No offense to personal trainers, but they may need to step up their game to keep up with the newest wave of fitness apps that are conveniently on-call 24/7, offering insightful feedback at odd hours—even in the bedroom. Recording your time and speed during your workout isn’t even the half of it. Today’s fitness apps do so much more, from analyzing your performance and coaching you through it to tracking your sleep patterns and monitoring your diet. Keeping that New Year’s resolution to lose a few just got a whole lot easier, especially if you use any of these. Here are Apps For People Who Love to Workout, available on Windows Store.
As one of the first brands to kick off the wearable fitness tracker trend, Fitbit needs no introduction—or even a wristband. Fitbit’s newest app offers its trademark features (keeping tabs on how you move, what you eat, and how to sleep), plus some cool new ways to stay engaged. MobileTrack, for example, lets you challenge up to 10 people in your social circle to a fitness duel and share your stats, like steps taken and calories burned, to help keep each other in check this winter.
miCoach train & run
Gym buddies occasionally bail, but the miCoach app will never leave you hanging. Besides keeping you company, your own personal coach uses a real-time voice, like the German accent of tennis ace Andrea Petkovic, to guide you through more than 400 strength and flex exercises while offering the best training tips to build speed, endurance and strength. Your coach will also track of all your stats and progress as well as analyze your performance.
Health & Fitness
What sets this tracker apart from the rest that offer similar services, like recording activity and food intake, is that this app also focuses on educating the consumer with helpful articles from trusted sources, like Everyday Health and The Active Times, on how to stay healthy and fit. Its Interactive Symptom Checker also provides an extra layer of health awareness, sharing insight on the human anatomy (in 3D!) and common medical conditions and procedures.
Run Rabbit Run
Many of us exercise to eat—and this app encourages it. To help you stay motivated, it awards your “rabbit” a certain number of carrots based on your activity level. Doing bare minimum will keep your bunny alive, but you'll need to do a bit more to keep it healthy and hoppy. The greater distance you cover (running or walking), the more carrots your adorable avatar collects, which he/she can then use to buy stuff, like cool costumes, and outsmart evil foxes.
Shape Up Battle Run
If you want to get faster and go farther, the quickest way to improve your stride is to add short bursts of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) to your workout. That’s the premise of this app, which has built in sprints alternating with slower recovery periods (audio cues tell you when to hit the gas vs. tap the brakes) so you can get the most out of your run. To keep things interesting, the app has a running buddy for you in the form of a coach, champion or friend. Or you can put it in Story Mode and pretend you’re being chased by teeth-baring lions or brain-eating zombies.
If you only want one running app on your smartphone, this is it. Don’t take our word for it: Almost 700 positive reviews have given this award-winning app five-star ratings, on average. While it offers the usual activity-tracking features, it also includes a few bells and whistles: Genius allows you to estimate your race times while Cardio Map lets you study your heart rate zones, and charts and graphs break down extra intel, like accurate splits and fastest distances. All this info will keep your mind running and feet racing.
The old adage “Fail to plan, plan to fail” holds no weight with this app. Getting yourself to the gym is half the battle. The other half can be fought with this app that will tell you exactly what to do next. Whether your goal is to slim down or tone up, you can choose from 100-plus exercises and seven-day workout programs (designed for men or women) that you can easily access offline (AKA, it won’t drain your phone’s battery).
Nobody likes a nudge…unless it’s for a good cause, like staying fit and sexy. With this app, you can set little reminders throughout the day to get up and move to hit your daily goals, like steps, distance calories, etc.
LEKI Trek and Ski
Ever wonder how many miles you covered and calories you torched after an amazing day ripping up the slopes? Find out your stats with this app that’s specifically designed for action sports like skiing and hiking.
If you’re thinking, ‘Not another running app,’ don’t be fooled by the misleading name: This tracker is great for all outdoor activities, from running and walking to hiking and biking, as well as indoor activities, like yoga, weight lifting and cardio workouts. Coolest feature: Live Tracking lets your friends and family know exactly where you’re breaking a sweat so they can join you or cheer you on!