Asana Rebel Yoga App in the test: My experience with the virtual yoga trainer

During the training you can see in the video how the exercise is carried out and in addition you can see the remaining time of the workout at the top left, a thin, red progress bar at the bottom and at the top right at the red point you can see how many are still pending for exercises with repetitions.

I've been talking about yoga for a good four years. I had a herniated disc back then, which I stupidly suffered when I was just picking up the box from my brand new 27-inch iMac - I've only bought MacBooks ever since. ;-) Of course, I didn't lift the iMac out of the crouch to protect my back, but rather wrongly ... and zack I had - statistically speaking - popular back ailments. If you have had this pain while standing, lying down and sitting, then you are much more motivated later to do something for your back on a regular basis. And especially for people who (like me) spend a lot of time at the computer, a little fitness for the back is particularly important in order to prevent back pain. So on into the fight!

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Update 30.08.2019/XNUMX/XNUMX: Changing the types of exercise is a step backwards for beginners

Asana Rebel has been launching a new concept for a few months now. While the exercises used to be repetitions of individual movements that could be grasped quickly even as a novice, long and fast sequences of movements are currently used as training, which are then repeated as a complete sequence two or three times.

For me personally, the app has taken a step backwards and left the beginners by the wayside. If you only train with the app every now and then, you will not know the sequence of movements by heart. For this you would have to practice the set 5 to 10 times. However, since the sequences of movements are fluid, a quick look at the smartphone display is difficult because you always miss a part.

Personally, I found the previous type of training much better and more comprehensible because I took a quick look at an exercise and then this exercise was repeated in one position for 30 seconds, for example. This was much more feasible and less frustrating than the current type of training exercise. Update end ...

Fitness apps from 7 minutes to bodyweight to yoga

Over the past few years, I've tried a few fitness and yoga apps for the iPhone or iPad. For example, various 7-minute apps that suggest almost daily that you invest 7 minutes to "rip through" your sport. They are nice for a while, but they have one major disadvantage: The exercises are usually repetitive, offer little variety and there is no warm-up or cool-down phase. So not really beneficial for the body in the long run.

I really like the app "Bodyweight Training" by Mark Lauren. This makes you (according to the level of difficulty you choose) small workouts that train your entire body.

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This type of exercise is also known as "body weight training" - that is, exercise without equipment. That suits me very well, because I like to do something at home in between and don't want to go to the gym. The load is based on high-frequency interval training: very effective, but also really exhausting. :) What I like about the app is that there is a warm-up phase and a "cool-down" with stretching exercises and that you always reach your limits thanks to the various levels of difficulty. After the training you are relatively exhausted and do a few more stretching exercises, which are also demonstrated by the app or by Mark himself in the video. Surprisingly, there are quite a few yoga exercises in it! The app is so good that at some point I'll give you an extra report, but today it's about a different app ...

My fitness apps in comparison: on the left a generic 7-minute fitness app (they're all kind of the same), in the middle the BodyWeight app by Mark Lauren and on the right the Asana Rebel Yoga app.

My fitness apps in comparison: on the left a generic 7-minute fitness app (they're all kind of the same), in the middle the BodyWeight Training app by Mark Lauren and on the right the Asana Rebel Yoga app.

Third, I tried various yoga apps, because yoga is known to be good for your back and the rest of it! I could never bring myself to attend a yoga class because I find it a little difficult with additional, regular obligations in everyday life. Nevertheless, I wanted to include yoga in my irregular exercise program. The selection of yoga apps is quite extensive, but once you've tried a few, the wheat from the chaff is quickly separated. Some apps are relatively carelessly "cobbled together" or they are so poorly prepared that you cannot see what to do during the exercises. At some point I came across the Asana Rebel app - even before it was hyped as the favorite app of the Apple App Store editors. And in the end I found it so good that I would like to dedicate a little review to it here.

Disclaimer: I have no idea ...

