Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Fitocracy Strength Training Tracking App Review

Happy first Workout Wednesday after Thanksgiving! I don't know about you, but I'm still recovering after my normal three-house marathon which included trying no less than 5 different pies. No regrets though!


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As you may have read a few weeks ago, I've been trying to get back into weight lifting. I found a sweet 3 days a week total body plan, which I think had to turn into an upper-body only strength training plan on doctor's orders. I was doing a pretty good job of fitting in my lifts but was frustrated because I couldn't find a good way to track them.

Thanks to Chaitali from Running, and Enjoying the Journey, I've found something that works pretty well for me: Fitocracy.



How it Works

Fitocracy is designed to help provide fitness motivation with workout tracking along with points, badges, and other virtual community incentives for working out. The app is free to download on Android or iPhone. After some quick profile set up, it's super easy to begin tracking your workouts.  

The app comes with lots of built in workout routines you can do, or you can build your own. I created and saved routines for each of my three upper body workouts super easily.


After completing each workout, you get awarded a certain number of points. You can also "level up" when you reach certain points thresholds. This part of the app wasn't that interesting to me so I didn't look into it that much.


Pros

Customizability: I love that you can create and save your own workout routines. 

Ease of use: It's really easy to find and add exercises to your workout routine from the large exercise library. And, being able to select from recent and copy recent workouts makes tracking each session pretty painless.


Price: Can't beat free .99!

Cons 

Tracking view options: It's hard to see at a glance how many workouts you've completed recently outside of point totals. It would be really nice to have a way to see your workout history at a glance.

Speed: The app will sometimes freeze or take a long time to load routines, which is annoying if you are trying to get in and out of the gym quickly.

Bottom Line:

This app provides an easy way to keep track of strength training. Would definitely recommend it to anyone who is trying to stick to a weight lifting routine!

Now on to the party!

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19 comments:

  1. I have not seen this app yet. Looks like a good one and who doesn't need more apps right? #wowlinkup

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  2. Yay, I'm glad it's working out for you for the most part! The only way I've found on it to see your work outs at a glance is the calendar view, it will have a dot on each day you've entered a work out. It doesn't show you what you did that day but at least it shows the days you've done a workout for that month. I love the customizable aspects and that you can save routines so it's easy to track them in the future.

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    1. Thanks so much again for the recommendation Chaitali!

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  3. Cool app! I've heard of it but never thought to use it. Glad it's helping you keep track of your routines!

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    1. Yea I always thought it was some kind of fitness game. Glad I tried it!

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  4. Neat - there are so many cool apps out there to try. I have too many photos on my phone so no more space for apps lol... just need to move them over.

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    1. Haha I know me too! What is it about deleting phone photos that's so hard??

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  5. I've never heard of this app, so thanks for sharing! #wowlinkup

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  6. I so love that meme!!!! That was me last week and I regret NADA!!!! I am gonna check out that app and see if it can better track my gym workouts with the trainer. #wowlinkup

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    1. Haha yes no regrets! Hope you like the app :)

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  7. Thanks for sharing, will have to look into that app. #wowlinkup

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    1. Thanks! Let me know if you like it :)

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  8. Thanks for sharing. I will have to check this out. I am such a tech lover :) #wowlinkup

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  9. Keeping track of weightlifting is so helpful. Since I started CrossFit, I found having a journal was a fantastic way to see and make sure I was improving. Love the app idea, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Oh yea journals are great! I just tend to lose them a lot... :(

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