November 1, 2013
Runtastic is out with a new update for its running apps. Runtastic Pro and Runtastic now include “Story Running” guides, which are described as engaging running experiences to help users get in shape. First announced at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna, Austria, Story Running offers Runtastic users four different listening experiences — travel, fantasy, adventure, and motivation. Each includes a combination of music and voice instruction to help push users to new top performances. Runtastic’s new feature works with a number of different activities. Besides running, a user can listen to a story while cycling, walking, sailing, and more. Of Story Running, Runtastic notes:
Perfectly aligned sound effects accompany the stories based on interval training plans to push the user to new top performances in a playful and natural fashion. Thanks to the human sense of urgency, the runner will instinctively know when to speed up or slow down his or her pace. By involving the runner in the story, Story Running offers the best possible workout and pushes the user to reach new goals.The stories are as follows:
This week, Runtastic also introduced the Libra scale. Available through Amazon, the scale tracks a variety of health metrics, and wirelessly syncs via Bluetooth Smart (4.0) technology with the upcoming Libra app. The Libra measures the following health parameters: weight, body fat, goals, muscle mass, body mass index, body water content, calorie calculation, and bone mass. I didn’t have the opportunity to test the LIBRA scale, but I did use Story Running during my most recent three mile walk. “Adventure” did add some motivation to my exercise routine. Still, I’m not sure that I’d want to hear the same story on a regular basis, although I will try. For a limited time, each Story Running guide is available for $0.99, or you can purchase the four story bundle for $2.99. Runtastic Pro and Runtastic are available now in the App Store.
- Travel: In “The Globe Runner - Rio’s Marvels of Life,” you run through the streets of Rio de Janeiro and learn about the history and beauty of the Brazilian city.
- Fantasy: In “Journey of Iomluath - The Tribes’ Savior,” the world is out of balance and you are the only one who can stop the fulfillment of the dreadful prophecies. In order to do this, you must go through the forbidden empire and find three unknown objects to help stabilize the balance of the world.
- Adventure: In “The Carrier of Truth - Beyond the Walls of Alcatraz,” you have to escape from the famous prison while being chased by tracking dogs and jail guards.
- Motivation: In “Toward the Finish Line by Gerhard Gulewicz,” a personal coach pushes you to your limits and motivates you to reach new goals in life.