The top 5 health and fitness apps for BlackBerry 10

By James Richardson on 5 Mar 2014 03:18 pm EST
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Health and fitness seem to go hand in hand with technology these days. We're seeing more and more wearable fitness trackers, along with SmartWatch implementation with a host of smartphones across all operating systems. 

We've been quite fortunate with BlackBerry 10 to have a great selection of health and fitness applications and I'm sure the list will continue to grow as time goes on. 

If keeping track of your exercise routines is a must then there will be plenty of options within BlackBerry World for you. We've taken a look at most of the following apps in detail over the past year and in my opinion they qualify for being in the top 5 that BlackBerry 10 has to offer. 

Let's get it on!

 

Sportrate 

Sportrate is a personal favorite of mine - not that I ever do any exercise! But if I did it would be the app I used, I think down to the simplicity, UI and it being native BlackBerry 10. 

Like most fitness apps, Sportrate is a GPS tracking app which will allow you to record from a selection of different activities. It just works, and although it will cost you a few bucks for the pro version - if you mean business it will be worth it. 

Features of Sportrate include:

  • Friendly interface 
  • GPX file export
  • Plenty of activities 
  • Types of training
  • Comments
  • HQ and very fast Maps
  • Offline Charts (beta)
  • + it's native app

More information/Download Sportrate for BlackBerry 10

 

Endomondo

With over 20 million users worldwide Edomondo is doing something right. Again, another tracking application that has a ton of features built in and although free to download you can remove the adverts by purchasing the paid edition. 

If you need a personal training assistant on your BlackBerry you can't really beat Endomondo. It will even give you audio feedback for every mile/KM you travel whether you be running, cycling, etc. 

One of the best features is that all your information can be synced and then viewed from the Endomondo website. You'll be able to see graphs, calories goals and maps of your work outs and that's just for starters. You can't go wrong with this one. 

More information/Download Endomondo for BlackBerry 10

 

Fitness Pro

Fitness Pro is one for you folk that are into weight training. Essentially, the application contains over 300 muscle exercises which as you can see from the above image are grouped into categories. You get the 'Abs' one unlocked but you then have the choice to buy either any of the other body parts or all. 

Then it's all about tailoring a workout to your needs. You can dive into the selection and simply add them to your workout so once you arrive at the gym you already have a plan on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone. 

It won't be for everyone, but it is a decent app and for newbies to the gym I'd highly recommend it. 

More information/Download Fitness Pro for BlackBerry 10

 

CascaRun

For starters this one is 'Built for BlackBerry' which is always good to hear. Another GPS tracking app for you fitness fanatics which won't break the bank. If you're serious about keeping fit and own a heart rate monitor you'll be able to connect via Bluetooth to CascaRun - a nice touch. 

For just under four bucks you get the following good stuff: 

  • For jogging, biking, hiking, skating, driving and more
  • Real-time distance, time, lap, current/avg speed, pace, heart rate, altitude, ...
  • Audio feedback (English and German): regular and manual updates
  • Support for multimedia keys of the device or headset
  • Live map (optional): OpenStreetMap, OpenCycleMap, MapQuest, OpenAerial and BlackBerry maps
  • Heart Rate Monitoring (HRM) (including support for Bluetooth Smart devices)
  • Manual and auto-pauses
  • Online + offline filter
  • Lock screen (with run info and swipe-to-unlock)
  • Statistics and diagrams (speed, altitude, heart rate, intervals, ...)
  • Interactive replay to review your trainings
  • Flash light (for night runs)
  • Send training summary, map and GPX file by e-mail
  • Social sharing (optional): for training summary and/or map image
  • Minimal resource usage
  • GPX file format
  • Light-weight and intuitive UI
  • No account required, no registration needed!

More information/Download CascaRun for BlackBerry 10

 

​Runtastic Pro

As the name suggests Runtastic is ideal for running but it does also work for other sports that you want to track routes with. Once again, this one allows you to head on over to their website where your info will be recorded and you can also engage with the Runtastic community - for sharing tips, coaching and further data analysis. 

If you're serious about running then the $4.99 price tag will be well worth parting with. 

