Whether you're looking for motivation to stick with your workout plan, insight into how effectively you're training or guidance for what to do, here are six apps to help you reach your fitness goals.
In his book The Four Hour Chef, Tim Ferriss suggests holding money in escrow and if you fail to meet a goal, donating it to a pre-selected “anti-charity.” Gympact works off of a similar premise. Sign up and tell the app how often you plan on working out each week. Then, pick a penalty if you miss a workout (minimum $5). Not only do you avoid paying the penalty every time you work out, the money collected from those who missed their workouts is put into a pool and divided amongst those who stick to their goals.
Hatha Yoga, $10
Practice yoga anywhere in the world via this app that boasts instruction from world renowned Sivananda yogi, Prahlada. You can also customize your own sequence.
Backed by Twitter founders, this app aims to help you develop a positive habit (i.e. exercising more) and then lets you check in once you've done it. Everytime you add goals that others are trying to achieve as well, you will see everyone who checks in when they've done it. The app also has an equivalent of a Facebook 'like' via "props" and you’ll get a personal report that tells you how you’re doing.
My Fitness Pal
My Fitness Pal, Free
Track your calories in and out with this app that lets you easily add things you eat to a food diary (they have over 2 million food items including homemade and restaurant items stored) and workouts you complete. You’ll get nutrition facts and estimates of calories burned for a clear picture of how many calories you’re actually consuming/burning.
Nike Training Club
Nike Training Club, Free
Work out anytime, anywhere with this app that boasts nearly 100 custom-built workouts with detailed instructions and audio commentary. It also allows you to track all your workouts so you can see how you're progressing.
Nike+ Running, Free
This app lets you map your runs, track your progress and gives you positive feedback from some of Nike's top athletes. Using GPS, it tracks distance, pace, time and calories burned.