iMuscle is a new, $5.00USD, iPad App from NOVA and, at first glance, it seems like it would be a real winner of a Human Body in Motion workout App using an animated anatomical man as your virtual trainer but, in reality, iMuscle is nothing more than a curiosity.
Here’s the official PR blurp:
To work on a particular body area, zoom into that area on the 3-Dimensional Muscle Man. Then choose a muscle to work on – a thumbnail list of all the exercises associate with that that muscle will be shown. Then press on one of these thumbnail exercises and you will be shown an animated 3-Dimensional model performing that exercise. The primary and secondary muscles being exercised will also be highlighted. You can search for a particular muscle or exercise by selecting the appropriate tab in the Index function.
On the surface, the idea of the App is astounding. You can target specific muscles and body parts and get animated help in planning a workout.
The reality of the App is much more disappointing. Too many of the exercises require equipment you likely don’t have at home. You need access to a gym to make these workouts work for you.
Why couldn’t these exercises be tailored to fit is using isometric exercises? Why can’t we use common household items to exercise our health with this App? By requiring us to go to a gym to workout, the iMuscle App is nothing but an oddity that you buy to show your friends and then never use it again.
There is a one drawback to working out with an animated anatomical man.
Sometimes there are human holes that are best left covered:
If you have access to a gym and if you might want to become your own trainer, then iMuscle might just be the right App for you. Here’s a video of iMuscle in action: