Hey Friends! How’s it goin?
Hands up if your workout game hasn’t been on point recently. I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t been to the gym as much as I should have over the last couple months. Well, this week, I decided that enough was enough and sat down to come up with a plan. I needed to get my fitness life in order, like yesterday. The first step was figuring out what I needed to make every workout count and get my fitness goals back on track. The answer? There’s an app (or 8) for that.
1. An app to remind you to get there
I’m a member of GoodLife Fitness and the closest gym is literally 2 blocks away, and I still manage to miss gym days. I’ve learned over the last 3 months, that if I don’t schedule my workout time, I’ll never get to the gym. And you can’t have an epic workout unless you actually workout. But, scheduling your workouts makes them a priority and once they’re a priority, you’re less likely to skip them.
- Google Calendar: I use Google Calendar to actually schedule the workout into my day. I pick a time that works with everything else I’ve got going on and block it out as dedicated gym time.
- Wunderlist: After I schedule my workout in the calendar, I add it to the top of my to-do list for the day in Wunderlist. I also set a reminder for 30 minutes before I actually need to get to the gym. Plenty of time to finish whatever I’m doing and go get my sweat on.
2. An app for workout ideas
Sometimes my reason for not going to the gym is that I have no idea what I want to do when I get there. Showing up at the gym without a plan is a surefire way to bomb a workout so I try to avoid it at all costs. Even if it means skipping the gym altogether. To combat this not-so-logical way of thinking, I have a couple apps that I turn to for workout routines when my imagination is lacking.
- JEFIT: I actually wrote a review for JEFIT a couple years ago. The interface has changed a bit since then, but the basic functionalities are the same. They’ve got a bazillion workout plans on there for you to choose from or you can come up with your own ahead of time and save it for later. Plus, there are even illustrations showing you how to do each exercise correctly.
- PumpUp: Where JEFIT is filled with workout routines and lets you save your own, PumpUp actually helps you build customized workouts based on you and your goals. Like JEFIT, PumpUp also illustrates how to do each exercise.
- Pinterest: Pinterest deserves a mention here as well because it’s full of fitness inspiration and workout ideas. When I need a quick workout but am out of ideas, it’s pretty easy to find something fun on one of my many workout boards.
3. An app to listen to music
I have a little iPod Shuffle and use that to listen to music while I workout and usually that works just fine. But, sometimes, I forget to load new music on my iPod, or I forget to charge my iPod or I leave it home altogether. Trying to workout to music you’re fed up of isn’t fun, and the only thing worse is working out with no music at all. Luckily, I always have my phone, so it’s not a huge issue.
- Songza: Songza lets you stream music geared to what you’re doing. There are options for cleaning, relaxing, studying and of course working out which makes it super easy to use. No need to try coming up with a suitable playlist. The app takes care of that for you and you can just focus on working out.
- Spotify: Spotify is a little more labour intensive since you have to cue up your own playlist. But once you do, you can save it for another time. And, if you upgrade to Spotify Premium, you can sync songs for offline listening, which means way less data usage.
4. An app to motivate you
Lack of motivation is probably the number 1 reason most people give up on working out. I used to have a gym buddy who worked out with me almost everyday. He was pretty good at
annoying motivating me into getting my butt to the gym and our workouts were always some of the most fun and challenging. But, you won’t always have someone right there to cheer you on, which is where community centric fitness apps come in.
- JEFIT: In addition to helping you come up with workouts, JEFIT also has an in-app community. There, you can get (and give) encouragement from other people in the JEFIT fitness community, at any time you want.
- PumpUp: Like JEFIT, PumpUp has an in-app community to help you connect with other fitness enthusiasts. But, PumpUp makes it a much more integral part of their app. It’s basically a social media platform for the #fitfam.
5. An app to track your progress
And finally, tracking. Sure you can have epic workouts without keeping track of anything, but tracking your progress takes that epicness to another level. Once you start tracking your workout stats, you’ll start crushing your fitness goals. Why? Because progress is a huge motivator. But if you don’t track it, there’ll be no way for you to celebrate just how far you’ve come.
- JEFIT: Once you’ve logged a workout in the app, JEFIT keeps track of stats like PRs. weight lifted over time, as well as strength and endurance levels. There’s also an option for you to input other stats like weight, body fat % and muscle measurements. It’s pretty comprehensive and keeps track of things I would have never even thought of.
- PumpUp: PumpUp keeps track of a bit less, but it’s still useful for comparing your general progress overtime.
BONUS: An app for your gym
If your gym has it’s own app I’d definitely recommend that you download it ASAP. GoodLife Fitness has their own iOS app which I haven’t got my hands on since I have an Android device. But, from what I’ve read, it allows you to track your workouts, rate your day in terms of general health and wellness and build a schedule based on classes offered at your local gyms. That last one is definitely something I’d use often.
What about you?
How to you ensure an epic workout every time? What fitness related apps do you use? Where do you get your workout inspiration? What keeps you motivated to stay active?
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This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program; however all opinions expressed are my own.