Top Rated iPod and iPhone Fitness & Nutrition Apps – What Do YOU Think?

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In this article, I’m going to give you insight into some of the more popular iPod and iPhone nutrition and fitness apps that are currently available on the market. After you read this post, I’d like to hear what YOU think…

…specifically what would YOU want to see in the “perfect” iPhone or iPod nutrition or fitness app? Have you used any of these? In your opinion what is missing from these apps? Do you want me to make an app that fits your needs? Let’s talk about it…leave your comments below!

“Tap And Track”:

This is a Paid Calorie Tracker that allows you to create your own recipes/meals, without actually needing an internet connection, since the entire food database is offline. It works on iPod Touch and iPhone. It’s “selling” features are:

  • A large and accurate database, verified by “nutrition experts” (not quite sure what that means, but there you have it)
  • Ability to build your own recipes and custom foods
  • Speed, no crashing, stability in the actual app
  • Ability to use offline, so you can track your food when you don’t have a connection
  • Full graphing capability
  • Frequent updates to the food database
  • Ability to export nutrition data as a “CSV” file that can be opened with a Spreadsheet in something like Excel
  • Good customer support

What do you think…would you use it? Leave your comment below, and click here to see the Tap And Track website.

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“RunKeeper”:

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RunKeeper uses the GPS technology in your iPhone 3G/3GS to track your fitness activity, giving you comparable results to an expensive GPS watch (although I’d like to see some accuracy comparisons to see whether it’s as accurate as a Garmin). You can also enter your activities manually, including your treadmill runs too.

The interface of the app allows you to track how far you went, how long it took, what your pace/speed was, how many calories you burned, and the path you traveled on a map. Once your activity is completed, the data is synced to the RunKeeper website, where you can view a history of all of your activities, and cumulative totals of all of your vital stats. You can also share your progress with friends by posting your activities to Facebook and Twitter, and creating a profile page that allows people to view all of your public activities (interestingly, all my clients can do this already with the the TrainingPeaks software that I use to coach and train them…hmm…)

RunKeeper is only compatible with the iPhone 3G/3GS , but here are the features:

  • Maps integration: See the exact path you traveled on a map, both on the device and on the website
  • Music: You can listen to the iPod during your activity, and change tracks without leaving the RunKeeper application
  • Audio Cues: Get time or distance-based updates through your headphones during your activity
  • Interval Workouts: Create a workout built from intervals of time and/or distance, and let the audio cues coach you along
  • Splits: You can see your split times in the app as you do your activities

What do you think…would you use it? Leave your comment below, and click here to see the RunKeeper website.

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“MyPersonalDiet”

This is a fairly feature-rich and comprehensive diet application. MyPersonalDiet gives you tools to reach your weight goal by providing methods of to track your food and workouts, monitor your health and get clear assessments of your efforts and get results via a variety of charts. Key features include:

  • Live GPS recording for your outdoor cardio workouts. See your current coordinates, heading, duration, distance, average speed, current speed, current altitude, battery life and route on Google Maps.
  • The Today view shows how many calories you can consume for the remaining of the day while staying within your diet goals, and makes it easy to enter new meals, workouts or health data.
  • The Journal shows multiple daily charts for any given day, such as energy consumption, weight, nutrients, and lets you review all the data you enter on that day.
  • The Calendar provides snapshots of your weight and data entry for a month, making it easy to track your weight, and to find days you entered data.
  • See various charts about your meals, workouts and health data, over any period of time: calories, calories (net), meal schedule, points, body weight, body fat, Carbs-Prot-Fat %, nutrients (e.g. carbs, protein, sodium, calcium, etc), blood pressure, blood markers (cholesterol, glucose, etc), workout duration, workout distance, average heart rate, body measurements.
  • Set realistic goals, enter your own diet plan or choose among low carbs, high protein, low fat, etc., set lower and upper limits on any nutrients you want to track (e.g. maximum of 300g of carbs per day), even enter your target meal schedule and see how well you are following it.
  • The food database is based on the latest US Dept of Agriculture food database, and we added hundreds of popular food restaurants (with more to come), for a total of almost 10,000 food items.
  • Track your workouts. Select one of the 32 pre-defined activities or create your own, then enter the duration and MyPersonalDiet calculates the energy you burnt. You can also enter the distance, average heart rate and more.
  • Enter health data: weight, body fat, heart rate (resting), mood, blood pressure, activity level, blood markers, body measurements, custom fields and a note.

What do you think…would you use it? Leave your comment below, and click here to see the MyPersonalDiet website.

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“iFitness”:

This one was raved about by The New York Times, Washington Post, ABC News and claims to be the #1 selling fitness app worldwide. iFitness provides images, videos & instructions of people performing over 260 exercises, sorted by body region or the exact muscle it targets. Simply choose a target, tap on an exercise, and you are presented with a picture of the exercise. Double tap to flip the image and reveal clearly worded instructions on the back – directing you step-by-step. For more difficult exercises, a single tap on the video icon brings up video instruction.

  • You can add exercises to your custom workout list, and make several workouts for different days of the week. If they’re missing an exercise, you can add your own custom exercise to ensure your complete workout is there.
  • To track progress, you tap the log icon and record your progress. Your data is saved, and can be sent to your email with just one finger tap.
  • The app includes 12 routines that target everything from weight loss to strength building. For those who travel, there is an equipment-free routine.What do you think…would you use it? Leave your comment below, and click here to see the iFitness website.

