Top Fitness Apps

ActiveToronto frequently ranks the top health and fitness apps for your iphone, android and other electronic devices. Check them out and find out how they can help you along your path to better health.

1) Six Pack Abs

Six Pack Abs includes nearly 20 core-strengthening exercises, performed by lifelike avatars in HD videos to ensure proper form and prevent injury. Select music playlists that match workout intensity and train with your mind and body in sync. Choose “Connect to MyFitnessPal” and your workouts are automatically submitted to MyFitnessPal. Upgrade to the full version of Six Pack Abs to gain access to more than 50 abs exercises, six pre-installed workouts such as Insane Abs and Six Pack Junkie, and the ability to create custom workouts. Get Six Pack Abs to ensure your abs are exactly that: a six pack.

Cost: Free, upgrade to full version for $4.99

Available in: iTunes App Store, Google Play Store

Developer: Runtastic

2) CycleNav

Unveiled at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, the CycleNav system is comprised of two parts: a unique navigation device that mounts on a bicycle handlebar and a Bluetooth-enabled mobile app that helps riders reach their destinations. The CycleNav app provides audio commands and directions using MapQuest—just like a GPS, except that it tracks ride time, speed, and calories burned during each trip. Bike riding just got a lot easier, safer, and more fun.

Cost: App is free, navigation system sold separately

Available in: iTunes App Store, Google Play Store

Developer: Schwinn

3) Sportsetter

Sportsetter is a subscription-based service that provides monthly passes to local gyms, personal training sessions, activities like CrossFit, team sports, and more. Select areas of interest such as muscle building, nutrition, or stress relief to get set up with passes to events in your area that will help you reach goals. Create your fitness profile on the app and receive a free one-month membership.

Cost: Free

Available in: iTunes App Store, March 1, 2014

Developer: Sportsetter

4) Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout App

Launched in January, this user-friendly app has 36 exercises, 13 predesigned workouts, and a custom workout feature to help you design your own 7-minute workout. Choose the length of rest intervals, the number of times you want to run through a particular circuit, and tunes from your personal music library to further personalize your session. With audio and visual instruction, you’re sure to get in a good workout anywhere there’s a floor, wall, and chair.

Cost: Free

Available in: iTunes App Store, Google Play

Developer: Wellness & Prevention, Inc.

5) Strength Calculator

Choose from several routines for bodybuilding (e.g. German Volume Training), powerlifting (e.g. 5/3/1), powerbuilding (e.g. Mike O’Hearn workout), and diet (e.g. lean gains) with this made-for-lifters app. Plug in your lift numbers, weight, age, etc. to track your strength progression on specific moves.

Cost: Free

Available in: Google Play

Developer: The Asgardian Workshop

6) Fitocracy Macros

More than just a calorie-counting app, Fitocracy Macros tracks only the calories you take in from macronutrients (protein, fat, and carbs). This macro-centered strategy is touted to help prevent the low energy, hunger, and crankiness that other diets cause. Plug in your stats, body type, fit goal, and go! The only downside is that you’ll have to research how many calories are actually in the macros you munch on, but that aside, it’s a simple and easy app that helps you reach your dieting goals.

Cost: Free

Available in: iTunes App Store

Developer: Fitocracy

7) MapMyFitness

Although you can choose from more than 600 exercise activities, the coolest part about this app is that it allows you to design or pick a pre-planned interactive route for pretty much any outdoor workout using your smartphone’s GPS. Get your workout stats—distance, time, pace, calories burned, etc.—and compare and share them with the greater MapMyFitness community via Facebook and Twitter (they’re said to have more than 20 million users). You can also sync the app with other fitness gadgets, like Fitbit and Nike+.

Cost: Free, $5.99 for bonus features

Available in: iTunes App Store

Developer: MapMyFitness

8) Sleep Cycle

Using your iPhone’s accelerometer, Sleep Cycle follows your movements in bed to track your sleeping patterns. Based on these movements, the app wakes you up with soothing music (you can choose your own) when you’re in the lightest stage of sleep, allowing a natural and easy transition to wakefulness. You’ll also get detailed stats noting when you were awake, or in deep or light sleep. You can also add notes about your day—whether you had coffee, worked out, or were stressed—to better understand how your sleep is impacted by different daily activities.

Cost: $0.99

Available in: iTunes App Store

Developer: Northcube AB

9) Zombies, Run! 5K Trainer

What better way to train for that 5K than to flee from hordes of zombies? Part interactive horror flick, part personal trainer, this app guides you through interval training while enmeshing you in an apocalyptic story in which only you can save humanity over the course of eight weeks. It’s a great way to keep yourself motivated while having a little flesh-eating fun on your way to a win.

Cost: $1.99

Available in: iTunes App Store, Google Play

Developer: Six to Start

10) Gym PocketGuide

This app gives you a day-by-day weight-training schedule to follow based on the program you select—fat loss, muscle building, or bulking up. Gym PocketGuide comes with a workout library already fully packed (a big plus if you can’t connect to WiFi) that gives you detailed exercise descriptions, images, and links to instructional videos.

Cost: Free

Available in: Windows App Store

Developer: Dominic W.

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