MyFitnessPal is the ultimate app for tracking your food. It has all the bells and whistles you are looking for, as well as an easy to use interface. Not only can you track your calories, you can track you macros (carbs, fats, and protein), your micronutrients, and even your water intake. The app provides multiple ways to enter your food that make it ridiculously easy to do. You can search it's enormous database of foods and restaurants. Most brands and restaurants already have their menu's uploaded into the app. So if you're out to dinner and you aren't sure how much food you are having, you can find it easily by searching the restaurants name. I use their barcode scanner the most. It is a life saver. If you need to track something you have made at home, all you need to do is scan the barcode on the box or bag, and MyFitnessPal will automatically pull up the food's nutrition facts. You can adjust the serving size accordingly. MyFitnessPal has built in pie charts to show your calorie details by meal, and even creates a chart for your macronutrient goals. If your goal is to lose or gain weight, MyFitnessPal will create a daily calorie goal using your body's information to help keep you on track. It also tracks your weight gain or loss! It will will sinc with your iPhone's Health app which will automatically import all of your workout and health information making it easy for MyFitnessPal to adjust your food according to your exercise habits. If I recommended only one app for you to download, it would be this one. This app should come pre-loaded on your phone!
Fitlist is just what you've been waiting for to create and track your lifts in the gym. You can custom create your own workout split or choose from many within the app. So how does it work? Basically, you create a list of different movements (let's says it's a chest day and you want 6 exercises), title it "Chest Day", and Fitlist will create an open form with boxes that let you enter how many reps, and what weight you lifted. You can fill up your calendar with your custom workout split. The best part, Fitlist keeps track of your progress! Every time you decide to perform a movement again, Fitlist will show you exactly how you did all of the previous times you performed the movement. For example, if I want to progress on bench, I can look and see what I did last time I benched, and even all the times before that. If that wasn't enough, Fitlist also provides an online community where you can follow and see what other people are working out, how they've progressed, and you can even share your own workouts. This would be the perfect app for a trainer working with a client. You can give them their workout, and see they're progress in the gym instantly. I've tried many apps like this one, trying to track my progress, and I've finally found the one that I'm going to stick with. Great presentation, functionality, and it's easy to use.
Sworkit is not your ordinary workout app. It's straight up super charged to perfection. It's customization capabilities and endless options are what makes it stand out about the rest. If you're looking for an intense strength workout, a simple stretch, a warm-up, a yoga session, or even a short cardio session to end your day, Sworkit has you covered. Not only can you include or exclude certain movements, you can customize the amount of time you want to work out, and Sworkit will adjust the exercise or stretch to fit your needs. Let's say you wake up a little late, and now you have 10 less minutes to workout before you go to work, just adjust the time of your session, and Sworkit will shorten your workout while still keeping a diverse workload that equally spreads out the muscle groups you are wanting to work with. This is straight up a person trainer in a smart phone. After I go to the gym, I need something to help me stretch and to keep me accountable for doing so long enough. Sworkit is my go-to app for this scenario. Sworkit includes broad, and also very specific types of workouts. They even provide an ab workout that won't wake up your neighbors! How thoughtful! I'd like to meet the geniuses behind the creation of this app. You should get it, right now. Do it.
Okay, everyone has a music app. Why would I put Spotify on this list? Why? Because it's the best one. Hands down. Not only does it have an enormous library, it has an amazing social aspect to it that is unparalleled in any other app. That's why it made this list. You can follow other people, see what their playlists consist of. Follow that girl or boy you like, see what they like, impress them with your shared musical interests! Okay, that's a little creepy, but still. Following people's musical interests is the best thing since sliced banana bread. You can even follow celebrities (you're favorite fitness idol maybe?). I follow many fitness icons on social media, and I can go to the gym and listen to the exact playlist they are listening to. Oh look, Steve Cook is currently listening to Adelle's new song, sweet, I'll take a listen too. "But I'm still so invested in iTunes...". That's okay, so am I. You can easily upload all of your iTunes playlists directly into Spotify. They've thought of everything. So, put some social in your musical life. You won't regret it.