it stopped. I'd like the option of not having to create an account before getting started. The slim font is a bit hard to read. I'd also like the option to swap out certain exercises for other alternatives. I have a bad knee and can't do some of the exercises in the first test run. I'll keep trying it out and see how things go.
  • I like the range of blue colors & the app icon design.  A bigger font size would make it easier for me to read during a circiut training workout. Nokia Lumia 1020
  • This app got a nice UI. It should give the users an option for live tile and the ability to change the app accent colour. Also the fonts should be different, current ones are densely packed and are harder to read.
  • Here's my quick review. Installed on Nokia 928 VZW. Pros: simple interface, easy to setup account, good amount of circuits Cons: could find no way to turn of toast alerts The inability to turn off toasts made it overly annoying. Getting toast every 1/2 hour beginning 4 hours after i installed caused me to immediately uninstall it before I could fully try it. When I have that capability, I may retry the app.
  • I went to the tour and then it gave me the option for a workout or challenge. I like what I see on the challenges. I have not tried any other fitness apps, so it is difficult for me to compare. I enjoy the gym, and having an app to track my stats would be good. Ideally, I am looking for an app Tha allows me to export my stats to excel or something. The facility to display my stats in a graph. A compare facility would be cool, so I could export to friends and compare with them. The fact it tracks reps is great, but there is more to add. Could be good to have a bleep test timer too. To be able to log calories in too would be good. Again, plenty of graphs would be nice. Perhaps even the ability to share to Xbox One. I would love to see the Xbox display stats on the big screen. Lastly, the ability to add extra exercises my self.
    Meant to add. The app has crashed everytime I have used it. Using a 920. I am sure stability will improve. Can we send error reports automatically?
  • It's hard to change your habits in terms of fitness apps but the walkthrough option is a nice feature to have. That warrants a trial at least.
  • Integration with Health Vault would be nice. I like that Health & Fitness has that integration so I can see my data on WP and Windows 8 plus there would be the option for other apps to pull it down. Having the detailed workout instructions is great though.
  • Does anyone know if it integrates with route tracker? I am trying to ride my bike more but also need motivation to do more stretching, core work, cause you know. I'm fat. :P But I'd like to get my bike rides into this app.
  • I don't exercise so not a helpful app for me.
  • I like the sleek design. A good design is in my opinion one of the most crucial elements to motivate people to use the app.
  • A brilliant app, just what I've been looking for fast, clean and simple interface. There are however a few issues: 1. The app doesnt run under the lock screen and the workout resets when the lockscreen is enabled. This is possibly the worst thing that could happen on a fitness app as you dont want to be touching your phone all the time just so the screen doesnt time out. 2. I would also appreciate some audible cues, maybe even just beeps to say when to start and stop. 3. The app is also in need of a settings menu, to control notifications, audio options etc. This a brilliant start and I would happily use this app regularly were these issues to be addressed.
  • I always download apps like this, but then I have to motivate myself to use them. Lol!
  • Further to my last post, it has sent me many messages in the last few hours.... And can we get away from the email requests. I don't use my emails for much beyond the essentials. It has helped me avoid excessive spam for years.
  • Ok, I've been using TRAINR for quiet some time now and I'm pretty impressed. My overall score is 7/10. PROS: beautiful, smooth UI, nice descriptions and pictures. I loved the "diagnostic function", I'm sure it's perfect for level 1 people. Suited for both beginners and power users. Step by step training will get you through the next levels in no time. CONS: the app will eventually crash if you browse through the tour section for a long time. The start screen is not perfect yet (there's some "powered by" section that can't be seen at the bottom of the screen). Lacks integration with health apps. No info on what to eat to reach the best results. WHAT TO DO: Add videos, food and health sections. Solve minor UI problems and bugs. More options and personalization needed. Nokia Mix Radio integration would be highly appreciated! Last but not least: metric system for European people! :)
  • I'm digging the smooth UI and fast startup speed, but I do think that users shouldn't be seeing constant alerts to prompt them to do a circuit. And yes, non-US residents will certainly appreciate the ability to convert the values to metrics.
  • This actually seems like a better workout app than most. I like the challenge mode. 
