Best for: Racing your buddy
Turn your usual loop into a virtual race by using the Yog app (free; iTunes) to set a start time and distance with a friend or to hook up with other "yoggers." An onscreen avatar shows how far along your pal is, and a recording announces, "Congrats, you're in the lead!" when you dust her.
Best for: Firing you up
The Songza app (free; iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon) has tons of tunes to suit you. And now FITNESS has teamed up with Songza to create thumping playlists for any cardio. Get the skinny at fitnessmagazine.com/songzarun.
Best for: Keeping you honest
If you didn't post it, it never happened, right? The Cody Digital Exercise Journal (free; iTunes) is like Facebook for fitness diehards: Upload pics from your run and mileage totals as you brag to, er, link with other users. Plus, browse the app's hundreds of workouts.
Beat Treadmill Boredom
Snap out of autopilot with a couple of fresh sessions from celeb trainer Mark Harari, available on his just-released Pulse Tread app (free; iTunes). "The audio coaching made me feel as if I were in a live class," fashion assistant Marla says. (Extra routines are a buck a pop or $5 for a month-long subscription.) Sample one of Harari's 250-plus classes below to bust a new move.
|The Plan Minutes||Incline (%)||Speed (mph)||Activity|
|0 to 2||0||4.0 to 5.0||Warm-up|
|2 to 3||0||5.5||Easy run|
|3 to 5||0||6.0||Moderate run|
|5 to 6||2||6.0||Moderate run|
|6 to 7||4||6.0||Moderate run|
|7 to 9||6||6.0||Moderate run|
|9 to 10||0||6.5||Hard run/sprint|
|10 to 12||0||7.0||Sprint|
|12 to 13||0||4.0||Walk|
|13 to 16||0||5.0 to 8.5||Alternate a 30-second run with a 30-second sprint. Do 3 sets.|
|16 to 17||0||4.0||Walk|
|17 to 20||12||4.0 to 5.0||Walk/easy run|
|20 to 21||4||5.0||Easy run|
|21 to 22||4||6.5 to 9.0||Sprint|
|22 to 23||3||4.0 to 5.0||Walk/easy run|
|23 to 24||3||6.5 to 9.0||Sprint|
|24 to 25||2||4.0 to 5.0||Walk/easy run|
|25 to 26||2||6.5 to 9.0||Sprint|
|26 to 27||0||4.0 to 5.0||Walk/easy run|
|27 to 29||0||6.5 to 9.0||Sprint|
|29 to 30||0||5.0||Cool-down|
Now Hear This
Listen to music or your app's how-tos with the latest sporty ear gear.
- Clip together the Bagis buds by Urbanears necklace-style after your run. ($35, urbanears.com)
- AfterShokz headphones sit just in front of your ears, so you hear traffic but still get crystal-clear sound. ($80, aftershokz.com)
- Switch songs or adjust the volume using the remote in the cord of the sweet-fitting Powerbeats wraparounds by Beats by Dr. Dre. ($150, beatsbydre.com)
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, November/December 2013.