FitFu: Fun Social Exercise



Fun way to track workouts; some privacy issues with sharing.

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Ease of play

Very user-friendly. Fu, the cheerful mascot, teaches you to use the app, and there are clear instructions for the exercises. The exercises vary in difficulty and start with a very low, easy number of target reps and gradually increase. Note that users cannot track calories or their own workouts outside of the exercises included (e.g. running, swimming, etc.).

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The app will be easier to use if you own certain equipment, and buying an arm band is recommended with links to Amazon. There are also do-it-yourself alternatives provided.

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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Users are encouraged to sign into their Facebook accounts or create a account, which requires an email address. Users with profiles are encouraged to add friends, whose activities are then available to be viewed, liked, and commented on. Friends can see a user's profile, which can include a photo and status updates. In addition to sharing their activity with FitFu friends, users can also share activity on Facebook or via email. FitFu users must be at least 13 years old.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that FitFu is a combination of several other "Fu" fitness apps that teaches teens basic exercises, tracks their progress, and shares the information with friends. Because your device must move with your body, this app may encourage you to buy a strap or armband and is not intended for use on the iPad. There are 13 exercises included, such as lunges, pull-ups, and crunches. For each exercise, you hold or strap your device onto your body, and the accelerometer counts your reps. When finished, you can share your workouts with friends via email or Facebook or by connecting with friends who also have the app. Setting up a profile requires an email address or Facebook. You are not able to track exercises that are not included in the app. FitFu users must be 13 or older according to FitFu's terms of service.

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FITFU is encouraging, empowering, and great for beginners (your first time doing an exercise, your goal is just three reps). The focus here is on increasing activity level rather than losing weight. The inability to add your own workouts means it's not as comprehensive as some adult fitness apps, but this is a good tool to start exercising consistently. Sharing your progress with friends is a double-edged sword: It may increase the likelihood that you'll stay active by making exercising something to be proud and supportive of, and it's great for a family to use together. Just be aware of the privacy concerns.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch
Release date:July 7, 2011
Category:Health & Fitness
Size:68.10 MB
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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