  • as a gym rat, i still think this has value.  because sometimes you don't quite know the form of each exercise, and you also don't know the names of each excersise, so this educates you at the least.  and motivates those who need to be motivated.  excellent
  • Integration with third parties like fitbit, withings, myfatnesspal, and healthvault really need to be added.  It would also be nice if they added a tabatta timer.
  • Wassup Guys.... Here is my 5 bullet feedback on "TRAINR" 1.Honestly speaking Windows phone is curretly over whelmed with too many fitness tracking/training apps. But I'm confident to say TRAINR will give good competition to top two fintess apps micoach and Bodbot. 2.Bodbot is just like a pocket dairy where you can add the type of exercise and number of repetetions you'd like to do. This is more of an Expert level kind of app, you can make use of Bodbot only if you know which exercise you want to do. You can search for an exercise from thousands of pre-loaded excersises list(Huge advantage) 3.Micoach always looks too informative to me. I kind of avoid micoach for this reason. I'm not a big fan of Micoach 4.But, here comes the TRAINR: It has the-best UI compared to other two apps. Attractive images and options. It has all the features which Bodbot is supporting, additionally it also helps you set your goals/target for every exercise you'd like to do. 5.Last but not least, it runs in the back and ground and keep showing the push-on notifications reminding you about exercise. This is Hillarious.. --Vamsi
  • Nice app...but! It's more of a "database" application , you have some content and a nice UI to show it but as it doesn't integrate with the daily life like a fitbit device or a smartphone using sensor-core or similar tech. It also lack the social aspect of competitor and I think this is important as people motivate more themselfs when "competing" with peers.
  • Great app with nice UI but I would like to see a different live tile with richer information.
  • Installed and going to try it out tonight.
  • So far the app is great. I also want notifications, but don't want to be alerted every 30 minutes to complete the circuit. If you fix that, this app is pretty damn great. The instructions to complete workouts are great because they ensure you do them properly. Although a video demonstrating how it's completed would also be very helpful.
  • I really like it, well polished and nice. Also great for short workouts during my morning sessions.
  • Lumia 1020.
    After the first time opening the app it doesn't open anymore. Just crashes after the splashscreen.
    Unistalled, reinstalled, it was working again. Re opened and again : crash after the splashscreen. Is it only me?
  • I hate that you have to make an account for such an simple app, i dont see the point in making an account, and if it is really needed than one should be able to login with his microsoft account (and maybe facebook and google but i prefer microsoft) Also when i tried to donwload it from my computer it wasn't available in my country but luckily my phone region is set to USA (cortana option). I don't see the point why such an app shouldn't be available everywhere.
  • Everybody needs ot stay in shape or form great app for helping to do that.
  • The Pros: +Like the idea +Like the GUI +like the fetures The Cons: -When inputing data no option for METRIC SYSTEM and no way to update it afterwards -I received 93 notifications to do a circuit, that is the reason the app is no longer installed.
  • Not really into exercise apps, but I like its design! Attractive and effective like every app should be.
  • good app. the exercises need to be divided into groups. for someone starting a fresh it is not easy to find a good set to choose. and y do i have to log in everytime!!
  • The "do a circuit today!" notification might be a little motivating if I dont end up just swiping it away every time i see it... App has a very nice UI but still a little jittery. Looking forward to usng this after I get time to do the diagnostic.
  • Nice app. Good enough for beginners. Would like to see the ability to add some user added challenges. Has potential and we'll see where future updates take the app.
     
  • I like the interface. very much MODERN. However the height and weight entry is purely manual. Would like that too to be input like the scroll wheel (WP style), same way as the date of birth is entered. Also, noted when the app loads, icon zooms a bit. This however crops the Focus Motion...looks weird..   Using Lumia 720, WP8.1
  • Also, logging in every time I open the app is a bit annoying....pls make it login like FB...where I dont hv to login everytime access the app...
  • Was probably said before, but it really needs to let me enter my weight in kg. Other than that I really like the descriptions and photos on how to actually perform the tasks. This was something i missed on the runtastic apps. Also great design. I'll be stress testing it over the next days/weeks.
  • I found a bug, i can start the app without sign in, but the app crashes when I start a workout, otherwise the app is great.i loved the UI, Good Job :)
  • Great App. Nice interface. Fast setup, one down side is missing metric units. Otherwise it is great.
