Without sounding like I’m plugging anyone’s products here, I just wanted to mention a few different fitness apps I used on my Android phone. I used to haul my laptop upstairs to my workout room and log my reps and weights used for my strength training routine into a Google spreadsheet. While this worked rather well it had me hauling the laptop up and down the stairs, and sometimes other folks in family were using the computer so it wasn’t all that convenient at times. I did a little research at the Play Store (Google’s equivalent to Apple’s app store), and found an easy to use tool called Redy Gym Log. The Redy Gym Log came pre-loaded with most of the popular strength training exercises, and you can add your own very easily. I then created my 4 day split routine, and we were off to the races. So now I just grab my phone and go upstairs do my workout and record it.
If you read an earlier post you know I like to walk, and since I take my phone with me it made sense to see if they had a pedometer application that would give me a pretty good idea of how far and fast I was walking. I found the Runtastic Pedometer Pro (a couple of dollars to upgrade), and it has been great. So now I’m tracking my strength training with Redy Gym Log and my walking with Runtastic Pedometer Pro. Well since I also try to exercise first thing in the morning and had incorporated some squats into the routine, I noticed that Runtastic had an app for that too. I downloaded Runtastic Squats, upgraded it (again another couple of dollars), and now I use Squats Pro and do squats 3 days a week in the morning. There are other great fitness apps you can get for your Android or Apple phones, but these are 3 that I use every week and have been very pleased with.
I guess the revelation if there is one here is that you don’t need to haul around a laptop, notebook, or tablet PC; just grab your phone and get moving. These apps provide a history of your workouts, making it easy for you to set new goals, and in the case of the Runtastic Squat Pro it actually creates the next workout for you and generates reminders. All good stuff, but I’m not typing in the post from my phone, I just don’t have the patience for that yet. So don’t pitch your laptop/notebook just yet.
The links for Runtastic and Redy Gym are as follows:
I would love to know what fitness apps you are using on your phone?