Fitness is on almost everyone’s mind. But then, it’s not on everyone’s platter. I mean, it’s hard! Keeping track of the cals, push-ups, hours of gym… it’s not exactly a passionate endeavor after the first week.
This is not yet another “there’s an app for that” philosophy. That could work for many things but it certainly doesn’t work when it comes to tracking your fitness goals effectively. The way I see it, fitness goes way beyond the tracking thing and being conscious of what you eat, what you do and how you do. It’s largely dependent on how good you stick to your efforts.
Tools can make things simpler, sometimes better and oftentimes, interesting. That’s where fitness apps for the iPhone come in handy. These are – besides being technically great – motivating to a large extent. Again, there’s a bunch of people out there who’ve used these very apps but in vain and then there’s another bunch which has benefited a lot.
Okay, enough of beating around the bush (I hear you), so let’s just dive right in:
1. Fitness Free
Perhaps, the finest of the free (and many paid) fitness apps. FitnessFree is a colossal collection of exercises coupled with a ton of logging features. It comes with ready-made workouts (3 of ‘em) so you can get started without scratching your head as you figure out how you can start using it. Then there are recipes and fast mode to quickly create or edit preset workouts.
Download Fitness Free
2. Digifit iCardio
Digifit’s repertoire is well-known and iCardio is one of those do-all kind of apps that helps you keep track of a variety of workouts and activities. The app has been designed to provide you a very clear overview of how good your performance has been. It is kind of motivating and can track a lot of things: walk, run, bike, hike etc.
Download Digifit iCardio
JEFIT is a serious app for serious bodybuilders and the likes who take gym classes seriously. JEFIT is not for Chandlers (if you remember f.r.i.e.n.d.s) who have a joint account with Ross for the gym membership. JEFIT comes with a Pro version too but with 1300 exercises on the app.
4. Wahoo Fitness
Although the details aren’t as green and lively, Wahoo gets the job done smartly and the overall performance is good. Wahoo Fitness is a run-keeper and cycling app which can connect to a variety of your accounts to Runkeeper, mapmyfitness, garminconnect and much more. There’s even Dropbox support. You’ll need those Wahoo sensors to get the best out of the gadget. I hear results are pretty accurate and well-drawn.
Download Wahoo Fitness
Of course, we’ve not touched on the most popular ones: Runtastic Pro, RunKeeper, Fitness Buddy, FitnessFast etc. At the time of the writing, Runtastic Pro is free via AppGratis.