  • Took a long time to do the first load on my Lumia 1020 with WP8.1 DP.  The splash screen seems to be stretched wrongly, the "Powered by" logo at the bottom is half cut off. First impressions are really good, simple set up and really well laid out!  I'm looking forward to using it for my workouts.
  • Downloaded..lets see if this gets me into shape:P notifications are a pain though.
  • TRAINR has got much potential to be the best workout app if it could manage its flaws...
    1. App is a little SLOW which makes it seems to be UNRESPONSIVE many a times. LOADING time is too much.
    2. App should allow user to SELECT UNITS of weight and height.
    3. Images provided are good enough but, if not video, GIF IMAGE would be much HELPFUL.
    4. I am a lean and thin person, but after I put my data it should rather GIVE me WORKOUTS for WEIGHT GAIN not loss... As it indicated below the workout option that routines to lose weight... I don't want to lose my weight.
    5. One of the most important flaw is that app DOESN'T allow user to SKIP any EXERCISE in between the training options.
    6. TIME RESETS when my phone locks up.
    7. NO Better SMARTWATCH INTEGRATION.
    8. INSTRUCTIONS too LONG and CONFUSING SOMETIMES... Should be minimal and less confusing
    9. STATISTICS should be shown in much CLEAR and GRAPHICAL manner NOT JUST NUMERICAL FIGURES.
    10. VOICE GUIDANCE and MUSIC HUB INTEGRATION would be helpful
    Will wait for future updates of the app...
  • Note to self: get back to working out
      2nd note to self: who am I kidding?
  • The app looks will designed! There is however a couple of bugs: Like others on here the splash screen is cut off; after clicking finish tour (while not logged in) and then clicking on workouts the app crashes; and the app also crashes after going thru one of the challenges. Trainr has potential bit with the bugs others and I are having, it'll needed some more work.
  • Good app for doing short fitness circuits. I'm not a very physical person myself but TRAINR has a good go at trying to get me motivated! Good app design and layout but as pointed out in the article the fairly frequent notifications can become quite annoying after a while. Always nice to see an app like this be released on Windows Phone before iOS and Android.
  • Loved the UI, really clean and impactful.   Some small gripes, as noted having to sign in with email all the time is annoying, would be nice to a remember me function. Lack of height/weight conversions in-app a surprise, but enjoying the App so far :)
  • Pros: +like the design +easy to use +Nice idea Cons: -Notification system I got 92 in a span of hours, that made me delete the app -No way to choose metric system -No way to update profile   Improvements:   No account system, some way to use it with a fitbit or other tracker system.
  • On the App Store page for Trainr, it says "TRAINR is a game-changing, fitness application for your smartwatch..." but it doesn't tell me what smartwatches can I use it on with my Windows Phone device. Please provide more details.
  • It would really be helpful if this app and others had a way to countdown realistic measurements for instance if I wanted to lose weight it could give me real time estimates of how many sit-ups etc to get to my goal.
  • I think that it's a wonderful app, but i'd like to have a "Excercise Mode" where all the text from the description go away and instead of the timer, the app shows me how to do that excercise with a video example and a voice that guide me. It would be nice an integration with SensorCore and other technologies..
  • I like very much this app. I looked for an app such that since I've begun to go to the gym. Apps such as Adidas Couch aren't enough for me and their interfaces aren't clean. Thumbs up for Trainr!
  • Nice! Just wondering, what the "R" in TRAINR means xD.
  • Looks nice. I like that it has the how to for exercises and no equipment exercises as well. Will have to give it a try.
  • Downloading, will edit when done !
    EDIT: Pretty cool UI, fast and smooth
    i can't say what it's missing, it's my first time trying these apps, but like percistratus said a few videos would be better, anyway the photos aren't bad... and again its UI is pretty cool EDIT2: "Do a circuit today!" okay okay !
    i think there is a bug when you enter the app, the loading/starting screen stretch out of the screen.
  • This is a cool app! I have started on a 21 day program now which I intend to follow.
    A point of critique would be that it is hard to see what the different workouts consist of before starting/choosing one...
  • Oh no. I thought the app is good since it is free. Ut even picked my interest since I need this .
