Mobile Fitness continues all throughout June; hopefully you've decided to jump aboard and have kept working towards your fitness goals. If you're trying to lose weight, make sure you also build your muscle mass. You'll help yourself burn more calories by increasing your metabolic rate. You'll also strengthen your connective tissues. I could go on, but instead, we present you with a list of the best BlackBerry 10 apps you can use while you're at the gym.
This built for BlackBerry app puts you in charge of your workout routine. myTrainer includes over a dozen exercises to choose from to perform individually or group exercises for your personalized workout. The application also acts as a workout journal, where you can quickly scroll between dates and see what you did for that day. Adding exercises for the day is as simple as tapping them; after that, you just record the information that is pertinent to you. These could include the number of reps, distance, elapsed time and weight; all of which can be viewed in progress graphs so you can see how far you have come. The values are expanded so you can see average and max weight per reps and 1RM. Speaking of weight, myTrainer is equipped with a weight tracker that acts a journal, so you can see how you're bulking up, or slimming down. Although the native clock app has a stop watch, myTrainer includes one as well, so you don't have to switch between applications.
Though this isn't a roundup of running apps, I should also note that myTrainer has a speedometer that allows you to set an LED alarm if you hit a minimum and maximum speed while running. Visual themes have nothing to do with fitness, but it's good to see that you can choose between a light or dark theme.
myTrainer is free and is compatible with all BlackBerry 10 smartphones.
The description of this app states that the developer has over 25 years of experience in the fitness industry; specifically training military personnel and first responders. Commando Fit provides users with nearly a years worth of daily workout routines that are divided into 4 categories; endurance, cardio, strength and tactical. These workouts are divided into 50 blocks of 7 days, which also includes which days to rest.
Workouts include a description and basic visual examples and advice on alternate equipment, in case you're not sure what to do. Now besides workout examples, Commando Fit lets you record the weight you are working with, the number of reps and your rest intervals. Additionally, you can record your weight, age, fitness level and change units of measurement.
Commando Fit is available for $1.99 and is compatible with the Q5, Q10, Z10, PlayBook and the Porsche Design P9982.
Cardio Fitness Pro
With Cardio Fitness Pro, not only do you get workouts and routines, but you are additionally challenged with different intensity levels. As you get closer towards your fitness goals, you'll need to push harder than ever to make any progress, so having varying levels of intensity is a great bonus. At a glance, each workout in the list will tell you if any equipment is needed; most require none and the few that do only need items like lightweight dumbbells, a stability ball or Bosu. Each workout has a brief description and a photographed example to accompany. Cardio Fitness Pro has 3 programs to follow that use the individual workouts, again with each having 3 levels of intensity. The difference between the individual workout view and the program view is that the program view will tell you how many sets you must do and for how long. These programs are then used throughout an included 6 week training schedule.
Cardio Fitness Pro provides users with weekly health tips, as well as healthy recipes of the day which are taken from HealthFitnessRecipes.com.
Cardio Fitness Pro is free and is available for all BlackBerry 10 smartphones and the PlayBook.
Gym Workout is another built for BlackBerry app and offers hundreds of exercises that target specific muscle groups. I should clarify that while initially free, Gym Workout will only display abdominal workouts until you purchase the full version priced at $2.99. Besides abdominals, the other categories are arms, back, chest, legs, shoulders and cardio. As you delve into each category, you're presented with dozens of individual exercises. Tapping on one brings you to the detailed description where it first shows you a rather Hulkish looking character which muscle groups are being focussed on and simple animated examples of the exercise. You can then choose to add the exercise to a group/routine or add to the native calendar.
As I mentioned, Gym Workout is free with access to abdominals only and can be upgraded to the full version for $2.99. It's available for all BlackBerry 10 smartphones.
Depending on how you work out, you may make use of a timer. Granted we have a timer included in the native clock application but when it comes to workouts, you need something more robust. Exercise Timer does just that as it allows oyu to create multiple timers that break down the total time into segments. This means you can set your warm up time, number or rounds, workout time, rest time and cool down time. Once you're ready to go, tap on preferred timer set and press play. Exercise Timer has audible queues letting you know when to begin warm up, each round and so on. You can also choose an audible queue to let you know that you're entering the last minute, last 30 seconds and also a countdown of the last 10 seconds. If you prefer not to have a voice for reminders, you can choose alternate sounds such as a boxing bell or beep. With each session type, the colour of the numbers will change, giving you a visual reminder of what you should be doing, perhaps if you decide to have a timer with no sound. In this case, rest periods can be in green and workout can be in blue. Additionally, you can utilize your LED indicator to blink the same colour as the current session, or have your BlackBerry smartphone vibrate at each interval.
Exercise Timer is free, but it is a try before you buy type of free. The full version is $0.99 and is available for all BlackBerry 10 smartphones.
What's your favorite?
Well, there you have it. Perhaps you'll find one of these apps the next time you hit the gym. Are you using one of these apps already? Which one do you think is the best? Vote for your favourite in the poll below and make sure you share your thoughts in the comments. Don't forget to hit the #MobileFit hub.