Fitness Month: How Rene works out!

February is Fitness Month at iMore and Mobile Nations, and while we're doing a bunch of reviews, and running a ton of contests, I'm curious what you do to get moving and stay in shape? I've always done martial arts, most recently Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Since your body gets used to the same thing after a while, this month I started mixing it up with some stand-up again, mainly Muay Thai.

I'm not a sports fan, so I'm not into playing ball, and while I do body weight training and physio, I don't like weight training much. BJJ and Muay Thai are more like moving chess, and the closest thing to a real life video game I've ever done. Also, the movement is practical, which just seems like a good idea to me.

While I've integrated the iPhone and iPad into my exercises, I haven't found a good way to integrated it into grappling or kick boxing yet, mainly because I can't have it with me, safely, while doing either. I have used it to keep track of rounds, and watch instructionals and fight clips. Mostly, however, they sit in my locker and wait until I'm done.

The video above is an extract from a promotional video we shot last year. It's pretty much what I've been doing 2 or 3 days a week for the last while. (When I'm not doing this!) And yeah, that's Georgia wreaking havoc in the video as well, just like she did in the Otterbox vs. Golla death match a couple years back. She got her husband, me, and several of our friends started, as she is wont to do.

So, what do you do? What are your favorite activities? How do you get your move on? (And don't forget, if you tell us how you use your iPhone or iPad while exercising, you could win a $100 iTunes gift card!)

triangle choke

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Fitness Month: How Rene works out!


I began doing a lot of hiking and trail running last Spring and kept at it until it got too dang cold out; and used apps like RunKeeper to map my trail routes; and the Geocaching app to give me an excuse to head a different way from time to time; and of course the Photos app to document the pretty views and walls I climbed.
I also made heavy use of the iPhone's chronograph (and the no-lock-screen Jailbreak app so I could get to it quickly) to keep track of my times on different segments and visualize my improving fitness. I did finally invest in a runner's wrist watch in the fall to make that bit easier though.
When I transitioned to road running, I found I didn't like bouncing my all-glass iPhone around in my pocket so much; so I'm hoping to be able to pick up a lighter and sturdier iPod touch for next season.

I use the P90X app to track my P90 workout, Nike Training for quick workouts in between. RunKeeper to track any running, walking.

Walk nearly five miles a day, six days a week; lift weights twice a week and eat better food. Lost 110 pounds and have kept it off for over a year now following that regimen. Used Runkeeper in the beginning, but once you get into a routine, you don't really need an app any more. Now I just use iPhone to listen to music when working out.

I use my iphone or ipad (or the new ipod nano) via bluetooth with a set of the motorola S10's when running indoors on a treadmill, banging the heavy bag, working groundfighting drills solo on a grounded grappling dummy, etc., etc. and I use my ipad to read my Filipino Martial Arts notes and view training videos while working drills with stick, knife, etc. I have added various beachbody workout videos to my ipad as well so that I can carry my training with me. Then there's the 100 pushup app, the abs apps, Fitness HD, etc.

I'm a personal trainer of over 20 years. I have over 25 people enrolled in a 90 day fitness challenge which includes a dietary plan, strength training, and cardiovascular exercise. We weigh and measure every 30 days to keep everyone accountable.

i use the nike fuelband that syncs to my phone to monitor general activity, and i track my workouts with myWOD (crossfit app).

I like things to be simple. As I lift weights in my room and do my own routine without the hassle of others (I'm a bit paranoid when I'm working out and others are 'watching' me), I just show progress of myself, by working out in front of a mirror, and taking pics of myself (ha) on my iPhone 4 in front of the mirror after a week or when I find necessary. Sometimes I will use my iPhone to record my workouts so that I can see how I am doing and maybe what I need to do better the next time. I like to switch it all up so it's not the same old routine which can lead to plateauing easily. And I use my Notes app to jot down what time I worked out, how long, what I did, protein shakes/food etc. That's just easier for me to do and it's all I need to track my fitness as my iPhone 4 is my witness and I get to be so delicious, Muah. ;-) Thanks for the Motivation iMore!

As I am also doing Weight Watcher, I use the apps on both my iPhone and iPad to record not only food but activities as well

I pretty much use my iPhone as a log book to log how much weight I lift, how many sets I do, and how long I work out. For cardio I use "A HIT INTERVAL TIMER" while using machines like Jacobs Ladder

at the gym and elsewhere I use my iphone 5 to log my workout on myfitnesspal and runkeeper. When the new fitbit flex comes out in the spring I will buy that because it will sync via bluetooth to my iphone. oh and I also use my iphone to check into where ever i am with foursquare. needless to say, my iphone never leaves my side and it is also playing my music while i workout!

I run 3-5 miles 3 days a week, I use the app podrunner to keep me motivated, I also do TRX 3 days a week. I use the iPad app iSuspensionHD and icatcher to catch up on podcasts while I'm working out. But usually, I use Slacker, Spotify or Pandora odor music to keep me going to the end of my workout.

I am a big fan of apps for fitness. I have tried a ton but I keep coming back to these favorites.

You are Your Own Gym
Tabata Timer

I developed RipDeck myself. It is my take on the deck of cards workout. I get to combine my two favorite hobbies, app development and fitness.

Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Listening to music
Create and review technique flow charts
Recording "Technique of the Week" content (for customers)
Record notes about techniques or training progress
Watching Training videos