If you have read our Fitbod App review, you know how much we enjoy and recommend the app. Fitbod is your all-in-one fitness tool that lets you put together effective workouts, track your training, and make fantastic gains in the hotel gym. Or, if you prefer a touchless workout, an in-room option using bodyweights only.
But, of course, using the app effectively might be easier said than done, which is why we have put together this resource for you. Today, we will go over everything you need to know to use Fitbod effectively and make the most of your gym time.
Let us dive in.
What is Fitbod, anyway?
Let us quickly recap what Fitbod is before we dive into the meat and potatoes of this guide. Fitbod is a premium fitness app that allows you to put together effective workouts, depending on your preferences, goals, available equipment, and other factors.
The app takes just a few minutes to set up. You have to answer a few questions, and Fitbod uses your data to provide customized recommendations for each workout you do. Fitbod also lets you track your progress and even provides you with custom graphs that illustrate how things are going. The best part is that the app features a rich library of exercises, allowing you to customize your workouts as you see fit and educate yourself on proper technique.
You can read more about Fitbot in our in-depth app review here.
How to use Fitbod: The initial setup
The first step is to head over to Google Play or the App Store and download Fitbod for Android or iOS, respectively. Once downloaded and installed, the app will offer several questions you need to answer:
- How experienced are you? Beginner, intermediate, or advanced?
- What is your primary fitness goal? For example, strength, muscle mass, fat loss, try something new, do powerlifting, or learn Olympic weightlifting.
- Where do you exercise? Large or small gym, hotel gym, garage gym, at home, bodyweight only, etc. Most of the options will have you select what equipment you have available (e.g., dumbbells, barbells, etc.).
- What muscle group did you train the last time? Chest, back, abs, etc.
- How often would you like to work out? Again, you can pick from many options and select specific days of the week.
After the initial setup, the app asks you for basic personal information like your height, weight, age, and gender. After that, you are free to make your profile by adding your name, e-mail address, and password.
Once inside, Fitbod presents you with your first workout based on the information you have given it. In other words, it takes less than five minutes to set up, and you get a workout you can do right away.
How to make the most of Fitbod
1. Which Training Mode to select
The great thing about Fitbod is that the app gives you clear options for your training. There is no confusion because each possibility is distinct enough. For example, you can pick an option to get stronger, but you also have one for pure powerlifting. While similar, the two are different enough, so you can choose the one that fits you best. Similarly, you can pick an option to increase muscle size, but you can also go for muscle tone and weight loss.
So, pick the one that fits your preferences best. The great news is, you do not have to stick with one option forever. You can choose one and change it later if you decide. Speaking of that:
2. When to change your training
You should change your training each time you set about achieving a new goal. For example, training for muscle gain is one thing, but working out for optimal fat loss is slightly different. So, each time you change your objectives, make the necessary changes inside the app. Doing so will change your workouts, allowing you to attack your goals better.
You can also choose to switch things up to keep workouts engaging. For example, you can dabble in powerlifting for a while, switch to hypertrophy training, or do some bodyweight-only workouts. There is no single way to get fit. Try different things and adjust variables from time to time.
There is of course, also an option to exclude specific exercises from a workout. You might not enjoy the "Handstand Push Up", so why bother every time the app picks this up again. Just click "More" at the end of the exercise instructions and select "Exclude Exercise". From now on, this exercise will no longer be promoted in your workouts.
Exploring this section might contain some other benefits you could enjoy. For example, you can add warm-up sets in this hidden area, change from Kilos to Pounds, or add some helpful notes for your next workout.
3. Save your Favorite Workouts
The great thing about Fitbod is that it offers not only the option to log every workout you do, you can also save them for later use. The required menu for this activity is accessible using the three-dots at the top-right. You can choose to keep a workout for later use by simply selecting the "Save Workout" option.
How it works is quite simple. When the day has come, and you want to access a saved workout, just click the "+New" button, which opens the menu to create a new workout. There you can either create a new routine or select a previously saved workout. Simple as that.
In case you missed saving a workout, no worries. As all workouts are stored in the archive, they will not be lost. You can also access your finished workouts under the "Log" section. The app presents you with data such as:
- How long it took you to complete the workout
- How many calories you burned
- Your volume of lifted weight
4. Share Workouts with your Workout Buddy
Using these three-dots at the top-right also provides you the option to share your favorite workout(s) with your gym buddy. Using an app does not mean training alone. The "Share Workout" feature in the app creates a unique URL that you can share using WhatsApp, text messages or e-mail. Your workout buddy can click on this URL and all happens automatically. This will not only load your workout but matches it with your buddy's gym profile and preferences. It is a win-win.
Another sharing option happens when your workout is done. You can also share your results with the broader community. As far as sharing workout goes, it is up to you. You might just have had a great session, and you are proud of your new personal best. In that case, share your progress with others and ask for feedback.
5. How to use Fitbod when Traveling
The great thing about Fitbod is the fantastic versatility the app offers. The developers behind the app have genuinely thought about everything: your schedule, preferences, available equipment, goals, and much more.
Because of its versatility, Fitbod is accommodating for people in various situations. Whether you train at the same gym year-round or find yourself traveling every week, the app works well with minimal setup.
When traveling, all you have to do is adjust:
- Available training equipment (if any) using the Gym Profile
- Training schedule (and specific days you can train on)
You can also tweak options like:
- Fitness goals
- Whether you want circuits and supersets or not
- Cardio recommendations
- Workout duration
Once you have gone over these options under the "Your Gym" tab, the app will offer personalized training recommendations to keep your going. For example, let us say that you will be staying at a hotel, but you do not have access to the gym there for some reason. While not an ideal situation, you can grab a couple of bodyweight workouts from Fitbod and stay on track with your training. And thanks to our partnership with Fitbod, you get the app with a 25% discount.