Best Fitness Apps

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Make way for Anne P’s Peanut Butter Bars!


The Husband has been searching high and low for a gluten-free, diary-free, non-disgusting bar that is relatively low in sugar and higher in protein.  He just can’t seem to find one he really likes, except certain KIND bars, which tend to be very pricey.  I suggested we try making our own; Anne’s recipe is the best and easiest that I’ve ever tried (I like it so much I asked her to contribute it to the Healthy Tipping Point book; it’s one of the sole guest recipes!).


We tweaked Anne’s amazing bar recipe to include lots of protein powder – the bars haven’t fully set yet but so far – so good!  You can’t really taste the powder powder in the mix.


We made a huge batch – over 36 bars.


Lunch was takeout Thai.  Dad brought it over when he heard that I wasn’t feeling too hot.  What a guy!


Best Fitness Apps


My favorite fitness app is, of course, GymPact, which I waxed poetic about this post –> I Heart GymPact.  Basically, GymPact is an incentive-based program to motivate you to go to the gym.  Each week, you pledge to hit the gym a certain number of days a week (one to seven) and you ‘stake’ a cash amount (starting at $5 for every workout you miss).   If you meet your goal, you get paid via PayPal by the other GymPacters who didn’t meet their goal.  I still use GymPact to motivate me to get to the pool! (Side note: GymPact is still working on the Android version.)


As far as other fitness apps, I don’t really have much to recommend!  So I thought I’d ask HTP Facebook friends for their suggestions.  Here are some of the most-recommendation fitness apps (all descriptions are from the linked sites):


iMapMy (for iPhone and for Android)::  “iMapMy is a fitness tracking application that enables you to use the built-in GPS of your mobile device to track all of your fitness activities. Record your workout details, including duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, calories burned, and route traveled on an interactive map. You can even effortlessly save and upload your workout data to any of the MapMyFITNESS websites where you can view your route workout data, and comprehensive workout history.”  Beki said the app is really easy to use and it’s encouraging for her to see her statistics.  “It automatically syncs with your account on their website to store all your data,” she adds. “This way, friends and your public network can see your progress.”


Couch to 5K (for iPhone and for Android): “This software accompanies the Couch to 5K aka C25K running plan from Cool Running.  It times your workout and lets you know through audio clips when it’s time to switch your pace (from walking to running, or from running to cool-down for example) while listening to your own music or podcasts.” Debra says this app “changed her life.  I never imagined I could run.  If I can do it, anyone can.”


Endomondo (for iPhone and Android):  “Use your mobile as a free personal trainer and fitness partner! Using the built-in GPS, Endomondo Sports Tracker tracks your fitness – running, cycling, walking and any other distance based sport. On top, you get audio feedback on your performance during your workout and your friends can follow you live and send you peptalks in real-time.”  Sarah says this app is ideal for multi-sport athletes and likes the social aspect of it, too. 


GymBoss (for iPhone and Android):  The Gymboss Interval Timer is a programmable interval timer perfect for cardio workouts and HIIT training.  Erica commented, “I’m just getting into GymBoss and I love it so far.  I set up a timer specifically for planks.”


MyFitnessPal (for iPhone and Android):  “Reach your weight loss goals with MyFitnessPal, the best calorie counter on the iPhone. Set a daily calorie goal, then record your daily food and exercise to make sure you stay on track.”  Amanda said, “I use MyFitnessPal, which is a calorie counting app. I love it because I can scan barcodes on any food, it’s free, and the computer version syncs with the mobile app.  It also includes a full community message board area.”


RipDeck (for iPhone): “RipDeck is a workout generator modeled on a deck of cards. Each suit is a different exercise and the number of repetitions is based on rank. The cards are shuffled and displayed one at a time. The workout ends after the last card has been completed.”  Meagan says it’s great for at-home workouts when you can’t make it to the gym.


DailyBurn (for iPhone):  “Do workouts wherever you are. Keep track of your challenges and progress on the go. You don’t need to be around a television and DVD player.”  Debi uses this for strength training workouts, including a wide variety of workouts with video demonstrations that you can do at home.


