At this point, you guys know I’ll try just about anything once. (Except for bungee jumping. That’s just never going to happen.) That’s the premise behind New Tool Tuesday — I try stuff out so you don’t have to.
But there is one segment of the Web world where I normally don’t venture. It’s games, or apps built on gamification (remember this You Oughta Know?).
I just have a hard time sticking with tools that require me to fulfill specific to-do items or are too hard to get into. (Sorry for any of you who play Words With Friends with me. That was a 4-week obsession that I now ignore. Stop judging me, notification icon!!!)
I give you my history and my bias because I want you to know why it’s such a big deal that I say this.
Daily Burn is freaking amazing.
To disclose a bit, I had heard of DB in the past, but never signed up. When my friend Theodora sent me some information about the newly revamped website and then blogged about how much she loved the program, I decided to give it a shot (Theodora set me up with a 1-month account, but you can take a free 7-day trial right from the website).
It’s awesome. After an easy but thorough questionnaire, Daily Burn put together a customized program just for me — including video workouts, some nutrition guidelines, weekly challenges and even awards.
Theodora does a much better job breaking down exactly how it works, so be sure to go check her review out.
For me, I can just tell you that it has these major plusses:
- super easy to get started
- totally customizable (I was able to put in my diet restrictions/preferences, the amount of times I can work out each week, what my goals are, etc.)
- amazing graphics
- very well-produced videos
And these minor negatives:
- it called me a couch potato on the home screen
- I find it hard to share some of my achievements through social media (a la Daily Mile)
A not-so-minor negative? The $19.99/month price tag. That’s less than a membership to the gym, but given the resources on free sites like BodyRock.TV and YouTube, I’m not sure that I’d be able to justify the monthly subscription.
I’ve only been on it for a week or so, and I’m interested to see how the program grows with me. I’d also love to see even more attention on bringing workouts offline — maybe audio podcasts with specific workouts? Text message reminders? Communities built into Facebook and Twitter?
If you want to check it out, head to http://dailyburn.com/.