Adidas miCoach, an interactive personal coaching and training app, is now available for Windows Phone 8.
The app includes some exclusive features that you will not find on other mobile platforms, including integration with Nokia Music and HERE Maps.
Additionally, when using the app on your Nokia Lumia, you will get access to special “voice packs” from leading professional athletes that work with Adidas, including my personal selection Detroit Lions football player Reggie Bush. There’s something to be said for having a real athlete yelling words of encouragement at you while you workout.
Being able to use the app with Nokia Music is great, since you can play mixes of your own collection while you exercise, or sample from Adidas-selected music mixes that are built in to the app. The HERE Maps feature makes it easy to see your workout route from start to finish – although, if you are indoors (using a treadmill perhaps), you will need to set the app to GPS Off (Indoor) mode to guide your workout. (You’ll find more information about how to best use the app in the Help & Tips section, within the “About” portion of the app.)
The first time you use the app, you complete a 12-minute personal assessment where you start at a light pace, and then really push yourself to the limit (a nine out of 10, according to the app). Of course, this is based on your own sense of how hard you can go – remember not to over do it.
At the end of your workout, miCoach displays your results, and you can also save the information for later reference. And, if you’re so inclined, you can share the results via social media, too. The app also keeps track of your “lifetime stats” and “achievements” such as “Most Calories Burned” so you can admire your personal efforts.
When you’re ready for more, you can select from a variety of free workouts, based on your choice of activity (including: running, cycling, walking, and cross-country skiing). You will also find workouts for strength training, which range in length from 15 – 30 minutes (some of which may require additional equipment to complete).
Using the Live Tile for the app you can pin information like workout objectives to your start screen; and those tiles also show details about your overall performance and upcoming workouts. From the phone’s lockscreen, you can also view workout details and see what music is playing.
If you like to keep track of when your next workout /should/ happen, you can keep track using the miCoach.com site, and that can be tied to the Calendar on your Lumia, so in theory you won’t forget! Both the mobile app, and access to the miCoach website are free.
The miCoach app also features Bluetooth compatibility with heart rate monitors from Adidas that you can purchase for use with the Lumia 520, 620, and 720.
Do you use your Lumia to help keep track of your workout routine? Tell us about how you stay motivated in the comments below.