    But why the log in? I am afraid to log. Some users might not want this due to the log in and stuff.
  • Cool.
  • It would be great to have option for metric system in app
  • Wonder how it stacks up against the Runtastic suite.
  • I don't exercise and I'm already sold. 1) $free 2) tracks your progress and whatnot.  Maybe that'll help encourage me to actually "exercise" 3) Reasonable UI, and spells things out in exercise illiterate terms. Very nice.  Only issue is the touch interface is a little annoying at times, but nothing horrible, and not a big deal when you just need to a get a few numbers in.
  • Though I regularly go to the gym 2-3 times a week, schedule permitting, this app made me realise just how unfit I am cardio wise. What I liked about the app:
    - the diagnostic test at the beginning to determine what level you are at.
    - each exercise is explained in photos with text.
    - the exercises are easy to record.
    - the layout and format of the app is easy to use and allows for easy navigation. What could be improved:
    My major gripe with the app is that every time you close it, it requires you to login. This can be really annoying, when you may just want to sign in and start.
  • Too bad, can't try this because of no 7.8 support.  I really need that new phone :(
  • Awesome!, I like how it tells you exactly what you need to do and how to do it, also it is very easy to use
  • That's a simple app to compliment your workout, i nice layout, modern.
    Maybe a facebook login option will be cool here, because it is more simple.
    In a future updates i will like to see if you can use the phone sensors, like lumia will have the sensor core.
  • This is a very nice app.  I really was looking for somthing that just helped me keep track of what I am doing now and make a record of it.  This app is given me more than I want right now, however when I get more time (excuses, excuses, excuses) I will give it  a go and let it help me get fitter.
  • This app looks awesome!  Can't wait to try it when I get a Windows Phone!
  • I don't have time to go to the gym anymore, maybe this app will be helpful, thanks WPC!
  • UI is very Metro-ish. Top notch!
  • Great UI.. But Still Waiting for Official Nike+ Running
  • Thanks for the article ....
    Now we have a personal trainer so never give up ;-)
  • I could prolly use this
  • I wish apps would adopt the simple template of the metro style. Other than that and being imperial units only, its a legit app.
  • Wow, came out before iOS and Android! And has a good design, got its cues mostly from Android though.
  • Nice app. UI looks good. App runs smoothly. At startup, the screen is kinda stretched. I'm going go make this my default "workouts" app. Sorry Bing Health and Fitness  BTW nice contest Daniel.
  • This looks very nice, and I'm happy to see the description of each workout. I've used a lot of workout managers, and all they ever tell me is to do X amount of Y. If I were in shape enough to know what Y is, I probably wouldn't be using an app on a phone to tell me what to do! I'd like to see them add a calorie tracker like MyFitnessPal as well, so I don't have to have two apps to get a complete experience. Also, is there word on getting the sensor core features in a later release?
  • This app looks great. I love the clean UI, the detailed tutorials, and the challenges. Besides the lack of sensor support, I see no flaws in Trainr.
  • Here is my experience with trainr app.. Installed it and opened.. Saw the initial loading screen for 2 mins and it got closed automatically.. WTH... Ok.. Then restarted the Phone ( Nokia Lumia 720 with wp8.1 dp) And opened.. Same issue again.. Uninstalled and reinstalled again same issue.. Finally gave up.. Will try installing again and comment as I need a good app for my workouts..
  • This app looks good but the splash screen bug is a deal breaker for me.  Well okay, that's not the deal breaker. The deal breaker is that it doesn't add any must have features over my favorite workout tracker, ProGym. As a bonus the  splash screen on ProGym has the funniest tagline. It makes me chuckle everyday.
  • Sorry for being late to post my review about the app. Anyway I needed some time to use the app with my regular daily exercise routine. This app is quite impressive. I like the feature of CHALLENGING your on records on exercise like pushup, sit ups , etc. The begining registration was very good.I think you could add jogging warmup with the countdown time according to the persons age. I found a bug on starting the app where the screen streched out a little bit and regains the actual size after that. I couldint possibly find anything more missing for a workout app. I think this is a perfect app for workout than the other 3 fitness apps I used on my Lumia .I hope my review was helpfull. Best of luck Trainr
  • I love this app! While it's not as full-featured as some other (paid, mind you) apps, the beautiful design language more than compensates. I literally open the app just to see this amazing example of developer care when it comes to the design of the app, which is one of if not the most important aspect of an app for me.