100 Push-Up Challenge (for iPhone and Android):  This app follows the 100 Push-Up Challenge program and “offers the ability to change reps at the end of each day, adjusts the program to suit your level after exhaustion tests, and Twitter integration.”  Gillian says this workout is hard but it’s really challenging and fun.


Nike Training Club (for iPhone):  “Nike Training Club gives you your own personal trainer, anytime, anywhere. Get lean, toned and strong with more than 85 custom-built workouts. Unlock exclusive extra workouts from celebrities like Lea Michele, professional athletes like Shawn Johnson, and Rihanna’s personal trainer, Ary Nuñez.”  Lots of people loved this app!  Sarah says, “This is my top fitness app, period.  Not only are the workouts super hard (especially in advanced mode!) but if you’re not sure how to do the move, there’s a video you can watch that breaks it down. You can sync it with your workout playlist and it encourages you along the way. Not only that… the workouts are endless and the more you use the app, the more workouts you can unlock.  There are so many choices and it never gets old.


You can see all the app recommendations and feedback here.


Do you use any of these fitness apps?  Did I forget to include one of your favorites?



  • Kath May 25, 2012, 4:01 pm

    I use the mobile version of the daily mile on my iphone! Its not an app but after imapmyrun, I immediately log my workout on daily mile. Having it saved as a shortcut on my phone = no excuses!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 25, 2012, 4:03 pm

    I have a lot of these iPhone ones but am ashamed to say I rarely use them! You’ve inspired me though… once my ankle is recovered (I’m going to see a physio on Monday because I’m not sure exactly what’s wrong – it just hurts!) I’ll be using more of these workout ones. I’ve got the Gymboss app so I’m going to plan some tough intervals!

  • Sean May 25, 2012, 4:28 pm

    Can’t believe nobody mentioned Strava even in the FB comments. 🙂

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See May 25, 2012, 4:34 pm

    I love iMapMy for figuring out new routes as well!

  • Renee C. May 25, 2012, 4:36 pm

    Hey Caitlin! Just wanted to share, as and FYI, that I found a new Gluten-free bar that is really low in sugar (6 grams) And SUPER yummy! It is made by Steve’s Originals and is called “Paleo Krunch” – it is a paleo bar that is also GF. You can buy them from this website:
    or amazon:)

  • Gen May 25, 2012, 4:39 pm

    Lots of great app ideas…I’m definitely going to check them out!!!!

    Hope you’re feeling better!

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) May 25, 2012, 4:43 pm

    I’m mad that the Nike training app is only for iPhone… I have an iPad but that won’t cut it.

    MyFitnessPal is my favorite… in addition to scanning bar codes, you can search for stuff if you don’t eat a lot of processed food, and you can enter custom workouts, too. If anyone else is on here, my user ID is Nobel4Lit.

    I also did the 100 push-ps program (review is on my blog)… it is definitely fun!

  • Lauren May 25, 2012, 5:05 pm

    I use sportstracker religiously. It works almost as good as a garmin. My husband uses Strava and really enjoys that for his biking. I also used endomondo, myfitnesspal and imapmy and liked them. But sportstracker is my all time fave for running. I recently got a motoactiv and still use sportstracker as well.

  • Annette@FitnessPerks May 25, 2012, 5:15 pm

    I don’t really use fitness apps, but this looks like a nice round up of ’em!

    And way to go on the bars! I LOVE having my own protein bars & balls on hand to grab for after a workout. Must check out the recipe (but sub AB for PB).

  • BroccoliHut May 25, 2012, 5:49 pm

    I use Electric Miles, the accompanying app for DailyMile. I like how I get feedback from fellow exercisers whenever I post a workout!

  • Sana May 25, 2012, 6:03 pm

    Pandora! I need music for my workouts!!!

  • Liz May 25, 2012, 7:07 pm

    Myfitnesspal is fabulous! I love that you can scan bar codes in.

    The only wacky part is if you add your exercise in during the day it automatically shows that you have that many calories available. When your trying to lose weight, you don’t want to eat the exercise calories. If you were trying to maintain your weight, it would be perfect. So now I just add my exercise before I go to bed at night when I know I’m done eating.

