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3 Best iPhone Fitness/Workout Apps

Updated on June 21, 2012
These apps will save you the trouble of hauling this around.
These apps will save you the trouble of hauling this around. | Source

Every day I see people lugging binders around the gym recording their sets, reps, weight, and so on. Some of these people have a separate notebook to keep track of their nutrition intake. Wouldn't it be great if you could still record all of this important information but forget about the binders, notebooks, and pens? With these smartphone apps you can have all of this in the palm of your hand.

The calender tool which allows you to schedule a workout and see your volume. (In case you were wondering, pink is not the default color, I just made mine that way!)
The calender tool which allows you to schedule a workout and see your volume. (In case you were wondering, pink is not the default color, I just made mine that way!)
An example of a 1RM graph.
An example of a 1RM graph.

Best Workout Log: Gym Buddy

App Name: Gym Buddy

Developer: Anywise Enterprise, LLC

Cost: $2.99

Features: This app allows you to create workout plans from given exercises (or custom ones that you have added) and assign them to a certain day. You can then record your sets, reps, weight, and any additional notes for each exercise. It will also show you your one rep max and record one rep max for each set you perform. The app also has the ability to track your weight, BMI, body mass, etc., and has an interval timer. One of the best features, in my opinion, is the ability to back up your data onto your email or computer so that if something should happen to your phone all of your workouts will not be lost.

Best Calorie Counter: My Fitness Pal

App Name: MyFitnessPal

Developer: MyFitnessPal.com

Cost: Free

Features: Not only does this app let you track calories, but it also keeps track of many other nutritional facts including protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Your goal nutritional values are calculated based on your current weight and your weight loss (or gain) goals. There are several options to add food. You can do a quick add, where all you input is the calories, search the database for a particular food, scan a barcode using your phone's camera, or create your own meals/recipes by adding each ingredient individually. MFP can also graph your weight, neck, waist, and hips measurements. The app allows you to input your exercises as well however I don't find it very useful for weight training. I use this app in conjunction with Gym Buddy: GB tracks my lifting and MFP tracks my nutrition and cardio. MFP also lets you find friends and post statuses so that you can help motivate each other.

Best Running App: Map My Run

App Name: MapMyRUN

Developer: MapMyFitness

Cost: Free (MapMyRUN+ is $2.99)

Features: This GPS running app is best used for running outdoors. It tells you your pace, distance, time, calories burned, and more. The app is easy to use and offers a variety of different activities including running, walking, hiking, and biking. You can also sync it with your Facebook and twitter to share your workouts. It does have a nutrition feature but I prefer to use MFP because it is more complete. One negative is that it can kill your battery rather quickly, especially if you are listening to music as well.

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So there you have it, the three best fitness apps I have found so far. I use all of these on a regular basis and can definitely say they have helped me towards my fitness goals.

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Great info here! When I get my smart phone, I will come back for this.