It seems like there is an app for everything these days, so it comes as no surprise that there are lots of fitness apps as well. But with so many flooding the market, which app actually does good work? Which one will help you get a good workout, track your progress and overall offer an easy way to stay healthy?
We know that measuring your progress actually helps you stick with your routine and since most of us already have our mobile phones with us, it makes sense to combine and use the two to our advantage. I’ve compiled five awesome apps that you can use - some come recommended and some have been tried and tested. Check it out!
MapMyFitness - All round tracker
This app has been around since 2007 and has since proved itself numerous times. It is a great app for tracking activities and logging food with an easy-to-use interface. You can manually enter different workouts or if you are a running, walking or cycling, just start the app and it will track your distance, speed, calories and route for you. I dare say it has one of the more accurate tracking capabilities out there, seeing that it’s had time to perfect it after all these years. The food logging is good but there are better apps specifically for that out there. However if you want both activities in one place, you can’t go wrong with MapMyFitness. Set yourself and your friends a challenge through the app and have fun while getting healthy. Available both on Android and iOS (free).
Fitocracy - The power of community
As a fitness app Fitocracy holds it own amongst other apps, it is simple and easy to use, but the thing that makes it stand out the most is its use of gamification to get you motivated to stay on track. And although games may get tiring after a while, the strength in Fitocracy lies in its community that is over a million strong. Having buddies to push and encourage you has a proven record for making you stay on track. If you don’t have discipline of steel, but thrive in a community then Fitocracy can be a great way to stay fit in a fun way. Level up! The Fitocracy app is free to download but they also have coaches for hire available for as little as $1/day.
Nike+ Training Club - If circuit training is your thing
If circuit training is your thing, then Nike+ Training Club is the way to go. Divided into three levels - beginner, intermediate, and expert - you’ll find a workout no matter if you’re new to training or have been doing it for ages. There are videos that explain just what burpees, mountain climbers and other exercises are, as well as demonstrate good form, so there is no excuse really. Nike+ has really been on point, with Nike+ running and now this. Unfortunately it’s only available on iOS, but hey, at least it’s free!
RunKeeper - For the runners, hikers, walkers out there
For all the runners, walkers, hikers, etc out there, RunKeeper is probably the best tracker app in the market right now. It is one of those apps that is useful to both the complete beginner and yet still offers value to the long time athlete. RunKeeper is a great motivator, it records your progress and lets you compare your pace from day-to-day as well as set long-term goals. Not only that, you can sync it to your fitbit and let it track you as you swim or cycle (or more). If tracking your heartrate is your goal, then go ahead and connect it to a bluetooth heart rate monitor. You can even customize a training plan that lets you focus on making better time, or go longer distances. Hey, they even have a coach available if you want! Get it on your Android or iOS (free).
JEFIT - Bulk up!
If your goal is to beef up, then I’d suggest you download JEFIT. It’s the only app on this list that requires you to part with a bit of cash if you want the pro version. Or you can start off with the free version to test it out. JEFIT was designed for bodybuilders and obsessive trackers so be prepared to keep note of your reps, sets and weight. You can either follow the pre-designed routines loaded on the app or make your own routine from a list of over 500 exercises. If you’re not sure what something is, no problem, just check out the animation and tips. You can even find an exercise by what specific muscle you want to work with. See, I told you it was mildly obsessive, but in a good way. If you want to grow large, you’re going to have to be a tad bit obsessed. It might not have all the bells and whistles but it gets the job done.