Top 5 iPhone Fitness apps

TiPb checks out the best, most must-have Fitness apps to load up on your iPhone.

Top 5 iPhone Fitness apps

Summer is almost upon us and it is always a great time to get outside and do some exercise. With the help of your iPhone, you can make that experience so much better and more rewarding. We look at our top 5 Fitness apps to help you reach your goals! Check them out after the break!

RunKeeper

RunKeeper uses your iPhones built in GPS technology to track your fitness adventures. It has a very easy to use interface and you can use it to monitor running, walking, cycling and many other activities too. You can also enter activities manually; if you do your exercise on your treadmill, RunKeeper still has you covered.

RunKeeper syncs up to its own web portal where you can view your history and stats in more detail. Integration with Facebook and Twitter is also included so you can show off your fitness prowess to your friends!

[Free - iTunes link]

Nike+ GPS

Nike+ used to require special hardware to work. Now all you need is an iPhone with GPS and your all set. Nike+ again maps your run, records pace, distance and works inside and outside. The Nike+ app is packed with motivational features, including voice feedback, messages from Nike’s top athletes and even mid run messages from friends who comment on your run status.

An additional feature is the Nike+ Tag. This allows you to run against friends in a virtual Tag type game. Outrun your friends to win. The Nike+ website stores all your stats and you can also post to Twitter and Facebook all without leaving the app.

[$1.99 - iTunes link]

Full Fitness

Full Fitness is a personal trainer type app that offers over 300 exercises all explained in detail with pictures, videos and written instructions. The exercises are sorted by body region, muscle target and the equipment needed.

You can easily create your own exercise program or use one of the 20 built in programs to help you reach your goals. Full Fitness can also be used to track your food intake and body weight as well as schedule your workouts.

Full Fitness allows you to log your exercises, view progress graphs, and email or backup the results online.

[$0.99 - iTunes link]

Edomondo Sports Tracker

Endomondo Sports Tracker is another GPS enabled app to track all sorts of sports such as running, cycling, hiking skiing and even kayaking! Again you can get audio feedback during your activity as well as the option of allowing friends to see your live activity. They can then send you comments in real time.

The app allows you to track distance, duration, speed and calories burned as well as monitoring of your heart rate if you have the necessary add on. All the data is again synced online where you can share information to Facebook and Twitter as well as other members of the Endomondo community.

[Free - iTunes link]

Cyclemeter GPS Bike Computer for Road & Mountain Biking

Cyclemeter is not just for cycling however it is aimed squarely at that market. Cyclemeter is an app that tracks your rides, recording time, location, distance, elevation and speed. Your progress is announced to you via 25 configurable announcements including distance travelled, time taken, current speed and elevation.

You can set up your next ride against a previous ride of the same route. This is like a race mode and enables you to try and beat your previous best times. If you have friends that use the app, you can import their routes and times into the app and use this to race against too.

Twitter and Facebook sharing are all catered for and you can also get text to speech; although this is via an in-app purchase.

[$4.99 - iTunes link]

Your top apps?

So there you have them, our top 5 best iPhone Fitness apps to get you going. Be sure to check out our Picks of the Week and iPhone App and Games Forum for more recommendations, and if we missed any of your favorites, leave them in the comments below!

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chrisoldroyd

UK editor at iMore, mobile technology lover and air conditioning design engineer.

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Top 5 iPhone Fitness apps

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I use RunKeeper. I used bought it when it was $10 and it was definitely worth the purchase price them. I even used it to record my first Half Marathon race this past December.

Have you used iMapMyRun? It seems like the same thing, but doesn't charge you to share your location and maps with friends. Curious to how you think it compares if you've used it.

I can't say Runkeeper is the best without trying the others.
It would not be fair.
However, having tryed Runkeeper I am happy to say I don´t need to try any others!!!
It's that good!!

Agree runkeeper pro pretty awesome but it along with several others are listed are basically limited to running. Dailyburn is nice for tracking any activities you complete as well as tracking nutrition. Also both runkeeper pro and dailyburn have great websites that sync with your phone.

Full fitness is an absolute junk. Using it is more akin to using a windows program built from the 90s where you are trying to fight with the UI. There are far better apps in the app store.
I firmly believe the app is loaded with fake reviews, just like ifitness was. Full fitness is actually just a realigned version of ifitness.

