Fitness apps are a dime-a-dozen now. Last year, mHealth Economics published a paper estimating that there were 100,000 fitness and health apps between the Google Play and App Store. Frankly, most of these fitness-based apps are for cardio-based training and diet tracking — calories in and out, heart rate, steps taken, miles logged, etc. — and the options for heavy lifters are few and far between.
Part of the problem is that weight lifting is hard to track without manually inputting the info yourself. While your phone can accurately track your steps using the built-in accelerometer, the technology doesn’t exist yet that can estimate how much you’re lifting, for how long, or correct bad form; a few wearables exist out there that measure your “muscle quality,” but those can be expensive, if not unreliable. But there are a few options for upping your training, and getting new ideas for workouts. Here are a few apps that can help you out.