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Mobile App Review: Fitness Buddy—Workouts, Fitness Tracking, and Meal Plans
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Since the pandemic hit more than a year ago, there’s been an explosion of online classes as well as fitness apps.
According to Bloomberg, while 75% of people surveyed said they would eventually like to return to the gym and their pre-pandemic workout routines, many indicated that they would retain the virtual component of their current fitness regimes.
More and more gym-goers are adopting a hybrid model of in-person/online workouts, even as gyms have opened up and dropped mask mandates.
This means fitness apps are here to stay and you can expect to see more emerge.
In this article, we’ll take a deep dive into the popular Fitness Buddy app’s design, functionality, and overall performance.
Table of Contents
- Fitness Buddy Features and Functionality
- Home/Gym Workouts
- Meal Plans
- Fitness Buddy UX/UI
- Signup Process
- Home Screen
- Discover Screen
- Fitness Buddy Limitations
- Limited Integrations
- Limited Free Version
- Ads and Paid Version Pushes
Chapter #1: Fitness Buddy Features and Functionality
Fitness Buddy by Azumio Inc. totes itself as being “The world’s most comprehensive fitness application”, but what does that mean exactly?
In short, it’s an exercise app that offers a wide range of workouts users can try either at the gym or at home along with customized meal plans and more.
Let’s take a look at the main features this app has to offer and how it stands out from other fitness apps like it.
1.1 Home/Gym Workouts
With one of the largest exercise databases, Fitness Buddy helps users discover and learn new exercises.
Their library consists of over 2400 unique exercises and over 20 comprehensive workout programs for both beginners and veterans.
Each comes with photo and video instructions so you can follow along and achieve the perfect form.
You can search for an exercise or go through their alphabetical ordered list.
Each exercise will offer some information, like the muscles it targets and the equipment (if any) you’ll need.
If you’re not sure where to start, their Discover page offers a Workout of the Week exercise as well as workout categories, like workout type, body specific workouts, and Fitness Buddy classics.
For example, if you look at their body specific category, you’ll find core, lower body, total body, and upper body workouts.
With their Premium Plan, you can create tailor-made workouts based on your experience level, fitness goals, and equipment available to you.
Tracking your workouts is another primary feature of Fitness Buddy.
You can use the app to track your workout sets and coordinate them with the rest period countdown timer.
The app’s tracking feature lets users record their workout stats and keep track of daily exercises, body fat percentage, bodyweight, and body measurements, all of which you can easily view on their graphs.
This feature is helpful in seeing the numbers and how you’ve improved over time.
It also uses this data to automatically increase your workout repetitions, weights, and duration.
Here are other tracking features:
- Track workout progress and calories
- Access to a personal fitness calendar and daily exercise schedule
- Track steps with their Apple Health integration
1.3 Meal Plans
Fitness Buddy has a meal plan feature that helps users eat healthier by creating customized meal plans for paleo, keto, vegetarian, intermittent fasting, and other diets.
They offer hundreds of health-conscious recipes along with the ability to count calories and view the nutrition for each recipe.
Fitness Buddy Meal Plans
You can take a quick test in the app to see which diet category is best for you.
Here’s more offered with their meal plans feature:
- Premium calorie counter that lets users tailor their calorie and macro budget goals
- Calorie and macro quick add feature that saves time
- Unlimited recipe creation
- Find recipes from their library
- Sort through recipes by breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Sort through recipes by dietary restrictions, like vegetarian, beef-free, dairy-free, egg-free, lactose-free, nut-free, low cal, low carb, and more.
Like most fitness apps, Fitness Buddy has a free version and a paid version.
While the free version offers some basic features, like access to their workouts and exercises, the Premium version lets you track your fitness and body metrics as well as create custom workouts.
- Detailed workout and exercise journal
- 16 expert curated gym workouts
- Access to 500 exercises in their library
- Upper body only custom home workout creator
- Detailed workout and exercise journal
- 75+ excerpt curated gym workouts
- Access to 2400+ exercises in their library
- Unlimited access to their custom home workout creator
- 1000+ HD exercise videos
- Personalized training plans
Fitness Buddy Premium is $29.99 for a year or $9.99 a month. Users also have the option to try Premium free for three days.
Overall, Fitness Buddy has some nice features, but to access them, you’ll need to pay for their Premium plan.
Chapter #2: Fitness Buddy UX/UI
Having a solid lineup of features will only get an app so far.
Users expect an easy and intuitive experience when using an app and have little toleration for apps that miss the mark.
