iPhone app recommendations for tracking your progress

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    Jan 26, 2010 8:45 PM GMT
    Until a few weeks ago I've been logging distance and times on my iPhone in the Notes programme. It's better than paper, but it still needs transcribing into something like Excel.

    My friend introduced me to RunKeeper which I highly recommend. It can work whilst you're listening to music and uses GPS to track your runs. It syncs with the website and gives you an editable map of your run, pace, speed and altitude; pretty much everything you'd want. And the lite version is FREE and I'm tempted by the paid-for app.

    How do you keep track of your progress? Got any apps you'd recommend?

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    Jan 26, 2010 9:45 PM GMT
    i use pen, paper , and post it
  • neon4u

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    Jan 26, 2010 10:27 PM GMT
    I've been using the RunKeeper Lite. OMG, it's amazing. As you said it uses GPS to track your run. The app on the phone maps the course that you just ran marking on the map each mile. You can pull it up as soon as you're finished. It also displays your pace, distance, and calories burned. All you do to get this info is press start when you begin your run and stop when you finished. It's important to note that this app will quit if you answer the phone while running, so just focus on your run, not the call. The app stores your recent run and you can choose to email it to runkeeper.com.

    I'm considering purchasing the full version but I'm not thrilled that it gives voicecommands- like it's talking to you.

    I'd give it a try... Nothing to lose... I love it!
  • olden

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    Jan 26, 2010 11:48 PM GMT
    I don't use one, but a friend swears by iFitness. I looked at their blurb, and it looks quite good. You can track your progress. It has loads of exercises. And the price seem right at $1.99
  • Celticmusl

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    Jan 26, 2010 11:52 PM GMT
    My favorite fitness app is Fitnessbuilder by Pumpone. Track progress, track workouts, challenge friends on Facebook to keep up. Also great workouts, over 200 hundred of them.
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    Jan 27, 2010 2:45 AM GMT
    I use logyourrun.com to organize my training. It's not as automated as what you've descried (that sounds great, by the way) but it does include some good features like mapable routes, etc.
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    Jan 27, 2010 4:26 AM GMT
    I've got the paid version of RunKeeper installed. It's a great app as others have previously mentioned. I'm not sure what the paid version has over the free one, but it's pretty cheap and updates are free so I recommend upgrading to the full version. I wish I had the iPhone 3GS though b/c my battery always dies before I am done with my long runs (I'm slow...icon_sad.gif )

    iFitness as someone suggested is also a great app. The latest updates include video....so you can see how you're suppose to properly do the exercise. A pretty well thought out app.
  • CAtoFL

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    Jan 27, 2010 4:35 AM GMT
    I also use RunKeeper to track my cycling. Used the free version for a long time and upgraded to the Pro version. Not for the added features, really, since the free version did almost everything I needed. I did it just to support the company. It's an amazing app and the company seems to be constantly searching for ways to improve it. They also take suggestions from users to heart and incorporate those suggestions into subsequent versions which is very cool. It's definitely my most used app.
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    Jan 27, 2010 9:19 AM GMT
    I use Cyclemeter to record all of my bike rides. I love this app because it records just about everything: ride time, stopped time, distance, average, climb, calories, route and activity. Not only that but it produces a Google map of your ride which you can email to your friends, etc. You can use Cyclemeter for just about any activity really including running, hiking and skating. Without a doubt Cyclemeter is the most used app on my iPhone. In terms of the iPhone running out of juice when using the iPhone's GPS to record an activity, I'd suggest getting a battery pack for your iPhone. Here's a link to an article which appeared recently on Mashable:
  • neon4u

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    Jan 27, 2010 3:45 PM GMT
    For the battery to last while running, switch your iPhone off by pushing the button on the top right. The app still tracks your run and just turn it on before you finish the run so that you can stop the app to get your results. By doing this the phone won't run out of power on those runs over say 6 miles.

    In addition to running you can use this app to track walks and cycling.