Review: FitDeck Mobile for BlackBerry

By Ryan Blundell on 25 May 2010 11:09 am EDT
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If you haven’t checked your calendar lately, you should. Summer is right around the corner. How is your beach body coming along? You know - the one you promised to yourself, as part of your New Year Resolution list. I can tell by the look on your face (specifically, the pizza sauce stained dropped jaw) that you kind of forgot about it. What about mine you say? Well it’s getting there. It’s a lot better than last year; at least I don’t look like a beached whale anymore. After getting started, the most difficult part of losing weight is when you seem to hit a wall. You’re working hard and eating what you should, but your progress appears to have stalled. Before frustration sets in, it’s time to switch things up. If you’ve been working out on your own, perhaps you should look elsewhere for guidance.

One of the Fitness Apps available at the CrackBerry App Store is FitDeck. With this app, your BlackBerry is now equipped to whip you into shape with numerous exercises. You can break out a workout anywhere. You’d better make sure your BlackBerry is in a water proof case; this one is going to make you sweat.

About FitDeck Mobile

The FitDeck Mobile application was developed by mobileXware LLC. The fitness exercises contained in FitDeck were developed by ACE-certified trainer, and former Navy SEAL instructor, Phil Black. The idea came from one of the co-founders, as they tried to develop a workout program in a remote Bolivian village, that had no exercise equipment – click here for the full story. mobileXware offers several versions of FitDeck, besides the one being reviewed; Stairs, Pilates and Office. FitDeck Mobile is available for most BlackBerrys, new or old (OS 4.0+). The current version is 1.6.7 and requires only 158.4KB.


exercise card

FitDeck Mobile consists of a deck of 46 flash cards of bodyweight exercises and 4 “wild cards”. These wild cards give information like: 30 second water break or repeat last card. Each card displays easy to understand diagrams of exercises, as well as step-by-step instructions. Levels of difficulty are defined by the repetition or time. For example- if you use the Push Ups card, the beginner, intermediate and advanced values are 8, 12, and 20 respectively. It’s too bad there isn’t a timer option available within FitDeck to remind you when to move on to the next exercise.


main menu

The exercise cards are colour-coded to indicate which part of the body you are exercising; full, lower, middle and upper. I found it extremely easy to swoosh through each exercise card. Use your trackball/trackpad to scroll left and right between cards. The keypad also allows you to navigate through the exercise cards. Their exercise routines can be altered by shuffling the cards or focusing on a specific part of the body. I was happy to see that they also included stretching exercises for warming up and cooling down.


nothing like a good stretch...

Conclusion

For quick access to bodyweight exercises, FitDeck is definitely a great workout buddy. It’s truly fitness anytime anywhere, as no equipment is required; only your BlackBerry. You can pick up FitDeck mobile for $9.99 from the CrackBerry App Store. The price may not agree with everyone, but there is a free 3 day trial available to help you make your decision. The other FitDeck apps are available too and can be found here.

Pros

  • Dozens of bodyweight exercises available
  • Deck shuffling and colour coding make for a large number of routines

Cons

  • No timer included

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Reader comments

Review: FitDeck Mobile for BlackBerry

10 Comments

I downloaded the free trial to my storm 2. The cards to not advance my sliding my finger across the screen. You have to manually go into the menu and change the cards. Also when the app first comes up it is just a blank white screen. You have to go into the menu and then back to the card for it to show up.

srgbull,

FitDeck Mobile does work on both the Storm and the Storm2 and does use the touch screen so that you simply swipe to flip through the card exercises.

All you need to do is make sure that you start the app in portrait mode (for Bodyweight only -- all other titles work) so that it detects your Storm and redirects you to download the correct software version.

If you download the newer FitDeck Mobile titles (including Pilates, Office and Stairs), you get FitDeck Mobile 2.0 featuring better graphics, a workout timer, an exercise timer, and more.

Furthermore, once you have 2.0 you can easily import and download other FitDeck Mobile titles within the app.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to contact us at support@mobileXware.com.

Healthy Regards,
Jason Ryer
FitDeck Mobile - powered by mobileXware

Ryan Blundell,

Please note that FitDeck Mobile 2.0 does have a timer - as well as newer, better-looking images.

Thanks for your review and kind words about FitDeck Mobile.

As always, just let us know if you have any questions or comments!

Healthy Regards,
Jason Ryer
FitDeck Mobile - powered by mobileXware

i actually like this app. bought fitdeck mobile-bodyweight. good mix of exercises, etc. my only complaint would be the 2.0 version they eventually recommend. it just seems like an ad-platform for their other products, ie fitdeck pilates, etc(guess i cant fault them for tryin'). liked original version which just launched into your cards and thats it. other than that, its a good app for non-equipment exercises.

I have the FitDeck Mobile 2.0 Office version for BB Curve 8530. I love it!! I can set the timer for 5, 10, 15, 20, or 30 minutes. I love the flash cards with the different exercise I can do in and with my chair while at work!! Fantastic when I cannot make it to the gym.