My favorite fitness apps

The day I got my smartphone was the day my workouts completely changed. Originally I had an android, but after an unsatisfying two years, I finally upgraded to an iPhone and I couldn’t be happier.

Below is a list of the apps I use, with the reasons why I love them. There are so many options out there and choosing the app that works best for you is important.

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Nike +

There are a number of running apps out there, but after trying out a bunch, I settled on Nike+. Why? For one reason: I am extremely competitive. Nike+ has this awesome feature where it ranks all of your friends on a scoreboard on the opening screen of the app to let you know who has been running the most miles that month, and personally, I like to be at the top of that list. Sometimes, I will plan my run distances based on how many miles I need to bump myself up to first place.

Another reason I like this app is because it integrates with SmashRun, the online tracking site I use to record my runs.

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Zombies, Run!

I am usually all about the free apps, but sometimes an app is worth the money, and this app is one of those. This is an audio story about the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse played out as you run. Each mission is about 30 minutes long (but can be lengthened to an hour), interspersing your music with the story. I’d tell you more, but I don’t want to spoil what happens!

You also collect items as you run, which you can then use to build your own base on your phone or online. The longer your run, the more items you pick up and the more you can build. And, if you need that extra boost, you can turn on Zombie hoards which chase you at random times during your run. Personally, I find them exceptionally difficult to outrun, which probably means I need to run even more.

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IntervalTimer

I love this app because it is so simple. It doesn’t have anything more than you need. You can save multiple interval workouts, set the times and number of sets, and even pick the specific sounds you want to signal your change of pace. No more, no less. Great for internal workouts and tempo runs!

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Fitocracy

This is actually a new app for me. I joined up back when the website was first in beta testing, forgot about it for a couple years, and then rediscovered it recently only to find that it was significantly improved and actually quite awesome. They have a great community and the app is super easy to use. Complete quests, acquire experience points for various exercises, and level up to become your most awesome self.

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