Friend of Lifehacker Owen Thomas lost 38kg in the last 315 days. That's no small task, but he remained motivated by using social fitness tools to remain accountable to himself and to his friends, and, well, it worked really well for him. He shared his story at the New York Times earlier this week; here he shares the four social fitness apps he credits for helping him along.
People ask me about the apps I use to track my fitness progress and share the results with friends online. Here they are!
I use the mobile app or the MyFitnessPal.com website 5-6 times a day to track calories consumed and burned. I've set it to post daily updates to Facebook when I exercise and when I complete my food and exercise diary. It also posts weight-loss updates to Twitter. I've lost 38kg since I started using this app religiously.
I find MyFitnessPal's workout tracker cumbersome to use. GymGoal lets me program workouts in advance, and remembers the weights, reps and sets I performed during my last workout so I can track my progress.
I've started testing this site to mix up my workouts. No iPhone app yet, but the mobile version works well enough. I transfer exercise routines from Gain Fitness to GymGoal manually, which doesn't take very long.
Honestly, I'm friends with Oliver Ryan, the guy who created the site, and that's a big reason why I use it, but I'm enjoying the ability to post gym updates in a structured way, while tracking my progress towards goals like working out a certain number of times in a month.