/// New Exercise App Turns Wherever You Are Into an Obstacle Course
It’s almost New Years and, for many people, it’s resolution time. MGS / Shutterstock.com It’s the time of the year when a lot of workout gear and gym memberships get sold (and I suspect a fair number of Fitbits and other gadgets as well.) Even if you are not quite motivated to go to the gym, don’t have an exercise bike or even a TV, you can still get a workout. There are plenty of fitness apps geared for smartphones and tablets. One of the newest entrants is Obstacle XRT — a $4.99 iPhone app that talks people through a simulated obstacle course using steps, virtual quicksand and other challenges to provide a decent workout. Brian Atz, co-founder of Barracuda Partners, the app’s creator, said the app was developed in about a month in conjunction with some Chicago-area fitness trainers. “As someone who travels frequently, I don’t have a lot of time to go to the gym, so I needed to find a way to work out efficiently,” Atz said in an e-mail interview. “The problem with the apps and programs I tried was that they were simply too routine and boring — there came a point where I was no longer looking forward to my workouts, so I stopped doing them.” With the advent of things like the Kinect, Barracuda decided there was a growing market for using technology to make workouts less of a chore. “I thought that if there was a way to make exercise more fun — like you were imaging obstacles on the hotel room floor — it would make the exercise more enjoyable, and more likely for me to continue with it,” Atz said.
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New Exercise App Turns Wherever You Are Into an Obstacle Course