Notable New Apps: Obstacles XRT

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Obstacles XRT

Obstacles XRT is an interesting looking new fitness app for the iPhone. Yes, I did say iPhone not iPad – an iPad version may be on the way and in the meantime this sort of app looks just fine to me in 2X mode on the iPad.

Here’s a bit of the App Store description for the app:

Transform wherever you are into an extreme obstacle course! Say goodbye to boring sit-ups and jumping jacks. With Obstacles XRT, you’ll be trekking over tires, escaping perilous quicksand, and sneaking under fences. All in your living room – no equipment needed!
Obstacles XRT’s new-to-world program is a transformational take on traditional cardio. You are the center of a virtual, in-room obstacle course, in which time flies by.
In every obstacle course, Obstacles XRT uses a special form of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) to keep your body burning calories up to 24 hours after your workout.
Obstacles XRT uses plyometric exercises – fast, powerful movements – designed to use large muscle groups to maximize calorie burn in the shortest amount of time possible.

When I first read that first paragraph I thought the app might be offering video backgrounds or similar to simulate some of the exercise descriptions (trekking over tires, sneaking under fences etc) but that’s left to your imagination. I suppose that’s better in terms of just seeing how each exercise should be performed correctly.

I’m always on the lookout for new workout methods and tips – so I installed the app this morning and watched a beginner’s video and an advanced video while working. I haven’t tried a workout yet with the app, but I likely will this afternoon. It looks like it may give me some good ideas for at-home workouts when I don’t have time to get to the gym.

Have any of you tried out Obstacles XRT yet? If so, let us know what you think of it in the comments.

Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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