I have a masters degree in sports science and around 10 years experience in personal training and sports research.
Gymondo is a relatively new to the market app and online fitness instruction program. It has a range of users all around the world and is one of the biggest databases for fitness workouts and meal plans. Due to my gym be temporarily shut I decided to test the Gymondo app out for 6-8, please read on to see how i got on.
Gymondo Workouts and Plans
At first glance the Gymondo app/website gives you a whole range options when looking for a workout and meal plan to suit. They actually currently offer 23 different workout programs such as strength, cardio, core, yoga and Pilates training. On these workout plans it also says how tough they with levels easy, medium or hard. Next to this it also says what you should expect to see after a program and how long it should take, for example; lose weight, 6 week or gain strength, 8 weeks.
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Gymondo Pre-Purchase Review
The clear thing that I first have to take into consideration is the fact they do offer 23 separate workout programs which they claim can all be done at home, this to me is absolutely exceptional. If i can build strength in 8 weeks training at home like it states then it would be an amazing achievement and worth paying for.
The even more impressive thing about this app is the fact that it offers a trial month with no upfront payment! Essentially you can sign up, use it for a month and cancel without ever getting charged, which is amazingly good value. After the trial you rather pay for 3 months, 6 months or 12 months membership. The cheapest option here is to pay for 12 months at £72 which works out at £11 per month for the year. This is more than reasonable, as cheap if not cheaper than most apps.
Pre-Price Purchase Review: 5/5 - Perfect
Gymondo Workout Review
Going ahead with this app i decided to see how it would go before deciding the length I would use the workout program for. The sign up process was last like most, asking your weight, age, how many days a week you workout, ect. It also asks what your training goals would be out of 4 options, lose weight, get toned, gain strength or increase flexibility, i decided to go with gain strength. The next option it asked was the body parts i wanted to focus on. I went with chest, shoulders and arms. Finally they came back with the program they felt suited me the best, which was the Triple Strength Program.
To start i wanted to see how many days a week it's asking me to train. For this program they have me on a 5 day week with Wednesdays and Saturdays as rest days, however this can be changed to as many days as i want (they recommend atleast 3). The workouts are very short 20 minute HIIT style workouts with a few minutes warm up to start, although it says they can be completed at home, please note you need dumbbells. Workouts are just your standard programming for HIIT workouts, nothing great but nothing poor and similar splits such as chest and back, legs and core, arms and shoulders. Definitely didn't seem like it was focused on my chest, shoulders and arms like i requested. Every workout video (280) is actually available to you but they must select only the certain videos that coincide with your goals and ability.
One last thing about the workout programs is that you can run a second one parallel with your primary objective and they'll move the workouts about, to run 2 programs at the same time.
Workout Review: 3/5 - Average
Meal Plan and Results Review
The meal plan seems pretty basic as well. They start off by asking you if you want to stay healthy or lose weight so for this i went for the stay healthy. They then run through the fact that you get points for eating healthy meals and not eating unhealthy meals, most will do this. After this it devises a meal plan for you lining out breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack to be eaten through the day. You can swap out meals if you don't like the sound of one, as well as move one into your favourites if you are a fan.
The recipes to use and follow are really simple and easy with step by step instructions, including weights or amounts of each ingredients to use. They also give you access to their full recipe book with 1000 different meals to choose from. I actually really enjoyed trying some of their meals and think that some will stick with me for a long time.
Finally, the results. In all honesty I didn't have much hope for this plan and I eventually decided to cut it short at 4 weeks just using my free trial. The reason was that I wasn't seeing any benefit and knew it wouldn't be advantageous in the long run. Workouts are too basic for someone who has been training for many years, especially when i was looking to gain strength. However, i do feel looking at their other programs they could certainly be beneficial to others with different goals and experience.
Meal Plan and Results Review: 3.5/5 - Good
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Gymondo Price Review
For me I ended up not paying anything as I only used the month long free trial. After this I do still feel there is great value for money as you can get the program for just £11 a month. Although, i do feel it to be quite sly as you have to pay for the full year upfront. You can pay for 3 or 6 months but then it works out you're paying considerably more each month. Therefore once you pay your £72 there is no going back, even though a lot of the programs suggest only using them for 8 weeks or so. Saying all this though it's still great value and that can't be argued.
Price Review: 4.5/5 - Great
Customer Service Review
Annoyingly I struggled to find anywhere in which i could actually contact Gymondo themselves rather by email or chat. The only way you get questions answered is via the online community in Facebook groups. I seem to feel that a lot of apps or online personal trainers are going this way lately but i'm not a fan. I want information straight from the horses mouth so i know it is legitimate.
Customer Service Review: 2/5 - Poor
Gymondo Overall Review
A range of different programs and meal recipes to choose from. The videos you follow are pretty basic but can easily be fit in around a busy lifestyle and would suit a beginner/intermediate level. The nutritional aspect is good as the meal recipes are easy to follow and the meal plan is all set out for you. The pricing is more than fair but they do ask for lump sum payments to lock you in. The customer service is poor as you are only asking other Gymondo users for their advice.
Gymondo Overall: 3.5/5 - Good
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