Atari, the widely popular video game pioneer, has just entered the fitness market with its new app, Atari Fit. The new application, which is out now on Android and iOS, aims to motivate players to work out by offering points to unlock classic Atari games.
The goal of this fitness app is simple: follow daily tips and exercise routines the best you can to raise your fitness level. The higher your level increases, the more points you’ll earn towards playing games like Pong, Super Breakout and Centipede. You can compete to climb up the leaderboards, workout together with friends from across the world, and even race against other like-minded fitness folks.
The app includes over 100 fitness exercises including full-body circuits and running programs, which are certified by Michael Porter, a National Academy of Sports Medicine-certified personal trainer. The app can connect to Google Fit, Runkeeper and Facebook to help build your fully functional log-book, which will help you increase your Atari Fit experience level. It also tracks your distance, speed and calories burned while exercising.
Here are a few more notable features the app offers:
- Track wearable health and fitness devices such as Fitbit and Jawbone by connecting to Google Fit and earn in-game rewards.
- Post accomplishments to Twitter and Facebook at the end of every workout, detailing achievements and personal bests and making fitness fun with friends. See your friends and encourage each other to workout!
- Motivate and challenge yourself by following daily tips and a multitude of exercise routines or custom programs while tracking distance, speed, pace and calories burned.
We’re not sure if Atari’s motivation structure is capable of starting a fitness revolution, but the idea is certainly a nice change of pace. Note that since this is a brand new app, there are quite a few release date bugs so far. A handful of users are having trouble connecting to their Runkeeper and Google Fit accounts, so hopefully Atari can get those ironed out soon. If you’d like to try the app out for yourself, head to the link below.