In my quest for washboard abs, I came across Nike+ Training Club (NTC). The exercise app, a sister to the popular Nike+ Run Club, is a free downloadable app from the popular fitness brand — presumably to lure us into buying more of their workout clothes.
Basically, this program walks you through whatever exercise you’re supposed to be doing, all with visuals, audio narration, and even encouragement! But, what’s so great about NTC is its exercise variety coupled with an interface that allows you to find one that works for your needs. Nike’s athletic apparel is no joke and apparently, their workout apps aren’t, either.
You can create workout plans
There are four options to choose from: Start up, to get you on the right road to start your fitness journey; lean fit, to push endurance; bodyweight only, for exercising without weights; and gym strong, a lifting program.
Choosing one entails a quick setup. The app asks about your normal exercise routines, activity levels, and details about your body. There’s an option to include running to your workout and it lets you pick what your start date would be.
An exercise plan is then built for you based on info you input, complete with a workout schedule and what program you’re supposed to do on each specific date. This highly customizable option leaves you with only one more thing to do: the actual exercising.
Or specifically curate your exercises
If you’re a little picky with your workouts, or if you’re a strong, independent woman who can make her own workout plans, you can just choose specific workouts for each time you do a session.
NTC offers handpicked exercises in their “Picks for you” section but you can also browse each workout by focus, whether they be for strength, endurance, or mobility; or type, whose choices include yoga, athlete, no-equipment, short workouts, and classics.
There are also different intensity levels!
Because NTC recognizes the wide range of people who use their app, each option is categorized into one of three groups: beginner, intermediate, or advanced. This makes it easy for you to gauge if your exercise choice is actually doable for your fitness level — and mind you, the intermediate to advanced levels are no walks in the park. You will get challenged; something I look for in fitness activities to prevent me from getting bored with my workouts.
Each workout preview allows for the user to see the duration and intensity for each one. A quick overview will also show you which parts of your body they’re good for and what equipment you’d need. NTC also gives a quick rundown of each specific exercise for a selected workout, presumably to let you know what you’re in for (which also means no backing out).
Unlike those genetically blessed to be over 25 without a slowing down metabolism, I — like the rest of us fitness pariahs — need to take extra effort to make sure I get exercise in. Although I have gotten significantly better with my fitness routine, I still struggle to find the best and most convenient way for me to exercise despite a hectic and random work schedule.
I’ve always said that consistency is the key part in getting fit but from personal experience, it’s very hard to keep an exercise routine when scheduling, traveling, and general life scenarios keep getting away. NTC is a quick solution to all these issues: It allows me to work out anywhere and anytime I’d want with just my smartphone in hand.
For a free app, I honestly did not expect this many options. I was pleasantly surprised by the exercise variety offered and how easy it is to actually find something that would work for whatever circumstances or limitations I had at the moment.
Although I still do not have those washboard abs I dream of, I now exercise more than I used to and althleisurewear, unsurprisingly, is now something I live for.
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Mediacorp shows are now on Huawei Video
A mutually beneficial partnership
Content is king. No matter how good your video service is, if it doesn’t offer the shows that people want to watch, then no one will use your app. Huawei recognizes this and has swung a deal with Singapore’s Mediacorp.
The deal will see more than 1,500 hours of drama series and lifestyle content being offered to Huawei Video App users in multiple markets across the world outside Mainland China.
This underscores Mediacorp’s continued commitment to ramping up the recognition of its shows beyond Singapore. Making their shows available on Huawei Video means they can potentially reach 26 different territories including the UK, UAE, and Mexico among others.
The deal is effective immediately. Paying subscribers can stream a variety of genres on Huawei Video, with complimentary access for the first few episodes of all lifestyle shows, dramas and longform series.
Some of the more notable shows that will be available are as follows: recent romance megahits My One In A Million《我的万里挑一》and The Distance Between 《下个路口遇见你》, supernatural suspense series Hello From The Other Side 《阴错阳差》and the popular police procedural saga C.L.I.F. 《警徽天职》; plus vivacious variety and food-focused fare Deluxe-Licious《有何贵食》, Food Notes 《上食堂》and Markets In Asia 《游市集》.