  • Nice app, I like the interface and it seems user-friendly. But have to agree the toast notification is a little repetitive. While some may use it is a reminder it can just be a little too much (although we can always just mute the notifications in 8.1). They should try to incorporate some kind of mapping device similar to running mate!
  • Great app. Workouts seem good. Although it needs an update. The app just shuts down after 3-5 minutes of use which cuts short my exercise and makes me have to start again
  • Will check this out :) Had something like this on my android phone but never looked for anything yet on my WP. This should do the trick :) Love the way it looks and gives good examples
  • This app made me love to exercise again. Though it's not a perfectly polished app, it's a perfect companion whenever I workout. Simply helpful. :D
  • We need metric system.
  • Great app, looks very stylish and refreshing. Would however like a to change metrics in to meters / kilograms. Also haven't found the edit function to edit my weight (this could be my fault)?
  • Amazing app.  make my workout much easier, amazing app,just no words........ but it's tost notifications are a head pain.........;-)  
  • My first time trying these fitness app, so I don't have much to say, but: Nice UI - Need metric system.
  • Alright.. After spending two days using this app this is what i found - What I Like about the app: Its undoubtedly one of the most user-friendly Fitness App. Its UI is really Simple and very easy to understand i must say! Its fast and fluid! I really liked the concept of "challenges" which inspires me beat my high score! "Take the Diagnostic" is a very handy feature. With its help the app understands my fitness level and it works as a Fitness Trainer for real! (Kudos for this)! "Multi-Day Programs" is quite good but more options can be included in it like toning up a specific body part! One more thing which i liked the most (which is also worth mentioning) is that the exercises are very well explained in a step-by-step process. Perfect for the beginners!  What I didn't like about the app: Firstly while on the timer screen if my screen times-out then the timer restarts from beginning. For example if my timer starts from 2:00 and after a few seconds my screen times-out then after waking up my phone the timer starts all the way from 2:00 again! And same is the case with "Reps Count Screen". That's very frustrating! It needs a fix immediately! Secondly notification issues. "Do a circuit today". I got this notification for about 4-5 times an hour! (Edit: It has been fixed with the recent update. Thanks folks.) Lastly I faced some screen crashings and sometimes it asked me to login again and again after I've closed the app! What this app needs:   1. Total number of exercises are a bit small! There are many exercises not included in it! 2. In "Multi-Day Programs" it needs more options or workout programs for a specific body part focusing on that body part only! 3. Windows Phone 8.1 goodies. I mean transparent live tile! 4. Settings menu. Yes! Minor settings like themes, notifications etc. Wrapping it Up: I really liked this app! Its right to call this app as a hidden gem! (Psst! I was about to download gym pocket guide pro but then i read about this app on WPCentral and you know the rest of the story). Anyways it is a must have app for all those beginners! Just needs some minor improvements here and there and then Bang-On this is the best fitness app ever made!
  • Update: What this app needs: 5. It definitely needs offline support! This app is nothing without internet connection! While offline the screen crashes alot! Very frustrating! 6. A "Reset" button to start from the scratch!
  • UPDATE: I dont if its only me or other users facing the problem of repititive notification! Yes! After the latest update it was quite for one or two days but it started again! Fix it please!
  • I like this app!! The design is awesome. I like the simple personal challenges, I might get addicted. I also like that it's free! I do not like that you have to sign up to do the challenges. and I want to see more languages. But still a cool app!
  • Very good app. The UI is intuitive and clean, and the choice of the blue color scheme is just beautiful. I would recommend this app to everyone. It helped add exercise throughout the day, which is never bad. The challenges just keep you motivated. A major turnout for paranoid or concerned customers is the requirement of an account. As far as I know, the app does not say anywhere how our account is used. Also, restoring the app from the background seems to log me out but continues the app continues to work. Is an account truly necessary? But other than that, excellent app.
  • Great App !
    Starting from the UI, I think that the design is awesome.
