When you’ve got ActivBody Activ5 Fitness System in your bag, you’ll never miss a workout. Fit in a total-body workout on the go, at home, or the office. Find your new favourite workout among 100’s of exercises. Use your body as resistance with no extra equipment.
The Fit Package we are reviewing means you get everything you need to start building real strength in a few minutes a day:
- Activ5 fitness device
- Rugged phone stand
- Free download code for the Activ5 app
- More than 100 exercises
The Activ5 fitness device is pebble-shaped and is very eye-catching in its orange and black ensemble. It is powered by AAA batteries, so no charging on the go if they ever run out. Though they state that it won’t run out for a year.
The Activ5 pairs with most iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. Just download the Activ5 app and follow the in-app prompts to connect to the device. But, this is where all the problems started. The exercises use white writing on images of people on a white background, so this can be a little difficult to read. The app throws you into exercises, so if you are just starting there isn’t any sign of a “tutorial” exercise.
The whole idea is that you place your phone on the rugged stand and start exercising. But, you have to constantly keep walking back to your phone to tap on the screen to start the next exercise. Some exercises didn’t make sense, one for “watching tv” meant that I was trying to read white writing and then having to stand up for part of it. This meant I wasn’t able to watch TV at all!
I’d love for this to have a tutorial mode, just to slowly get people into exercising. Some addition of voice control, so I can say next exercise or start exercises would be awesome. A timer between exercises would allow for a cool down, and not having to go back and forth to your phone. Maybe videos instead of images for some, so you can listen instead of having to read.
Overall, the ActivBody Activ5 Fitness System falls into the good hardware, bad software camp. The device itself is great and works, but is let down by the software. Finally, make sure to check out Jabba Reviews for more deals and reviews. Also, don’t forget to connect with the Jabba Reviews team on our Facebook or Twitter pages.