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For weightlifting and the like I can definitely recommend Progression.
I tried pretty much all of them before dropping the pen and paper, and Progression is pretty great.
I've also recently come across WORKIT, but have yet to put it through its paces.
At first glance, WORKIT appears to have better metrics and graphing, but I prefer Progression's interface.
I searched a lot for a good app to use in the gym, yet resorted to using Google Keep every time because they all suck. So then I decided to make my own, but then I stumbled upon this one and it has everything someone needs and it's just awesome. Material design, ease of picking exercises, making schedules, progress tracking, and most important - time tracking between sets that turns into a widget! Didn't check out the pro version yet, but surely will.
EDIT: Has Dropbox sync!
I use the Progression app for Android, great design and simple to use. Just put your program in and it'll track it similar to SL 5x5.
If you use iOS I heard Strong is a good alternative.
I use Progression which has an Android Wear companion app.
I have a Huawei Watch and a Moto 360 Sport. Beware that the Huawei Watch has polished surfaces and definitely gets scratched in the gym. Some scratches will buff out with Cape Cod metal polishing cloths. If you don't care for GPS, go for the Huawei!
I think MyFitnessPal is going to be your best bet as far as calorie counter goes. It's the most widely used and has a fuller database.
I personally love the Progression App to track my lifting:
I input my PPL programme into Progression and have been using that ever since for tracking my workouts. It is great. The developer is very active as well and replies to emails/comments. I bought the premium version just because I was so impressed with how clean it is and how it works. Couple of things need to improve, such as being able to add the same exercise twice in a routine (supersetting lateral raises twice in a day for example), but the guy is constantly working to add all the stuff people need. Syncs with Google Drive/Fit also.
For Android users, this is the best fitness tracker I've ever used and I highly recommend it:
Called Progression, very similar to Strong (iOS) in terms of capabilities - extremely easy to design and create your own programming, or use some of the several programs that comes with it.
You can create exercises, get graphs of your workouts, calculates total tonnage lifted, rough idea of cals burned, etc
I like Progression (Android). Has built-in programs and exercises; you can tweak existing or create new programs, create custom exercises/super-sets, add or delete exercises on the fly during a workout.
I can highly recommend Progression.
Another option is JEFIT, though personally I prefer the former.
I've been using Progression for so long, I almost forgot about it. This is seriously a godsend. As a once-newbie to strength training coming from the StrongLifts app that tells you everything to do, this app was easy to transition to.
Supports all kinds of workouts, timers, supersets, includes Google Fit sync, backup, charts and stats of past workouts, exercise illustrations, floating bubbles, Android Wear support, and an awesome Material UI...
A lot of the main features are free, but I totally upgraded to support the developer. I've used this app for a couple years now, and haven't considered looking elsewhere.
For Android users, I've found that Progression is a pretty nice workout app. There are several premade workouts, but you can make custom ones. The user-experience on this is what makes it awesome.
The dev also made one for body tracking progress
If you're on iOS, I heard Stacked was a good one.
progression is the app i use now but the Strong lifts one is great as well. Use it for a while . Free works great on both but the $5 upgrades are nice.
SL isn't anything we can't find reading / tweaking from online resources.
Progression Workout App's free & it works just fine IMO. Like that I can customize my programs rather than only have one.
I use Progression to keep track of my workouts at the gym. It has a nice design and it works great with Android Wear. You can track your full workout from your watch.
I really like progression, you can make your own repeating workouts and has some basic ones installed. Super easy to use. Otherwise there is fitnotes which is also super good and more minimal. Both are great, I personally use Progression and progression pro (cause the dev is on point). [link]
I really like Progression. It's simple and material designed. It's easy to add/edit your own workouts or use one of the popular pre-built ones.
Progression if you use an android phone. I've been using progression for years. It's easy to use, and has a ton of useful features.
I'm using Progression for Android, which has a nice support for Android wear too.
I've found it to be exactly what I was looking for: just add/customize a workout, be able to complete it while training, and have logs to take a look from time to time. Everything with a simple and intuitive user interface.
I personally use Progression for Android. It has built it workouts you can choose from, or you can build your own. Most of the exercises have pictures to give you an idea on how they are performed. All exercises have a brief description of how you should perform them, and for convenience there is a button that will do a YouTube search for videos of that exercise.
Here is a link to the app in the Play store: [link]
Give Progression a try. It syncs with Drive and Fit. Also Stronglifts 5x5 routine is built in.
Edit: software isn't free to write. Guys gotta get paid or pay his devs.
