This Story-Based Fitness App Trains You to Survive an Alien Invasion
This story originally appeared on TravelandLeisure.com by Andrea Romano.
A story-based fitness app called Apocalypse Survival Training immerses you into an alternate reality in which earth is being invaded by aliens, and it’s up to you to help save civilization, reported Metro.
The story casts you as a secret agent fending off the space invaders against the backdrop of present-day London. The audio-guided app has different “episodes,” which are basically fitness routines that go along with the story’s theme. On the app, you’ll train for speed (running), strength (body circuits), and control (yoga and stretching). However, the user can focus on the story rather than the workout, immersing themselves in a world of secret organizations, high stakes, time travel, and more exciting plot points. (Related: The Best Workout Apps to Download Right Now)
The app was created by fitness instructor Adele Andersen, who told Metro that she wanted to create an app that also catered to her “geeky tendencies.”
“At a Discworld convention... a group asked me if I could combine my writing and fitness experience to make exercise entertaining,” Andersen told Metro. “That gave me the idea of creating a vast story world with vivid characters who we would want to go and spend time with–even if we had to be exercising to do so.”
The action, adventure, and humor of the app make it feel like you’re not working out at all. Plus, there is no equipment or fitness expertise needed to complete the episodes—and it provides advanced options and support depending on the user’s needs. (Related: The Best Bodyweight Exercises for Getting Fit Anywhere)
“I hope we can flip the mindset of people who think they hate exercise—or specific types of exercise, like running, or circuit training, or stretching—by showing them that it can be fun,” Andersen told Metro.