Sweating to your Windows Phone with these exercise apps
Windows Phone Central Fitness Month App Roundup: Exercise Apps
February brings about Fitness Month around these parts and there are plenty of Fitness oriented apps available in the Windows Phone Store to help everyone get fit and survive the month. You have apps that help you develop and track your exercise routine, apps that track your calories and apps that help you relax and recharge.
This week's app roundup focuses on the exercise apps for our Windows Phones. Apps that will track our exercise progress, give us a little motivation or simply lay out an exercise routine for you to follow.
We picked five such apps from the various Windows Phone Store "top" categories (top free, top paid, best rated, new+rising). The roundup is but a sampling of what is available. As always, if you have a favorite exercise app that isn't mentioned speak up and throw out your recommendation below in the comments.
Endomondo Sports Tracker (free): Using your Windows Phone's GPS the Endomondo Sports Tracker will track your running, cycling, walking, hiking or other distance based activities. The app tracks duration, distance, speed and calories burned. You can set distance goals, have your route mapped out, and access your workouts from Endomondo.com. The app does require a membership (free) or you can sign up via your Facebook account.
The main pages for Endomondo Sports Tracker includes a Workout Page that details your current workout session, a History Page detailing your previous workouts, a Newsfeed Page with recent workout done by friends, and a Friends Page where you can get words of encouragement from friends.
The online portal will let you analyze your training, compete against friend and view your personal training diary. Endomondo Sports Tracker is a nice, fairly straight forward app to keep up with your distance based exercises. Endomondo Sports Tracker is a free app that you can find here at the Windows Phone Store.
6 Week Training (free): If you need an exercise routine, take a look at 6 Week Training. The app tests your current fitness level and selects an appropriate workout regiment for you to follow and track your progress along the way.
Every two weeks, the 6 Week Training app will put you through an Exhaustion Test to determine which level of the training program you should pursue during the next week.
6 Week Training concentrates on five exercises; pushups, situps, pullups, dips and squats. There is also a Super Set Mode that combines multiple exercises in on session. The goal is to get you to the point where you can do 100 pushups, 250 situps, 250 squats, 150 dips and 20 pullups.
Additional features include Skydrive support to backup/restore your training history, a Live Tile to show the next workout target, reminders and a Metronome to help you keep pace.
6 Week Training is a free, ad supported app that you can find here at the Windows Phone Store.
Zombies Run! (trial/$1.99): For those familiar with Zombies Run!, you'll know that the developer recently announced they are dropping support for the Windows Phone platform. While such news is never good, Zombies Run! is still a nice exercise app worth recommending.
Zombies Run! is a unique exercise app that has you base your runs or walks on a storyline. You play the role of Runner 5 and must out run the Zombies to collect supplies to help build up your base camp.
Zombies Run! has 35 missions and over 45 runs worth of game play. The app will track your distance, time and pace during the runs and afterwards you can use the supplies you've collected to fortify your basecamp.
While we won't see any new updates to Zombies Run! if you're looking for a unique exercise app, Zombies Run! is worth a try. There is a trial version that lets you tackle the first few missions and the full version is running $1.99. You can find it all here in the Windows Phone Store.
DeekFit Gym (free): If the gym is your cup of tea for staying fit, DeekFit Gym will help you track workouts, build routines, monitor your weight, set goals and calculate your BMI, BMR, and Wilks total.
DeekFit Gym's main pages include a Menu Page, a Weight tracking page, and a MyFitness Page to track your workout progress. The Menu Page is the primary page of the app where you can start a free workout, tap into your routines, view your workout entries, review information on the various gym exercises, view your stats, and access a timer and calculator feature.
DeekFit Gym has the option to create a free membership but you can use the app without the DeekFit account. The membership will allow you to sync/backup your workout data if you upgrade to DeekFit Gym Pro ($2.99) that you can find here.
If you're content with ads and don't have the need to sync your workouts, DeekFit Gym (the free version) can be found here at the Windows Phone Store.
Pocket Trainer (trial/$1.99): Pocket Trainer is a nice fitness app for your Windows Phone that creates personalized and balanced exercise programs. A personal trainer of sorts.
When you first launch Pocket Trainer you establish a profile that includes your current height/weight, exercise experience and what exercise gear you have access to. Your profile will serve as the foundation Pocket Trainer uses to create your workouts. Once you created your profile, you are sent to the main page for Pocket Trainer where you select how much time you have to workout (20,40 or 60 minutes) and where you are working out (home/gym).
A workout will be generated based on the time and place selected that includes the exercise, reps and in tapping on the exercise you can view videos demonstrating the exercise. Pocket Trainer has over 400 exercises and workouts are automatically tracked. As you progress through the workouts, programs are updated accordingly.
There is a trial version available for Pocket Trainer with the full version currently running $1.99. You can find Pocket Trainer here at the Windows Phone Store.
With February being Fitness Month here at Windows Phone Central and Mobile Nations look for more reviews and news on fitness apps over the next few weeks. In the meantime, if you have a favorite exercise app you would recommend, chime in below in the comments.