Do you strength train, but struggle with keeping records of your lifts and number of reps and sets?  It can be quite a cumbersome process trying to track all of this data.  That is why I am so impressed with a new IPad app now available for use with HOIST strength training gyms.  I just downloaded it a few weeks ago and am having a great time learning the ins and outs of it.

The Muscle Group Exercise Selector on the Hoist iPad appWhen you first open the Hoist app, it asks you which Hoist Gym you have.  Once entered, you have at your fingertips a complete library of exercises specific to that gym.  You can select one of several pre-configured workouts or create your own.  As each exercise comes up, you may view it in one of 3 modes:  still picture, animated picture and live video.  Don’t like that particular exercise for the bicep, let’s say?  Then simply click on the picture of the bicep muscle, and you will see all the alternate exercises which you can use instead to strengthen that bicep muscle.   

All data for each exercise gets entered into the program, for quick retrieval at any time.  In fact, hit “load last set” and the program immediately retrieves your last weight and reps for that particular exercise.  No trying to remember or looking up what weight you used last time. 

Another cool feature is the graphing function.  Click on any exercise in the library, and you immediately see a graphic representation of your weights lifted and number of reps over a period of time. The Hoist iPad app also includes exercise demonstrations.

The final feature covers your body weight and body metrics.  On January 1st I entered my body weight along with pertinent body measurements.  As the year goes on,  I will (hopefully) see a progressive decline in the above measurements, with graphic representation.  Wish me luck!






Want to learn more about the strength training with a Functional Gym?  Joey Osborne with Hoist Fitness will be at Bicycle Garage Indy and BGI Fitness on February 5th (South) and 6th (North).  There will be three hands on training session each evening.  Learn more and register (it's free!) at

When you visit Bicycle Garage Indy, BGI Fitness is the same store.  North (Indianapolis, Dean Road at 82nd Street) and South (Greenwood, just west of I65 on County Line Rd.)