It’s a new year, it’s a new life – at least on paper. Are you prone to making New Year’s resolution each and every year, solemnly swearing that you’ll start going to the gym at least twice a week – only to break the promise you’ve made to yourself about a month later? Well, it’s time to break that despicable cycle, and change your lifestyle for the better! Perseverance and dedication will pay dividends, which you’ll immediately notice when you’ll hit the beach for the first time this coming summer. To ensure that you have the tools necessary for putting together a personalized workout plan and that you can keep yourself motivated and avoid setbacks, we’ve gathered up the best fitness apps you must have on your iPhone to get yourself in top shape!
Sworkit – Custom Workouts for Exercise and Fitness
Sworkit’s concept is based on personalized video workouts, delivering a wide range of workout types with varying lengths from as little as 5 minutes to as much as an hour, guaranteeing that you’ll find the workout that fits your schedule, stamina, and fitness goals. Workout types include strength training, cardio, yoga, and stretching, and you can choose from three workout plans dedicated to making you leaner, fitter, or stronger. If that’s still not enough, you can browse an immense selection of exercises targeting different areas of your body, including upper, lover, legs, abs, and the ever-important core. When you feel like you’ve aced all the free video workouts that Sworkit has to offer, you can upgrade to Pro – starting at $4.99 per month – to unleash even more features and further chisel your physique.
Fitness Buddy: Gym & Home Workout Exercise Trainer
Fitness Buddy, recommended by, for instance, fitness experts at ESPN Magazine, is arguably the best gym companion you can have on your iPhone. Fitness Buddy’s free version pack more than 400 exercises with immensely detailed descriptions, helpful animations, a wide range of categorized workout types such as cardio, core, lower body, chest, shoulders, back, and arms. With Fitness Buddy Premium, which cuts into your budget for an amount starting at $9.99 per month, you’ll have your very own personal trainer right at your fingertips, bringing you a selection of over 2,400 unique exercises, more than 1,000 HD videos, goal-specific, gender-specific, and equipment-specific workout routines, body tracking metrics to monitor your progress, and outstanding customer support.
Fitness Buddy is the top fitness mobile application in the world. Your personal trainer and workout logger. All in the palm of your hand. Now in version 3.0 share workouts seamlessly with your friends with Sonicast. Fitness Buddy is a comprehensive fitness journal available on your mobile device.
Fitbit is the Swiss army knife of iPhone fitness apps, and one of the best iOS-based tools for tracking all-day activity and for getting and staying motivated to live an all-around healthy and active life. Fitbit has a built-in pedometer called MobileTrack, while with the MobileRun feature, you can smarten up your runs, hikes, and walks by tracking your pace, time, and distance. To put the cherry on top, you can control your music via MobileRun, ensuring that you’ll always have the right soundtrack for your runs. You can also record your workouts to keep track of your performance and see how you improve, monitor your heart rate, log and estimate calories using the barcode scanner and a comprehensive food database containing 350,000 items, get nutritional insights with your meal history, measure hydration, set and track a variety of goals (including nutrition, exercise, and weight), and compete with friends and family in Fitbit Challenges.
iMuscle is another app in the health related series of apps from 3D4Medical.com. This one is focused on teaching the world about working out. Using 3D model animations and a pretty thorough planning system, this app makes a great lifting guide. It will take you a little while to get up to speed on all the different sections and functions of the app. There is a handy little tutorial video you can watch on start up before diving in. You can use the quick navigation to quickly find a specific area of the body. Once you are looking at any area up close, little blue pins are shown sticking out of all the different muscles. Tapping on these pins will show you all the different primary and secondary lifts, as well as all the stretches involving that muscle. After selecting a specific move, you can see an animation depicting the proper form for the lift, all the different muscles involved, and some text information, divided into preparation, execution, and random comments regarding the lift. You can also add that lift to a specific workout. There are over 450 lifts and stretches to choose from here.
After creating a user profile, you can create all kinds of workouts. The planner allows you to decide how many sets, reps, and the amount of weight you want to use per lift. You can divide each workout by custom names, such as Lower Body Stretches or Upper Body Lifts, Or Ultra Mega Workout Supreme if you’re feeling creative. You can also reorganize the order you wish to perform each exercise, and use the app to keep track of each set you’ve completed. This is a great way to spend the rest period between lifts. The app even tracks your progress across workouts, showing you what you’ve completed and how you’ve improved, which helps to create some motivation. Most serious weightlifters, myself having been one many years ago, will tell you that keeping track of everything you do is a big part of keeping yourself on schedule.
The amount of information here is invaluable, even if you don’t hit the gym that often. And what’s great is that you can easily switch between this app and whatever angry workout music that you may happen to have on your iPhone. This one will only cost you $4.99.