  • Kirby May 25, 2012, 7:10 pm

    re: high protein, low sugar, GF, DF protein bars, Mama Pea’s Pumpkin Protein Bars are the best! You should try them out, think Mama has other variations of these bars too.

  • Brigid May 25, 2012, 7:24 pm

    I used iMapMy in conjunction with C25K to train for my second 5K. They were both great, and I woll continue to use iMapMy when I run. It’s easy to use and tells you exactly how far you’ve gone, which is helpful for me on my neighborhood, as well as your pace.

  • Jenna May 25, 2012, 7:40 pm

    Love “lose it” for iphone.

    Would love to hear how the protein bars work out… only like the apricot almond kind bars…..

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats May 25, 2012, 8:29 pm

    I actually used gympact for a couple months and had a lot of issues with it as well as contacting their customer service. I like the idea, but it was way more trouble for me than I needed.

  • Rebecca B. May 25, 2012, 8:47 pm

    I’ve never used it, but I read about the Zombies, Run! app, and it sounds like a fun way to motivate your running.

  • Anne P May 25, 2012, 9:38 pm

    <3 thanks for the love. 🙂 Enjoy the bars! Matt requested I make those again sometime soon, too! It's been too long…

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 26, 2012, 12:01 pm

    I’ve made those bars before and I loved them! I’ve tried out a bunch of other granola bar recipes since then, but I think Anne’s are still my favourite!

  • Molly @ RDexposed May 26, 2012, 12:49 pm

    My patients love MyFitnessPal!
    I myself love the Nike GPS app!

  • Carla Runs The World May 28, 2012, 1:16 am

    Super late for commenting (yay for going to country #27!), but I’ve been having good luck with Gain Fitness app. It’s great for people who want weight training help, almost like having a personal trainer around (whether it’s free weights or machines). I love it! I wrote a review about it if you’re inclined to check it out (I should note that my little blog really is little, so I review things I use, companies never actually contact me for stuff — so it’s all 100% my opinion, bc I wanted to share). I don’t think they have an android app though, only iPhone, but I like how they even have options such as “on the go” for when you’re in a hotel room with no machines.

  • Finding a skinnier me May 29, 2012, 5:18 pm

    I just discovered RunKeeper for Android (don’t know if it is on Iphone) and I really love this app. It tracks you via GPS while you work out and gives you handy stats once you are done!

  • Wiley Wimberly May 31, 2012, 8:57 pm

    Hi. Thanks for the RipDeck mention. I’m the developer and it is always great to hear that people are enjoying it.

  • Lydia June 1, 2012, 4:04 pm

    I just did a post of my 10 favorite Android apps. Some are repeats of yours, here, but some are new!

    As a devoted Android user, I sometimes get really frustrated that most apps are designed for iOS, but I think there are really some great ones available!

  • Brad king June 1, 2012, 7:03 pm

    None are easier also scans bar codes. Love this app

  • Lisa July 26, 2012, 1:55 pm

    The Nike Training app is AMAZING. I LOVE it. I use it at home or at the gym and their workouts are hard and awesome!

  • michael July 28, 2012, 5:59 pm

    i’m confused as to why there is pictures of food at the top of this post, haha. nevertheless, i must second the recommendation for myfitnesspal and the niketrainingclub.

    fitnesspal is awesome and makes it so easy to track your calories. i can’t believe its free.

    i also like ifitness a lot, good for showing different exercises and for tracking workouts as well.

  • Kelli August 13, 2012, 7:21 pm

    Have you seen the ChallengeLoop app? You can do fitness challenges with yourself and your friends and track your progress by posting photos & videos. It’s a free iPhone app and website.

  • esafa June 3, 2013, 6:49 am

    You Miss one App “ProFitness Trainer” from It is now the most recommended app for gyms. Through this app, personal trainer or coaches can prepare training systems and send it to their trainees via email. Please check it out.

  • mith August 28, 2013, 5:18 am

    I use iCountTimer for my intervals – elegant, simple and easy! It counts as well.

  • Joan Price November 8, 2013, 12:18 pm

    Thanks for the share! Another app you might want to add to your list is from FitClick,com. It’s got a calorie counter, personalized diet plan, personalized workout routines, nutrient tracker, and exercise instructional videos. This thing has honestly become my little personal trainer!

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