    Also the fact, that the exercises are well explained is good for me, for I am a beginner concerning fitness etc. I definitely enjoy this app, there is just one recommendation that I can give to the developer
    It would be really nice if you could implement the metric system in a future update.
    To sum up I think that this App is great Work and i totally recommend checking it out
    Forgive my English, I'm not a native speaker :)
  • Great design of the UI and also runs smoothly on Nokia Lumia 520
  • The app is really fluid and polished. That I like. I just don't see myself using it, except when I'm looking for new workouts to try (which it does offer). I've tried using apps for keeping track of my workouts before, and, surprisingly it just demotivates me. But of course, that's just me :p So yeah just keeping to the oldschool for now.
  • Great app, with great UI.  It would be great If it could remind me to exercise daily. And they should add units for non US users.
  • This is my favourite app so far! I absolutely love the challenges and the workout cicles. The UI is clean and easy to get into. However, what I found frustrating about the app itself is the inability to change the settings you put at first. In my case, I got my weight wrong and I'm unable to change it. More, it could have an option for the metric sistem as it is difficul for most of us outside the US to open up the browser just to convert the units.
  • Looks great. Like you said, Fitbit integration would be good. Nevertheless, this app is a great motivator as it shows your challenges - similar to the 100 push ups a day challenge (which I never got around to completing..). I've always found designing a rigorous and comprehensive workout challenging, but this app allows you to select premade workouts, which I hope are not too demotivating for less athletically-inclined people. Going to try this out. 
  • I really like the app, however I disabled it in the notification center, as it will give me a notification every 10 minutes....
  • Nice that it explains how to do the exercises corectly and in wich order..good for long time trainers or for new comers
  • Nice App :-)
  • good app, nice UI, but not a real fan of the font type....  
  • Two words: down. loaded.
  • A great looking app, with useful features and simple UX. But it can get better by adding a music player inside. It will make a great motivation for the user.  #Remember i don't have a Lumia i own a Nokia s^3 phone, so i based my words on your description
  • I’m 17 years old lazy student, who want to weigh less. So why don’t try this app? So, here is my view. When I started this app for the first time, it asked me if I’m female or male, how tall I am and more information. But why is it only in imperial units? Where are metric units? Ok, so I had to go to the Bing and type: 175 cm to feet. Too annoying. In my opinion, this type of apps has to the most user friendly apps of all. You have to look forward to take exercise. First day I did diagnostic of myself. Exercises are really great scheduled. I would welcome videos of exercises, because read text and look on pictures doesn’t show you exactly what you should to do. What I really don’t understand, why when I did diagnostic, it showed me every 30 minutes notification to do daily workout. “C’mon! I’m tired. I have done my exercise yet.” The second day I launch app and choose workout – 7 day burn. It disappoint me, app isn’t autonomic. You must every time tap on the icon, that you are done. The third day I didn’t do any exercise. Why? There is no motivation to do workout. I want to support for heart rate monitor or add a voice feedback. Or some badges: Congratulations! You made your first 50 push-ups! We hope you’ll come back to attainment next badge. This app is good, but there are better. But when developers do updates with new features, I try this app again, and who knows? Maybe I’ll be using this app.   PS: please make a logo on tile with system color. Blue circuit on a green background is awful.  
  • As a developer my self I really like dhe design of the app. It's nice and clean. Let's see if this app will make me do some exercise because I'm out of shape :)
     
  • Never really found an exercise app that worked for me, could be worth a try tho. The UI looks pretty good, but having no notifications settings could be annoying.
  • Would be nice to have Fitbit integration.
  • A recent study was published showing people do not accurately estimate workout intensity...almost always think it is higher than it is. I've never been one to want to be tied into something (unlocked, baby!) so I'm going to give this one a try.
  • 2 weeks ago I started training, I use Bing health and fitness app for that, but I think that this app needs a professionals because it has alot of sections, alot of categories, so now I'm using it to track my walking work out.
    TRAINER app for me is a wish and now it's truth l, easy to use, simple more than what I want... But unfortunately it's a wish now because the app crushed down every time I open it
  • Ahhhh,,, Finally an app that actually reminds the users to exercise ! Usually exercise apps that I use just show information, but they don't actually remind you ! Will give this a try ! 
  • This is exactly what i was looking for.. A great app to maintain my fitness.