But I have to say in advance: I have no idea about yoga. I know that there are different "directions" and that there are terms like "asana", "chakra" and mandra ", but I have no idea what an" Ekopada Dhanurasana "or an" Upavishtha Konasana "is I just want to do a little sport and I was looking for an app that would help me. So if you think, "What is he writing about yoga? Doesn't he have any idea? ", Then let me tell you: You're right, but I'll write a review about the app and not about yoga itself.;)

Structure of the Asana Rebel iPhone app

The structure of the Asana Rebel app for the iPhone is very clear. On the "dashboard", which is visible at the start, you can find a daily exercise at the top that can be "done" relatively quickly. Usually it takes between 5 and 10 minutes. These include recommended programs that target specific goals and last for several weeks. For example, you can do "Fatburn" in 8 weeks or the "Bikini Body" program in 6 weeks. My focus is more on stretching and strength building, but there are a lot of programs for a wide variety of topics and the nice thing is that the Asana Rebel team ensures variety and always brings new workouts to it ...

Another item in the menu is the "Coach", which I explain below, as well as the "Exercises" and the "Profile" - both are also explained below.

The Asana Rebel app can be found in the app store for both the iPhone and the iPad.

The Asana Rebel app can be found in the app store for both the iPhone and the iPad.

Under the selection of the "programs" on the dashboard you can always find a workout for "today" for those who make quick decisions, which is selected from the pool of available workouts and which goes a little longer than the daily exercise. However, I rarely used the area because I prefer to choose what I do myself - so I tend to use the "Programs" or "Coach" area. Otherwise there is the "I" area, in which you can enter some data about yourself, view your previous successes and also activate the health kit. That was the dashboard and the menu.

"Yoga inspired fitness" - a nice mix!

If you look at the individual workouts, you quickly realize that the Asana Rebel slogan "Yoga inspired fitness (training)" is no coincidence. The exercises are mostly a sequence of "yoga postures" that are then repeated several times. And this gives you a nice mix of motion sequences, stretching, strength and endurance. This mixture is what makes the exercises so much fun. Speaking of fun, exercises and Asana Rebel ...

I have one more thing that I urgently need to address to the Asana team ...

Is yoga not for men?

If I'm not mistaken, yoga is definitely for women AND men. Nevertheless - statistically speaking - most users are perhaps more women - most - not all! But the Asana Rebel team seems to have totally forgotten about the men, because in their app description you can read this:

"Asana Rebel is the only yoga inspired fitness app in the world that enables modern women to feel more healthy and sexy than ever before."

Hellooooo! We men want to feel sexy and healthy too! Do we need another yoga app now ??? Or maybe you can mention us in a subordinate sentence so that we can use the Asana Rebel app without always having to look over our shoulder with fearful looks?

According to the app description, the Asana Rebel Yoga app is unfortunately not for men - it's a shame, actually. :(

According to the app description, the Asana Rebel Yoga app is unfortunately not for men - it's a shame, actually. :(

We men don't mind that we get the yoga exercises from an appealing, young lady (who can also be seen in the "Making of" below), but I don't think it's so good that we in the app per se be excluded. For example, there is also a "Yoga for busy moms" program, but no "Yoga for busy dads" ... Dear Asana Rebel Team: You definitely still have to work on that. ;-)

Update 20.02.2017/XNUMX/XNUMX: Feedback from the Asana Rebel team:

"We focus very consciously on women because we believe there are two target groups with different demands. In order to build a product for both, we would have to make compromises. The workouts and exercises are very suitable for both men and women. At We decided to use colors, imagery and tonality to appeal to women in particular. "

Oh, by the way, you can also see the pre-gymnastics lady here in the making-of ... if ever you are interested:

Well done: the "guidance" through the workouts

From my point of view, an essential point with yoga apps is how well the exercises are explained to the user and how pleasantly one is guided through the workout. I've seen and heard funny things on various apps here. Either the audio quality is as poor as if the speaker was recorded in a garage or the videos don't match what the speaker is describing. It's safe to use these apps, but it's just not fun.