FitSync, the first fitness app that syncs to a Web portal. Tons of workouts to choose from, thousands of exercises plus videos if you want to create your own workout. I use the workout schedule for my multi-week program and I automatically get my workout when I'm supposed to do it. FitSync's the best!!

Gym Buddy blows anything away Android or iOS, full customization and slick interface, been using it for ever.

I use MotionX GPS, the GPS is pretty accurate (uses Cell/Network triagulation as a fall back if GPS signal is weak) so good for running in built up areas with GPS shadow (like in the City), allows facebook & twitter integration and you can post tracks to email as well.

I'm a big fan of RipDeck which is a workout generator based on a deck of cards (I wrote it so I am somewhat biased).
Give it a try for an exciting workout that mixes it up a bit.

Your App sounds like FitDeck (which has yet to be made available on iPhone) but is on Android and Blackberry) the Deck of Cards idea is good, gives you good variety for work outs.

Looks like you're trying to take up space since you can't keep up with your sister website androidcentral.com. I'm coming from an android and wish this place would update as much as they do. This place bores me. :(

Fullfitness is junk. iFitness was a pretty good app that updated regularly. I could care less about their fake reviews to boost ranking, most who used it liked it for real.
The Men's Health app is okay but they don't update anymore. Only $2 so worth a look but don't expect much.
Honestly, the best fitness app is a pen and notepad.

Full fitness is awesome. I use it every time I'm at the gym. Never had any problems with the interface...

what about the Adidas micoach..
i think its better than all these!!
u can make a work out .. customize it to ur liking and sync with ur phone.
it will sync the data back to the website so u can view it on a big screen and analyze ur run

If you are a P90X fan Fitness Trainer 90CE cannot be beat. If you get it, be sure to download a data file from forum on the apps website which can easily be imported to add the names of the exercises.

I use runkeeper for my walks an endomondo for bike primarily because endomondo has the autopsies feature. While cycling in city roads the stats could get skewed due yo traffic lights and other hindrances. Endomondo's map screen behaves vague and is not a good one to explore surrounding areas. I'd really love for runkeeper to provide the autopause feature so I could stick to just one!

Although not mentioned in this post, Cyclemeter and sister app Runmeter are the highest rated GPS fitness apps on iTunes. The last major update adds a seamless auto-sync with the dailymile.com community. Both apps are iPhone-centric, meaning the developers spend countless hours adding new features and making sure the apps are stable and reliable. www.abvio.com.

Quick correction for you guys: Nike+ GPS doesn't actually provide mid run messages from your friends. It just does a generic sound of a crowd cheering if someone comments and/or likes it.

Full Fitness is by far the best app there is for workouts. It used to be known as iFitness until it was handed over to another company, which renamed it Full Fitness and made some minor UI changes. All-in-all it is the same thing as iFitness. It has numerous exercises and programs for everyone, from beginner to expert, including videos and instructions on mostly every exercise. Can't go wrong with the purchase of Full Fitness for only $0.99.
p.s. i dont think the new company would risk making the same mistakes as the previous owners of iFitness by faking reviews. So the reviews on Full Fitness have to be written by genuine customers.

I have lots of fitness apps on my iphone...
Nike Training is awesome and has lots of programs inside for all types of fitness training.
I also just got the Just Start Walking app which is an Aussie one with GPS and website support, free and fab.

FitRabbit for the iPhone makes fitness into a social game. Unlike its competitors, it's mobile and leverages the social network. Rather than fixating on weight and calories, FitRabbit's prizes reward consuming high quality foods and exercising consistently.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fitrabbit/id448284052?ls=1&mt=8
Unlike other apps, FitRabbit is useful without being distracting. It provides calories per serving information, but not overwhelming statistics. Through the heartrate monitor, users can record and measure workout intensity with just a few taps, rather than typing.

You guys should check out this brand new fitness app that's been getting some buzz, called Pocket Personal Trainer. I found it through a friend's recommendation. It has a randomizer in it designed by personal trainers apparently, so you have new workouts daily and every workout hits every muscle group and from largest muscle group to smallest. Pretty cool app. I'm a personal trainer and it makes sense for a lot of my clients in between their sessions with me or when they're out of town, so I've been using it a bit. Just wanted to pass it along. :-)

Check out this App - it that has an in-built accelerometer that can measure velocity, so it can measure the number of bounces you make on a trampoline - so in turn you can measure how many calories you have burnt and how far you have bounced and how many bounces! Cool hey.
www.atlantictrampolines.co.uk/iphoneapp

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