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Top 5 Fitness Apps

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Top 5 Fitness Apps

Walk into any gym and you’re likely to see the glow of smartphone screens lined up against treadmills and elliptical. If you’re working out with your phone in tow, make sure it has apps that will help you be better. Here are the top 5 fitness apps of Vegatopia:

1. Nike+ Running

Whether you sport Nike apparel or not, the free Nike+ Running app is a favorite of runners at Vega HQ. You’ll get the standard time, distance, pace, calories burned, and a large social community as well. If you’re struggling to find motivation, and need a boost beyond Vega Sport® Premium Energizer, you can sync your Nike+ Running app to your Facebook account before you start your run and hear your friends cheer you on via your headphones each time someone comments or likes your status.

Why We Love It

The Nike+ Running app tracks distance, pace, time, and calories burned with GPS, and provides you with the stats that make you want to go faster and farther.  You can see runs that your friends have done, so we like the friendly competition that motivates us to push harder (whoever runs the most miles in the week gets bragging rights). We also love that you can compare every run in one place, see how many KMs you’ve logged on a monthly basis and what the average pace is.


 Free. Available for iOS and Android.

2. Strava

Whether you normally track your runs or bike rides on an iPhone, Android or Garmin, Strava will log the workout and tell you how to rank in comparison to both your friends and strangers that are faster than you. Getting sick of your current route or traveling somewhere new? Strava has run and ride suggestions.

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Why We Love It

Strava lets you upload data from external sources and compete with friends (like the Suunto Ambit GPS watch and MovesCount app).  It’s fun to see what friends are up to, if they’re reaching their goals, new places to ride and run, or to recap a new run/ride you just did.  Sometimes if I get lost (and end up loving the route) I can retrace my run on Strava later and bring friends along.  It’s a great source of inspiration because you can see people all over the world crushing their goals.


Free for iOS and Android.

3. MapMyRun

Whether you’re running, walking or cycling you can use MapMyRun to track your route or discover a new route. Don’t worry—you can also share it with friends and set reminders and challenges for yourself.

screenshot of the mapmyrun app routes page  screenshot of the mapmyrun app homepage  screenshot of the mapmyrun app activity selection page

Why We Love It

MapMyRun can help you log your workouts as well as your food.  This is super helpful when you’re training for upcoming races so you can see how you’re fueling yourself from one workout to the next.  If you had a funky run one day (or a really successful one), you can see what the variables were and adjust accordingly.  Also being able to plan a route and set goals within the app is always an added bonus.


Free for iPhone or Android.

4. Nike Training Club

Claiming to be the personal trainer you can take with you anywhere, Nike Training Club offers over 100 workouts designed by fitness professionals. They also feature the workouts of Pro and Olympic athletes. All you need is a set of dumbbells and sometimes a medicine ball.

screenshot of the nike training club app workout selection pagescreenshot of the nike training club app goal pagescreenshot of the nike training club app homepage

Why We Love It

Content Specialist Elizabeth Jarrard uses Nike Training Club for cross-training.  She loves that it has tons of options to choose whatever type of workout she’s looking for (high intensity, heavy weights, or functional area specific), the time she has to spend, and her fitness level.

“The workouts are challenging and never boring—plus you don’t need to keep a lot of equipment at home. Adios gym memberships!”


Free for iPhone and Android.

5. Hype Machine

Ever wish you had your own person DJ or music blogger to tell you what the latest and greatest artists and songs in your favorite genres? Close Pandora and open Hype Machine. While you can’t download any of the songs, you can preview the full songs and then opt to buy them on the Amazon or iTunes links provided.

screenshot of the hype machine app side bar  screenshot of the popular page on the hype machine app  screenshot of hype machine app homepage

Why We Love It

We love that it has all new and remixed tracks on both the underground and mainstream markets. It aggregates music from music blogs around the world, covering all genres.  You follow new blogs every day and new tracks appear in your feed based on what those music bloggers have been posting. Hype Machine allows you to discover new music without having to look for it!


$3.99. Available for iPhone.  (If you have an Android, use UberHype).

What are your favorite fitness apps?



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