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Fitness App Recommendations
By David Osorio
Below are three fitness related apps that I recommend. Check out the description and see if any of these make sense for you. If there are other fitness apps you like, please let us know about them in the comments.
This has been the best workout tracker I've come across yet. Often trackers have very specific formatting that doesn’t allow you the flexibility to put in the different kinds of segments typically seen in a class. myWOD is easy to use, easy to search, and you can fill in all your lifts to see long-term progress without having to go through your book looking for previous exposures. I also like that you can customize all the lifts and make up your own benchmarks. There are also built-in timers, how-to videos for common movements, and other things you can tweak. It's two bucks, but since I started using it I don't think I'll ever go back to paper and pen.
Starting Strength Warmup
This is a great app for people who are not sure how to warm up their lifts on their own. Simply put in your work weight and the app automatically calculates your warm-up weights and reps for you. It also differentiates between Squats, Bench Press, Deadlifts, Pressing, and Power Cleans, which often require different jumps even given the same work weight. If you're often confused about how to warm up your lifts or want the machines to do the thinking for you I recommend it. The only downfall is that the lowest weight it can process is 45lbs, so if your warm-ups or work weights are at or below that, then it won't really be useful.
We often use this app with our clients and use the slow motion and frame-by-frame features to show people how they're moving. You can even draw little lines and markers on yourself to see your relative joint positions and bar path. This is a good app if you know what you're doing already or want to have a coach look at your form from a video. Otherwise, you're probably just as well with the new slo-mo camera standard on iPhones.
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