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Free Trainers have been going since 2001, offering free advice and tools to help you get fit. They have a bounty of exercises, workouts, nutritional information and diets, as well as several useful community features to explore.
The exercises available are in depth, with plenty of details on how to perform them and what the benefits are. You can search for exercises based on the part of your body you wish to work on, then read about each exercise and view moving images to see how it is performed. It’s disappointing that there aren’t more videos, though, as reading through an explanation takes much longer and can’t simply be copied as you work out.
There are also a lot of workouts to choose from, which essentially combine the exercises into a plan. This takes some of the work out of planning which exercises will benefit one another, although you can simply pick those you’re interested in if you prefer.
There’s a lot of useful information regarding diet and nutrition on FreeTrainers.com. You can read a general guide, save meal plans, browse recipes and check nutritional facts. As part of this system, you are able to store your meal choices in a calendar, which you can then check in advance to make sure they’re varied. This helps if you want to go shopping for next week’s ingredients. You can also keep a journal to remind yourself which meals you enjoyed and which you’d like to try again.
Aside from diet and fitness information, the site also offers a community section. Here, you can join groups and talk about your goals, or engage in chats on the forum pages. Having others in the same boat as you really helps to keep you motivated, so it’s good to see this section on FreeTrainers. There are also blogs to explore, or you could even create your own and find out how many followers you’ll get.
Free Trainers is quite basic when compared with some of the high end fitness websites. However, the information it provides is sound and the site is pretty easy to use. We really wished they had videos to demonstrate exercises, and a more interactive calendar would be useful in helping you to carefully plan your workouts. There’s little in the way of a Q&A section, too, so finding answers to specific answers isn’t always easy. That said, at least there’s a community to talk to.
Overall, we felt that this site was certainly worth checking out. There are free workout schedules and dietary plans, which could be of great use, particularly if you’re a bit short on cash. If you’re looking for more input from a trainer, this site isn’t really ideal, but there’s enough here to keep us coming back.
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