  • I've been getting back into shape. I really like how this shows you different exercises. I'd recommend this app for anyone thinkg about getting back into exercising.
  • Again love to win
  • always wanted to start hitting the gym...never did. This app may just be what I was looking for. Nice UI layout. Would have liked to see some videos, but its not a deal breaker
  • While this app seems detailed and looks nice I prefer just a simple build my own routine and track my progress style application. But for people who need a little more help setting up a routing this seems great.
  • Hi! I really like the whole interface and the design. Also the rest of the application is nice and defenitely one of the best fitness apps available for Windows Phone. But I hope you bring more great features to the apps with the next updates!
  • As I don't have a Windows Phone 8 device, I could not try the app, but based on the review and on the app page, it looks like a great app.  Beutiful design Looking at the screenshots, it looks a nicely designed app, and the design helps the usability of the app Unique This app actually creates workout programs for you, and trys to challenge you Things to improve Metric units There is one review on the app info page, that says it needs metric units If this is the case, then yes, it does need metric units, ASAP Integration with other services As stated in the article, Fitbit, and Nokia SensorCore would be great additions I think it is a great app, that If I were to have a WP8 device, I would definetly use. It is apps like this, that show how great Windows Phone is for development. A few changes, with some additions would make this app perfect.  
  • Some light exercises for teens would be welcomed by us.
  • Sensorcore plz!
  • Hi Daniel i liked this app although i am Using 6 week training app but this is also a very nice app and very handy thanks for finding this app...
  • Wuhu... A training app and a cool one like this ! I'm finally gonna workout!
  • This useful app is amazing with its gorgeous user interface!!!
  • Good app, but this one still needs some work to do: - There is no option to switch to metric system
    - As others said the live tile should be more informative
    - The UI is well designed, no problem on that side
    - And finally the HealthVault Integration: it should be implemented as it is a must have feature for me Summary: The app is good, but not the best so for now I'm going to Stick with Bing Healt & Fitness app, though I will recheck the app when a new version will be released.
  • The app's interface is designed really nicely! The diagnostic showed detailed info on how to do each activity, which was nice. I think your app should soon support the metric units too and make the tile be live :D
  • The instructions are really helpful. An integration with the XBox would be nice somehow as well.
  • Liked it and it's very usefull. Gives you a routine to follow. The rest is up to you. Still testing it.
  • I really like the design of this (I don't mean to start a war, but it almost looks like they've got a hamburger menu up there with the three lines...) I'm all for using technology to assist with fitness - I'd like to think that it's pushing past the stereotype of gadgets being the thing that causes people to end up never moving from a chair.
  • I like the layout and the motivational notifications
  • Finally got around to trying out the application and it is by far one of the best health applications for Windows Phone, in my opinion. To date, I've mainly relied on Men's Health Workouts to quickly whip up a set of exercises to do at the gym, and follow different routines as best suited while also keeping a certain level of challenge alive. But Trainr has become my go-to app to workout at home as well as throw some core moves at the gym. I love the simplistic design and hope that they release an app with a similar design for hardcore workouts at the gym as well.
  • logging in everytime is a not required, also should provide with the information of the muscle group targetted for each excersice, otherwise nice basic stuff for a beginner 
  • I'm going to start with what I like: The challenges are super useful for getting started. I also like the automatic timer and videos showing the form. I also liked the tour which also helps pick it up quick. I don't like that it keeps closing on my Lumia 520.
  • Trainr app seems pretty good in the layout of the app and the user friendly UI! I think it’s really useful for people beginning to start training and there two different options make it nice and easy to get going. The only thing I would maybe add instead of having pictures to show you what to do, you can have fully fledged videos of people doing the exercises so you know exactly what to do. Also what would be nice if a diet or nutrition section for you to follow with the different routines; so you can train your body and also make sure you’re eating the right kind of foods to compliment the kind of training you are trying to achieve. Overall a very good app, but I would like more phone sensors to be involved, so you can actively use your phone to work out and make the app more intuitive to what you are currently doing.
  • It's a really cool app. I think, in time, it will help me quite a lot as I seem to need some workout. Very detailed instructions, really useful for people who doesn't usually workout. Notofications seem to be the only is