Lately I’ve been spending a lot more time working out. Mainly because I love being in shape and it’s free if you do it outside. So I decided that I am going to start training for a triathlon that is coming up in September (hopefully I stick to it). So I started doing some investigating trying to find a decent pedometer or heart rate monitor for a low price but found that they are all fairly expensive.
But then I started thinking…there has to be something for the iPhone that can do the same thing. Luckily, there is!
Fitnio is a FREE application that you can download from the application store for your iPhone. What it does is allows you to track your runs, bike rides, and walks online and get a bunch of information about them. It uses the built in GPS to track where you are, how fast you are moving, and where you have gone on the map.
It really is an amazing application and I was so excited to try it out that I went for a run today even though it was 102 degrees outside. Here is a quick review of the program and what it all does.
On The iPhone
The interface on the iPhone is very basic. But don’t let that fool you into thinking the application doesn’t do that much. As you can see in the image (above), the application displays a few different things. Not only does it tell you how long you have been running, but it also shows more details such as:
- MPH – Displayed the speed you are moving at
- Distance – Displays your total distance
- Calories Burned- Estimates the calories burned based on your BMI
- Emergency – Allows you to call a certain number that is set in the settings menu
- Cool Down – Starts the cool down timer so you can end your workout
The calories burned feature uses your height and weight to estimate and it seems to be pretty accurate. If anything, it at least gives you a general idea of how many calories you burned.
The only downside to this application is that you have to keep the phone unlocked the whole time otherwise the GPS will be disabled. Luckily, the application has a fake locked screen that disables the screen so it still makes it easy to keep in your pocket or case. I just disabled the auto-lock feature in the iPhone settings menu and did not have any problems.
On The Web
This is where the program really shines. The iPhone automatically syncs your workouts with their website so as soon as you sign in at Fitnio.com, it will automatically display this screen that shows you all of your workouts in an easy to use menu:
It even allows you to set daily, weekly, and monthly goals and will show you how much further you need to go to hit that mark. It also shows the total distance and the total ascent of your workout. When I first signed in and saw this screen, I figured this was all of the information it recorded.
However, I then noticed that you can click on an individual workout and get even more information that blew me away. Here is what the advanced view looks like for a workout:
This is where I was amazed at what this application does. Besides showing the details from the first screen, it also shows you a graph that displays your elevation and speed for the entire workout. And if that isn’t enough, it also maps the entire workout on Google maps so you can see where you went.
If you look at the graph, you can easily see that it was almost dead on accurate. I ran to a park near my apartment and then turned around. From there I did a large loop around the block. Very very cool!
An Awesome Application
Overall, this is a kickass application that is completely free to use. If you have an iPhone, I highly recommend trying it out and see how it works in your area. I am interested to see if the map function is accurate regardless of where you are.