Top 10 Fitness Gadgets & Apps
OS: iOS, Android
If you’re looking for an extremely detailed calorie counter app for both Android and iOS, it’s hard to beat Absolute Fitness. With an emphasis on nutrition, the application is equipped with a comprehensive database of more than 10,000 foods, letting users track their intake more precisely.
Also included are more than 180 varieties of physical activity, so users can log how many calories they’re sweating away. Absolute Fitness also lets you set personal goals for weight loss based on your levels of activity and diet.
Price: $4.99; www.aquaeagle.com
This free Android-only app allows users to record workouts and map the characteristics of commonly used routes. The app accomplishes this by using GPS and accelerometer technology already built into most Android handsets. Other add-ons and tools include a free Calorific calorie counter and a Move Your Bot activity game. The Pro Version ($9.99) buys into all current and future upgrade modules. For example, Weight Loss Trainer ($2.99) creates weight loss plans without requiring you to count calories, and Race Against Yourself ($2.99) challenges users to beat their own recorded workout times.
Price: Free, $9.99 for Pro version
Many dream of possessing a rock-hard bod, and nothing gets you closer to that goal than lifting weights. But weight training can be an intimidating endeavor. Enter FitnessBuilder. This iOS app features more than 264 exercises, plus corresponding videos for both men and women. You can also combine these exercises into a custom workout tailored to your needs.
In addition, FitnessBuilder will help track, record, and analyze your workouts, whether it’s strength or cardio training. The app also monitors your progress to keep you motivated.
OS: Android, BlackBerry, iOS
iMapMyRun is a free app that uses GPS to track and log your runs and walks. Once workouts are recorded, you can view your distance traveled, pace, and calories burned. The app also lets you enter workout sessions manually, perfect for when you decide to hit the treadmill instead of the park. Best of all, iMapMyRun is available on the top three platforms.
Navy Seal Fitness
If ordinary workout tactics aren’t enough, maybe using real military training techniques will get you off the couch. The Navy SEAL Physical Fitness Guide is more of a reference than a detailed workout app. Still, creator Double Dog Studios claims to have distilled the official US Navy SEAL training manual into this software package.
Within this app’s virtual pages are the authentic fitness tips and instructions used by one of America’s elite Special Forces. Topics range from basic workouts and strength training to swimming and exercise philosophy. There’s also information on lactic acid and the ATP-CP system for grueling anaerobic exercises.