The Asana Rebel app is on a very high level here. The individual exercises such as "Downward Looking Dog" or "Warrior 1" are listed under the menu item "Exercises". Here you can watch a video for each exercise that shows what you have to do. The individual exercises do not yet make a workout and so for most people - as well as for me - the "workouts" area is certainly much more interesting.

During the training you can see in the video how the exercise is carried out and in addition you can see the remaining time of the workout at the top left, a thin, red progress bar at the bottom and at the top right at the red point you can see how many are still pending for exercises with repetitions.

During the training you can see in the video how the exercise is carried out and in addition you can see the remaining time of the workout at the top left, a thin, red progress bar at the bottom and at the top right at the red point you can see how many are still pending for exercises with repetitions.

These workouts consist of a complete training unit as a sequence of different exercises. Here it partly starts with warm-up exercises and you are guided through the exercises by a continuous video and a sympathetic voice. What I find particularly remarkable, however, is the fact that the individual exercises are not simply sequenced with audio, but one has the feeling that everything has really been recorded in one go. The speaker sometimes counts the repetitions, gives tips on how to do it or explains what exercise is good for - and you also get praise after a unit has been completed. I haven't seen anything like this in any app before, but it is extremely motivating to keep up the training. The speaker's language is perhaps a bit "hipster-like", as you often hear of "flowing movements" or similar things, but that doesn't bother me.

If you start a program through the coach, you can decide how often you want to do yoga per week. The training plan is then created and you can see which "topic" is due in which week. Asana Rebel gives even more detailed information on each topic (right), if you are interested. A nice concept for people who also want to improve their diet to achieve their goal.

If you start a program through the coach, you can decide how often you want to do yoga per week. The training plan is then created and you can see which "topic" is due in which week. Asana Rebel gives even more detailed information on each topic (right), if you are interested. A nice concept for people who also want to improve their diet to achieve their goal. I still avoid broccoli and like chocolate. ;)

It is also very successful that you are shown each exercise slowly before you then do it at the normal pace with the "instructor". In this way, you can clearly see which details are important in the implementation and do not have to constantly squint at the smartphone during the exercise.

The coach function - a good idea, but not quite perfect

A central function of the yoga app is the "Coach" area. Here I can choose a program that lasts for several weeks. I state how often I would like to do yoga per week (see screenshot below) and then the coach creates a suitable program for me with the corresponding workouts. If you then give the app permission to send push messages to the iPhone, you will even be reminded of the training.

The idea behind the coach is good and the implementation is not bad either, but it has a little problem with sloths like me. I've already started such a program twice and then didn't finish it. Nevertheless, the workouts and the "finished" program appear in my statistics in the profile. If you have "made" the time that the program would have taken, then it is ticked off as "done" - regardless of whether you have finally done the right workouts or not. In any case, you would only have to log what was done here.

Feature Request: The reward system would be great

Perhaps one could also give incentives with small awards or achievements (i.e. in-app rewards) to encourage the user to do his yoga exercises regularly. There are funny ideas how to do that. For example, Apple had activated an achievement and a special sticker for iMessage for Apple Watch users who covered 5000 meters on Thanks Giving. At Asana Rebel, for example, you could unlock certain workouts or pin a medal on the dashboard when you have completed a complete workout. Comparing training with friends could also be motivating. There are sure to be a lot of ideas when you start thinking about them.

On the left in the picture you can see an overview of a workout from warm-up to individual areas such as cardio, strength or similar. In the middle of the picture you can see the calendar with green dots and confetti to motivate you to stay on the ball. And on the right you can see the profile that contains the information about the user. You can scroll down there to see more details.

On the left in the picture you can see an overview of a workout from warm-up to individual areas such as cardio, strength or similar. In the middle of the picture you can see the calendar with green dots and confetti to motivate you to stay on the ball. And on the right you can see the profile that contains the information about the user. You can scroll down there to see more details.

