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The Apple Watch isn't Great as a Fitness Tracker, but it has Potential

Posted by Jennifer Allen on May 21st, 2015

As someone keen on wearable technology encouraging me to get fit, it felt a little too easy to be cynical about the Apple Watch before getting my hands on one. The battery life sounded poor, it looked kind of bulky, and the lack of built-in GPS made me wonder why I’d want one to go alongside my iPhone. Those issues aren’t miraculously solved, but it turns out the Apple Watch has grown on me a lot already in my short time with it. There are a few good reasons for that, partly due to stock apps and partly due to some of my old favorites.

Here Are Our Top 5 App Picks to Make the Gym More Fun and Productive

Posted by Jennifer Allen on May 6th, 2015

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The gym can be an intimidating place at times. I’m now at a point where I’m pretty comfortable with my gym and my fitness levels (although they could always be improved!), but it’s taken a little while to get there. While I’ve had one personal training session with an expert who set me up with a good plan, much of it has come down to me figuring out what works best for me. That’s where a selection of iOS apps have really helped, both by providing me with useful advice and somewhere to store my workouts, and by giving me something to distract myself with between exercises. Here’s a look at a few of my recommendations.

Misfit Minute is a Mini Workout Coach for Your Wrist (i.e. Apple Watch)

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 23rd, 2015

Misfit Minute, by Misfit, is being released exclusively on Apple Watch. It acts as an automated workout coach to help you stay motivated, lets you set time intervals of 1, 4, or 7 minutes, and will provide recommended workouts. You can check your past workout history and receive encouraging messages to keep you going.

Season 4 of Zombies, Run! is Shambling This Way

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 26th, 2015
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: TERRIFYING EXERCISE FUN :: Read Review »

Are you ready to run for your life all over again? Season 4 of Zombies, Run! will be launching this Spring! The update will come with 40 new missions and a huge number of new options.

You'll be able to edit and delete run logs from inside the app and sync with the website, see your estimated mission duration, set your difficulty, and autoplay next mission if you find yourself ready to run two back to back. Six to Start has also improved the music playback so now it is even easier to use Spotify, Pandora, and other streaming music services. In addition, there will be a new user interface, in-app mission synopses, a Halfway-there notification, and more.

You can download Zombies, Run! for $3.99 on the App Store to start training.

Just Go Golf Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on February 12th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: GOLF BASED EXERCISE
Keep on moving, for real, with Just Go Golf - a fitness focused golfing game.
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Had a Few Too Many Christmas Cookies? Atari Fit Has You Covered

Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 7th, 2015

Atari has announced the new Atari Fit: a fitness app that uses games to encourage you to work out. The app includes more than 150 exercises, including full-body circuit workouts, running programs, and custom routines. You can workout on your own or challenge yourself against your friends to see who can rack up the most points, which can then be traded in for classic Atari games like Pong, Centipede, and Super Breakout.

Atari has also partnered with Walgreens so that users can utilize their Balance Rewards to allow them to spend their loyalty points from within the app.

“We look forward to welcoming Atari into our Balance Rewards for healthy choices program,” said Adam Pellegrini, Vice President of Digital Health, Walgreens. “Atari’s knowledge of gamification will bring a new dimension to our program.”

The Atari Fit is compatible with many fitness devices such as the Fitbit, and works in conjunction with other apps like Google Health. With the gamified workouts, multiplayer options, online leaderboards, and social media sharing options, the app aims to help you shed those winter pounds and get you back in shape for summer.

Atari Fit will be out later this month.

Introducing Flash, the Latest Wearable Fitness Monitor from Misfit

Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 16th, 2014

The Misfit Flash is the newly-released fitness and sleep monitor from Misfit.

Similar to the Misfit Shine, Flash can be worn anywhere, including the user’s wrist, keychain, or lapel. It also has many of the same features as the Shine. The user can track their steps, sleep patterns, calories burned, and because Flash is waterproof it can even track swimming. Flash comes in several colors including lemon-lime Zest, funky Fuschia, and minimalist Frost to make matching your unique style easy.

“Flash is the only fully featured activity and sleep tracker in the world for under $50, making it an incredible value,” said Tim Golnik, VP of Product and Design at Misfit.

The Misfit Flash will be available in October, but you can pre-order yours now on the Misfit site for $49.99.

Superhero Workout Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 26th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SUPERCHARGED
Want a workout with a kind of story tied into it? Superhero Workout is what you're after.
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Walkr Review

iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 21st, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ORIGINAL WALKING
Walking is a bit more exciting thanks to this planet building/discovering sim reliant upon your every step.
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mycloudtag Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 7th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: EFFECTIVE WORKOUTS
Need some extensive workout programs and don't want to spend much on it? mycloudtag is an ideal app for you.
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Runtastic - Now With Google Street View and More

Posted by Jessica Fisher on June 10th, 2014
iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: COOL RUNNINGS :: Read Review »

Runtastic PRO, the running app that seems to do it all, has released a new update to keep their fans motivated. Runners can now try to beat their best times with the new "Challenge a Run" feature and keep things exciting with 2 new story runs: Alcatraz 2 and Weight Loss.

Runtastic PRO is available on the App Store for $4.99.

Runtastic PRO Review

iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 17th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: COOL RUNNINGS
Keep track of your runs, cycles, and more with this feature-rich exercise app.
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Runr Review

iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 11th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: STREAMLINED RUNNING TRACKING
Not without its issues, Runr is a streamlined running app focused on simplicity and privacy.
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CardioSurprise! Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on February 18th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: EVENTFUL CARDIO
In need of livening up the Cardio workout? CardioSurprise! will surprise users in the best way possible.
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Home Workout Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on January 29th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: IDEAL FOR BEGINNERS
Offering an extensive 16 week workout, Home Workout is a bargain for those trying to get fitter and healthier.
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