Dee’s Top 5 Fitness Apps 2014

Posted: January 16, 2014 in Fitness, Life, Motivation, Nutrtion
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Hey Guys,

Following on from yesterday, I’m here to bring you some Fitness apps which I have come across as of late and feel they may benefit you as they have done for me.

We live in an era where “Smart Phones” have become the latest technology/fashion trend and with apps being created left, right and centre, I have taken some of the best Fitness/Nutrition apps to not only save you some homework but to also hopefully help you with your new goals for 2014 – I hope you have your goals written down and stuck on your wall already 🙂

In no particular order, let’s get cracking baby.

Dee’s Top 5 Fitness Apps

1) JEFIT – www.jefit.com

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This app is superb! JEFIT is described as the “Worlds Most Dedicated Bodybuilding Software”. They claim that the software/app helps keep you on track, live better, and stay motivated with your fitness goals – Some claim right…Let’s explore.

I love the app as it allows you to track your workouts by creating session logs of how many sets/reps per exercise you have performed. It has a data base with hundreds of exercises to choose from. Say for example you wanted to train Legs and was stuck for exercises – There is a picture of an anatomical figure labelling all the parts on the body and all you simply have to do is click on the muscle group you want to work on, (in this case Legs)  and KABOOM – You have access to a whole list of exercises. It gets better though…

The app actually show’s you how to perform the exercise with a person demonstrating the correct technique and written instructions for clarity.  You can put together a workout from the app itself by selecting a number of exercises and creating a customized program.

If you are a newbie to the fitness game but you know the goal you are trying to achieve, there is an option to select a sample program which will set you out a list of exercises, reps and sets to perform – Pretty neat right.

There is an on line community that allows you to integrate Facebook/Google+ but I haven’t had time to explore that side of the app as of yet. However, I do believe that by integrating your FB/G+ account, you join a network with everyone else who has the app and can share your goals and continue being motivated by others around the world.

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There is a PRO version which cost £3.21 for those of you in the UK (still cheap Internationally) but I haven’t had a need for the PRO version and can’t remember what added features you get to be honest.  The user interface could be laid out a bit better by making it easier to navigate around, but all in all I feel it’s the best app of it’s kind for working out and getting creative.

Dee’s Verdict – 9/10

2) Stretch HD 

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Shouts out to my “brother from another mother” and training partner Scott for showing me about this app. The name say’s it all really lol. Stretch HD has changed the game by not only making an app with superb stretches but has recorded them all in clear HD – Thanks guys 🙂

Once Stretch HD has been loaded the screen will pop up with  two sections at the top. There is a feature on the app  which cost 69p but the rest of the app is free.

Under the sub heading “Stretches” you will see a further 3 categories:

Lower Limbs, Upper Limbs, Back & Kneck

Select a stretch to view a video of how it’s performed. The written instructions below the video will inform you what muscle group the stretches are useful for, key points for the stretches and if any equipment is needed…For example:

1) Sit upright

2) Cross ankle over joint

3) Pull knee towards opposite shoulder

4) Hold 15 to 30 seconds, repeat 3-5 times

It will then go on to explain what that particular stretch is useful for…For example:

Piriformis Syndrome

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Low back pain

It really is an excellent app and one that I use at present.

The female doing the stretches is also some nice eye candy and for that…

Dee’s Verdict – 9/10 (What can I say, women are my Kryptonite lol)

3) My Fitness Pal

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This app has over 10 million views and for a very good reason…Where do I start?

I was first introduced to this app over 2 years ago now and it still holds a place in my life 🙂

This app not only allows you to track your calories but also allows you to scan the barcode on the food packaging and bring up it’s information to track the calories. They claim to have over 3 million food items within it’s database including junk food .

WOW, Technology Technology.

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Say for example you wanted to loose weight at 2 lbs a week – All you need to do is enter your information. For example, you’d enter your age, weight, target weight, height, how active you are at present and it will create a plan for you.

It will inform you of how much calories you need to consume on a day to day basis to stay on track and what date you can expect to reach your target weight.

Based on your daily calorific intake that it generates for you, your new role now is to input all of the food you’ve eaten throughout the day and it will let you know if you’ve hit your daily macros, gone over your daily amount or eat too little.

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You can track your progress by viewing graphs that are generated based of your results over a period of time.

As with many apps being launched in today’s market, My Fitness Pal also comes with an option that allows you to integrate your account with Facebook, check on a friends progress (who also has the app) and send messages back and fourth – Pretty cool right.

I really can’t fault this app and for that…

Dee’s Verdict – 10/10 – SMASH!

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4) BarStarzz

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This app here is not for the light hearted!

Does the name “Hannbal King” ring any bells?

Have you seen those guys on Youtube working outdoors doing the most craziest of things with their body whilst working out? If not, check the end of this post for a little surprise.

Well, I gave you that little intro as an app has been created around Callisthenics (a method of training) showing & teaching you how to do the moves they perform and the diets they eat. So it’s still a fitness app but with a slight twist.

I love the app, it’s layout, the concept and as a bonus, Callisthenics has always been an interest of mine.

I love the layout as it’s simple and so easy to use. The home page has a range of videos showing you some of the crazy exercises these guys get up to. A simple scroll to the right brings up a menu with the following sub titles:

Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, Blog, Food, Vegan, Drinks, Routines, Quotes and some other cool stuff you can check out.

A click on each heading will bring you to a new page within the app.

Check out the drinks section as they have some pretty cool concoctions that may seem bizarre but actually look pretty tasty hmm hmm hmm 🙂

The app has some work to do before it can get a 10 in my eyes. I would give it a 9 but due to a few bugs it get’s…

Dee’s Verdict – 8/10

5) ??? – I thought I would try something new on this one. Rather than giving you a number 5, I thought I’d get some of you fine readers out there to send in some ideas.

This year I want to get more interactive with everyone and thought I’d start today.

Plus, one of you might send me an app that I’ve never heard of before that I can share with everyone else.

Send in your ideas and I will put it as number 5 giving you some recognition:(Website, FB Page, Youtube channel – If you have one)

If it goes well and we get loads of ideas, I’ll extend the list to 10 if necessary or more.

For those of you still living in the Dinosaur age that haven’t purchased yourselves a smart phone as of yet, no worries, books & video tapes are still available lol…

I’m only joking guys 😉

So, with technology on the rise we really have no excuse not to be keeping fit, eating well and looking after our bodies.

You literally have a personal trainer in your pocket with you on the go…

What does this mean for future Personal Trainers?

Well, if technology is always changing and advancing it only makes sense we do the same right…

That is why I am continuously learning, studying and getting new certificates when I can (Trainers, I recommend you do the same both for yourselves and your clients)

Come June 3oth I should be a certified Holistic Masseuse & then plan on studying Herbal Medicine/Nutrition – One of my 2014 goals (Damn I cut my work cut out lol)

Anyhoo, that wraps it up for today…

Quote of the week will now be moved Monday’s so you will have both me and Eric Thomas #TGIM to look forward to with a boost of “Monday Morning Motivation”

(Because the world hates Monday mornings lol)

MMM BABY 🙂

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David Richards

DEE’S FITNESS

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