English entertainment comes courtesy of long-running domestic dramas KIN and Tanglin; as well as Super Octogenarians, an investigative infotainment series on active ageing amongst spunky seniors in Asia, and light-hearted lifestyle travelogue shows like This Weekend, Remarkable Living and Refugee Chef.
Huawei audiences can also catch the premiere of Mediacorp’s latest Mandarin blockbuster, the pugilistic period drama A Quest to Heal《我的女侠罗明依》, in a simulcast with Mediacorp’s Channel Me8 on July 20, 2020. The first five episodes will be available for free on the HUAWEI Video App outside Mainland China.
Watch & Win
To celebrate the new partnership, Huawei Video is also launching the ‘Huawei Video — Watch & Win’ campaign exclusively to all Huawei Video users in Singapore.
Starting from June 26 to July 16, 2020 and July 22 to 7 August 7, 2020, users will stand a chance to win daily by watching any video content available in the app for at least one minute.
What you need to know about the new Starbucks Rewards
Collect more stars with a few sips
Out with the old, in with the new! Starbucks Philippines freshened up its existing Rewards program to make it even more delightful to its customers.
With the new Starbucks Rewards, you can get one star with every PhP 25 spent on everything you buy — food, beverages, merchandise — in stores using your registered card or app.
When you accumulate 100 stars, it will be converted to a reward voucher. You can then choose to redeem a reward befitting your taste: a handcrafted beverage, any pastry, or even a slice of cake!
More benefits await
Starbucks’ new Rewards program brims with exciting benefits that anyone can enjoy. For starters, there’s a Double Star Registration Treat where new members can collect two stars for every PhP 25 spent on all eligible purchases for the first seven days upon successful registration.
The Double Star Days benefit is also back, but it’s not limited to the frantic holiday season. Moreover, Starbucks will offer Bonus Stars so you can collect two stars on their featured and promotional drinks.
Lastly, the Free Birthday Reward is still here and you can now choose between redeeming a food from their bakery/cafe or a complimentary handcrafted beverage.
How to be a member
The new Rewards program is exclusive for registered members only, so you have to join if you want to enjoy this exciting loyalty program. All you need to do is activate and register a Starbucks Card to Starbucks Rewards.
For existing members of My Starbucks Rewards, simply update your old password and add a new Starbucks Card to your account through the website or the updated Starbucks app, which is available on Google Play Store and the App Store.
Unlike before, you can now enjoy cashless payments and new features like automatic reloading through the Starbucks app. No more lining up to load your Starbucks card!
Say goodbye to your old Starbucks cards
FYI! Your previous Starbucks cards will stop working after July 15, 2020. This is to pave the way to the new Starbucks cards linked to the new program.
If you have an existing balance of PhP 100 or more, you can have it transferred to a free, new card. If it’s less than PhP 100, you can get a cash refund. Simply present your cards or your account on your mobile app to display the remaining balance.
The new Starbucks Rewards and Starbucks cards will be available starting July 17, 2020.
Amazon bans TikTok for employees, reverses decision in a few hours
Everyone’s worried about using TikTok now
Amazon sent an internal memo to its employees, asking them to remove the TikTok from any mobile device that can access their company email. The memo was picked up by the mainstream media almost immediately and it served as an indication of how American companies are losing trust in the Chinese-backed app.
However, the company soon backtracked and an Amazon spokesperson said the request had been sent out in error and that there was no change to the company’s policies at the moment.
Company spokeswoman Jaci Anderson declined to answer questions about what caused the confounding turnaround or error. The original memo cited “security risks” as the reason for avoiding TikTok.
In response, TikTok failed to understand Amazon’s concerns. It did not receive any communication from Amazon before the email went out.
However, the social media app has received a lot of backlash from authorities due to its poor data privacy history. TikTok is banned in India and recently, the US suggested it’s considering a similar ban on the app.
Furthermore, US lawmakers have been concerned about the app for months now. The US army and navy instructed soldiers to delete the app from military devices in December. The biggest concern regarding TikTok is that its parent company, based in China, is required to share information collected on users with the Chinese government.
“We still do not understand their concerns, we welcome a dialogue so we can address any issues they may have and enable their team to continue participating in our community,” TikTok said.
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