Whether you’re a seasoned fitness pro or just getting started with a training and nutritional program, you’ll eventually want to take time to consider the various fitness apps available at your disposal. Some of these fitness apps will ultimately assist you with reaching your goals quicker and easier.
In today’s age of highly-portable mobile phones and tablets with virtually limitless features, there are numerous fitness apps that will not only help you see greater success in the long run, but make the experience of getting fit more enjoyable.
In this article, I’ve curated a list of what I believe are the top 10 fitness apps currently available. Some of these fitness apps are free. Others require a small financial investment. With all of them, whether it’s time or money, I’m quite certain your investment will be well spent.
One thing to note is that not all of these recommended fitness apps are currently available on all mobile operating systems. Some are Android-only and some are iOS-only. In every case I’ve considered any operating system limitations into the overall ranking of these fitness apps.
So without further delay, let’s run through my list of some of the best mobile health and fitness apps on the market…
One of the first great mobile fitness apps to consider is MyFitnessPal. MyFitnessPal is perfect for individuals who want a tool that will help them track daily food intake quickly and easily. MyFitnessPal will also allow users to search for the nutritional content of their favorite foods via MyFitnessPal’s massive food database.
MyFitnessPal offers a basic membership for free, which is what I recommend for users who are first starting out. The free version will allow you to make sure the app meets your needs without the upfront financial commitment.
With MyFitnessPal you can also utilize their workout tracking features. These features can help you estimate total calories burned vs. total calories consumed. For calculating net daily calories, MyFitnessPal pretty much crushes the competition.
One of my personal favorite fitness apps and definite must-have is FatCaliper+. The FatCaliper+ app allows you to effortlessly calculate your body fat and track your body composition over time. These core features will allow you to see how well your current diet and fitness programs are performing.
Using skinfold or tape measurements, FatCaliper+ can calculate all of your data so you don’t need to spend a ton of time with the complex formulas typically associated with calculating body fat. If you don’t have a body fat caliper for the caliper-based formulas, FatCaliper+ is also equipped with non-caliper formulas like US Navy and BMI. Furthermore, FatCaliper+ stores all of your data and information locally within the app or on Apple’s iCloud. This makes viewing past results easy. It also allows you to see how you’re measuring up over time.
For those who want to maximize their weight loss efforts with fitness apps, FatCaliper+ will definitely help. With its lightweight easy-to-use interface, and clear-cut instructions, you’ll love everything FatCaliper+ has to offer.
If you’re getting ready to begin a high intensity interval training (HIIT) program you might want to have an app like Seconds on hand.
The Seconds app makes keeping track of interval times easy and efficient. This makes Seconds the perfect companion for circuit training, tabata workouts or a basic HIIT session. The paid version of Seconds allows you to save custom intervals and fine tune settings like colors, alerts and more. With a number of different views to choose from, you can easily get up-to-the-second information during your HIIT workouts when using Seconds.
4. FitStar Personal Trainer
Touted as “The #1 Personalized Training App,” FitStar Personal Trainer works exceptionally well for individuals who want the guidance of a dedicated personal trainer but can’t really afford costly trainer fees, or prefer the privacy and convenience of a mobile-based digital instructor.
To get started, the FitStar Personal Trainer app will ask you a series of questions. Based on your responses FitStar will suggest a complete workout session that is sure to provide you with a healthy challenge. This custom-tailored approach is a fantastic way to ensure you’re always seeing progress and never feeling bored with the same ol’ routine.
Have you ever wished you knew more like-minded fitness people? With social fitness apps like Cody, you can.
Cody allows you to connect with others who are actively working out, sharing exercise tips, fitness programs, as well as anything else that’s health and fitness related. Cody also functions as a tracking tool, so you can monitor your workout sessions, too – all from a single app.
I like to think of Cody as social media for fitness fanatics.
If you want to track the distance you’ve traveled on any bike ride, walk, jog, or sightseeing tour, the Cyclemeter app will help you get it done incredibly well. Cyclemeter not only tracks and displays distances, but it also shows your fastest speed, average speed and current speed.
For those heavily involved in endurance related events and want to keep tabs on their stats every step of the way – without being tied down to cardio equipment at the gym – Cyclemeter is one of the best fitness apps to have under your thumb.
Fitbit is an incredibly popular brand of fitness trackers that give you the ability to monitor the total number of calories you’ve burned, distances you’ve traveled or steps you’ve taken, as well as the number of floors you’ve climbed throughout the day.
Despite needing hardware to get your hands on the full benefits of the Fitbit app, you can also make use of the app alone by allowing it to monitor your basic activities without the common bracelet-style accessory you’re probably used to seeing other people wearing. However, adding the Fitbit tracker to your toolkit is highly recommended for true fitness enthusiasts.
Without hardware, the Fitbit app provides you with the ability to enter other important health-related details so you can monitor things like your weight and blood pressure. For those who want to keep track of their general health, Fitbit is a solid app that you’ll want to consider adding to your arsenal.
8. GAIN Fitness
Looking to get involved in some serious strength training? If so, GAIN Fitness is an app you’ll definitely want to start utilizing. The GAIN Fitness app serves as a strength training coach by providing you with well-rounded workout programs to follow, as well as video tutorials of each exercise, in case you aren’t quite sure how to do them properly with good form.
With the GAIN Fitness app, you’ll also have audio assistance that counts down reps as you complete each exercise, so it’s very similar to having a real life personal trainer by your side, encouraging you to keep cranking out the reps.
Perhaps the most appealing feature of the GAIN Fitness app is that it comes with pre-installed settings for bodyweight-based exercises, free-weight-based exercises, or gym-equipment-based exercises. So no matter when and where you tackle your workouts, you can always find a routine that fits your situation.
9. Healthy in a Hurry
Having trouble sticking with a healthy eating plan? Not for long, with Healthy in a Hurry in the palm of your hand. The Healthy in a Hurry app will allow you to browse a number of different recipes, which are all filtered by however you choose. Search by course, dietary needs, individual ingredients, or meal prep time. There are several diet-based fitness apps on the market, but Healthy in a Hurry is currently one I recommend the most.
As part of your quest to get healthier, you need to be mindful of the foods you’re putting into your body daily. At times, it can understandably be difficult to make proper choices.
This is where Fooducate shines.
Fooducate will help you break down any food you’re thinking about eating so that you can get the full picture of just how healthy it really is. This core feature of Fooducate will allow you to quickly see whether it fits into your dietary program.
With Fooducate, you’ll be provided details about the ingredients found in any common food along with its nutritional value. Fooducate is an incredible app to have open on your mobile as you wander the aisles of your local grocery store.
A Final Note on Mobile Fitness Apps
By now, you should have an excellent idea of the best mobile health and fitness apps currently on the market. I recommend downloading all of these fitness apps and testing. Then determine which ones will meet your particular fitness goals. Putting these fitness apps to work for you will help put you miles ahead in your fitness journey.