Fitness apps for android 2012


Best fitness apps for android
Make more of your android phone with this selection of fitness apps.
If you feel I have missed out on some apps in these reviews, please drop me a comment in the box below. All reviewed apps were tested and evaluated on a Samsung Galaxy Note running Android Ice Cream Sandwich.Best weight training/bodybuilding app: JEFITThe free version of JEFIT is worth downloading just for its database of exercises. However, as a weight training log, and as a community based app, it really does shine… You might not understand the greatness of JEFIT if you simply download the app though: the free version comes with just one preloaded workout… Log on to the website however, and the world is your oyster! You will find a database of thousands of user generated workouts which you can then synchronize with your device… And all this for free!!! You will never be lacking inspiration in your workouts again! The training log is really decent too!


Even in its free android version Endomondo is a totally functional running app that will track your workouts accurately. It offers a wealth of information such as your current speed, average speed, total distance, lap times, etc, as well as drafting your course on a map. Where the app really shines though, is in its social features: you can add your courses to the database and, as other runners complete them, see how you compare to them. Endomondo even allows you to get live peptalks from friends: they write a short text on our website which is then read out loud to you seconds later.


There are other running apps that offer more functions than Runkeeper, but what sets it apart is not only that it is totally free -and free of adds- but that it has been integrated into other fitness apps. Fitocracy, for example (see below) synchronizes seamlessly with runkeeper and allows you to ingtegrate your running workouts into its workout tracker.
What runkeeper does, it does very well, with a clean and functional interface.

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Your coaches guide you through exercises with timed, step-by-step audio, photo and video instructions — complete with encouragement! Whether you’re doing bodyweight workouts at home or lifting weights at the gym, Skimble’s Workout Trainer will help you get fit with 1000′s .Got this app because it was the only one that worked with my Polar H7 Bluetooth Smart HRM and my Droid RAZR (running ICS). After the 9/6/2012, it no longer works. This is after properly wetting the strap, using a conducting cream, deleting/re-installing the app several times, and rebooting my RAZR several times. A new Bluetooth standard comes out, and everyone claims it works. But what I’m hearing is that the problem is BLE and ICS. I’m not downgrading to Gingerbread just to get this to work.

Strava Run

Strava Run offers similar functions to Endomondo, and some more. Like Endomondo, it offers community features and lets you compare your performances against friends and locals. The Strava website also runs regular challenges which are fun to take part in and will keep you motivated.
The only downside to this app, as compared to Endomondo, is that it is slightly less popular so far, and therefore fewer courses have been entered on the database… In my area, the majority of courses seem to consist of small hill climbs (0.5m or so) which seem to have been added automatically. Watch this space though, and expect this app to grow!

Healthy Heroes
At the time of writing, this one is still very much in beta, but of all the apps listed here, it is possibly the one with the biggest potential! Healthy Heroes, essentially, is a fitness rpg: it will appeal primarily to kids, but also to the big kids among us.The principle is simple: every time you exercise, check in on the app, and check out once you’re done. Your character evolves and levels up with your training.Healthy Heroes supports gps tracking for outdoors activities, and indoor sports are logged in at user defined ‘spots’ (your local gym), from which you can check in or out. A bit buggy at the moment, and not fully functional, but this could quickly become the number one fitness app for younger users!

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