Training indoors during the winter months can be tough on motivation at the best of times, so what if you could ride, run or even row to a synced video - or even better - in a local spot that you know?
The new Kinomap Trainer app does exactly this, and has the added extra of allowing you to film your own route and upload it to train from it too. Videos can be added and shared with other users using the Kinomap Maker, a free iPhone app that makes use of the smartphone’s internal GPS sensor or a GPS-enabled camera.
The app has clearly been designed with the user in mind. Adding fitness equipment, from bike speed/cadence sensors to indoor treadmills is simple, and is easily synced with the latest Bluetooth 4.0, or via ANT+ when you plug a ANT+ dongle into your smartphone.
We found we couldn't orientate the smartphones videos in landscape orientation which meant the video size was a tad small, though if you were using a tablet this wouldn't be such an issue. Whichever device you use, cache video files can be stored too, so you'll be able to use the trainer even if you have a slow internet connection.
With over 10,000 videos worldwide covering around 20,000 kilometres of track including the Tour de France and the London 2012 Olympic cycling relay route, Kinomap Trainer has videos from all over the globe, with contributors from 30 countries. While exposure in the UK is growing, you'll be able to ride almost any profiled race route you can think of, and if it doesn't exist, go ride, run or row it yourself and put the video and GPS data online for you and others to use.
Kinomap Trainer is available on subscription from Apple’s app store at £7.99 per month or £49.99 per year. Find out more at kinomaptrainer.com.