Features include: 

  • Map your workouts in real-time with built-in GPS and monitor your exercise progress
  • Personal training diary and metrics
  • Mapping: Detailed live mapping and historic mapping of previous sessions
  • Dashboard configuration: Display preferred training statistics
  • Graphs: Get charts with altitude, pace, speed and heart rate information from your jog/run
  • Integrate your Runtastic activities to your MyFitnessPal account
  • Manual entry of workouts: Add treadmill, spinning, and weight lifting workouts
  • Monthly and overall metrics for distance, number of workouts, duration and calories burned
  • Voice feedback during your workout: Get audio feedback for each mile or kilometer completed
  • Live tracking: Show your friends and family where you are in your training session, what you've accomplished
  • Cheering: Hear live cheers and receive messages from your friends = motivation to run even further
  • Auto pause: Session is paused automatically when you stop running (e.g. at a red light or tying your shoe)
  • Works for running, jogging, biking, skating, cross-country skiing, and hand biking training
  • Routes: Create or find exercise routes on runtastic.com and sync them to your phone
  • Colored traces: Different colors on the map indicate training changes, such as: pace, elevation, slope.
  • Split table with dynamic mile and kilometer splits
  • Calorie goal: Set a specific calorie goal and use the voice feedback to reach your workout goal
  • Pace goal: Define your favorite pace, and tailor your training to hit this number
  • Geotagging: Take pictures during a workout and see these pictures online with your map trace
  • Weather, temperature, and sunrise/sunset data to assist with scheduling and analysis of your training sessions
  • Ad free

More information/Download Runtastic Pro for BlackBerry 10

 

Have fun working out!

If your looking to download one of the above, which one to go for all comes down to personal choice as they are all (apart from Fitness Pro) very similar. It's good to have choices though and luckily we have them here on BlackBerry 10. 

Reader comments

The top 5 health and fitness apps for BlackBerry 10

63 Comments

I like CascaRun, but will say that Sports Tracker is great. I love that I can see all my activities on the dashboard on the web, and export the data as well. And I use Couch2AnyK Pro.

To get the BT HRM isn't that app like $7.99 with no audio coaching, pauses or sharing to social networks? Also I think its ONLY BT 4.0. Casca appears to work with both.

Thanks for the mention Michelle! I hope you like Couch 2AnyK Pro! I was a little disappointed that it didn't get a mention in the article, since it has been the #1 fitness app in the store for the past 5 days, thanks in large part to DJ's great article here on CrackBerry.

There are other great fitness apps out there though and not just for running, and the ones in the article are some of the best, so it's only fair that they get their time in the spotlight as well. :)

Nick

Posted via CB10

CascaRun is fantastic! Not only the app but the support from the dev in the CB forum.
And you don't need to store/record the GPS Data in the cloud but record it on the device itself.

Exactly. These are available on the Amazon download site. Both work ok. Would be nice to see them in BlackBerry world as a native app, but for now I'm making due.

Posted via CB10

Again, makes you feel so guilty, if you're not doing any workout at the moment.

Square meters of lawn mowed?

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

I use both Endomondo and Runtastic, but I like Endomondo better.
Integration with MyFitnessPal is awesome.

Nike+Running is great too love the fitness plans it has, but I have to use it on my other phone.

Posted via CB10

Do any of these apps provide the ability to enter interval training and get real-time audio coaching? It is for this function that I'm still limping along with sideload of the android miCoach (since the buggers didn't bother to do a BB10 version).

Hey, would you be willing to elaborate a bit more on what you are looking for here? One of my goals with Couch 2AnyK Pro is to eventually be able to create your own training plans/workouts. What kind of coaching or feedback options would you want?

Nick

Posted via CB10

Have a look at the training plans that can be selected from the miCoach site. Plus they have the option to enter your own training plans. That is best case. I'd settle for an app that let's me enter target paces or heart rate zones and will then coach during the run: when to speed up or slow down and when straying out of target zone.

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Only 1 app fully supports HRM. Don't know how any serious runner or exercise enthusiast even considers a training app without heart rate monitoring. I guess you could always use a stand alone strap and watch setup. But seems like a waste when CascaRun has it all in one package.

Endomondo ruled the roost for BB7. But they have never come out with a native app for BB10- hence no HRM support. Same for Runtastic.

Endo and Runtastic both support HRM just not with BlackBerry. The Runtastic Chest Strap works with bbos 7.1 Endo put out something last year that said once android player gets an update in BB 10 they should be able to connect the bluetooth interface.

I've never liked HRM because the chest strap thing gets in my way/is uncomfortable when I'm working out, what do you think of the MIO?

