GymACE comes with a lot of built-in exercises which you can include in your workouts right away. They contain a description, graphics, used muscle groups and the required equipment. Exercises are grouped into categories, which by default refer to body parts.
There are two basic types of exercises-- strength and cardio.
This is the common exercise type in GymACE. We can differentiate three sub-types of strength exercises:
- Regular -- These are standard exercises, such as Bench Press, where you are lifting the actual weight you enter for a certain number of reps.
- Body -- These are exercises where you are lifting your own bodyweight or a fraction thereof.
- Assisted -- This is relevant when exercising on machines that use weight to counter-balance your bodyweight, such as the dip-machine, such that the more weight you select, the less you are lifting.
You do not need to define these sub-types when creating an exercise. It rather depends on how you enter the sets. For a regular exercise you enter the values for weight and repetitions. If you perform a body weight exercise, or an exercise for which the weight is irrelevant for tracking the progress, you leave the weight value to 0. To enter a set of an assisted exercise, you input a negative value, that's it. This method allows you to change the exercise sub-type over time. For example, you start with assisted Chin-Ups by entering the assisting weight as a negative value. After you don't need the assistance any longer, you simply count the number of repetitions. If you get even stronger and start to use a weight belt, you enter the value of the additional weight.
GymACE allows you to name your own data fields to track up to three fields. For various exercises you will want to track speed, calories burned, number of steps, incline, distance, heart rate, or whatever -- the possibilities are endless as the number of different exercises. That is why GymACE lets you decide. If you leave a field name blank, you will not be able to enter data for that field, and any data you have already entered will disappear. If you re-enter a name for the field, however, the previous data will return. If you only want to track two data points, for example, just leave one of the field names blank.
Built-In vs. Custom Exercises
Even with such a large selection of exercises in GymACE, you will almost always have the need to add your own, very specific exercises. These can be completely different ones as well as slight variations of existing ones. In the exercise list, you can swipe to the tab 'Custom' to only see your own exercises. If you don't care about the built-in exercises altogether and want your exercise database as lean as possible, you can completely disable them by activating the 'Custom exercises' option in the Settings page. We wanted the process of adding own exercises to be as easy and quick as possible. If you create your own exercise, you just enter a name and maybe a note and you're set.
Adding an Exercise
You can add an exercise from the root level of the Exercises tab. Just tap the Exercises tab and then the '+' button at the upper right. Touch 'Name' to give the exercise a name, and if you like, touch 'Note' to give it a note. Any note you enter will show in the title of the training screen, so it is a good place to store seat heights, machine numbers, etc. Hit 'Save' and you're done. If you hit the back button none of your work will be saved.
Optionally you can also give the exercise a category by touching the 'Category' field. Categories are just a way to keep your exercises organized and easy to find. You can categorize your exercises by body parts, specific muscles, certain equipment, workout location, or whatever helps you. After hitting 'Category' you can manage your categories. Hit the '+' button to add one, or hit 'Edit' to change the name or choose one to delete. Categories are always displayed in alphabetical order. You return to the previous screen by selecting a category, or use the back button to leave it as it is. If you don't want to add a category select 'None', which is the default anyway.
Editing an Exercise
Exercises can be edited from various places. In most exercise lists, there is a pencil icon at the right. If the pencil is not there, such as in the workout screen, or in the exercises images list, you can touch and hold to open a popup menu, where you can select 'Edit'. You can even edit an exercise right from the training screen, during your workout. Hit the three dots at the upper right corner of the training screen and select 'Edit exercise' from the popup menu. You can change the name, note, and category of each exercise. Names however cannot be left blank. For cardio exercises, you can change the field names. The first field data, however, always stays with the first field regardless of its name. If you blank out a field name that has been previously used in a set, any data entered for that field will disappear. If you later re-enter a name for that field, the old data will return.
Editing Built-In Exercises
GymACE allows you to edit the built-in exercises. You can, for example, rename any exercise, which is especially useful if you prefer another naming convention, or if you want to translate the names to your language. If you edit a built-in exercise, you actually create a custom exercise which is linked to the original built-in exercise. You can still use the information provided with the built-in exercise such as graphic and description even though custom exercises do not have this.
Linking Custom and Built-In Exercises
Sometimes you create a new exercise even though there is a built-in exercise that would fit, but you see that later. No problem, just link the exercise to the built-in exercise manually.
Go to the 'Edit' page and hit the chain icon. Find the exercise you would like to link to and tap it. Now, your custom exercise has graphics, a description and other information.
Deleting an exercise
Just like editing, deleting an exercise can be done from various places. Hit the pencil icon or touch and hold and select 'Edit' from the popup menu to see the delete icon. Or you directly select 'Delete' from the popup menu. If you attempt to delete an exercise that has sets entered for it, a warning will appear giving you the opportunity to change your mind. If you choose 'Delete', any sets entered for that exercise will also be deleted. This cannot be undone.
GymACE also allows you to delete built-in exercises. These are not actually deleted but rather hidden, and there is a way to recreate them:
- Create a new, blank exercise.
- Hit 'Link' (the chain icon) and select the desired built-in exercise.
- Hit 'Save'.