This app, made by the fitness wizards at the popular health blog DailyBurn, is great for a beginner who isn’t sure how much power they need in their workout app. Out of the metaphorical box, this free app lets you view professionally-written wellness and exercise articles, create weight goals, and track workouts and weight. When you feel you need more, paid add-ons can be installed a la carte to add a bar-code-scanning food tracker, powerful tracking tools, more workouts, and even an in-app link to a fitness consultant.
This full-featured app aids your workouts by teaching you exercises, encouraging balanced workouts, and keeping you optimally-paced. The app helps you select a balanced routine that tightens and tones your entire body and continually tweaks the sets and reps to match your abilities. A rest timer and vibration alerts let you keep your iPhone in your pocket while it helps you cool off, and iTunes control enables you to play your power songs without missing an exercise. You can try the dumbbell-only version free, but the paid version is certainly our favorite.
If you have an Android…
If your exercise goals are cardio or Pilates, this isn’t the app for you. If you hit the gym religiously and need the most in-depth exercise tracking and training around, say no more. This app is for the true gym rat. It boasts hundreds of exercises that can be selected from an anatomical map; helps create power-packed Super-Set workouts; logs your progress photos so you can see the toning taking place, and more!
If you have either one…
Losing weight involves behavior change, exercise, and diet, and this app takes the guesswork out of the latter. By far the most powerful nutrition aid we’ve found, this app tracks your calorie and nutrition intake, as well as your exercise, to help you gain control of your intake. Charts and graphs provide powerful motivation as they show how far you’ve come. It’s also super-easy to use; just scan the bar code of packaged food or type the first few letters of a dish’s name to search the app’s 420,000-food database.
My Fitness Pal
From start-up, My Fitness Pal takes your weight, height, goal weight and lifestyle into account before giving its recommendations. Right away it breaks up your big goal into a smaller goal 1 month away form now, which is a fantastic motivator. You can also access calorie counts and nutritional information from local restaurants, taking the guesswork out of eating out. You can also access your calorie count online from any computer, and get some extra encouragement by sharing your progress with friends. Free: Apple, Android
Fooducate Nutrition Scanner
That protein bar you’re nibbling on certainly looks healthy… but could there be something better? Scan a food’s UPC and Fooducate goes beyond the nutrition facts to tell you more about your munchies (if the sodium level is dangerous, for instance, or if the vitamins come from nature instead of chemicals). It even grades the food relative to alternatives and helps you pick a healthier selection. A great companion to a nutrition plan, and a fun way for the non-dieter to improve his or her menu.