Fitness apps are one of the biggest and most powerful developments to have ever hit the fitness industry. Never before has there been such a simple, cheap and effective way to track, coach, monitor and inspire you towards your fitness goals.
There are literally thousands of fitness apps that have been designed to assist you in achieving your goals, whether they be losing weight, gaining muscle, calorie counting, increasing your daily step count, keeping track of you general health or enhancing your workout routine. Your options for motivation, guidance and support are endless.
Some fitness apps are designed as tracking tools, so you can keep track of the different types of exercises you have participated in, how many hours you have done, and how many calories you have burnt vs how many calories you have consumed. Others put you in contact with a community of people also working to achieve similar goals, so that you can all reach out to each other offering support, motivation and in some cases a bit of healthy competition.
There are hundreds of fitness apps designed to educate you on the nutritional content of all the different foods you enjoy eating, which is great for people trying to bulk up, slim down or just increase their overall health.
Many fitness apps offer you a coach like experience, pushing you through specific set routines or ones that you have created yourself. You can even purchase your own instructor for classes such as yoga, Pilates and spin. One of the great things that most exercised based fitness apps have is the ability for you to set your own goals and allow you to maintain a pace that works for you.
Lets have a look at some of the best fitness apps that are currently available:
6 Pack Abs ($4.99) – Available on iTunes App Store and Google Play Store
If you are one of the millions of people around the world who desires to have an impressive rock hard six pack, then you are also almost certainly one of the people who has discovered the hard way just how difficult it is to achieve! The 6 Pack Abs app won’t magically get you the abs you crave, but it will make things a whole lot easier for you by guiding you through 50 different ab exercises in 6 different workouts, all synced to your favourite workout music. The animated 3D avatars will make sure you are keeping good form and you can even automatically upload your workouts and progress to My Fitness Pal to keep you accountable for your progress.
Map My Fitness ($5.99) – Available on iTunes App Store
Have you ever set yourself a new fitness plan to go for a run each morning, or to go for a bike ride around your neighborhood after work each day, only to find that you go great for the first week and then start skipping days until you have stopped entirely after just a few weeks? Most people have had this exact same experience, which is why the Map My Fitness app was created. Map My Fitness can automatically track over 600 different exercises and log all of your distances, time, pace, calories burnt and more. Being able to see your progress over the last days, weeks and months is extremely motivating and you can also share your progress and goals with your friends on Facebook and Twitter to keep you accountable and on track!
Gym Pocket Guide (Free) – Available on Windows App Store
Never again will you go to the gym with the vague idea of doing weight lifting, only to find yourself walking out after 60 minutes with a sense that you wasted time and didn’t get much done. Gym Pocket Guide gives you a daily weight training schedule tailored to your specific fitness goals, such as fat loss, muscle building or bulking up. You simply select your program, enter some basic details about yourself and follow along with the workouts that the app gives you each day. All of the workouts are designed by experienced fitness professionals and if you follow them correctly you will see massive results.
My Fitness Pal Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker (Free) Available on iTunes App Store and Google Play Store
Keeping track of the calories you eat on a daily basis is difficult, especially if you do what you are supposed to and eat lots of fresh food. After all, there are no handy nutrition labels on a banana or mixed leaf salad. That’s not a problem if you have the My Fitness Pal calorie counter though! With a database of over 5,000,000 foods and meals it is easier than ever to keep track of everything you eat and monitor your diet on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. You can set goals, keep track of your progress and achieve your weight loss and fitness goals faster than ever before. And best of all, it’s 100% free!