You May Also Like

bethany meyers be.come

Bethany C. Meyers’ new fitness app is inclusive AF and we’re here for it

Yoga injuries have spiked 70 percent in 5 years

Yoga injuries have spiked a *lot* in the past few years—so here’s a tool to help you flow safely

Serena Williams' training includes "quiet eye"

How Serena Williams uses her “quiet eye” to keep cool under pressure and crush goals

Jonathan Van Ness, yoga pro? Yes, who knew?

Who knew? Jonathan Van Ness is as good at yoga as he is at hair

Reasons to skip your next HIIT workout

How long should your HIIT workouts actually be?

Voice memos are trending, but are they healthy?

Are voice memos the antidote to text-message burnout?

3 fitness game apps you’ll really want to download

Ready to put some muscle into your social network? These fun new fitness apps use peer pressure and encouragement to get you sweating.
Socially networked fitness games for your phone are multiplying faster than fungus on a yoga mat. Why? Well, for starters, we’re all addicted to our phones.

Another reason: games on your phone can help alleviate workout tedium and be used to guide you through calisthenics anywhere—in the airport, your office cubicle, or the car (careful!).

But the real genius of these fitness apps may lie in the all-motivating power of peer pressure. Simply put, you’re more likely to exercise if your friends are tweeting you words of encouragement or posting their latest fitness accomplishments on Facebook.

Ready to put some muscle into your social network? Here are our three favorite social fitness apps, scored for creativity, practicality, cost, and a good burn. Join us in a workout, or chime in with recommendations of your own. —Nicole Dyer


Get Started


zombiesAn immersive running game that turns your jog into a death-defying dash through a zombie apocalypse. Choose among 40 different terrifying adventures, as an audio track guides you through an epic bid to save humanity from the living dead.

Zombie Chase mode makes interval training resemble a scene from The Walking Dead, and you can share your runs online with other zombie runners, keep track of your times, view maps, and use the virtual goods you collected during your run to build a home base and earn more missions. Who knew role-playing could work up a sweat?

This app scores big on convenience and creativity. Bummer: Getting chased by imaginary flesher eaters isn’t cheap. The app is a hefty $7.99.




TeemoIf you’d rather bypass zombie blood, Teemo offers wholesome adventures to get your blood pumping. Climb Everest, hike the Inca Trail, or dash through a desert. The best part is you won’t go it alone. Just like in a relay race, you finish one leg of the journey, complete an exercise, and then pass the virtual baton to a friend via Facebook.

I got a sneak peak at Teemo when I helped polish some of the storytelling, so I won’t comment on the writing, but I can objectively give props to the expert trainers who designed more than 100 plyometric-type routines for the game. Exercises can be done anywhere, without props, and each comes with a short video tutorial. You’ll bear crawl, frog hop, lunge, and hold side plank.

The hardest part is working up the nerve to do the moves in public. You may draw jeers from your coworkers as you do push-ups at your desk, but one flex of your bicep, and they’ll be on your Teemo. Bonus: The app is free.




Fitocracy Fitocracy CEO Brian Wang was once a skinny, pale, and asocial gaming addict, so he created the socially networked app to help you “slay the laziness dragon.”

Fitocracy turns exercise into a fierce competition. As with any video game, you work your way through successively more challenging levels, earning points and rewards for each exercise regimen completed. You can play against more than 230,000 registered “Fitocrats,” borrow one of their workouts, or lean on them for advice and inspiration.

If you like to keep personal data points, there’s a suite of widgets for tracking your fitness level and routines. Warning: Many of the workouts entail a trip to the good old-fashioned analog gym! And, as with all of these apps, Fitocracy (which is also free) assumes you’ll play fair and report your workouts honestly. Like Mom says, cheaters only cheat themselves.



fitness appsMore Reading

Fitness gadgets and apps that want to be your personal trainer

7 must-have apps for cycling in the city

5 easy-to-use apps for healthy living


Loading More Posts...

You May Also Like

6 moves Shakira does whenever, wherever she needs a good butt workout

6 moves Shakira does whenever, wherever she wants a good butt workout

Voice memos are trending, but are they healthy?

Are voice memos the antidote to text-message burnout?

Is chocolate milk better than sports drinks?

Science says chocolate milk has major exercise recovery cred—but is it *actually* the best option?

Best healthy tech finds on Amazon Prime Day

Save *big* on 9 healthy-living tech must-haves this Amazon Prime Day

asics running guide chicago

This is the scenic Chicago running route that will make your long runs breeze by

Jonathan Van Ness, yoga pro? Yes, who knew?

Who knew? Jonathan Van Ness is as good at yoga as he is at hair