The Windows Store has a healthy selection of fitness apps designed to track your workouts, guide you through exercises and manage your fitness progress. The Windows 10 titles can come in handy for the casual walker to the hardcore gym rat.
We sifted through the titles to find a small collection of the best fitness apps available in the Windows Store. This collection doesn't include the likes of the Microsoft Band App, Fitbit or Garmin Connect Mobile. Each are quality apps but wanted to focus on Windows 10 offerings that are not wearable-dependent.
While Endomondo is still available, the company has put its Windows Phone development on hold. While it is never good seeing a developer pull out of the Windows 10 market, there are plenty of quality alternatives to Endomondo. Enter Runtastic.
Runtastic is a feature-rich Windows 10 Mobile app that tracks fitness activities such as running, walking, hiking, biking, yoga, strength training and more. Key features include:
- Track activities and view your routes using your Windows Phone GPS.
- Activity tracking records your duration, distance, calories burned, speed, elevation and more.
- Workouts can be added manually for indoor/non-GPS activities (treadmill sessions, strength training, etc.).
- Monitor your hydration
- Social Network sharing to allow you to post your activities on Facebook, Twitter or Runtastic.com
Runtastic does have the option to create an account using your Facebook credentials, an email account or use the app as a standalone tracker. As you record activities, there is the option to add your mood, the temperature of the day, surface details, personal notes and photographs to better document your workouts.
Settings include options for the app's appearance, setting up social networks, managing your profile and even tracking the wear on your running shoes. Some of the features do require an upgrade to the Pro Version ($4.99).
Available for Windows 10 Mobile, the free version of Runtastic is a solid fitness app for those who spend more time on the track, hiking a trail or other outdoor venues. It can also serve those who spend time in the gym.
Perfect Thumb's apps are known for their minimalist design and simple approach to things. Their fitness app, Perfect Workout, doesn't stray from this approach and delivers an easy way to guide you through various exercise routines.
Perfect Workout includes over 100 animated exercises, spread across 12 workout packs that focus on chest, arms, legs, butt, abdominals, fat loss, cardio and muscle building. The free app includes a full body workout with the other exercise routines available through in-app purchase ($0.99 each). You can also unlock the additional packs with rubies earned as you complete exercises. The ruby system is a nifty motivational tool and lets you save a little as you sweat off the pounds.
Workouts can be tracked to monitor your progress and an animated figure guides you through each exercise. Settings allow you to adjust time spent per exercise and your rest time in between sets. Individual exercises include the likes of push-ups, crunches, planks, tricep dips and more.
Perfect Workout doesn't require any special exercise equipment, but a chair is needed for some of the exercises. Presumably you have a chair available in some fashion. Available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile, Perfect Workout is a comprehensive collection of exercises wrapped up in an easy-to-use, sharp-looking package.
Caledos Runner is a feature rich Windows 10 Mobile app for tracking your fitness activities. Tapping into your Windows Phone's GPS, Caledos Runner maps out your runs, hikes, walks and bicycle rides while recording distance, calories burned, pace and more.
Caledos has support to automatically track runs, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, skating, swimming, rowing, wheelchair runs, Nordic walking and a host of indoor activities like boxing or strength training. You can also manually enter the details of your workout should the need arise.
Key features for Caledos Runner include:
- Support for offline maps
- Data collected can by synchronized with Runkeeper and/or shared over social networks
- Audio cues support 9 languages and alerts you on time, distance, pace and more
- Detailed history of your workouts to chart your fitness progress
Caledos Runner has support for Zephyr Bluetooth HxM Heart Rate Monitors to monitor your heart rate as your workout.
Caledos Runner does offer the option to create a Caledos Cloud account to backup your fitness activities and to have access to six training programs that include the likes of a 10K Training Schedule, Marathon Training and a Walking Program.
Available for Windows 10 Mobile, the free app is heavily focuses on running fitness programs but does a nice job incorporating non-running activities.
There are several 7-Minute Workout styled apps available in the Windows Store, but Seven from Perigee stood out from the pack with its easy-to-use design, animated guides and video game-like features that can help motivate you to stay fit.
The exercise routine with Seven doesn't require any special equipment beyond a chair, a wall and you. The app guides you through a dozen exercises, including jumping jacks, crunches, squats, push-ups and more. Everything is paced to be completed within seven minutes and animated guides are available to demonstrate the exercise.
Seven also takes on a video game approach with achievements to unlock, rewards to earn and even lives that can be lost if you skip a day of workouts. Miss three days and your fitness progress resets to zero!
Seven is a free app available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile and includes the Full Body workout. There are several in-app purchases for custom instructor voices (drill sergeant, kung-fu master, etc.) and additional workouts that focus on specific areas of the body. These in-app purchases are $1.99 each.
Seven isn't a very complicated fitness app, but offers you a solid option for getting fit.
The pursuit of fitness varies from person to person. Some workout as winter winds down to get into shape for summer, while others workout year round. These Windows 10 apps can help you track your fitness progress if you are a casual exercise fan or religiously workout daily.
If you have tried any of these titles, let us know what you think of things below in the comments. Also, if we have missed your favorite Windows 10 fitness app feel free to share that in the comments as well.