Unfortunately no offline mode

So far I've only had praise for the app. However, the Asana Rebel app has a small disadvantage for people with weak internet, because the exercise videos and audio are streamed and not fully loaded onto the iPhone once, so that the exercises can be done offline. For me - with a slow village radio network - the video occasionally stalls, so that the app throws out a message that the connection is bad. You can either cancel or continue and hope that things will then be more stable. However, the problem with the notification had occurred significantly more frequently for 2-3 months than now. Today, for example, it only happened once after 25 minutes of exercise, and sometimes it doesn't happen at all. The Asana Rebel team also told me weeks ago that they are working on making the transmission even more stable, even in poor reception. From my point of view, this effort has already borne fruit. So it's your "turn" - which I find very commendable.

If the internet connection is very bad, streaming of the yoga exercises will stop. Fortunately, this rarely happens even with my poor village radio (corresponds to approx. 2000 DSL).

If the internet connection is very bad, streaming of the yoga exercises will stop. Fortunately, this rarely happens even with my poor village radio (corresponds to approx. 2000 DSL).

For me, the fact that the exercises are streamed over the internet isn't a huge disadvantage, but I think it's worth mentioning. Especially if you only have a certain volume of data per month or sometimes want to do yoga completely without the Internet, then this can be a criterion for choosing the right app. Asana Rebel may exclude certain users who would otherwise like to use the app.

Prices: subscription or one-time?

In terms of price, the Asana Rebel app is definitely in the upper segment. You can choose whether you want to pay monthly or annually via a subscription (I think the prices for this are around 10 EUR per month or 45-50 EUR per year) or whether you want a "Lifetime" in-app purchase which is around 100 euros. I decided on the Lifetime model because I know that I will be using the app for many years and I want to avoid subscriptions to "hell come out". I realize that there are cheaper yoga apps available, some of which can be purchased for a one-time fee of 5 euros or something similar. Unfortunately, these apps did not offer me the exercises in the combination "fitness and yoga" and some apps are hardly updated either. With the Asana Rebel Yoga app, new workouts are always added and the app receives updates from time to time.

Ultimately, I find the 100 euros justified once if the team takes care of new content and I enjoy using the app again and again. It's worth it to me because I don't have to drive to a gym, which I would rarely go to anyway - and which would be significantly more expensive. :)

Conclusion: all-round successful and motivating

I can only congratulate the Asana Rebel team. You are already doing a lot right with your app. The multitude of programs with different focuses, such as fat burning, back strengthening, endurance exercises and the like, is already very good. The coach is also a good thing if you can stay on the ball for a few weeks. And the additional information that the app has in store for each program gives the matter a "holistic aspect". So if you want, you can not only do sport but also change your diet right away. ;-)

For me, it's mainly about regular exercises and variety in training. The Asana Rebel app fulfills this goal with ease and I like to use it in combination with Mark Lauren's BodyWeight training app for the "harder workouts". The high price of Asana Rebel is a bit of a pain, but I've already spent more money on more unnecessary things than on my health. From my point of view, the app is definitely a recommendation.

If you want to test Asana Rebel, you can download the app for free and do a workout. Most programs are only for paying users, but you can do some things "for free". This way you will definitely get an insight into the way the workouts are presented to you. And that's already made very worth seeing and hearing. If you want to install the app, you can find it here in the app store:

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With this in mind: stay healthy and feel free to leave me a comment on the Asana Rebel app or other yoga or fitness apps!

[Already finished!] Update 20.02.2017/XNUMX/XNUMX: Raffle for a lifetime membership!

The Asana Rebel team has promised me that I can give away a lifetime membership to my readers. I'll do it like this: Who me first on my tweet on my account @sirapfelot makes a retweet, he gets the membership! The prerequisite, however, is that you then give me your email, with which you can then open an account with Asana Rebel. This is the only way for the Asana Rebel people to activate membership. Membership is worth almost EUR 100, but it cannot be paid out.