In fact, one out of every five users will abandon an app after just one use. So first impressions are everything.
Fitness apps often come with all kinds of features and functionality, and it’s easy for various screens in the app to get cluttered.
Some features are common, like login or checkout screens, and others have a more specific purpose.
With such a saturated mobile app market, it’s absolutely crucial for an app’s UX and UI to make it as easy as possible for users to find exactly what they need.
Let’s take a look at how Fitness Buddy holds up when it comes to user experience and design.
2.1 Signup Process
When you open the Fitness Buddy app for the first time to register, the app takes you through a short goal setting process.
Users will need to submit some basic information in order to curate the best workout program, like:
- How often you work out
- Where you work out (gym or at home)
- What your goal is (build muscle, weight loss, etc)
- What you want to focus on (with options based on previous answers)
For example, if you input that your goal is to lose weight, the app will ask if you want to focus on getting abs or a flat stomach or getting lean.
It’ll then recommend workouts that will help meet this goal, like total body workouts that are designed to strengthen and add muscle as well as workouts that help slim down your waistline.
This process is seamless and is a great way to kick off the app for new users.
It serves a clear purpose in guiding users to the app’s most useful content so they can achieve their goals.
The only drawback is that it’s not easy to change your workout goals once submitted. You’ll have to dig through the app to find where to update this information.
2.2 Home Screen
When you first login to a fitness app, you’ll typically land on the app’s home screen.
Home screens for fitness apps should have important information, like a user’s progress towards a specific goal, training courses they’re working on, and so on.
Fitness Buddy Home Screen
It should be kept simple and yet work to motivate users to keep using the app and discover the app’s features.
Including the wrong kind or too much content could confuse users, so it needs to be done just right.
When you login to the free version of the Fitness Buddy app, you’re taken to a screen that highlights Fitness Buddy’s Premium plan.
It showcases their main features and some testimonials.
Each section on the screen has a call-to-action (CTA) button to get the paid plan, which can get a little annoying if you’re opening the app every day.
If you have the paid version, logging in will take you to a home page with recommended workout programs based on the information you put in when you first registered.
2.3 Discover Screen
Since Fitness Buddy has a huge collection of workouts and exercises, they smartly have a Discover screen in the app that helps users navigate their library and find what they need.
This page is broken up into categories, like Workout of the Week, Body Specific (lower body, core, etc), Workout Type (home, gym, cardio, etc), and Fitness Buddy Classics.
This is a great design choice for keeping clutter at bay and laying out their content so navigation is simplified.
Mobile navigation is key in creating a seamless experience for users.
Anyone using the app should be able to navigate between screens easily and without confusion.
Fitness Buddy keeps things pretty standard by including a menu bar at the bottom of the screen. You can also click on the large plus sign button to open up more menu options.
Fitness Buddy Navigation
This layout makes sense because it avoids cluttering up the menu bar with too many items.
Instead, the menu bar features only four icons that represent their app’s primary features, but users can still easily access additional features.
The only downside to this is that you can’t access the plus sign extended menu from every screen in the app.
Overall, Fitness Buddy has a pretty generic fitness app design. Nothing stands out as special or remarkable, but it’s fairly easy to navigate.
The free version is less appealing since the screens tend to feel more cluttered with ads and content pushing you to buy the paid version.
Chapter #3: Fitness Buddy Limitations
While Fitness Buddy certainly has a wealth of features users expect from a fitness app, there are a few areas where the app falls short.
3.1 Limited Integrations
Fitness Buddy currently only integrates with Apple Health for tracking steps, which is a pretty big limitation.
It doesn’t sync with wearables, like Apple Watch or Fitbit.
Fitness Buddy’s Apple Health Integration
3.2 Limited Free Version
While nearly every fitness app will have a free and paid version, Fitness Buddy leaves much to be desired with their free version.
Users are limited to a small collection of workouts and exercises and no access to video tutorials.
In short, users can’t really appreciate their core features unless they pay for the premium version.
3.3 Ads and Paid Version Pushes
While the paid version of the app has a nicer design, the free version is somewhat lacking.
Every screen pushes users to buy the paid version and there are ads which can give the app a more cluttered look.
Most apps will include CTAs for buying the pro version, but some apps are better at doing it in a more discreet way.
Fitness Buddy offers a lot in the way of features and functionality.
With the paid version, users have access to a huge library of workouts, fitness routines, and exercises for all levels and goals.
A big limitation is their lack of integrations, but overall, it stands up well when comparing it to other apps in the fitness space.
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