There is no better time than today to start focusing on treating your body right; this is why we bring this Romwod review at your service! Without worrying about space, appointments, or equipment, you can start being healthier with a single tap on your phone’s screen.
Romwod stands for Range of Motion Workout of the Day – which is pretty much self-explanatory. Romwod is a streaming video-based app that takes advantage of Yin Yoga, a powerful traditional Chinese-style yoga that consists of various postures to increase your mobility and flexibility. Get cozy with a cuppa and read on for the most detailed Romwod review you could have asked for!
Key Takeaways and Highlights
We will talk about the basics first. Romwod would be an excellent investment for you if:
- Your goal is to improve the mobility of the body, for pain reduction or performance enhancement;
- You want to start slow rather than get into extreme exercises early on;
- You want to have a weekly CrossFit program at your fingertips.
This may not be the right choice for you if you:
- Want a variety of stretches every week;
- Need more movement and dynamics from your exercising or stretching routine.
Before we get into a detailed Romwod review, let’s talk some background of the app.
Behind the App
The Romwod app was co-founded by Jeremiah Head, a volleyball coach and former teacher. He was a mid-30s athlete wishing to return to the world of CrossFitters, and he found his inspiration no further than in his own brother, Daniel Head. The two brothers, Jeremiah with his knowledge of sport and Daniel being a well-known vinyasa yoga teacher, got together to give life to this project.
The App’s Success
Since its launch, the app has been downloaded on both Android and iOS more than 50 thousand times. It has been rated by thousands of people and accumulated an average of 4.5 stars on the Playstore and Apple store, respectively.
What Makes it Unique?
- Yin Yoga: In our opinion, the feature that makes Romwod stand out against its competition is its unique utilization of Yin Yoga. The simplicity of pushing the limits of your body in postures that it usually wouldn’t acquire is what makes this app useful for so many people. Whether you are young and fit, or older and looking for ways to improve the flexibility of your body, Yin Yoga is perfect for almost everyone. This is what makes Romwod extremely accessible to all kinds of people.
- Celebrity Trainers: Occasionally, you will find workout sessions by celebrity trainers, such as Annie Oakley, included in the price of the subscription.
- Personalization: You can choose whether you want to go for specific routines, paths designed for certain fitness goals (such as core strengthening or running), or target particular areas of the body that you want to focus on.
Now it’s time for our Romwod review to dig deeper. Here, you will find out everything you would want to know about the app before downloading and investing in it.
The workouts are the main aspect of this app. In all, there are about 1,222 workout programs available, divided into various sub-categories based on your preferences, requirements and fitness goals. Newer workout routines are being added every day and are available on the home screen.
Before launching into other details, it seems pertinent to mention what exactly Yin Yoga is and what it entails. To put it simply, it is a branch of yoga that deals with extending the body in various postures that are not part of everyday routine. What makes Yin Yoga interesting is that you are required to hold the poses for an extended period of time, unlike regular yoga that keeps the body more dynamic.
The idea is to increase the flexibility of the muscles in use, so that there is increased mobility in particular areas of the body. Almost all routines in the Romwod app are based on the same principle, so you might not find a lot of variety in the available exercises.
Every routine has detailed information about the areas of the body that are going to be specifically targeted. The list of poses included in the routine are also mentioned in the description box, alongside the list of equipment you will need for each one. You can see headers like ‘Target Areas’, ‘Poses’, ‘Equipment’, and ‘Athletes’, which provide you with all the background you need to begin your fitness journey.
The difficulty level of the workouts can be considered beginner to intermediate. As mentioned before, the app focuses on using the ancient Buddhist technique of Yin Yoga to strengthen the body and improve its range of motion. The workouts are generally easy to perform, and consist of extended yoga postures and instructions to mellow out the mind in order to release muscle tension.
If you are looking for workout options beyond strengthening your body or increasing flexibility from scratch, the app does not have many options left. There is a limited range of exercises that start repeating after a while, which makes most users feel like they might as well cancel their subscription after a certain time period.
For most exercises, a yoga mat is usually enough. Some routines require blocks and medicine balls as well. What is good about medicine balls are their multi-functionality and ability to train different muscle groups at the same time. They can be used for explosive training and flexibility.
- The duration of most workouts is 22 minutes on average, with some exceeding to about 30 minutes in length. Very suitable for busy people who are looking for squeezing effective routine after work.
- Warm-ups and cool-downs are not included in the routines, although the workouts themselves are quite mellow and mostly include gentle stretching;
- Unlike most other fitness apps, Romwod does not include details of calorie burnout. This makes the app not the best for weight loss. Instead, it might be more suited for people who are looking to stay fit overall;
- All routines are pre-recorded, hence barely customizable. However, depending on your path and targeted areas of the body, you can get different combinations of these 22-minute routines. You can choose whichever path or journey you want to undertake. Generically good if you need something to look at and follow;
- You can pick your ‘path’ and mark it as complete once you are done with it. The app does send push notifications to prompt you to work out, but doesn’t have more modifiable options;
- No live demos are available;
- You can do these workouts from home or from the gym – in fact, anywhere that a yoga mat is available;
- New workouts come out weekly.
