There’s An App For That

There are hundreds of fitness apps available for smart phones these days. Some of them I’ve tried and it hasn’t gone so well. They either get forgotten or didn’t perform the way I wanted them to. Here is a list of the four tried and true fitness apps on my phone today:

  1. SugarWOD – This is where I log all of my weight lifting workouts for the gym. SugarWOD is my gym-brain. I would never be able to remember my 3-Rep Back Squat Max from two years ago without it. SugarWOD gives you a great way to peer back in time and see how far you’ve come.
  2. FitBit – I love my FitBit. The rise of wearable tech has gamified working out, and I’m totally here for it. It’s fun to see how many steps you can rack up in one day, track your heart rate zones, and analyze your sleep patterns. Of course, there are more options out there than just FitBit. I just happen to be a big fan of this particular device.
  3. Interval Timer – This is an absolute must, especially when you’re running and you don’t want to fiddle with setting up intervals on a sports watch. There are a ton of free Interval Timers that will help you keep track of “work” time and “rest” time without too much effort. Experiment and see which one works for you.
  4. The Conqueror Challenges – I love working on long term goals and cool finisher medals are a great way to decorate your Christmas tree. I use the Conqueror challenges as a fun way to make all of my workouts count toward a goal. These are all virtual long-distance races with a cool interface that allows you to feel like you’re exploring the Grand Canyon, walking the Great Wall of China, or (the challenge I’m working on now) traveling with Frodo and Sam to Mordor. Every movement with a distance associated will count toward your goal. That could be biking, rowing, running, or walking. By yourself or on a team, these challenges are a good time.

Those are the four main fitness apps on my phone. I use all of them at least once or twice a week, and some of them I use every day.

How about you? What are your favorite fitness apps? Share them in the comments!

Happy Sweating!



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