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There's an App for That

Old 11-28-10, 09:05 PM
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There's an App for That

Hey all,

With the explosion of smart phones in the past year or so there have been a lot of great fitness apps released. Thought I'd start a thread on what some of the favorites are.

My favorite so far is Cardio Trainer on my DroidX. I haven't checked but I think it might be an Android specific app. I did a quick browse on my iPhone (yes I have both) and didn't see it in the app store.

First of all Cardio Trainer was the first fitness app I tried that didn't kill the phone's battery in about an hour. I've actually gone on four hour rides and not come close to killing a completely charged battery. Also it will automatically upload your workout (I think to several different sites - I just use their default and facebook. It's a great way to swap routes with friends). It also tracks pace, split times, and elevation gain. It also guestimates your calories burned (not sure how accurate that can be). You can also set it up for different types of workouts, such as running vs. biking. It also has audio queues that tell you verbally your pace and speed at certain intervals. That feature even integrates with your music player (even Pandora) on your phone by lowering the music a tad when the audio performance queue is played. Overall it seems to be a very feature rich application. Best part is the price - the thing is a free app. The price is right.

If anyone knows of anything they like better I'm all ears though. I haven't tried them all.
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wow, a workout app, really.
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Old 11-28-10, 09:16 PM
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not sure what you mean - dude, it's almost like getting a Garmin for free.
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I use My Tracks (android).

Basically does what cardiotrainer does.
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Old 11-28-10, 09:18 PM
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Cyclemeter is great.
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yeah i was using cardiotrainer for a while. awesome app that gives lots of good info...for free! the only thing i don't like is that you don't have instant access to the info unless you keep your phone mounted. personally, i don't like mount devices that large on the stem/bars/frame. i was just gifted a garmin edge 500, which does pretty much all i wanted while also being considerably smaller than my android phone and also is much easier to mount and use while riding. still, i'll use my phone for mapping routes while i'm out there.
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Originally Posted by rlevine View Post
yeah i was using cardiotrainer for a while. awesome app that gives lots of good info...for free! the only thing i don't like is that you don't have instant access to the info unless you keep your phone mounted. personally, i don't like mount devices that large on the stem/bars/frame. i was just gifted a garmin edge 500, which does pretty much all i wanted while also being considerably smaller than my android phone and also is much easier to mount and use while riding. still, i'll use my phone for mapping routes while i'm out there.
Yeah, that is a downside. The audio queues do help quite a bit though as they give some of the basic info I'd be looking at visually.
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I usually use MapMyRide
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i had a motorola droid, got it when it first came out....was ok with it but not totally impressed, i did like however mapmyride....it worked great.

Went back to a blackberry, and yesterday, i went and picked up the droid x....WOW...what a difference a year makes. I am totally impressed. Motorola has come a long way since the Motorola Droid...now I am going to download a few of these apps, and see which one i like the most.
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Originally Posted by Velo Gator View Post
Cyclemeter is great.
Going to second that.
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Originally Posted by Velo Gator View Post
Cyclemeter is great.
I cant find it on the Android Market.
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Originally Posted by JRonaTrek View Post
I cant find it on the Android Market.
iPhone? https://www.abvio.com/cyclemeter/
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Yes This is Iphone only!!!! -1 point for my droid x.
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I did not like Cardio Trainer as much as Endomondo. But based on the feature set you listed for Cardio Trainer there are at lease 5 others that do all those same things w/out killing the battery. BTW these apps are not the killer of power as much as WiFi, GPS & 3G on all the time...
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Cyclemeter for iOS. Still looking for the ideal iPhone mount however. I usually just start the app and toss the phone in my jersey pocket and forget about it. It now has a function where it analyzes for and compensates for time spent stopped. I find it usually tracks my Bike Computer on ride time within about 15-20 seconds.

I also use LoseIt to track my calorie intake and exercise. I often credit this app with helping me lose 40 pounds - and keeping it off now for over a year.
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Originally Posted by tknesel View Post
I also use LoseIt to track my calorie intake and exercise. I often credit this app with helping me lose 40 pounds - and keeping it off now for over a year.
CardioTrainer has a built in calorie tracker in the app I think.
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I have used MyTracks on my Android, until I went for a couple of rides and it had stopped sometime during the ride, so it never gave me the full details of the ride. Then I used MapMyRide, but it kills the battery in a little over two hours. Now I just use my VDO cyclometer and log it in BikeJournal when I get home.
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Originally Posted by tknesel View Post
I also use LoseIt to track my calorie intake and exercise. I often credit this app with helping me lose 40 pounds - and keeping it off now for over a year.
+1. All the working out I ever did hasn't helped me cut as much weight as LoseIt has. Brain-dead easy, so I can use it, too.

How broad is this thread going to be, anyway? I'd add an app for the Bixi-based bikesharing program we have in DC now. Bixou has Lite and paid versions, and Spotcycle is my app of choice at the moment.
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Originally Posted by Phiberglass View Post
I usually use MapMyRide
I just installed iMapMyRide on my iPhone4. We'll see how it works later this week.
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I like runkeeper on my droid. Free version tracks pace, speed, elevation and maps route. Uploads with more detailed info to their website and facebook if you wish.
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I've used MyTracks on my Motorola Droid. I just use it to record the ride (display off) otherwise it eats into my battery life. don't use it often though on rides since I already have a Garmin.

JRona, is the DroidX that much better than the Droid?
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Originally Posted by Velo Gator View Post
Cyclemeter is great.
Thanks; I'll try this (new iPhone user).
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I just Google My Tracks
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Originally Posted by mchacon01 View Post
I've used MyTracks on my Motorola Droid. I just use it to record the ride (display off) otherwise it eats into my battery life. don't use it often though on rides since I already have a Garmin.

JRona, is the DroidX that much better than the Droid?
mchacon, It actually is. I liked the droid....dont get me wrong, but it was blown way too out of proportion, The reason why i went back to BB was for e mail purposes, BB is the best at fetching them....with droid i have wait 15 minutes, or manually fetch them myself....in regards to speed, camera, accessability, and performance over all, i have to rate the X higher than the droid. It has really come a long way in 1 year.
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Originally Posted by tknesel View Post
Cyclemeter for iOS. Still looking for the ideal iPhone mount however...
I've been cautioned in the past about mounting my phone to the bars; sounds like it has merit. This person told me, 'keep your phone on you in case you have a wreck and you're unable to get to your bike. You'll need a way to call for help'. Kind of makes sense to me since I ride by myself a lot. Other than alone, obviously this wouldn't matter. I'm thinking of getting a Garmin precisely for this purpose though.
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