The iPhone can become more than just a communication device for everyone’s exercises. This is because its underlying interface can do more than just make a call or listen to music. Thanks to the powerful operating system (OS) and the application (app) store, people can get hold of various programs that extend the functionality and value of their iPhones.
Fitness buffs are no exception. There are many applications that focus on health and exercises, personal training, and specific sports. Apple also has a long history with fitness, beginning with a partnership with sports giant Nike.
The two companies teamed up to create a sports kit for their iPod line, consisting of an application and a sensor that attaches to special shoes from Nike. The sensors track how a person runs and displays relevant information to the users via their iPod screens. On the other hand, the iPhone can still provide fulfilling experiences to fitness enthusiasts without the need for additional equipment:
This app is a combination of several fitness trainers from the PumpOne network and has exercises that will target the entire body. It consists of over 400 workouts and 4,000 videos and images of exercises in an interface that maximizes the iPhone. A good feature is the Workout Builder that allows for the creation of custom sessions by dragging exercises that you want. If you have no time for customization, you can pick the first exercise and the app will suggest what’s the best succeeding workout. Being a complete package, it also offers ways to track and log your progress and gives access to various calculators for BMI and target rates for your heart.
iPump Abs & Core
This is a component of the Fitness Builder reviewed above, but if you simply want to focus on the mid-section, then this is already a comprehensive tool. It provides nine workouts that target your lower back, obliques, and more importantly your abdominals. You can browse over 62 pictures, audio trainers, and video that shows how a particular workout should be done. You can workout using the various timers for better precision. To ensure a continuous progress, information tracking and logging is also built in.
This is a database of exercises that target almost the entire body. The workouts are presented in an interface very similar to finding music in the iPhone. After opening the app, you can simply select an area of the body, and the program will alphabetically list the available exercises that will target your desired area. Exercises are presented with clear steps and a matching image. Just like playlists, you can also make a preferred group of workouts that you can access easily. Tracking is standard, and the list of routines even includes one that does not require any gym hardware.
On the surface, the weight Deluxe may simply appear as a streamlined app that will help you keep track of your weight. It does its intended function quite well: presenting progress in a calendar view, immediate entry of the current weight, and a variety of health tips.
One can easily dismiss the app as something that can be done without, but it does have an important feature that not even straight-up fitness apps have included: a gym finder. This will actually ensure that your steady progress will not be disrupted since it will tell you the nearest gym whenever you are out of town. In fact, weight Deluxe is the only program that has this feature in the entire app store.
This is an application dedicated to tracking all aspects of strength training. Several exercises geared for strength are already built-in, but if you can’t find a specific exercise tracker, then you can simply create one. Each tracker will let you record the number of exercise sets you had performed. Each set can then be further tracked by frequency, weight, and even rest time. Being a powerful tracker also requires graphs, and this app can provide trending information that is equivalent to a month or even a year. If you want to acquire more enhancements other than strength, you can opt to download its big brother FitView.
This is a perfect trainer for those who would like to begin running for fitness. It provides a daily and weekly plan on how to start the routine, provided workouts happen only three times a week, and in less than half an hour. You will also get a vocal coach to help you get motivated, and a log to monitor your progress. It is also flexible enough to be your trainer whenever you are ready to join marathons.
RunKeeper is an app fit for people who prefer endurance sports like running, hiking, and cycling. It is also touted as the Nike tracker for the iPhone. Instead of special sensors, though, it uses the internal GPS to compute the distance traveled. Aside from the distance, it displays the time it took to cover a certain distance, the speed, and the elevation versus speed. Owners also get a personal account on their website that reflects information about your activities.
Yoga gets represented in the iPhone by an app that displays the Vinyasa flow of yoga poses. You can also customize the session length for an hour. Each of the 60 positions has its own audio track that gives the instruction and additional details about the pose you are doing. The tracks can also be turned off especially for familiar sessions. A choice of six relaxing songs can be played, and the positions are presented like those iPod silhouette commercials.
This special tracker helps you in watching how much calories you have consumed after eating a certain kind of food. It achieves this by connecting to their database of over half a million food items (including those foods that are mostly prepared in restaurants). Every food item also has corresponding values for fat, protein, and carbohydrates.
This app can be used in conjunction with the app above. This application contains a list of popular restaurant chains and provides nutritional data on food that is being served. This will allow you to immediately quantify how much you have eaten. Customers can also create a dieting program that involves dining at restaurants, and their establishments can be located using the map function.Pages: