Microsoft this week announced the first major updates to its Microsoft Band fitness tracker and the Microsoft Health mobile apps. These updates expand the selection of available Guided Workouts courtesy of a new partner, strength training coach Mark Rippetoe.
There are 12 new workouts in the updates, plus four new workout plans that each range from two to three weeks. They’re scalable to all levels of users, so those who consider themselves intermediate or advanced can add exercise equipment, such as kettlebells, dumbbells, plyometric boxes and jump rope.
The 12 new workouts are:
12 Minutes of Hurt
Block Run Fun
Interval Running Plus
Jump Start Your Fitness
New Year’s Resolution Bodyweight Blast
Quick Dumbbell Workout
Simple Lower Body Strength
Simple Total Body Strength
Simple Upper Body Strength
Tabata Kettlebell Swings
Tabata Alternating Kettlebell Swings & Box Jumps
Additionally, you can now access the Mark Rippetoe’s Starting Strength Workout Plans (Phase 1, Phase 2A, Phase 2B) and New Year’s Resolution Dumbbell Plan.
“Fitness bands have a natural appeal to enthusiast-level consumers, who can walk into a workout and have their plans set,” Microsoft New Devices general manager Matt Barlow says. “However, our data shows that some of the most popular Guided Workouts on the Microsoft Band are for beginners, which told us that we needed to add a broad range of workouts at a variety of intensities. We are extremely excited to partner with Mark Rippetoe and to add even more Guided Workouts to the Microsoft Band, straight from his best-selling book, Starting Strength, to help people kick off their New Year’s fitness resolutions the right way.”
Microsoft told me that these updates represent the first in a series of updates for both products and that “additional content, features and partners” would be announced in the weeks and months ahead.
The addition of this content doesn’t require me to update Microsoft Band Field Guide. But please do visit the Field Guide Books web site to download the latest edition of this e-book for free.