iPad app: iMuscle

The iMuscle App interface. Image courtesy 3d 4 Medical

The Unofficial Apple Weblog points to the iMuscle iPad app, saying it’s a “must for exercise aficionados.”

With iMuscle, users can select virtually any muscle in the human body and see a list of exercises and stretches for that muscle. However, that feature in itself is nothing new or groundbreaking as many apps do the same thing. What is unique about this app is that it uses the 3D Nova engine to show users animations of the exercises using a model with exposed musculature. Think Body Worlds brought to life.

In addition to more than 450 high-quality 3D animated exercises and stretches, you can create custom workouts and the app even supports multiple users. Anyone who is into sports training or rehabilitation science will immediately see the usefulness of this app. After all, instead of telling a client they need to work on their butt muscles, it’s a lot more helpful to tell them that they specifically need to work their glute med and be able to show them a 3D model of its anatomical location and what it looks like in action.

I haven’t used it; I’m only pointing to the article, but I would guess that the folks in our Kinesiology and Health department might find this of interest.