Many iOS apps are now being updated for the Apple Watch
so you can track your workout from your wrist.
When it comes to a man's fitness, there are a lot of things to consider. From what type of workout you're interested in pursuing, to keeping track of your progress, and let's not forget about motivation. Why not let the device you can't live without help you live better? Apps for your smartphone are an excellent way to get the exercise you need, along with tracking info and other ways to keep your workouts interesting. Here are five worth the home screen space.
When it comes to fitness motivation, a little tough love can go a long way. And Carrot Fit uses a healthy dose of snark (along with playful punishments and bribing) to keep you moving through its seven-minute workouts. Through clever phrasing and humorous graphics, the app's virtual trainer offers the perfect distraction to keep your mind off the pain of a proper bodyweight workout. Plus, it now works with the Apple Watch.
$2.99 on iOS
One of the best gym companions if you're hitting the weights or interesting in starting to lift to gain muscle. StrongLifts prompts you to complete three lifting exercises with five sets of five reps—hence the 5x5 moniker. The simple and straightforward app coaches you along, allowing time for proper breaks in between sets and tracking your progress on an easy-to-read graphical chart.
Free on iOS and Android
Designed for busy people without the time to get to the gym, Sworkit is filled with some high-intensity bodyweight workouts that you can make as short as five minutes (or as long as an hour). Choose from a variety of different exercises or let the app create a custom program for you. Plus, many of the workouts come with high-quality videos and a countdown clock of the number of reps you have left.
$3.99 on iOS and Android
If you can't get to CrossFit or are a little intimidated by the idea of entering one of those gyms, this solid app makes it easy to get an intense and effective "workout of the day." Set up like a deck of cards, you choose the exercises you want to focus on and then see what comes up first in the deck. It's a great way to switch things up and keep your fitness routine interesting. It also pairs with the Apple Watch.
$1.99 on iOS and $1.49 on Android
Ideal for beginners, Fitocracy boasts a large database of exercises and blends instruction and fitness tracking with gaming and social networking. You earn more points and unlock achievements by putting in the work at the gym. And its social component lets you keep up with your buddies. The app can also connect you with expert trainers who provide personalized workout and nutrition programs.
Free on iOS and Android
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