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Best apps for fitness: iPhone & iPad apps to keep you fit and healthy

Philip Jones | Sept. 9, 2013
The best apps for fitness: our pick of the iPhone and iPad apps to help you get and keep fit and healthy.

One of the most important things about doing weights is to be sure you're doing it right, especially if you are planning on working out at home.

Weight Lifting and Weight Training (69p, Reimund Lube, weblantis.com) is a comprehensive directory of workouts to match whatever you hope to achieve and a variety of techniques on how to do it right, both for maximum effectiveness and minimal risk of injury.

StrongLifts 5x5 (free, StrongLifts BVBA, stronglifts.com) helps you keep track of both the lift and also the weight you are working from while for quick powerlifting, 1RepMax (free, Greg McCormick, crushmedia.net) is an easy way to fill in stats from a previous weights workout to calculate the best weight to use for you to achieve maximum effect with just 1 rep. Ab Workouts Pro (69p, Feel Free Apps, abworkoutsapp.com), and its sister apps Push Ups Pro and Butts Workout Pro, can help you achieve great sets of routines across a variety of abilities to target key parts of the body without the need for expensive equipment.

One of the best ways to cram an effective workout into a small space of time is Circuit training. iCircuit Training (£1.49,Matt Burnett, www.icircuittraining.co.uk) has 18 pre-designed circuits with over 50 individual exercise to work from. Alternatively you can take some of those weight exercises from previous apps and instead of working with a set amount of reps, see how many you can do in 30 seconds. Seconds Pro (£1.99, Runloop, www.secondsapp.com) comes in handy here, as it is a customisable interval timer. You can set as many sets of exercise as you like, naming each one, specify the amount of rest between exercise and sets of exercise and even colour-co-ordinate the background for added visual guidance.

If by now you are starting to feel pretty smug and pleased with your new-found fitness, Para Fitness (£1.99, Aimer Media, www.aimermedia.com) gives you a chance to train yourself against the standards of the best, with three different levels; recruit, soldier and Para. See how you like that.

Best apps for fitness: yoga
Ryan Giggs has attributed part of his longevity as a Premiership footballer to regular yoga workouts. If it is good enough for 900+ appearances in arguably the most demanding league in the world, it's good enough for us.

You can use yoga to stretch out muscles tightened in other workouts or as a toning, strengthening exercise in its own right. There are an overwhelming number of yoga apps, many of them free, available on the app store but All-In Yoga (69p, Viaden Mobile, mobile.viaden.com/yoga-for-iphone.html), which offers more than 300 poses, and Yoga+ (£1.49, Wenlong Sun, www.iphonedown.com), which has a lot of excellent guidance on how to do a pose, are good places to start.

 

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