Top 6 Exercise Planning/Tracker Tools


Lifehacker's Hive Five this week asked readers to vote on their favourite technology platform for tracking and planning their exercise.  

The top 6 are as follows:

  1. Gyminee:  A web based tool and social network where you can track you workouts, diet and find an exercise partner.
  2. Runkeeper:  An application for the 3G iPhone that uses the GPS chip to monitor your route, distance and speed.

  3. MapMyRun: A Google Maps mashups of running routes and social network for fellow runners.

  4. Garmin Forerunner: Garmin's foray into the Hear Rate Monitor world

  5. Nike+: The famous foot sensor iPod/iPhone combo.

  6. Nokia Sports Tracker: The Nokia phone application version for their GPS enabled handsets. 

Gyminee debuted at the TechStars Demo Day last fall so has amassed a large user base in a short amount of time to be sitting at number one. I was VERY surprised to see Garmin on here and not Polar – especially since Polar owns most of the key patents around wireless heart rate monitoring and offers some feature rich online and offline performance tracking software.   

The MapMy family also includes MapMyRide (along with Hike, Fitness, Walk, Tri) for all you cycling enthusiast out there. I personally love using it to find cool new cycling routes in CA. 

I would love to hear from you in the comments what software you might be using. Good old fashioned spreadsheets perhaps?

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