Hunters use a lot of tools during their time in the backcountry: GPS, rifle/bow, boots, apparel, pack, and the list goes on. But how many tools should you use when training? In the day of the smartphone, there are more tools than ever that can help you train better and achieve better results. Here are a few apps that will improve your workouts and their effectiveness:
SIT (Simple Interval Timer)
When doing interval training, having a reliable clock is important; having a timer that removes the human element is even better. I use SIT every single time that I do interval training. It is easy to use and is completely customizable. Best part: it is free!
If you like running (or if you hate running but know you should) then Nike+ GPS is a great running app. It tracks pace, distance, time, gives you updates during your run, maps your route, uses weather data, and tracks elevation, all to help you become a better runner. It has a built in coach that will help you train for a 5K, 10K, half-marathon, or full marathon. This app is a must!
Sleep is a crucial part of training. Without proper sleep, your recovery efforts will be in vain. Additionally, your sleep cycle is important because it is in those different levels of sleep that recovery takes place. If you have ever woken up in the middle of a deep sleep, you know how terrible that can be. Sleep Cycle uses your phone’s accelerometer to track movement and determine sleep cycle. Then, your alarm wakes you up when you come out of deep sleep, thus making the most of your sleep cycles and maximizing recovery.
Sometimes you need a change and other times you are too busy for your normal workout routine. Sworkit helps you do high-intensity body weight workouts that get your heart rate up and get your workout done quickly. The only bad workout is the one you didn’t do and SworkIt will help you do it. Workout range from 5-60+ minutes
Pocket WOD was inspired by CrossFit to help enthusiasts stay on top of their fitness needs and goals. Using this app will help you find creative changes in your workout as well as help you to master other exercises that you may not do very often. As always though, make sure you can do any move with correct form or do not do it at all.
All of these apps can help take you to the next level in your training. However, the one thing they cannot do is give you the discipline and motivation needed to use them consistently. If you are just starting out, these apps will help you get started in the right direction. Regardless, having tools like these at your disposal can only help you.