The Olympics kick off this Friday with an opening ceremony that's been put together by feted movie director Danny Boyle and will no doubt prove spectacular. Once that's out of the way we can look forward to two weeks of top sporting action with the best athletes in the world competing head to head. To get you in the mood we're running our Appylmpics – roundups of the best apps for making the most of the Olympics. Today we're awarding medals for the best fitness apps. Who makes the podium? Read on to find out.
Endomondo Sports Tracker
Endomondo Sports Tracker is a great fitness app that lets you keep track of just about any sort of sports activity including running, rowing, kayaking, biking and snowboarding. It tracks your progress in outdoor sports via your phone's GPS chip and automatically produces data such as your fastest and slowest times as well as the number of calories you've burned. The app syncs with the Endomondo website which includes social networking features allowing you to view other people's progress, swap training tips or download new running routes. The app also support fitness accessories such as wireless heart rate monitors. All in all, it's a top quality way to track your training.
MapMyRun does what it says on the tin, but also packs in a few more features too. Essentially it's a tool for joggers and runners to track their routes as they run. Use your phone GPS feature it tracks stuff like your pace, distance travelled, elevation, distance travels and if you buy an optional heart rate monitor it. As you run voice prompts keep you informed of your progress and once you've finished your punishing workout you can upload your runs and records to Facebook and Twitter if you feel like showing off to the world.
Adidas MiCoach differs from most other fitness apps in that it doesn’t just set out to track your training it actually wants to act as your coach. The app works in conjunction with the MiCoach website. To get started you enter some information into the website about your sex, weight and height and then decide on your training goal (lose weight, run a distance faster etc). The site then develops a training program for you to follow and downloads it into the app. When you’re out on your training run the app calls out different paces that you must hit during the workout. It tracks these via GPS an tells you to speed up or slow down if you're not hitting your targets. This makes it a great alternative to professional coaching.
Tune in tomorrow for our pick of the best Sports Games.