With new mobile apps constantly being developed to enable everything from accessing Internet radio to booking your next cross-country flight, it’s no surprise that numerous app developers have designed mobile applications intended to help you reach your nutrition and fitness goals. Below are just some of the apps that have helped my friends and I maximize our limited time in the gym and maintain our fitness levels despite our on-the-go lifestyle.
My Fitness Pal
Designed to help you get the most out of you time with your personal trainer, My Fitness Pal allows you to keep a food journal on your phone and on the app’s website. This allows the trainer to access your data and provide nutrition assistance even when you aren’t in the gym. The app also helps you select a proper amount of daily calories, as well as letting you choose from customizable food entries to keep your diet interesting.
This may be one of the coolest fitness apps I’ve seen. The app (which costs about $10) has the ability to create custom workout routines based on your fitness level and goals. You also can choose from more than 200 pre-loaded exercises. It offers thousands of images and videos showing you proper exercise form, workout trackers to monitor progress and the option of asking the apps exercise expert a personal question. How cool is that?
This app is a must-have for all the running and cycling buffs out there. It uses GPS technology to track your speed, distance and route, and automatically uploads the data to the RunKeeper website so you can track your workout history and compare your workout data to other users. The Pro version of this app even shouts workout updates through your headphones every five minutes.
Ever have to guess how much weight you should be lifting to get results you’re looking for? (Editor’s Note: Nope. Never) LiftAssist is designed to take that guesswork out of your workouts by calculating how much weight you should be using based on the type of training session you want (muscles growth, strength, endurance, stabilization, etc.) Once you enter some simple data, the app suggests an amount of weight, total number of reps and rest time for that particular exercise
The apps mentioned above can be great assets for novice gym-goers who are looking to take some of the guesswork out if their fitness plans or for experienced fitness enthusiasts who are looking to shake up their next workout and take their personal fitness to the next level. Give these a try and let me know what you think! Are there any different fitness apps that you like to use? Let me know!
A little bit about me: Interested in how evolving mobile technology continues to create a more organized and productive user. In my free time you can find me at classic car shows, enjoying outdoor activities or at country concerts.