This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The North Face. All opinions are 100% mine. I hope you enjoy hearing about my experience with the Mountain Athletics App and take advantage of the awesome giveaway opportunity at the bottom!
I have really been loving a new training app this week.
It was created by Mountain Athletics from The North Face, and goes right along with line of versatile training gear I shared last month.
You can download this app for free on your iPhone, and it includes tons of unique features like training videos that demonstrate proper form and technique, a workout session timer that reinforces rest time, and key badges you can earn during your training programs. You can also share your goals and progress with friends via social sharing!
I was asked to pick a Mountain Athletics Activity that suit me the best, and since I have a few races on my radar this summer, I went with running. I loved the other options available though. The general fitness, climbing, and skiing programs looked fun, too!
Each program takes you through six weeks of workouts in order to prepare you for an event, climb, or goal activity. After selecting running as my activity focus, I was given four workouts per week that include a mix of running, stretching, and strength training.
I went through my first workout on Tuesday and loved the structure! It started with an overview of everything I should expect from the workout, and gave me the option of previewing all of the exercises with detailed video descriptions and technique cues.
Since I am a personal trainer, I felt comfortable with the exercises without having to dive into them too much, but I can see how this would be super helpful for those who aren’t as familiar with the proper techniques and moves.
My workout included three segments: warm-up, strength and conditioning, and cool down sections that took me about thirty minutes to complete.
It was short and sweet, but I could already tell I was training key muscles to help me become a faster, stronger, and more efficient runner.
At any point in the workout, you can access the video references of exercises. Most of them require equipment you would find at any standard gym like weight plates, kettlebells, and/or dumbbells. This one also required a barbell for front squats.
The second workout has me doing a warm-up with air squats, sit ups, and and stretches before a two mile run. I’m pumped to get out there and get it done, and I am really looking forward to using the Mountain Athletics App as a tool to track my progress in training this summer!
I feel like a lot of you guys would love this training program, too. Need a little fitness pick me up or motivation to get outside? Give it a (free) go!
By the way, you still have a chance to enter to win a $500 gift card to The North Face!
Good luck, and thank you so much for your support. <3
Check out the Mountain Athletics line from The North Face available in stores and online, and don’t miss an opportunity to train with professional athletes at FREE Mountain Athletics events here. I don’t live close to one of these cities, but if I did, I would be all over it!
Download the Mountain Athletics App, make sure to follow The North Face on Twitter, follow the #ITrainFor hashtag, and Check out The North Face, Facebook for even more!
Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
I love North Face! They make such great stuff!
Amanda @ Slimplify Life
I really need this app, some variety in my workout life definitely needs to happen!
It’s been a great combination of cardio, strength, and stretching. I think you would love it if you gave it a try!
Traci @ waltz me to heaven
Sounds like a great app. Can’t wait to check it out. I pretty much love anything North Face!
Me too! 😉 The North Face has been a life saver since moving up to Michigan!
I definitely will download this app. I’ve been feeling the need to mix things up and follow a program again, this will be a great option. Thanks Heather!
I hope you enjoy your training, Jody!
Wow this is really awesome!
This looks like a really cool app! I have been getting back into climbing so I’m excited to give the climbing training a try!
I’d love to check that program out down the road. Climbing is something I’ve never really pursued!
I’m definitely going to download the app. I run but probably don’t run “well”. I’m always rushing in the morning to do it before work as by afternoon I’m a slug on a rug. I go out by 6:15am and many times skip the stretching etc. but know I need to work more muscle groups. Oh and I love Northface and your blog.
You don’t have to have much experience running to train with this app! You can really go at your own pace and modify exercises if needed. I love that it forces you to take scheduled rest time in between circuits, includes stretches into some of them, and always closes with a stretching segment. It sounds like it would be great for you! Thanks so much for reading 🙂
I do like the idea of an app having a training program for a specific goal or event. And it sounds like there was a lot to like with this one. Was there anything you didn’t love quite as much about the app?
I am still in my first week of training with it, so I’ll have more thoughts on my full experience in my next post. I’m loving it so far!
This app sounds great!
Awesome to get some new workout ideas!