Best Fitness Apps of 2016: Getting Fit With Your SmartPhone!
It’s a New Year, and if your Resolutions include getting into shape, you might appreciate some help!
Health and fitness apps have become incredibly popular over the last few years. Millions of people use them in their everyday lives and even take them to the gym.
There are currently over 8,000 of them available right now, which might make it difficult to discover the best fitness apps if not for a recent report put out by an app analytics tool called Applause.
Applause crawls through the millions of reviews on the Apple and Google Play app stores to measure app quality and user satisfaction. So if you want to find out about the best fitness apps, the Applause report is a real help.
Health and fitness are a broad spectrum, so after we eliminate the apps designed for women’s health, medical issues, pregnancy, stress relief, etc, we’re left with some interesting choices for people who just want to get fit. Let’s start with some of the highest rated, and work our way down the list.
Best Fitness Apps 2016
StrongLifts is at the top of the list with a score of 86/100. Pretty impressive considering the average app scores 66/100. IPhone compatible, this app promises you’ll “get stronger, build muscle and burn fat fast.” The big draw is that this can all be accomplished by training no more than 3 times a week.
You are guided through your strength training workout without any guesswork, simply following its instructions. Unquestionably one of the best fitness apps around, it has over 7,000 5 star reviews. It’s also free!
Sworkit Lite by Nexercise
This free fitness app comes in at #2 in the Applause rankings with a score of 84.5/100. It’s described as a “personal trainer” and is suitable for people who are into daily circuit training, strength and cardio workouts, yoga, Pilates and stretching. The app provides you with video routines, for which you set the time, and the program fits itself into your schedule.
This one comes in at #3 with an overall score of 80/100. Popular with people who love to run, cycle, walk, hike, ski and more, this app tracks and analyzes your performance to help you improve your fitness level. It’s packed with so many features too numerous to list here – highly impressive!
MapMyRun, MapMyWalk, MapMyRide, MapMyFitness
These are all highly rated, so you can’t really go wrong with any of them. MapMyRun is one of my personal favorites. Suitable for iPhones, Androids or Blackberry, these apps tie in with the built-in GPS on your mobile device. They track all the details of your workout such as speed, distance, route traveled and calories burned.
This is the Couch to 5K program, well worth mentioning because people are raving about it! #4 in the Applause rankings, with a score of 79.5/100, this is an Android app that claims to have millions of success stories! In a nutshell, it trains you to become a runner, starting out gently and then pushing you to go farther and faster as the weeks go by.
The C25K app is partnered and integrated with MyFitnessPal, so let’s take a look at that one next…
This free fitness app helps you keep track of what you’re eating. It claims to have the largest food database of any Android calorie counter – over 5 million foods! How it works is that you enter some information about yourself, then the app creates a diet and exercise program to suit you, then you simply “watch the pounds come off!” It’s a popular one, highly rated, and seems to work well for most people.
Looking for a Free Fitness App?
There’re plenty of choices if you want a free fitness app. Here are three of them that have excellent reviews:
StrongLifts and Sworkit Lite are free, and as already mentioned, both have phenomenal reviews.
The 7 Minute Workout – Get Fit provides aerobic and resistance workouts. It offers 12 high-intensity bodyweight exercises at 30 seconds per exercise with 10 seconds of rest between exercises. It’s apparently the #1 fitness app in 127 countries around the world!
Fitocracy describes itself as a “Workout Exercise Log and personal fitness coach for weight loss.” Users like the fact that it’s easy to track your workouts with this free fitness app. It also helps you stay motivated by communicating with other users in the “Fitocracy Community.”
Fitness apps to avoid
It’s surprising to discover that a few of the better-known apps aren’t quite up to par. These three apps have scores of less than 50/100
- FitBit with a score of 49.5/100. Many users complain that the FitBit won’t sync to their phones.
- Weight Watchers Mobile with a score of 47/100. Many complaints about this one – it seems to have a lot of technical issues right now.
- Google Fit with only 37/100. Users aren’t at all happy with this app – apparently it’s inaccurate and has too many glitches.
With such a huge range of fitness apps to choose from, there’s no excuse for being out of shape. So why not get the motivation and the training you need with the fitness app of your choice!