I'm a fan of using the Built for BlackBerry Apps (Sportrate and CascRun), but they both have a couple of small features to add to be on par with Endomondo and Runtastic. Sportrate is fantastic, but needs a pause feature. CascaRun is also great, but it needs to show calories burned as well as an option to calculate pace in MPH not just minutes per mile. Regardless, I'll still go native BB app over a port that hasn't been updated since it was posted last summer.

As there's no Nike+ app for BB10 (and android sideload doesn't work with this app), don't use any phone app. Just my Sportwatch GPS to track my trainings. But would love a Nike+ app for my Z10. I'm user of Nike+ since 2007, and don't want to lose all my nikefuel!

Posted via CB10

Casca it's the best. To bad Runtastic it's not full for BlackBerry and I was pay 5 dolls for it

Posted via CB10

Until the native apps have MyFitnessPal integration, I'm sticking with Edomondo. I'd pay a reasonable amount for any native app that had this, as the two seem to have all of the other main features covered.

I really don't get why they won't do this integration, just about every other app does. Just check out http://www.myfitnesspal.com/apps

Posted via CB10

Endomondo's free audio splits are very helpful. I have used Runtastic too. I just downloaded the Android Fitbit app while I wait for my Fitbit Force to arrive. I can't wait to try the NFC sync feature.

Posted via CB10

Gymtechnik works well on my Z10. I've been using it for years. I have it on my computer and phone and PlayBook. It allows for personalization (i.e adding your own workouts). I keep track of weight training, cycling and running. It doesn't have a gps feature though.

Posted via CB10

Workout Assistant is awesome too. I use it every day I'm st the gym to help organize my routine.

Posted via CB10

I have Sport Rate and Sports Tracker and have used both simultaneously during a run. I like Sports Tracker better especially its GPS map because it's more detailed. You didn't include Sports Tracker though...

Posted via CB10

Walking is my preferred exercise along with hiking, I use Fitness Tracker and it does what I need it to without having tons of un-needed features.

Keep The Faith  BlackBerry Q10 

Endomondo worked wonderfully on OS7. Worked Ok on BB10 until .1925 update, now there is a delay in the coaching feature. Wish it were a native app. I paid for pro with OS7 but won't for a port.

MyFitnessPal android app works, but is quite buggy and very slow. Not worth it to me most days. Another one I miss from OS7.

Would gladly pay for a native app of either of these.

Tried mist of the alternatives but none are perfect and many aren't worth the time. I've found Runtastic to be off as much as 10% in distance compared to others.

Posted via CB10

I love Cascarun.. simple to use.. no nonsense. They should introduce the cloud sync feature or ask the users to create an account and upload their activities so that when users switch device(s), the activities tracked earlier would be back on the new device

Too bad you missed fitness tracker
It locks fast, eats no battery and more important has strava integration!
Ow and built for BlackBerry!

Posted via CB10

If anyone does circuits/ interval training or tabata Round Timer is a pretty useful app.

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Using sideloaded micoach as others apps don't offer functions as user plan's in intervals and no coaching. As we all know that micoach won't release this app on bb 10 i would like to see this function in app like cascarun (they need to create their website). Cascarun responds best of all the apps inn bb world. Endomondo app ir buggy on q10 as it can't show all details of app in the screen. Sorry for my bad english btw :)

Type & type. It's easy with Q10!

What HRM device are you using with CascaRun? My Garmin device died. Thanks.

Endomondo for me will stop tracking on my Z10 and isn't as smooth as CascaRun.

Like verbal feedback on CascaRun and a quick share to upload@strava.com and you're good to go.

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Runtastic is the Worst app ever! Is this Review sponsered, cause no one should buy this app for BB. Its far inferior to the android version of runtastic.

Casca is a great app and native. Ended up just doing a Suunto though. I don't like messing with a phone to get my numbers or headphone (like to know what's going on around me). I would recommend Casca if you don't mind carrying phone and headphones.

Posted via CB10

I would love to see an app that worked with the beachbody programs. I could put in my stats every Saturday, record my workouts with T25, insanty, tai cheng, or Hip Hop abs.

Would be nice if it integrated with the website and gave graphical analysis as well.

Posted via CB using my Q10

I would really like a Z10.. but I need a tracking app I can count on like runkeeper or i'll have to pass. With all the negative comments I read, and my own personal disappointment with the playbook, I just can't pull the trigger.