Update, July 2017: This post has been by far my most popular on the blog to date. I’m excited that this review has been helpful for so many people interested in checking out Asana Rebel! I have no affiliations with the makers of the app and this post is not sponsored; this is simply an honest review of my experience with the free version of the app during my first month of use, which was January 2017.
Since the end of that month, I’ve continued to seek out different ways to maintain a consistent fitness routine (it’s still on my current list of summer goals), and have experimented with some other methods of keeping in shape – check out my posts on my stint with Pilates and my newest obsession, barre3 – but I still enjoy the occasional yoga session with Asana Rebel!
One thing I’ve learned about exercise is that everyone is different and needs to find their own groove.
I love hearing what works for other people, even if it’s something that I think would never work for me. Be sure to check out the links at the end of this post to see what a couple of my blogger friends have been using to get moving this year. You just may discover something you want to try! I personally have been enjoying a new way of getting active this past month that I wanted to share with you all: a free yoga app called Asana Rebel.
I discovered Asana Rebel thanks to an ad in my Instagram feed. (They can be annoying, but they are eerily accurate at showing me things I actually want to use.) The basic version of the app is free, and you can opt to pay a monthly membership fee if you want enhanced features like personalized coaching tips and custom workout plans. So far, the free version of the app has been great for me, as I’m still learning about yoga and easing into it by only doing a little bit each day.
I’ve tried for years to find exercise that could stick with consistently, and still haven’t found my perfect fit.
I had a couple brief stints with trail running and ended up doing a 5k, but I grew tired of it after that. I’ve also bounced around with various equipment in the gym, from the bike to the elliptical to the treadmill, and even tried using weight machines, but still, the routine never really felt right for me – I didn’t look forward to it, I didn’t really get a sense of reward from doing it, and I quickly lost interest and stopped. This app had just the right combination of features to really “click” for me this month. I think it boils down to a couple of key elements:
Convenience: Work out where you want, when you want
One of the things I love about Asana Rebel is that I can use it at home any time I want. All I need is my mat, my phone, and a few feet of open space. I typically do one of the videos in the evening an hour or two before bed. The stretching is great for releasing any tension I’ve built up during the day, and the full-length videos always end with a relaxation phase (Shavasana) that helps me unwind.
Customization: Start where you are
Another reason this app has worked so well for me is that it feels very doable for someone like me, who isn’t super disciplined with exercise or likely to do lengthy workouts.
With the free version of the app, you get 2 new videos each day: a short 5-6 minute routine and a full-length routine lasting anywhere from 11 to 20ish minutes. You can choose whichever one you feel like doing that day (I often have days where I just do the short one and call it a day), or use the shorter one for a warm-up leading into the longer routine. When you select the full-length video, you get to see a preview listing the poses in order with the length of time spent on each pose, so you get a sense of what the workout will be like before you decide to start.
The free version also includes a library of 5 different full-length workouts you can choose from if you’re not feeling the featured video of the day (or if you want something to add to it for a longer workout). The screen shot to the right shows an example of the day’s featured workout (Restore and Relax, 13 min) with a couple of the archived workouts underneath (Your 1st Yoga Workout, 6 min, and Cleansing Detox Yoga, 13 min).
Gratification: Watch your progress add up
One thing I really love about this app is the way it allows you to visually track your consistency. For every day you complete a workout, regardless of length, you get a green dot on the calendar.
I love being able to look back at January and see my progress laid out so concretely: I did yoga 23 out of 31 days last month! Every little green dot represents a little victory for me on my fitness journey.
Another cool progress tracking tool is your
personal profile, which keeps tabs on your total time spent doing yoga, as well as the total estimated calories burned. As you can tell from my total time over the course of the month, my workouts are short right now. I’m starting small and working my way up in the hopes of building my endurance over time without burning out, which I often tend to do when starting any new fitness endeavor.
Eventually, I’d love to work my way up to doing long workouts consistently, but that’s just not where I am yet on my journey – and that’s totally OK.
For now, I’m perfectly content to knock out my 15 (or 5) minute yoga video, get my green dot for the day (complete with falling confetti in the background – such a nice touch!) and pat myself on the back for a job well done.
The screen shot to the left shows what you get when you complete any workout – whether it’s the 5-minute bare minimum one or the full-length workout of the day.
Who doesn’t love to hear “You are awesome” at the end of a workout!? Thanks, Asana Rebel – you are awesome too!
Be sure to check out these other fitness-inspired posts for more ideas on ways to get moving:
What apps or programs do you use to stay active? Have you used Asana Rebel before? I’d love to hear your thoughts!