For better or worse (probably worse), my smartphone goes with me just about everywhere these days. So, I figure I might as well use my iPhone for something useful beyond watching cute dog videos and playing with SnapChat filters. Below are five fitness apps that I use on a weekly, if not daily, basis.
Top 5 Fitness Apps
Fitness App #1: MyFitnessPal
About: This is the very first fitness app I started using. I use MyFitnessPal to track my meals, and it is a lifesaver. Their database is HUGE. Honestly, if I had to manually enter the nutrition info of all (or even 50%) the things I eat, I would have given up tracking anything after like two days. It’s pretty easy to customize your goals and adjust settings, which I like a lot because everyone has different goals and needs.
Fitness App #2: Strong
About: I just recently started using this app, and I’m totally in love. It’s a pretty simple platform to track weight lifting exercises. You can enter in your own customized routines and view all your historical data. I have to admit, before using this app, I was still carrying around a notebook like the 60 year old man at my gym. No more! I am now free from the burden of keeping track of a pen while I’m hitting the weights.
Cost: Free to download, but $4.99 to upgrade and be able to store more than 4 workouts.
Fitness App #3: DigiFit
About: This app is great for tracking your workouts, especially if you use a bluetooth heart rate monitor. I have to admit, I’ve stopped tracking my heart rate and calories burned for most of my workouts. So, I don’t use this app as much as I used to. However, I really liked how I could track different workout types and it was easy to sync with MyFitnessPal, FitBit, Jawbone, and most any bluetooth-enabled heart rate monitor. It also pulls in GPS data for tracking your runs.
Fitness App #4: IntervalTimer
About: Well, it’s an interval timer. Nothing too groundbreaking, but it’s honestly hard to find a simple interval timer! Most timer applications I downloaded where too overcomplicated or had automatic settings you couldn’t adjust. HIIT is painful enough already, I don’t need to be swearing at my phone trying to figure out why the interval timer keeps reverting back to 90 seconds during my sprint (FYI – 90 seconds of sprinting is never okay with me). This one is super easy to set up your own intervals for HIIT, running, or exercise circuits. Simple but gets the job done.
Fitness App #5: Spotify
About: Okay, so maybe this isn’t traditionally thought of as a “fitness app.” However, I definitely push myself 10x harder in the gym if I am listening to something I enjoy. And I do not enjoy listening to Selena Gomez’s “Same Old Love.” Ten times. During one workout. Thanks, Golds Gym. I love building out playlists for myself ahead of time (I’ll share some on here soon!). You can also listen to playlists Spotify has curated. Just go to browse > workout. One of my favorites right now is HIIT-Hop.
Cost: Free! Spotify used to require you to have a premium membership to stream on mobile, but now it’s included in the free membership.
Am I missing out on any great apps? Comment with the fitness app you use the most!