5 iPhone Apps for Fitness Nuts

July 29, 2010 · 9 comments

This is a guest post by Louise Baker.

With the recent release of the iPhone 4 software, fitness nuts have even more reasons to keep their phones with them while pumping iron or hitting the trail. Now that iPhones can multitask, health gurus can simultaneously track calories, as they count their daily steps and plan their next cycling route.

Here’s a list of 5 must-have iPhone apps for fitness lovers.

1. iFitness

Considered the #1 fitness app for the iPhone, iFitness is packed with the information exercise enthusiasts need when working out. It comes with full color photos and step-by-step instructions for hundreds of different exercises, and it allows users to follow its preset fitness routines or create their own. After completing an exercise, users can input the amount of weight lifted and reps completed, so the app can track the user’s progress over time.

2. Tap & Track-Calorie, Weight, and Exercise Tracker

Health conscious people are always watching what they eat, and counting calories has never been easier with the help of Tap & Track. This app has logged the menus of over 700 popular restaurants and has nutritional information on more than 250,000 different food items. Whether eating out or cooking at home, tracking calories, fat, protein, and carbs are only a few taps away. The app even works offline, if the iPhone were to lose service, which has happened from time to time.

3. All-in Pedometer

To a fitness nut, a walk in the mall or a day on the job simply means another opportunity to burn calories and stay fit. The All-in Pedometer app works while you work: counting steps, tracking distance, and calculating calories burned. Its smart technology recognizes when the user is running, jogging, or walking and records the most accurate step-count when compared to similar apps. An added bonus allows users to listen to and edit iPod playlists, right from the app.

4. iMapMyRide

Cycling and mountain bike lovers will go gaga when they see what iMapMyRide can do. This must-have app gives riders instant access to important stats throughout their ride. Bikers get trip times, current and average speeds, distance, and elevation changes, all while they can track their route in real-time on an interactive map. iMapMyRide also automatically records the results of previous trips, and can upload personal records and trip information to an online training log on the MapMyRide website.

5. Couch to 5k

Novice athletes have to start somewhere. Often, people get burnt out too quickly when beginning a fitness routine because they do not know how to pace themselves. The Couch to 5k app is designed for individuals who are serious about getting in shape by preparing them to run 5km without having to stop or walk. Using carefully planned 30 minute workouts over the course of 9 weeks, Couch to 5k prepares amateur athletes to run like an all-star.

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Jon Luciano July 29, 2010 at 9:48 am

You gotta add LoseIt! to this list. While its not strictly a fitness app, it is a weight loss app that has an amazing user base and has help many people change their lives.

Steve v4.9 July 30, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Any recommendations for Droid apps? I’ve used Cardio Trainer and Calorie Counter but would like to know what else is out there.

John's Weight Loss Blog July 30, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I’ve got a G1 so would be interested in some answers as well. I have downloaded C25K for Android but alas have not used it yet.

Clint @ Crude Fitness August 5, 2010 at 7:59 pm

iFitness is a MUST have iPhone app - I use it every single workout as a logging tool.
Top stuff.

Charlie Hills August 17, 2010 at 8:46 am

I need to start looking around for android equivalents, especially for food tracking: just jot it down right when it happens!

Charlie Hills August 17, 2010 at 9:25 am

John! I just realized this post is from July 29. Come back to the fridge today and hop on the train!

Susan August 19, 2010 at 8:26 am

I have the Couch 2 5K app and I love it! I am kind of picky when it comes to iPhone apps though, but this one was definitely worth it.

Luke R. August 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm

I’m with Jon Luciano. LoseIt! is a free, and very well made iPhone application for anybody who’s serious about their diet; whether it be losing, or gaining, weight.

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