Blaine graduate develops exercise app

Published on Wed, Jun 5, 2013 by Brandy Kiger Shreve

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What were you doing when you were 17? If you were like most American teenagers, you were most likely planning your prom or starting your first job. But Michael Andes is not like most American teens.

Andes, a Blaine High School graduate, started college at Western Washington University through the Running Start program a week after he turned 13. Now, a college senior at 17, and on his way to medical school, he’s turned his passion for helping others lead healthy lifestyles into a career opportunity. Andes released his workout app “ThirtyX” for IOS and Android platforms in May. 

The workout app took six months to develop, and was based on Andes’ experiences with P90X and Insanity, popular extreme workout series. “I had done both P90X and Insanity, and while they were great, they were so long it was unsustainable for a busy person,” he said. 

So he set out to create his own program. He whittled his workout sessions down to 30 minutes, recorded them and then uploaded them to his app. “There are both beginner and advanced workouts in the app,” he said. “I designed them so even people who aren’t in good shape can get started with them.”

His programs utilize interval training, which uses exercises performed at intervals of high intensity followed by a short break. All exercises are performed in segments of 30 seconds and users are given a short 30-second break every few minutes. 

“It started as a project for school and just evolved,” he said. “I wanted to learn more about fitness and taught myself how to do the programming for the apps and mobile sites by taking classes from EDX, the online education program from Harvard and MIT. It was a lot of trial and error.”

The app is available on IOS for $0.99 and free on Android platforms. Andes plans to release the workouts via a DVD in the future. For more information, visit thirtyxfitness.com.