Smartphone fitness apps
Although they were previously split into ‘pro’ and ‘free’ versions, Q4 Pacer’s developer now generously includes all the features in one free app. That means you can spend no money, yet Q7 use your smartphone’s GPS capabilities to track your jogging routes, and examine details of your pace and calories burned.
B. Beat 2
There are a wealth of running apps available, but Beat 2 is a good one. This free app monitors your pace – or if you have a wrist or chest-based heart rate monitor, your beats per minute – and offers up its specially curated playlists to give you the perfect music for the pace you’re running at, adding a whole new dimension to your run. The best bit is when you explode into a sprint and the music pounds in your ears. Or if you fancy something different, Q5 the app also has In-App Purchases, including tales of past sporting heroes you can listen to while you run.
Q1 If you’re serious about the sport you do, then you should be serious about Impel. As smartphone fitness tools go it’s one of the best, allowing you to track your performance, set goals and see daily progress updates. Q6 If you’re ever not sure where to run or cycle you can find user-created routes on the app, or share your own. All of that comes free of charge, while a premium version adds even more tools.
D. Fast Track
There are plenty of GPS running apps for smartphones, but Fast Track is an excellent freebie. Q2 Although you naturally get more features if you pay for the ‘pro’ version, the free release gets you GPS tracking, a nicely designed map view, your training history, music, and cheering. Yes, you read the last of those right – you can have friends cheer you on as you huff and puff during a run. Q3 If you can afford the ‘pro’ version, you can add possible routes, voice coaches, smartwatch connectivity and more; but as a starting point, the free app gets you moving.