Time Warner Cable News highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment "App Wrap." Adam Balkin filed the following report.
FitStar Personal Trainer
There are lots of lots of virtual, personal gyms available to you through your mobile device, motivating you to workout at home without having to commute to the gym. FitStar Personal Trainer, for iOS devices, has been out for a while and tries to stand out in a few ways. First, by having future Hall-of-Famer football star Tony Gonzalez lead you through your workouts and by allowing you to indicate how well you kept up with the exercises and how strenuous they are, future sessions can be tailored to you accordingly. What’s new now though is in the Freestyle Session of the app, where you’ll find—among other things—Mudder Mayhem. For those of you who’ve jumped on the whole obstacle course fitness challenge bandwagon, the creators of the most well known of those obstacle courses, Tough Mudder, have teamed up with FitStar to create a workout designed to get you ready for one of their events. The nice thing about the Mudder Mayhem workout—whereas other training sessions and workout plans in the app will cost you a few bucks through in app purchases, Mudder Mayhem is free.
If you need games to get you up off the couch, one of the originals to do just that just got an upgrade. Nintendo’s Wii Sports gets a bunch of new features in Wii Sports Club. For starters, some of the sports now take advantage of the WiiU’s gamepad. In golf, you place it at your feet and strike the ball kinda like you would for real and in baseball, you use it to more precisely place pitches and catch fly balls. Tennis, bowling, and boxing have all become more precise with new training modes. The update also allows you to now play against others online. Wii Sports Club comes either as a traditional disc with all the games for $40, or you can download games individually at Nintendo’s eShop for about ten bucks a piece.