The small print: All information without guarantee. Participation from 18 years. Legal action excluded. Friends and relatives as well as little helpers of Sir Apfelot cannot take part. :(

The raffle is over and the winner is: "Tessy". Congratulation!

 

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6 comments

  1. Kerstin says:

    Hi Jens, I have a question: did you see that the lifetime in-app purchase has tripled? From € 100 to € 299,99, do I find it really awesome?
    Incidentally, think your report is very good?

    • sir appleot says:

      Hello Kerstin! Unfortunately I just rediscovered your comment. No, I haven't noticed the price increase yet. But 300 EUR is already a house number. I think 100 EUR is a lot, but still acceptable if you use the app frequently. For 300 EUR you have to be very, very sure that you will be using it for a few years. LG! Jens

  2. Claudia Perzl says:

    Hi Jens,
    I read your report with great interest, very successful :-) I installed the app on the Ipad for 12 months / 59 EUR or similar. What I also noticed is that the Ipad has different functions than if I had the app Download and open with the same access data on your smartphone.
    With the Ipad, you can also download the workouts from the current workout lasting several weeks, if you have selected that. this means that these individual workouts can also be used offline. At least that's how I tried it with the Ipad. The function is not available on the mobile phone. On the app from Googlestore I discovered again that there are cardio sets specifically for sweating and burning, because there are 30-40 repetitions :-) Unfortunately, there is no such thing on the ipad :-( well, those are details. Me but it is a mystery why this is not standardized. My friend also had completely different prices on her Apple cell phone than I on the iPad.
    Now I have a question for you, maybe you can tell me something about it. I'm going on vacation to Italy for two weeks. I have no wifi there with the camper on the prairie. I didn't really want to use my iPad for yoga, it was too awkward and consumed too much battery. So if I wanted to use it on my cell phone and data volume, I would, as always, buy a data pass for a week to use the Internet. But I imagine if I do yoga for 30 minutes a day online …… .. ;-) How long does my data pass of 300 MB last? : o) Do you have a tip for me how I can solve this? Unfortunately, I only realized this AFTER I booked the app. Otherwise it might have become an exclusion criterion? If it actually works on my iPad that I could download a range of workouts, then it would be solved offline ...
    Thank you very much if you could answer me by the Pentecost holidays, when the journey begins. LG Claudia

    • sir appleot says:

      Hello Claudia! Thank you for your feedback signal. It's really exciting that the exercises, prices and functions differ from iPad, iPhone and Android devices. That kind of confuses things. An offline function would be particularly useful for the iPhone, because I have it with me more often than the iPad when I'm on the go.
      I don't know exactly what the app is streaming, that's why I don't know how quickly the 300 MB are gone. If they also stream the videos (I'm assuming), then you can actually bend it right away to take it over a week ... but maybe you ask the support of the app. Maybe they have a tip for cases like yours!
      For me, however, the iPad with offline functionality sounds like the best alternative. ;) I definitely wish you a great vacation and I will keep my fingers crossed that you can do your workouts there with Asana Rebel too!
      LG! Jens

  3. House stone says:

    Hello my wife used a voucher in August 2017.
    Now we have found that we have paid 60 euros every month.
    Without a note without a conclusion, we find that strange and dubious.
    We must now consider legal steps if our dismissal is not recognized.
    That doesn't speak for a good company

    • sir appleot says:

      Hello! I can understand that unexpected debits do not put you in a good mood. During the payment process under iOS on iPhones or iPads, you are actually asked quite clearly whether you want to buy the subscription. You then have to confirm this again with Touch ID, password or Face ID and then confirm the message again that you are making the purchase and thus no longer have the option of returning the item. This has nothing to do with the Asana Rebel company; it is the procedure for all purchases on Apple devices. You can't really get more confirmations to intercept an unwanted purchase. In any case, so far I have only been charged what I have confirmed and expected ... The price of Asana Rebel is a different story. You could certainly expect less here. But unfortunately these subscription purchases are becoming more and more popular, which I personally don't particularly like. VG! Jens

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