Work It Out With Your Smartphone
In a recent article from Men’s Health, two of the best things in my world finally come together–social apps and the gym. If you’re a social media junkie like me, you take your iPhone / Android everywhere with you and you check-in on Facebook or Foursquare everywhere you go. Gyms are now taking it to the next level by combining social media and fitness. At the recent San Diego IDEA World Fitness Convention, fitness trainer Alexandra Williams introduced a new class that required participants to fiddle with their smartphone during an actual workout. For instance, one stage of the workout requires you to bounce on a stability ball in the plank position while pinning motivational quotes to a board on Pinterest. How awesome is that? Could you do it?
While using Pinterest at the same time as balancing on an exercise ball are far from becoming mainstream like spinning, yoga, and other aerobic classes, there are a multitude of apps available right from your smartphone to enhance both your mind and workout performance.
Compliment your workout by downloading these top free and paid apps for your iPhone to elevate your next workout all with a touch of a button. As always, consider gym etiquette, safety rules, and knowing your limits before using these tools and working out.
Fitness Buddy: With over 1,700 unique exercises and over 1,000 HD videos at your disposal, Fitness Buddy will revolutionize your training regiment. With this app you will find the workout tracking progress simple and easy in order so sustain your motivation and enforce your commitment to your fitness goals. ($1.99 for iOS, and free and $0.99 versions available for Android)
Nike+ Running: The most popular running app on iTunes helps map your runs, track your progress and get the motivation you need to reach your goals. No sensor or additional products needed. Your phone’s GPS and accelerometer accurately record your distance, pace, and time. In-run audio feedback lets you know your metrics at every mile so you can stay focused on your run. (Free for iOS and Android)
RunKeeper: Track your runs, walks, rides, hikes, ski runs, and more using the GPS in your phone. Track your fitness activities and have fun doing it including detailed stats around your pace, distance, and time. Get stats, progress, and coaching through your headphones with built-in audio cues. In addition, measure your heart rate with many available sensors and be able to take pictures along the way to share and save while you go. (Free for iOS and Android)
All-in YOGA: Loaded with over 300 poses, each featuring photo, video, and audio guides. 3D muscle models available for every pose include Retina iPhone 4 graphics. Get over 30 breathing exercise for each level and dozens of pre-designed programs from beginners to gurus. Create your own programs with convenient workout modes. ($0.99 on iOS, free and $o.99 versions on Android)
Do you have a favorite app you like to use with your workout? Share yours by leaving a comment below.
Jason Yu is Partner and Director of Marketing for The Hardwicke Group in Richmond, VA. His company specializes in new media, PR and influence with an emphasis on digital marketing strategy and reputation management. Jason enjoys keeping active by biking, running and working out on a daily basis. Jason has ran in over twenty running races including the Marine Corps Marathon, Tough Mudder, Richmond Marathon, and Xterra races. Interesting facts about Jason is that he is a music fanatic, in search fro the best macaroni and cheese, and aspiring “mixologist.”
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