DailyBurn is a comprehensive online fitness services site that lets you set your own goals and offers exercise routines and recommendations for eating. You get customized workout plans, exercise schedules and regular reminders from the application, as well as informative blogs that address such topics as staying hydrated, the effects of exercise on your brain and preventing muscle cramps.
You begin this fitness routine with a very brief quiz which will help you set goals and select the type of diet you prefer (low-carb, low-calorie, etc.). You'll also note such things as whether you have access to a gym and how much time you are willing to devote to working out.
DailyBurn then recommends calorie consumption and sets a recommended training program for you to follow. If you want to make adjustments, you can redo the plan and customize it more to your liking later on.
This online fitness training plan offers instructions for a host of different exercises: free weights, machine exercises, aerobics, running, mat exercises and more. You also have the option of creating a new exercise to add to your routine to give you more variety and reflect your personal taste. There are options for indoor and outdoor activities, cardio machines, sports and various classes that you can plug into your training log.
You get instructions for doing each exercise as well as a listing of how many repetitions you should do per workout. Tiny videos briefly demonstrate how to do each exercise correctly. The program does not provide printable exercise lists, which may also be an inconvenience for some individuals. You could no doubt print from your computer, but the printouts would contain a lot of extra material besides the exercise directions.
DailyBurn gives you a small, at- a-glance calendar that schedules your workouts, and you also get automatic reminders, so there are no excuses for slacking off. You also get an exercise log so you can document what you have done. It will tell you how many calories you have burned, how many pounds you have lifted and how many miles you have traveled, depending on the type of exercises you undertake.
Documentation is also easy with DailyBurn's nutrition section, which offers an area where you can keep a food log by selecting certain foods to add to the list for a given day. The application suggests nutrition goals, offers daily calorie breakdowns and reminds you to drink eight glasses of water each day.
DailyBurn offers discussion boards where you, and people who are doing the same type of plan you are, can post comments about how things are doing. There are a number of different forums, so you can find kindred souls going through the same struggles you are and can help each other stay motivated. There also are blogs to keep you informed about such things as alternatives to dairy products, how to banish belly fat and ways to have more energy.
The videos that demonstrate how to do some exercises are truly tiny. They are clear and easy to watch, but they are quite small, which may be a drawback for many people.
You can reach your DailyBurn Tracker through your iPhone, Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone 7 smartphone. DailyBurn also offers Meal Snap, which lets you photograph and describe your meal and the system will work out a nutritional break down. You also can download a FoodScanner app for the iPhone to scan barcodes for various foods.
With an upgraded membership, you can interact with a certified online personal trainer by email to get answers to questions. You can ask for trainers to provide specific services, including help create a meal plan or analyze your workout log, as well as get feedback. DailyBurn's website posts brief bios and information about its certified trainers.
DailyBurn offers a host of useful features for people who want to lose weight or get fitter, but the videos and photos could be enlarged.
You can keep nutrition and exercises logs with this site.
The exercise pictures and videos are tiny.
You get many useful features and mobile apps, but the site's pictures and videos would be more helpful if they were enlarged.