Looking for a great training/fitness app?

When training for the 2 Oceans Half Marathon in Cape Town, I needed something to keep track of my progress, and force me to beat my best, and challenge myself. For this, the Nike plus running app was perfect. It kept track of time, average speed per km, fastest and slowest laps, as well as a GPS map overview of where I ran.

This helped me up my distance and speed, and was a great aid for improving my running fitness. But now I am entering a physique program/competition, and will have to do more than just running to compete. So what apps would I recommend for this… Fitocracy!

Fitocracy is a social fitness app, and allows users share the workouts, recipes, tips and other details in a Facebook-like way. It is a good way to interact with like-minded people, and to take interest in your workouts.

You can also track what exercises you did on what day. You find the exercise, enter number of reps, enter the weight used, and presto! The app then calculates a score for you, dependent on the weight (or if you logged running, your time and km’s) and number of reps and exercises you did. Your scores add up, and you advance “levels”. You can then track, in comparison to yourself as well as other like-minded people, you progress and see if you are improving. The stronger/faster you get, the higher your score from a workout.

The app is very simple to use, and does not take a long time to update. I dont have time to sit and play on my phone all evening, and I would assume you dont either.

So give it a shot if you are keen. It may change the way you gym 🙂

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So I’ve entered the Well I am Challenge

men's healthNeed some motivation to get off the couch, and into the gym? How does R20,000 sound?

With some coaxing and persuasion from the girlfriend, we have entered the 2014 challenge. I have my own profile on their system, I received my goody bag with some products and vouchers, and I had my health assessment done. I am now officially in!

How does it work?

Basically I have 100 days to make a meaningful change in my life, get healthy, get fit. The fitness part is not too bad since I trained hard for the 2 Oceans, and I have been playing hockey during the winter season, but now to actually get in shape.

Back in the day I thought “cool, klap gym and get ripped”… not that easy anymore. Now I have to have eating plans, really have to think about my work outs and what I want to achieve, and I have to keep motivated. 100 days seems like a pretty long time to not have comfort food, large quantities of cold beverages and long lazy days on the couch. You arent the only one who likes to watch a series for hours on end.

So whats my game plan?

I will be doing a cross-fit style of training, with mostly functional exercise and strength training. I have some fitness at my disposal, but now to put it to good use.

In a few minutes I will be sprinting up and down a hill outside my guest house I’m staying at in Durban. Looks steep, but abs look better on me than a beer keg. Klap it from day 1 (or technically day minus 1).

I will be posting a before photo soon. Not too embarrassing, except for the undies I am wearing in it… but I have entered the physique competition… and I have seen the previous winners. They… Are… Tank! I am going to have to hit the ground running to accomplish my goal of winning.

But whether I win or not, the point is to try. You cannot win if you dont start, and coming last is better than not starting at all.

I will be posting my progress over the next few weeks, along with some of the stuff I have been eating, and the routines I have been doing. Hopefully one day I will at least beat my previous best physique… that’s my goal for now. Time to run hills!