Now that we've arrived in the age of iEverything, most of us are choosing to supplement our workouts with the use of fitness and health apps. With the opening of the iTunes and Android markets (there are over 6,000 hits for a search of "workout apps") more and more fitness apps have appeared. Let's check out some of the best apps out there for you!
The FitDay App: Great for Tracking
O.K., so I am going to go on and brush our shoulders off. The FitDay app is on my phone and not just because you are reading these articles. My favorite app for tracking both what I eat and my daily workout routines, the FitDay app lets me see my food and exercise history over the long term. I can find out when I'm busiest in work and life and when I can't make it to the gym, or periods when I'm not eating as I'd like to. It really helps me stay focused, especially when training for an event as I can map out how I want to work out, what I want to eat, and make sure I'm sticking to it. ($1.99, iTunes)
RipDeck: The Deck of Cards App
Building off of something I mentioned in a previous article, RipDeck (@ripdeck, ripdeckapp.com, $1.99 iTunes and Google Play) is the deck of cards workout app. You can customize your workout by assigning whatever exercises you like to the card suits, or you can choose from their beginner, intermediate or advanced workouts. In addition, the app will time each card/exercise, and you can get comprehensive workout results after completion. You can also post your results with your social media accounts. The RipDeck app also features guest workouts and other tips. It's a great way to get a total body workout in, and you can always change your workouts so it doesn't get old!
Workout of the Day Apps
There are a ton of "workout of the day" apps. My female clients rave about the "butt workout" and "leg workout" of the day apps. These are great if you don't have access to a personal trainer or gym. You can build your repertoire of exercises and from them create a custom workout. Many of these apps are free, which is great if you are on a budget. You can get specific workouts for arms, legs, or core as well as other "daily" routines that offer more bang for your buck if you buy the paid app. I would suggest having at least one fitness app on your phone. When you're bored at work, you can beat up pigs or you can think about getting in shape. Your call!
Run with Map: Running App with GPS
I can't forget my runners out there! Stop taking aimless runs! Never get lost again! Remember that street to avoid where you got bitten by that Yorkshire terrier! Run with Map My Run + GPS ($2.99) is my go-to app to track my runs. Particularly when I travel to new places, I like to take scenic runs to take in a new place, like Denver. I ran Denver with Run with Map and I was able to catch some beautiful sights on the way. Not only is the map feature nice, but you will know exact distances of your runs, which is helpful if you're training for any sort of distance competition.
These are just a sample of the great apps out there. You can find one to fit your specific fitness needs wherever and whenever you want. These apps will go with you wherever your workout takes you!
Ryan Barnhart, MS, PES, is a certified Performance Enhancement
and Injury Prevention Specialist through the National Academy of Sports
Medicine (NASM). He also holds a master's degree in exercise science, as
well as a bachelor of sport management, both from California University
of Pennsylvania. Ryan has worked with numerous collegiate and amateur
athletes across many different fields. Ryan also has had the opportunity
to work with several professional athletes. Recently he has worked with
amateur and professional athletes within the emerging sport of Mixed
Ryan is currently the director of fitness at a 700+ member gym near Pittsburgh, PA. He enjoys working with weekend warriors, athletes, and everyone in between. You can contact Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.