Turn your cell phone into a personal trainer...for a price
Downloadable workouts for your mobile.
Caroline McCarthyFormer Staff writer, CNET News
Caroline McCarthy, a CNET News staff writer, is a downtown Manhattanite happily addicted to social-media tools and restaurant blogs. Her pre-CNET resume includes interning at an IT security firm and brewing cappuccinos.
I went to the gym yesterday and was initially surprised to see how packed it was. At first I attributed it to the fact that there are probably plenty of people who are still taking a day or two off from work after the holidays. Then I remembered, of course, it's the beginning of January, and people are still idealistic about keeping their New Year's resolutions. Even the ones who swear they're too good for resolutions are probably trying to do something about that holiday-party pudge.
Consequently, many a company is currently trying to capitalize on this brief spike in health and fitness mania. One of them is PumpOne, which specializes in visual workout tutorials that you can download to your iPod, iPod Nano, or Palm Treo. And now, just in time for 2007, PumpOne's workouts are available for regular cell phones, too, as part of the new PumpOne Mobile service. By accessing the company's mobile Web site, you can choose from a variety of workouts--PumpOne stresses that these are full workouts, not individual exercises--and purchase one that suits your specific fitness goals.
Some of PumpOne Mobile's options are a little bit on the pricey side. A single workout, available on your cell phone for 24 hours, will cost you $2.99. Consequently, if you want to repeat the workout, you'll either have to remember the whole thing or fork over another $2.99 to re-purchase it. Alternately, for $4.99 you could have access to the entire repertoire of PumpOne workouts for a week, or $14.99 for 30 days. Keep in mind you'll also need a data plan on your cell phone.
I'm not so sure I'd want to succumb to the level of carrying a cell phone around at the gym to follow workouts, but hey, it might appeal to some of you who are determined to actually keep your New Year's resolutions this year.