The best fitness apps to help you get in shape before summer!

May 7, 2012

Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to get in shape for the holidays! If you have a busy schedule and you prefer working out on your own, why not turn your smartphone into your personal trainer? We have picked here the best fitness apps to help you achieve your goals!

One of the most popular running applications is our partner, RunKeeper. This multi-platform app (iOS and Android) is designed to help runners track how far they went, how long and in what pace they were running and it can even show them the path traveled on Google maps. What makes it different is that it has a very passionate community of active users who share their results on the RunKeeper website and motivate each other with group challenges. Beyond running, RunKeeper can also track 12 other activities, such as cycling, swimming, skiing, etc. Another great RunKeeper feature is that it can be synced to your Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale and blood pressure monitor so that you can access your weight and BP measurements from your RunKeeper dashboard!

With RunKeeper you can track for how long and in what pace you were running and also see the path you traveled on the map

Another Withings partner that you can connect to your Wi-Fi Body Scale is Endomondo. Endomondo is one of the world’s leading online sports communities; it can track running, cycling, walking or any other distance-based sport and offers you audio feedback on your performance during your workout. To make the experience more personalized, Endomondo allows your friends to follow your effort live and send you pep talks in real-time! The Endomondo app is available on most smartphone platforms (iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry, Symbian, etc.)

Endomondo allows your friends to follow your effort and motivate you in real-time

If you need a fun, gamified app to keep you motivated, SpecTrek for Android is the best solution for you! With this Android app you can not only get in shape but also hunt virtual ghosts! Using your smartphone’s GPS and camera, SpecTrek offers you an augmenting reality training experience enriched with statistics, awards, titles and records!

Choose SpecTrek if you are looking for an augmented reality training experience

If you are just not a running person, yoga can be a great way to get ready for your summer holidays! Daily Yoga is a popular iOS app that can become your own personal instructor and help you squeeze exercise into your tight schedule! You can select from 20, 40 or 60-minute routines and two workout levels. After choosing the workout of your choice, you just have to set your iPhone down and follow the audio instructions!

Daily Yoga allows you to select the length of your workout so that you can exercise every day, even if you have a busy schedule

Working out
Would you prefer a classic work out at the gym, with exercises that can help you strengthen your muscles or lose weight? GymGoal Plus is an iOS app that not only provides you with an extensive exercise database, but can also track your progress and keep a record of your workout history by muscle and then show you which muscles you have been neglecting. You can also create your own personal routine and fully customize your work out according to your needs and goals!

GymGoal Plus keeps a record of your workout history by muscle and shows you which muscles you have been neglecting

So what do you think? Have you already used any of these apps? And if not, which one would you choose to use to get (back) in shape before summer?


Susie Felber

Susie is a writer and producer who has worked in nearly every medium. As the daughter of a hard-working M.D., she's had a lifelong interest in health and is proud that she continues to lower her 5k time as she ages.
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