Apple’s iPhone was a game changer that changed the way people looked at cell phones. Gone were the clunky buttons that were hard to press because they were so small, replaced instead with a screen that could do everything from sending a text, to placing a phone call. With the release of their App store in 2009, developers rushed to create the big thing, sort of like a tech gold rush. Now it seems like there’s an application for anything you can think of, including ones that can help you become for physically fit. But with such an abundance of health and fitness related apps, it can be a tiresome process to separate the worthwhile from the worthless. So to save you a headache, and a lot of time, we’ve done the testing for you and complied a list of some of the best fitness apps for the Apple iPhone.
Kicking off our list is the Endomondo app, one of the first fitness related apps to come out for the iPhone. Endomondo came with a GPS running system that not only tracked your route, but also how many miles you’ve run. One that’s been copied by several other apps that came after it. Endomondo’s popularity stems from it’s all in one features which were able to track your hiking, running, and skiing sessions, all in one app. Endomondo also comes with audio feedback that encourages you to keep going and not give up, and gives you the option of having your friends record their own messages to push you while you work out. But perhaps the most attractive part of this app is it’s large community of fitness nuts who not only encourage and cheer you on, but also upload their own running times for everyone to try and beat. Making it fun, yet competitive.
Zombies, Run! is another excellent fitness app for the iPhone. The app takes the mundane task of running and builds an augmented reality game around it, and you’re the star of the show. In Zombies, Run! you become a character called “Runner 5,” who’s tasked with rebuilding home base after it was utterly destroyed by a zombie invasion. Zombies, Run! gives you a series of tasks you have to complete in order to save your base, and you complete said tasks by running various distances within the time allotted to you. The app takes it to the next level by playing sounds of zombies as if they’re getting closer to you, and gives you different objectives and a story as well. With this stellar iPhone app, you’ll want to go run because it’s so fun.
If running isn’t your thing and you want to build up your body instead, but can’t make it to the gym, then there’s an app for you too. The app focuses on helping you get stronger and more fit by using your own body-weight, no need for costly bench presses, dumbbells, or any other workout equipment. The Gorilla Workout app has three different levels, beginner, intermediate and advanced, and gives users different exercises they have to do everyday over a period of two months. Compared to other iPhone fitness apps, Gorilla Workout is very simple and straightforward, but perfect for those people who want to work out in the comfort of their homes and one a budget.
Arica Wright is a professional blogger that enjoys providing consumers with heath and fitness advice. She writes for Fitness 19 Gyms, a leading health club franchise.