Monkey see, monkey do — that’s the simple concept behind OneSet. We are inspired by visuals; when you see someone exercising, suddenly you’re reminded you haven’t been to the gym all week. Tap one hand on your belly and the other on your phone to use the OneSet app to watch 15 second fitness videos — just enough time for one set.
Videos in the app are broken down into broad categories by body part (like booty), and type of workout (calisthenics), or type of person (athletes). Once you get over the annoyance of creating a unique account, you can scroll through brief trending or popular vids of people showing off their fitness. Search by muscle group or user.
Make sure you have a good connection, otherwise videos will take forever to load. For example, on a Verizon Galaxy S5, the videos played smoothly, but when using a mediocre cable Wi-Fi connection on the tablet, the videos kept buffering. Birds hate that.
When OneSet works, it works well. A quick tap of the internal share button adds that awesome video to your profile page. Hold the plus button to add it to one of your custom stacks where you can view it later, or tap the broader share link to post to Facebook, Twitter, etc.
People like bragging about looking good, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s a poor dog that doesn’t wag its own tail. OneSet launched a beta app for Android in May and already has over 5,000 downloads and a community of over 8,000 fans of fitness. The creators of the app, husband and wife team Amad and Heather Abdullah, pitched it on an episode of Dragon’s Den that’s set to air later this year.
“As a mother of two, I wanted to create a platform for fit moms to share workouts on the go,” Heather said, but it’s clearly appealing to the broader fitness community. Well-known names in fitness like BarStarzz, the calisthenics liftestyle site is already all over it. On July 9 the app went up on iTunes, and work on the app will continue. It’ll be interesting to follow its progress and see how the app evolves. OneSet recently added photo sharing, for selfies, before-and-after pics, and more. DT predicts nutrition will eventually be added as a category, since people are already posting the occasional food photo. When you work out, you have to fuel up.
OneSet still needs to link to one of the major social networks to make signing on and setting up a profile easier, but it’s a minor annoyance to import photo and info from scratch. With a clear, simple user interface this could grow into something big. For now, the hardest of the harden-the-F-up crowd can be found on OneSet.