Best Fitness Apps

Skimble (www.skimble.com) is a FREE online fitness application (with mobile apps for iPhone, iPad and Android) that offers fun, dynamic and social applications geared towards getting people active. The company motto is “inspiring active lifestyles” … and they’ve found a way of doing just that!

Skimble Online

The Skimble website is an online social networking hub where people from around the globe can sign in and create a FREE user profile. This interactive site provides features that help people stay motivated to keep moving:

Track physical activity (workouts, sports and trips)
Earn physical activity points and compete against others in your Skimble Network
Connect to friends via Skimble who are tracking their workouts near you
Compete with other Skimble members on the physical activity points leader boards
Post your activity and physical activity points to Facebook and Twitter

The mobile app that supports Skimble is a very well thought out application and platform. It not only connects to the Skimble social network and community, it also includes an impressive workout library (with a wide variety of categories to suit the needs of the novice user all the way to the elite athlete). There are several features that make it easy for someone to want to participate in the workouts and makes the experience feel like an interactive experience:

Each exercise provides images or video to show proper form
Exercise cues are available in both text and audio format (voices of real coaches and trainers are available)
A trainer provides additional motivational cues during the exercise
Workouts range from 5 to 60+ minutes in length
All workouts include a clock and timer for each exercise
You can listen to your own music during the workout (doesn’t interfere with the coaching and audio cues)
You can access the workouts using Apple TV
You can create your own workouts and save them to your account

Not only does Skimble provide a wide variety of workouts for people of all fitness levels, it also provides tools that help to keep participants motivated and on track:

Workouts are scheduled and Skimble pushes reminders/alerts to your mobile device
Skimble tracks physical activity points that ranks you on the monthly leader boards
Much like Facebook and Twitter, Skimble provides real time feeds of people who are doing similar activities or who are physically active in your area

Skimble GPS Sports Tracker

The Skimble GPS Sports Tracker compliments the Workout Trainer by giving Skimble members the opportunity to track all other physical activity they do during the day to collect points to add to their running tally. Features of the GPS Sports Tracker include:

Tracking of over 45 sports and fitness activities
Recording of routes, pace, distance and elevation using iPhone’s GPS technology
Shares accomplishments on Facebook and Twitter
Allows members to compete on leaderboards
Monitors your individual progress over time

What’s the Catch?

Although Skimble is a free online application and Workout Trainer is a free mobile application … not everything is free. Workout Trainer provides a handful of free workout programs for various fitness levels (casual, moderate and intense) but the majority of the programs must be purchased (an average of $ 9.99). To access a complete library in addition to the standard library members have the option to upgrade your account to PRO ($ 24.99 for an annual membership).

The PRO membership provides the following features and benefits:

Access to PRO workouts (additional workout library)
Access to PRO audio workouts (voices of real trainers to coach during the workout)
Can create unlimited workouts
Advertisements are no longer visible on the screen during the workouts

The Final Word …

Skimble has done a great job of understanding the needs of today’s consumer and provided a way for people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels to fit physical activity back into their lives in an easily accessible, affordable and fun way. For more information on Skimble visit their website at www.skimble.com.

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