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This is MY top 5 apps that I feel people need or should have on their phones… if you use it in the gym like I do. With the power of smartphones, you can literally do EVERYTHING with one device. So here are my top apps really in no particular order. Some are very handy and are very functional and some are just for fun.
1. Evernote. Price: FREE
I use evernote to keep track of my workouts. I have evernote downloaded on my PC and have created documents logging my specific workouts for each day of the week. This is such a handy little tool as it syncs with all digital devices that you can download it on. I currently have all workouts added to my evernote account for 4 months out. This little tool is also handy for anyone in school or working. As you can create and type up lecture notes, conference notes or what have you and you can SHARE IT WITH CLASSMATES/COWORKERS. How awesome is that? Sharing is caring people. Don’t you ever forget it.
2. MyFitnessPal. Price: FREE
I mentioned this little bugger in my previous blog post. This app is used to track your calorie intake as well as macro- and micro-nutrients. I personally use it to log my macro-nutrients daily to make sure I hit my appropriate amount of fats, carbs, and protein in grams to reach my specific goals. This app may take a little getting used to at first, but after a week, it’s a cinch. I don’t vary my meals that much so it remembers my ‘recent’ meals used so it’s literally makes life easier the more you use it. Also, MyFitnessPal already has a HUGE database of foods already stored. There pretty much is NOTHING you can’t find on this app, unless you made something homemade. Even if that is the case, people have entered homemade recipes into this database so you can use it as a rough estimate. I LOVE this app and use it on a daily basis. I suggest you all get it and ACTUALLY take the time to use it and be consistent with it. If not for micromanaging your diet, use it to understand portion sizes and how many calories there are in the foods you eat.
3. Spotify. Price: FREE
This is my go-to music player when I am working out. It doesn’t have the variety or the algorithms or whatever like Pandora does, but I personally just like it better. What makes Spotify way awesomer (yeah, thats a word the bro-dictionary) is the fact that you can search for actually albums and listen to it. So not only can you listen to music to get your SWOL on, but you can use it to catch up your favorite artist’s newest album… except my favorite artist removed her music off of Spotify. *FUCK YOU TAYLOR SWIFT. I HATE YOU. Anyway, this app is my go-to choice for music player.
4. Instagram. Price: FREE
This app is for gym selfies Obv. Not only that, but I follow people who are fit as inspiration and motivation to get my ass in shape. Yeah, Yeah. Superficial and such a douchey thing to do, but you can also think of it as progress pics too. Now I’m not condoning taking selfies at the gym with your shirt off and shit, but taking selfies or progress pics and putting them on here can potentially garner attention. This can lead to support from strangers that may be doing the same things you are or have the same goals. This can definitely foster a community and you can make friends in the process. Personally, I don’t use this app a WHOLE lot at the moment, but I plan to for progress pics and when I hit PRs during my lifts. Call me a douche, I don’t care. It’s not necessarily me being vain, but rather to show consistent progress. Plus its fun and filters are neat. GET THAT SHIT YO.
5. PicPlayPost. Price: FREE?! I paid like $2 for this app awhile ago -__-
This app is SOOOO fun and cool to use. This goes hand in hand with instragram. You can add frames and have multiple pictures AND videos within the same frame. Also, you can add background songs and have offset times to play the videos you upload to it! It’s just really neat. Google this app and take a look at it for yourself as I probably don’t use it to its full potential. Must have if you have an instagram account.
SoundCloud. Price: FREE
It was hard not putting this app into my top 5 list. Since it is another music app, and I feel Spotify is just a teeny tiny bit better, I had to leave this one out. BUT, I feel that EVERYONE should get this app along with Spotify. This app features a VAST range of music from well-known artists, up and coming artists, and artists you will probably never hear about in mainstream. That’s what I love about this app, I LOVE the more underground stuff that is on SoundCloud. I mean, don’t get me wrong I love mainstream music and all but sometimes listening to producers make beats with not lyrics is just, well, soothing. I personally love ‘Explore’ tab and I just set it to ‘ambient’. It’s super relaxing and keeps me focused, I’ve done plenty of lifting listening to ambient sounds or crazy EDM/hardcore music as well. Check it out, it’s a great little app.
Snapchat. Price: FREE
Lets be real, there is nothing better than snapchatting your best friends pics of you doing hitting PRs in the weightroom, sending douchey selfies acting like a damn clown, or just sending obscene pics in general. My friends and I are very competitive with each other and we snapchat each other a small taste of our ‘secrets’. What does that mean? For instance, one thing my group of friends are into is the use of different supplements. I like to take a snapchat of my supplements I take and send them to my friends with like a 1 second timer. They open it, see its my supplement stack but don’t know the specifics to what I am taking. They get pissed and interrogate me and ask if I know some super secret new supplement that is out on the market that will get you ALL KINDS OF JACK3D and TANN3D. I use this solely to troll my friends, and vice versa. This is a great LOLZ app and is fun to use.
Thats my list. Love it or hate it? leave a comment below. I would love to hear what apps you guys are using in regards to fitness/progress stuff.
* The Taylor Swift remark is a joke. She is NOT my fav music artist nor do I actually hate her. Although I have to admit, she makes catchy tunes. But shhhhhh, don’t tell anyone I said that. My man-card is on the line. kthxbye ❤