Spring Fever Checklist: Grab an app?

If you’re reading this, chances are that you already realize what a difference your phone or iPod can make when it comes to getting fit.  Our approach is designed not just to get you from one fitness level to another, but to do it from the palm of your hand, keeping you on track and motivating you along the way.

As Spring approaches, consider making a small purchase or two to up your game for the coming running season.  Here are three ideas.

A new program.  No matter what your fitness level or how far you’ve come, we have a program that can help you improve your distance and get into better running shape.  If you’ve already completed one or more programs, consider anteing up for a new one.  Novice runners who aren’t yet up to the 5k distance can start off with Ease into 5K.  (Warning: may be habit forming!)

GPS.  Within each running program is an in-app upgrade what will allow you to add GPS functionality.  For $0.99 you can track distance and speed for each of your runs and have that much more information at your disposal as you evaluate your progress.  Plus, it’s a lot of fun and brings a new dimension to your training.  Especially if you’ve been cooped up inside on a treadmill for a few months, GPS might be just the things to get you back out into the real world.

Bootcamp.  Runners tend to run, but that doesn’t mean we can neglect other areas of fitness.  Bootcamp is a circuit training app that gives you a wide range of exercises — abs, arms, legs, core, cardio — and prompts you to move from one to the next throughout the workout.  It’s a great way to get a head start on getting stronger for the season and a nice resource to have as a complement to your training thought the year.  Check out our 5 Reasons to Bootcamp post if you’re not convinced.

If an app has made a difference in your life so far, by improving your performance or keeping you on track from week to week, there’s a good chance that one of the ideas above can help raise your game even further.  Shop around a little and think about the possibilities.  Let us know how it works out!

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