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“CalorieTracker”:

Calorie Tracker can help you reach your diet, weight loss and fitness goals by tracking your daily calories and exercise. You set your weight management goals and track your calories and progress with a comprehensive online food journal containing over 625,000 food and fitness items.

The Calorie Tracker lets you look up or track your daily caloric, fat, carbohydrate and protein intake with the click of a button. You also have access to The Daily Plate at LIVESTRONG.COM, which offers a nutrition database of more than 625,000 food and restaurant items (apparently the other major competitors only have 7,000 items in their database.)

You can also find and track the amount of calories you can burn in a database of exercises and activities. Caloric burn is calculated based personally on your measurements (I’m not quite sure what this measurement calculation is based upon…).

What do you think…would you use it? Leave your comment below, and click here to see the CalorieTracker website.

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“Fast Food Calorie Counter”:

Here’s an interesting one if you’re trying to reconcile your diet with your love for fast food. With this restaurant nutrition guide, you can keep your diet on track when you have to eat on the run. Whether you are on a fitness plan and counting calories, carbs, fiber, or fat grams, this guide claims that it will empower you to make better choices or allow you to “cheat” occasionally without feeling guilty. Here are the advertised features.

• 8,858 menu items from 72 top fast food restaurants.
• Nutritional information including calories, fat, carbs, fiber, and protein.
• “As you type” searching.
• Ability to sort foods.
• Ability to rearrange restaurants.
• Nutrition charts.
• Keeps track of calories, fat, carbs, fiber, and protein consumed for the day.
• Saves food eaten for each day for up to a year.
• View a quick summary by day, week, or a detailed description for any day of food consumed for up to a year.
• Create custom foods for your custom foods list for unique items.
• Create custom meals to quickly add multiple food items to a day.
• Icon shows how many calories have been consumed for the day.
• Setting allow user to specify daily value as their target for calories, fat, carbs, fiber, and protein.

What do you think…would you use it? Leave your comment below, and click here to see the Fast Food Calorie Counter website.

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FoodScanner”:

FoodScanner allows you to use your iPhone’s camera to scan UPC barcodes on the foods you eat, offering you a quick and easy way to find foods and track how many calories you eat throughout the day. Features include:

  • Find foods by scanning UPC barcodes OR typing in food names.
  • Works on any iPhone (2G, 3G, 3GS).
  • View complete nutrition labels.
  • Create new foods and attach photos and UPC codes.
  • Store Favorite Foods for quick access.
  • Keep track of total calories eaten every day.
  • Growing nutritional database of 200,000 foods.

Optionally sync with a DailyBurn account for advanced nutrition analysis, history, and more. Backed by DailyBurn’s growing nutrition database of 200,000 foods and powered by Occipital RedLaser technology, FoodScanner claims to be “THE KILLER APP” for tracking your caloric intake. No signup is required to use FoodScanner, but you may choose at anytime to sync with a DailyBurn account to access nutrition history, advanced macronutrient breakdowns, calorie goals, and more.

What do you think…would you use it? Leave your comment below, and click here to see the FoodScanner website.

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“GymTrainer”:

This one has 30+ workouts designed by “Certified Personal Trainers” inside, with workout routines designed to give you a workout with video and written instructions on how to perform every exercise, nutrition tips, and more. Instead of giving you a database of exercises you probably never heard of, GymTrainer focuses on giving you workout routines that get results. You decide what body part you would like to workout and let GymTrainer take care of the rest.

If you already have a custom workout routine, then input it into GymTrainer and have all your workouts in your pocket. I guess that takes the hassle out of taking a pen and paper to the gym. I wonder how long it takes to input your workout.

What do you think…would you use it? Leave your comment below, and click here to see the GymTrainer website.

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After you read this post, I’d like to hear what YOU think…

…specifically what would YOU want to see in the “perfect” iPhone or iPod nutrition or fitness app? Have you used any of these? In your opinion what is missing from these apps? Do you want me to make an app that fits your needs? Let’s talk about it…leave your comments below!

 

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7 thoughts on “Top Rated iPod and iPhone Fitness & Nutrition Apps – What Do YOU Think?

  1. If you connect it with your iPhone then if you forget to carry the iPhone or iPod with you then for the suggestion it will automatically load the details for your whole day in it. It was great for all people.

  2. I am very happy to buy it because I could not believe that there are a lot of features in it. Before using it, I thought that if the fitness tracker would give me actual and solid time with water proof then I am happy but after buying it, I perceive that it has multi functions those are awesome. I can not explain its features in words. It has reminder that ensures me incoming calls, notifications etc. These are really good features.

  3. Andrew says:

    I use calorie tracker works going it has all the foods I eat. Also use map my run I like it very accurate the only thing it uses up alot of battery power better have a full charge if running more than two hours!

  4. derekv says:

    I use Cardio Trainer for android…seems to be pretty good.

  5. Susan says:

    Lose it gets my vote also, free, accurate, easy to use in a hurry, tracks food intake and excercise.

  6. Buddy says:

    Lose it! Is my favorite app for calorie counting. No Internet connection required to look up food choice, gives nutrition data and allows you to custom enter your foods and recipes. Even remembers the foods you eat frequently for easy look up.

  7. Shane Kelly says:

    I use Daily Burn app – it was built by the same people who built Food Scanner – it allows me to track all my nutrition, my workouts, my goals and competitions. It has hundreds if not thousands of work out plans – and has a great community site that is great too – including challenges, motivators, friend lists, etc. I highly recommend it. They are working on a Garmin plugin for their website which will make it that much better. One of the best interfaces of any fitness website i’ve seen.

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