The innovations of various applications for the iPhone have meant a great deal of emphasis and assistance in the world of serious athletes. With apps that can track and chart a run, workout or even a scorecard, to apps that can gauge nutrition and dehydration levels, the iPhone is now one of the best tools an athlete can have to further their progress and improve their well-being.
Below are the top iPhone applications for athletes.
Brought to you by Mobil Sports, Inc, this app is a must for any outdoor athlete—whether that’s football players, tennis players, runners or even coaches and parents on the sidelines. This app is designed to keep you safe while you exercise, practice or compete.
iHydrate works by reading the temperature and humidity and providing a reliable index for the level of dehydration risk. It can also be used to set up hydration reminders as well as judge dehydration levels based on the amount of weight lost and the color of one’s urine.
FitnessBuilder is the app for any serious, or even quasi-serious, athlete in the gym. The app features a library of over 750 exercises (which they boast is the largest in the world) that you can either choose to follow or edit, drag and drop into a customized workout plan.
You can share workouts with friends or with a personal trainer—allowing you to keep accurate track of your progress even on days without them. Inside the exercise library you can choose your equipment, body part and exercise category; this means you could select dumbbells, triceps and strength training and scroll through the litany of over 5600 images and videos in their database. You can set your target goals for the workout and record your set, rep and weight information.
For the less intense option, check out the Body Book application, a notepad specifically designed for the gym.
Runners and joggers alike will love Run Keeper, a GPS-based system that tracks your progress whether you’re running, walking, bike riding or hiking. Run Keeper keeps track of not just your speed and distance, but your calorie loss, route, playlist, mile average and goals. You can even keep a leaderboard log with your friends for added fun and motivation.
A fully intuitive application, Run Keeper keeps track of your stats and heart-rate as well as providing you with audio coaching should you want it—it will even alert you when you’ve reached certain milestones. Run Keeper is also designed to integrate into other fitness or health applications such as Zeo, Fitbit and Withings
For golfers, Golf Card is the app for you. With more course maps than any other golf application out there, Golf Card will give you marker maps and satellite views, keep track of your and your group’s scores and develop statistics and handicaps; you can even record and index your golf bag in terms of clubs used and distances hit from each.
The online score tracker will even let you track side games like Skins and Stableford. The tournament feature lets you set up a tournament anywhere in the world from any courses—which of course will make the scores much more arguable seeing as golfers might not be playing the same difficulty of course.
Lose It is the best app on the market right now in terms of nutrition. This app is designed to help you lose weight by keeping track of your calorie budget, meaning not just the amount of calories you ingest but the amount of calories you burn through running or other exercise as well.
Boasting an extremely comprehensive list of various foods, recipes and activities, you can also upload your own recipes and even scan pre-packaged food directly into your list! For those forgetful individuals, Lose It will remind you to log a missed meal. This app is a must for any serious athlete.
The iPhone has made it easier than ever for athletes to log, track and progress in their overall wellness; and with their intuitiveness and easy-to-use functionality, you can get healthy on your own without having to pay the exorbitant rates of personal trainers or nutrition coaches.
All you have to do is click “download” and you’re on your way.