September 9, 2015

Top 5 Fitness Apps

Written By Rebecca Larkin

To the novice, finding a suitable fitness app can feel like being thrown in the deep end, or navigating a minefield. There’s a plethora of fitness apps out there, but each app has it’s own perks for the individual. We’ve rounded up our top 5 fitness apps to help you find the right one for you, because it’s not just exercise trackers and calorie counters.

Run Keeper App1.) Runkeeper
Cost: Free
Available on: iOS and Android

Run Keeper App

Sprinting in at number one is Runkeeper, a comprehensive running guide, GPS tracker and much more. Featuring an extremely accurate GPS tracker you’ll be able to know how far you’ve gone, how long it took you and how many calories you’ve burned. Pretty standard stuff.

But Runkeeper offers much more, especially if you have a wearable tech devices such as the Fitbit, as Runkeeper will be able to sync and collect all your fitness information.

Track your heart rate throughout the day, get a comprehensive look at your daily activities and share it all with your friends or the Runkeeper community (but don’t worry, if you’d rather keep it private, that’s cool too).

It’s not just running your can track either, you can track walking, cycling, rock climbing, snowboarding and nordic walking just to name a few.

Users are asked why they joined, whether it be for weight loss, marathon training, or fitness upkeep and they’ll then be able to join a challenge, set a goal to track, get a customised workout plan or use the pre-built plans. The app will even synchronise with your calendar so it’ll find you time to get a workout, no matter how short, and if that isn’t motivation enough, there’s a great in-app DJ.

With such a a great user interface and features it’s hard to find a better app than this one, yes it’s called Runkeeper but don’t for one second think it’s just for running. This app will get you up and moving in whatever way you feel like.

Fitbit App2.) Fitbit
Cost: Free
Available on: iOS and Android

Fitbit App

Fitbit’s appearance on our list will come as no surprise. While the app is designed to work alongside Fitbit wearables, it can also be used within it’s own right, which is great for a fitness novice as Fitbit give out invaluable information if your goal is to lose weight.

Syncing up the app with Fitbit’s hardware, however, is where the app really comes into its own. Wirelessly sync with either Fitbit Surge, Charge HR, Charge, Flex, One or Zip tracker and get an in depth look into your heart rate, steps, distance and calories burned.

Users are able to track running, walking and hiking much like with Runkeeper, but they’ll also be able to log other daily fitness activities such as yoga, pilates and gym workouts without a wearable. You’ll even be able to hook your Fitbit app up with the likes of MyFitnessPal and WeightWatchers to log your food and weight loss journey.

If you’re after a hands on, tech savvy fitness tracking solution then Fitbit is certainly the way to go.

Strava App3.) Strava
Cost: Free
Available on: iOS and Android

Strava App

Number 3 is not dissimilar to the first two on our list, but you can’t go wrong with anything from Strava.

It’s the functionality of this app which places it as third on our definitive list. Strava is a running and cycling GPS tracker, with possibly the easiest interface to navigate for users. You’re able to track a custom route, or chose a pre-planned route within your local area.

Set yourself challenges and climb the Strava leader board, or go solo and learn all about your pace keeping, steps and calories. It’ll even tell you the most popular routes other users take in your area so you might find a new favourite, or a new running friend!

Strava has a very communal feel to it, and the challenges can really bring out a user’s competitive side, and act as a great motivator. If you’re really into your running and cycling, have a competitive streak then Strava is definitely the running tracker for you.

Stronglifts 5x5 app4.) StrongLifts 5×5
Cost: Free
Available on: iOS and Android

StrongLifts 5x5
Ever walk into the gym and wonder how some of the clientele seem to be bench pressing twice what you weigh? Well, they weren’t born like that, most of them will have started with a simple beginner program, the gold standard of which is StrongLifts 5×5. It’s a simple program based on steadily increasing the weight of your 5 compound lifts.

Such a simple program requires a simple app, and Mehdi Hadim, the creator of the program, doesn’t disappoint. The Stronglifts 5×5 app guides you through your workout, it has videos on how to perform the 5 compound lifts, tells you which exercises to perform and when, and suggests how long to rest between sets. Once you’ve completed your workout, your next session is ready for you, automatically increasing the weight in line with the 5×5 program, no maths involved!

After a few sessions, you’ll be able to see your progress and body weight on a simple graph. For more advanced lifters, there is a ‘power pack’ with warm up guidance, new programs for lifting past a plateau, and cloud backup.

If you want to become one of those hulk-esque muscle machines in the gym but don’t know where to start, Stronglifts 5×5 is a good place. But be warned, there is no skipping leg day!

Water Your Body App5.) Water Your Body
Cost: Free
Available on: Android

Water Your Body App

Number 5 on the list is another completely different, but extremely useful fitness app. Water Your Body helps you do just that, water your body!

Let’s be honest, we all forget to drink water throughout the day. Whether you’re a coffee addict, fizzy drink lover or enjoy a cuppa 5 times a day. It’s on a very rare occasion that we opt for water instead of our beverage of choice. Water Your Body reminds it’s users to drink water regularly, and also how much you should drink to stay hydrated, handy right?

It does much more than that too, you’ll be able to input your weight into the app so it can tailor exactly how much you need for your body, log your daily exercise and activities so it gets an idea of how much water you lose during the day. You’ll even be able to change your average glass size so it’ll know how many glasses you need to drink from your particular glass.

And if you get really into tracking your hydration, the app will give you handy charts with your drinking patterns, and weight changes so you’ll be able to see the benefits of staying hydrated.

While this version of Water Your Body is only available on Android, there’s plenty of similar apps on iOS, so don’t worry Apple users, you can stay hydrated too!

Fitness apps are still all the rage in the current market, and this pattern does look likely to slow down anytime soon. Our list merely scratches the surface of all the fantastic fitness apps out there, and there’s plenty of room for more. If you have an idea for a fitness app that you’d like to make a reality get in touch, or head over to our Mobile Apps page.