Created by Steve Boyett, a Los Angeles-based DJ, the Podrunner app features an extensive library of Boyett’s upbeat tracks, each one mixed for a specific beats-per-minute tempo. Boyett’s techno/house/funk-based mixes (each one is about an hour long) range from 130 to 180 BPM. So, if you’re feeling like you need an easy day, queue up a track from the lower BPM side, and if you’re looking to pound out some intense miles opt for one several at the 180 BPM level.
Motion Traxx is another beats-per-minute collection of workout music — mixed by corporate suit-turned-DJ Deekron — featuring a 12o to 200 BPM range. The app ($2.99 on iTunes) consolidates all the free podcasts into one convenient place, without making you download the tracks to your device. Because the app streams content, surfing the library for tracks is much faster than waiting for each to download. It’ll also let you speed up the tempo of any mix up to twice as fast. Podcasts are available outside of the app with a free subscription through iTunes.
The Garmin Fit app — for under a buck – will give you all the essential features of a GPS watch for a fraction of the price. The catch is that you’ll have to carry your phone if and when you want to track your workout. This app is incredibly user-friendly, and the display is clean and easy to understand, even with just a quick, mid-run glance. Garmin Fit will even let you set an auto lap preference, a feature the lower-priced watches don’t have. Garmin pulls from Google Maps, so during your workout you can watch yourself — as the familiar blue dot — in real time on a real map.
Fitocracy is a social media site that turns fitness into a game. The site, which has been in beta form until recently, released its new free iPhone app in March.
The app gives you mobile access to mostly all of the features on the browser version — track your workouts, view point totals and get to your feed — all in a clean and simple-to-use mobile format.
Sworkit, designed and built by Army Reserve Capt. Ryan Hanna, generates a workout based on how much time you have to devote to it. Choose your timeframe and which part of your body you want to target, and the app will take you through 30-second intervals of randomized exercises.
The app, created by Army Lt. Derek Wales, pulls from the CrossFit workout of the day model. It ”builds, logs and tracks custom workout calendars tailored to the individual athlete, their goals and the equipment they have available,” Wales said in an email.
The app guides you through the process of creating a customized workout. It will ask you about your equipment, training days, exercise priority, schemes percentages and duration. Once you’ve completed your workout, you can log it on your calendar or add details in the app’s journal section.
The app also links out to a series of demonstration videos on wodprogrammer.com. These are online, so you must have internet to view them.
Get more information at wodprogrammer.com.
The free Road ID app acts like the old standby bracelet, but without your contact information from three PCSs ago. The app, available on iTunes, lets you keep your information updated and gives friends and family a way to digitally track you while you’re out. Set an alert when you leave and contacts will be able to follow along online with virtual “eCrumbs.” The app will send them a stationary alert if you’ve stopped for more than five minutes. Use the lock screen creator to set “in case of emergency” information that can be viewed by first responders even if your phone is locked. Road ID must have a cellular connection and uses the GPS on your phone, which will affect battery life.
Free for iOs; coming soon for Android.
Get more information at www.roadid.com.