The Windows Store offers a healthy collection of apps designed to help you reach your fitness goals. From tracking your workouts, guiding you through exercises and managing your overall progress, these apps can be handy for everyone from the casual walker to the hardcore gym rat.
Whether getting fit is a New Year's resolution, doctor's orders or simply a desire to feel better and have more energy, these Windows 10 apps can serve as motivation and instruction as you work towards your goals. We have searched the Store aisles and have come up with a modest collection of fitness options that can help you in the gym, on the track or the trial. Let's take a look at the best fitness apps for Windows 10.
While Endomondo is still available and remains a popular Windows 10 fitness app, 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, Runtastic is an alternative capable of filling the void.
Runtastic is a feature-rich Windows 10 Mobile app that tracks fitness activities such as running, walking, hiking, biking, yoga, strength training, treadmill, golfing, crossfit, kayaking and more. Key features include:
- Track over 60 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 lets you create an account using your Facebook or email account or you can 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.
Runtastic is a free app, available for Windows 10 Mobile. There is a Pro version available ($4.99) that offers a few more features, but the free version is a solid fitness app on its own. Overall, Runtastic is a perfect option for those who see their fitness program span a range of activities.
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. Additionally, the exercise routines do not require any fitness equipment beyond a chair. This makes it a handy option while traveling or if workout space is limited.
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.
Adidas Train and Run
Adidas Train and Run is a Windows 10 app that not only tracks your runs but also serves as a personal fitness trainer by providing hundreds of free training plans. Available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile, Adidas Train and Run is a free app that delivers real-time guidance and premium coaching to help you work out more efficiently and achieve your fitness goals faster.
This Windows 10 app is compatible with the Fit Smart wrist-based heart monitor or it can be used as a standalone fitness app. Adidas Train and Run can track your heart rate (via the Fit Smart), pace, speed, routes and calories. You can view your workout history, heart rate zones and route maps to better track your progress.
The free training plans are designed to help you lose weight, shape and tone muscles, build strength and improve flexibility. You can even track the wear and tear on you running shoes. All in all, Adidas Train and Run is an easy to use fitness app for Windows 10 with plenty of eye appeal and heart pounding workouts. It is easy to see why it has such a popular following.
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. 7-Minute workouts are down and dirty, quick exercise routines for those where life often gets in the way and limits the time they have for fitness.
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 may not be the most complicated fitness app in the Windows Store, but offers you a solid option when time and fitness don't cooperate.
GymAce is a versatile fitness app for Windows 10 designed for those who spend more time in the gym than on the track. It focuses on strength training and bodybuilding by providing a large exercise database with descriptions and illustrations.
The collection of exercises can be filtered by muscle group or equipment. GymAce comes preloaded with a few sample workouts with the option of creating your own workout from the list of exercises. Additional features include:
- Recommendation on weight and reps based on previous sets and sessions
- Three countdown timers to monitor rest periods
- Session dates can be charted in calendar view
- Performance can be graphed based on repetition, volume or weight history for each exercise
- Track body statistics and measurements with support for Withings Body Scales
- Support for OneDrive backup for your fitness data
While GymAce is primarily a strength training app, you can record cardio exercises with custom data fields. GymAce is available for Windows 10 Mobile and has a free trial version that covers three sessions. The full version is currently running $2.99. Overall, if you prefer dumbbells to running sneakers, GymAce fits the bill rather nicely.
When you discuss fitness apps and routines, it is hard to overlook the role fitness bands have in pursuing your fitness goals. Granted, not everyone needs or wants a fitness band but they can be an easy way to monitor your activities, track your progress and motivate you to move.
The two heavyweights in the fitness band market these days seems to be Fitbit and Garmin. Whether you are sporting a Fitbit Charge 2, Blaze or the Garmin VivoSmart HR+, each have capable Windows 10 apps to monitor your progress and manage your bands. Both the Fitbit app and Garmin Connect app for Windows 10 tracks and charts everything from your daily steps, workouts, stairs climbed, weight and more.
Which is the best option? Had Microsoft not killed off the Microsoft Band series, the choice might have been easier to make, but both Garmin and Fitbit devices have appeal. Garmin is more down and dirty in appearance, while the Fitbit line has more bling. Both offer customizations to what they track and hopefully one day they both will offer reliable notifications from your Windows 10 Mobile phone.
If you have tried any of these Windows 10 apps or have an opinion on which fitness band is best, let us know what you think of things in the comments. We have only scratched the surface on the fitness apps available in the Windows Store, with plenty of quality options not mentioned. If we have missed your favorite Windows 10 fitness app feel free to share that in the comments as well.
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