Meal Plans and Calories
If you are looking to lose weight or to go on a more planned fitness journey, Romwod may not be for you. The app is not as comprehensive and holistic as other apps we have reviewed before. Meal and diet plans, calorie counters, and keeping a track of your journey are features we did not discover while writing this Romwod review. If you want to consider an app that deals with a holistic fitness plan, check out our review of the 8Fit app.
To be honest, there aren’t a bunch of additional features we can mention in our Romwod review. Besides the detailed routines discussed earlier, there isn’t a lot of educational content available. There are no fitness tips or blogs, not even a user-based community to get in touch with. However, you can reach out to the Romwod team and discuss any queries you may have.
Within the app there is an equipment store where you might find everything from a yoga mat to wristbands, socks, hoodies, t-shirts, and other workout gear – all branded with the sophisticated Romwod logo.
Romwod vs. Other Fitness Apps
How does this particular app compare to others? Let our Romwod review outline it all for you!
Romwod is different than other apps in its utilization of Yin Yoga, specifically. Although it streams videos like many other apps available on the market, these exercises are focused mostly on mobility-building. There isn’t much to offer besides the video streaming exercises in terms of overall fitness and health.
As far as the UX is concerned, again we were not too impressed. The interface focuses more on design than on usability in our opinion. Although the design is pretty simple, we would go as far as to call it rather simplistic. The app also offers very minimal progress tracking on the profile section.
Your profile lets you see the minutes you have spent working out – essentially the videos you have watched. Besides displaying the number of minutes you have spent watching the workouts over time, the tracking does little to nothing else.
The app does have a chat option that lets you connect with one of three fitness gurus live, from 9am to 5pm most days. Here you can get in touch with experts for any queries you may have. There is also an email address to contact the app creators for any technical issues encountered.
The app works perfectly on Android and iOS, with new versions being rolled out quite often.
A Romwod subscription costs $13.95 a month for personal use, and $24.95 per month to stream from a gym. Whether you subscribe personally or through a gym membership, you get access to the same streamable content.
If you aren’t willing to sign up immediately, there is a 7-day free trial that you can explore. The free trial is quite useful if you want to explore the idea of Yin Yoga without committing to a paid subscription. We recommend that you opt for the free 7-day trial before whipping out your wallet, since the limited range of exercises might not be suitable for everyone.
Romwod Review: The Final Word
Now, it’s time for our Romwod review to be wrapped up. Let’s discuss how suitable the app might be for a variety of users. First off, if you are looking to improve your overall health and fitness, or looking to lose weight via detailed meal plans and other kinds of calorie tracking, Romwod is not for you. On the other hand, if your goal is to increase the mobility and flexibility of your body and you are interested in trying out the ancient technique of Yin Yoga, you have just found the right app!
Those who tried the app every day for a week reported an overall lift in mobility and activity of the body. Like all yoga apps, Romwod encourages you to strengthen the mind-body connection and feel more at-one with yourself.
So, is it worth the money? It depends. Although Romwod is an interesting take on fitness apps, there is a variety of similar videos available on streaming platforms like YouTube, which makes it hard to justify monthly payments. There are also better apps available, such as Vivoo and FitOn that offer meal plans, and overall better fitness regimes.
- Makes use of yoga methods that have been around for thousands of years;
- Incorporates breathing techniques that help you relax your muscles while in position;
- Works on increasing your range of motion; especially useful for people with stiff muscles and those just starting out;
- Let’s you choose which areas of the body you want to focus on in order to make the best out of it.
- A lot of the exercises listed are also available for free on various streaming websites;
- Does not include meal plans or calorie counters, not suitable for weight loss or detailed fitness regimes;
- The user interface focuses more on aesthetics rather than usability, which might make it difficult to use for older people.
To utilize the app to its fullest, we recommend using it in conjunction with other meal planning and calorie-counting apps to keep your intake in check. We would also recommend taking advantage of the 7-day trial before spending your money.
This brings our Romwod review to an end. Before we sign off, let us leave you with a few practical fitness tips to kick-start your health journey!
- Your physical and mental health are interconnected. Make sure you take some time out of your day for mindfulness.
- A healthy body weight is essential for long-term health. You can maintain your body weight by exercising daily, even if it is just for 20 minutes.
- Stay connected to flexibility and mobility-focused workouts to ensure your physical and emotional wellbeing.
Stay healthy, stay fit!
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