Summer is once again almost upon us, and for thousands of people around the world that means one thing – time to get in shape and develop the perfect beach body.
We’ve already looked at eight fitness gadgets to help you get fit and shed those winter pounds, but is really necessary to purchase expensive wearable tech? Of course it can help you understand your fitness regime in more detail and provide you with feedback that you wouldn’t usually have access to, but are there apps in the Chrome Web Store that can do a similar job?
Here we have a look at four must-have free workout apps for the fitness-conscious amongst us…
GAIN Fitness allows you to create personalised workout regimes for both home and the gym. The numerous workouts are all based on health and fitness scientific theories, and also include plans from certified personal trainers.
The app offers you more than seven hundred individual workouts for a range of fitness levels. Some require other equipment, but most can be completed with nothing more than you own personal commitment to get fit. You can tell the app if you have any gym or workout equipment in your home, and the app will build your workout accordingly.
The workouts cover a wide variety of fitness methodologies, for example strength, plyometric, callisthenic and yoga. For users who have an iPhone, the app also comes in iOS format – syncing seamlessly across the two systems.
After being featured in USA Today, Lifehacker, Maxim, and Forbes, Bodbot has become one of the must-have fitness apps of the summer.
It lets you plan your workout schedule according to your stamina whilst also taking care of your nutritional requirements by generating a comprehensive eating plan. The workouts are all highly personalised and based on your fitness ambitions – for example ‘Get Stronger’, ‘Get Fitter’, ‘Lose Weight’ and even ‘Improve Cognitive Abilities’.
It also advises you on which items in the home can be used for exercise purposes. Rather than requiring ‘proper’ gym equipment, the app can make use of footballs, ladders, chairs and even beds to build your workout.
Importantly, the app will not only help you manage your goals and schedules by monitoring your available equipment and exercise history, but will also adapt and offer new regimes and workouts based on your progress. This means as your fitness improves the workouts will become increasingly difficult – making sure you are always pushing yourself to the limit.
Some people just don’t like going to the gym regularly or getting too hot and sweaty by going for long jogs every day. If you’re one of those people then maybe you should consider yoga – it is widely considered to be beneficial for flexibility, musculoskeletal problems, and even your mental health.
There already good Yoga apps on the iOS, but ‘Personal Trainer – Yoga’ is arguably the best yoga app for Chrome. It offers you ample yoga postures as well as providing a selection of anatomical and therapeutic options.
The app will guide you through an extensive warm-up, before building you a personalised routine depending on your preferences. Each yoga position comes with complete step-by-step diagrams, as well as hints and tips to help you maintain your form and prevent injuries.
If you’re a big fan of social networking, you might find Fitocracy gives you the inspiration and motivation to get yourself in shape.
Apart from tracking workouts and providing feedback, Fitocracy is designed around a social element that lets you make friends with other users by following them, helping to motivate them, and commenting on their scores and performances. The developers claim they have commissioned independent research which proves that motivation to maintain a fitness regime is higher when done with friends – potentially making this app the key to that summer beach body.
Fitocracy also includes a gaming feature which lets you earn points for your workouts. These points can be used to unlock achievements, beat quests, and level-up to earn milestone badges – all of which can quickly become addictive, thus motivating you further.
The Fitocracy app also boasts an iOS and Android version.
Do we need any tech to get fit? Can online apps replace old-fashioned jogging and sit ups? Have you tried any of the apps we mentioned, or do you already use a workout website that combines tech and fitness? Let us know in the comments below.