Active Fitness joins the Nokia Collection, could easily become one of our favorite fitness apps

Summer is in full swing up here in the northern hemisphere. Depending on your location, this might be the only time of the year where you can really get outdoors and enjoy activities (I’m looking at you Seattle). We have a handful of great apps to track your workouts on Windows Phone (like Runtastic), but Active Fitness is a new one that has some pretty cool features that you’ll want to check out.

Active Fitness just hit the Windows Phone Store yesterday. It’s spearheaded by Kevin Ashley, a Microsoft architect and crazy good skier (he kicked my ass on Mammoth this past winter). Speaking of winter, remember that app called Winter Ski and Ride that tracked your runs while you were either skiing or snowboarding? He made that one too. You can basically think of Active Fitness as the summer version of Winter, an app to help track you running, cycling, rollerblading, or anything you can think of. Winter is easily one of my personal favorite apps for Windows Phone 8, how’s Active Fitness stack up?

  • Activity tracking, long battery life while tracking.
  • Share your runs and activities with your buddies, family and friends! Social network integration is fun.
  • Compete with your friends and people around the world with leaderboards for every activity and sport.
  • Works without connection and completely offline. Take it to that trip with you!
  • Beautiful user interface by the same team that designed Winter Ski & Ride app, Microsoft Award for the Best app of the Week, featured in WP Central and Microsoft Windows Phone Blog.
  • Training plans: stay organized and motivated while Active Fitness automatically tracks your progress
  • Speech and voice support: keep tracking of your runs while you run
  • NFC support, supports Tap-to-Friend, touch two Windows Phones to make friends with this app.

When I used the Winter Ski and Ride app snowboarding last season I was completely blown away at how it was able to track my runs, top speed, and more while not annihilating my battery. I haven’t personally used Active Fitness yet, but it looks like the same battery saving magic used in Winter is found here. We’ll have a full review later next week once we’ve gotten a few runs in under our belts.

If you used Winter you’ll feel instantly at home with Active Fitness. The UI and layout is very similar, which is a good thing since your data and account works with both apps. This app has so many cool features, we’ll take a more in-depth look when we review it. But you can look forward to voice interaction (both you talking to the app and the app talking back to you), purchase training plans, NFC support, and much more.

You can grab Active Fitness for Windows Phone 8 devices. It’s free and ad-supported, but you can purchase training plans if you want. Prices start at $2.99 for a plan or you can unlock them all with a 6 month or 12 month time limit for $9.99 or $19.99. When you buy the unlimited passes (either the 6 or 12 month) you also get no ads. The app is part of the Nokia Collection, so you’ll need to be rocking a Lumia device.

Grab it here in the Store, use the QR code below, or swipe to the right in our app. 

Sam Sabri