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Learn Muscles
March 28, 2015 | by Jennifer Brown

Are you trying to get your head around anatomy? The Learn Muscles app makes anatomy simple and enables you to learn through a variety of tools to suit your learning style. You can learn, while having fun for less than the cost of a cup of coffee, at only $3.31 (Android), or $3.79 (iPhone). Here are the five top reasons I would recommend this app:

1. Locations

Learn Muscles separates the body into sections, for example, legs, arm, torso etc. You can zoom in on these areas, where it then gives you muscles to select and view in greater detail. Simply select the muscle you need to learn and it will show you a coloured picture of the muscle. You can then select the ‘info’ button, which gives you audio pronunciation, actions of the muscles, attachments, and nerves within that muscle.

2. Actions

The app separates the body into different joints, for example, neck, shoulder, elbow etc. By selecting the relevant joint, the app then provides you with all the relevant joint actions. Select the action you wish to review and you will see a wonderful video of how the action occurs at the joint. It also lists the muscles associated with that joint action.

3. Quiz Maker

This feature enables you to custom-make your own quiz. It allows for variations including attachments, spelling the muscle and actions. You can specify the area of the body you want to test yourself on, such as the leg, torso or face and you can even select the number of questions from 10, 20 or all!

4. Videos

The videos on this app range from 90 seconds to five and a half minutes in length. These illustrate the muscles, nerves and so on, to allow for further understanding of the pictures you would have viewed earlier in the ‘locations’ or ‘actions’ sections of the app.

5. 3D Models

By paying an additional 99c, you can select structures to rotate, peel away muscles to show deeper attachments and see other useful models. These give you labels of the deep layers and ensure you have a complete picture of the human body.

Overall, the app is a very useful tool to learn or refresh the anatomy of the human body. It is suitable for new students, right through to the diploma level learner and is a great addition to your other learning modalities. This app gets a thumbs up from me and is very easy to use. The downside is that it takes 155 MB of data, so be mindful of this when choosing to download it.


Jennifer is a Coach at the Australian Institute of Fitness in NSW.

This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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