Nike Training Club
This app contains a whole host of content to help you get in shape. Okay, it’s mostly geared towards women, but exercise is exercise. Nike Training Club is basically your personal trainer for none of the cost associated with gym memberships, with more than 85 custom built workouts including incentives to unlock extra workouts from celebrities. It comes with detailed instructions and audio support, the ability to set your albums to each workout, full-body workouts for 30 or 45 minutes, targeted and professional athlete workouts for 15 minutes, fully tracked details, histories and progress, 130 multi-dimensional, multi-directional drills focussed on strength, cardio, interval and core training plus a sleek interface and simple functionality to make it all happen. This is one big app for free.
Nike knows how to make fitness apps. This one has been around for quite some time and is still highly rated. First of all, you can control your music from the display. Phew, so that’s sorted! But more importantly you can also see the GPS easily during a run without the risk of losing any rhythm. Now, what Nike+ GPS allows you to do is map your runs, track your progress and even get some motivation to keep you going in the form of cheers every time a friend likes or comments on your run status. You can even engage in a game of Nike+Tag but these are all side shows to the meat and potatoes. The app records your pace, distance and run route using your iPhone or iPod’s GPS and the accelerometer technology and it integrates well with social interactivity by sending info to Nikeplus.com where you join challenges and set goals to keep you hungry for more.
The great thing about MyFitnessPal is you don’t need to jump from screen to screen every time you need to log a food item you’ve consumed, unlike some other apps. It’s a small optimization, but it goes a long way to making this app highly functional and keeping you on the screen you need to see, or returning to it automatically. MyFitnessPal is a calorie counter and exercise tracker. It doesn’t act as a weight loss program but it does offer the largest food database of any calorie counter (over 1.1 million foods) and a free barcode scanner to find the foods you’ve eaten, no matter how obscure, so that you can determine how many calories you are consuming versus how many you are burning. This basically works as an all in one calorie-counter and exercise tracker; the interface is simpler and more efficient than most other apps and logging all the information isn’t like one big data entry project. Of course, if you just want to watch what you eat without all the rigorous exercise, then you can always go for the Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal app.