Progression Workout Tracker is a really good weight lifting app that checks off most of those boxes - syncs with Google Fit, backs up to the cloud, estimates calories for different exercises.
The exercise database has all of the basics, and you can add your own too. The app also has a handy workout timer and weight calculator.
Comes with built in routines, or you can create your own. The only feature it doesn't have that I would want is the ability to create workout plans on the web...since I'd imagine being able to do that a lot faster.
I sent this mock-up to the developer of the app Progression (hands down the best workout tracker on Android).
He liked my mock-up and told me he would take it into consideration when he redesigns the app for Wear 2.0
Progression. I love it, is by far the best lifting app I've ever used. Just an fyi, The pixel mod for the 6p makes the complete workout button in the top right disappear, but you can still click it.
I have become a great fan of Progression since I saw it recommended in /r/Android a few weeks ago.
It has a lot of different work out regimes to try and comes with pictures/videos of the movements if you're not familiar.
Check out Progression. The premium version has charts and graphs and will sync with Google Drive or Google Fit. I don't think there's a iOS version yet though.
Does your workout app have Android Wear support?
I've used Jefit for years, but Progression has a nice Material Design and Android Wear support so I'm looking for other user's experiences.
Progression is what I have used for a few years. It is fantastic and the dev is super responsive to any issues that may arise.
Check out Progression. I just started using it a few weeks ago, and its near-perfect. It's beautiful Material Design, supports Android Wear, and does everything I need it to. Plus the developer is super helpful/responsive.
I second Progression as my favorite workout app by far. I've used the SL app, strengthcalc, fitnotes, and simple workout log and without a doubt progression is the best because of the clean material design and ease of use. It is effortless to use and easy to create your own workouts.
I tried one for Android called Progession
You can use some of the canned workouts or create your own. Syncs with Dropbox and also allows you to put in rest times.
I was going to say Progression, but I guess since you have an iPhone that's out...
Interval Timer is pretty good for workout stuff. It's really easy to use and the continuous interval is nice for stretching. There's no exercise/set tracking, but I think you could probably sideload it. I don't think it needs the phone for anything.
I use Progression Fitness for tracking all of my gym workouts. It looks great, the details you receive from each workout are extensive, and the developer is extremely active and is consistently adding new useful features. It also syncs nicely with Google Fit if you use it.
There are a bunch of included schedules, but it is super easy to start from scratch and create your own. It might take a while to input all your data, but once you've created your workouts it's actually a pretty powerful app.
There is a free version but the extra analytics you get with the paid version is worth it.
I am using my phone because I also use Progression to track my workouts: [link]. I am subscribed to Google Play Music and have playlists I built there but sometimes rely on the I'm Feeling Lucky and Radio playlsts generated by Google.
For headphones I use just a cheap pair of Bluetooth ones I got from Amazon: [link]
If you use an Android then Progression is a fitness tracker. You have to manually add all your workouts, but it tracks your progression.
Progression is by far my favourite workout logging app, but it doesn't do percentages (yet), so I use a spreadsheet to automatically calculate all of the percentages based off my 1RM for the Big 4. Progression calculates my 1RM too, so it's a perfect match.
So the first column is my 1 rep max, then the second column is 1RM multiplied by .09 to get the training max, then the various percentages follow below, all the way down to the BBB and warmup values.
If you're really smart with it, you can organise the percentages into separate weeks, etc, but I just like to have them all listed linearly. On the Progression app, I set up all the required percentages as comments, so it makes it incredibly simple.
=MROUND((value),2.5) is a very useful function, it rounds up the percentages to the nearest 2.5kg (you could change 2.5 to 5 if you're working in lbs).
I keep the file on Google Drive and have a shortcut to it directly on my home screen.
I think Progression is similar to Fitnotes, but i didn't fully try both of them because for some reason i went back to Jefit.
Btw, did you ever tried Jefit and if yes, how do you compare it to Fitnotes?
Well, something like that obviously doesn't exist. Bodybuilding simply doesn't work that way.
The closest thing that could emulate that would probably be a smartphone app, like Progression
You just create/choose a program at the beginning and open the app when you train, look at what exercises you should do, tap in your reps and weights, and you're done.
Of course it's going to be the same every week, and it's only for lifting weights. If you want to do cardio/HIIT, you'll have to do that independently.
It's an amazing app and I've logged about 44 workouts and it's definitely one of the best apps I've used.
If you're on Android, it's called Progression. Here is a link to it.
I don't think it's on iPhone, unfortunately.
I'm currently using Progression to track stronglifts. It has a simple clean interface, and no unneeded social or promotional features. [link] they offer a few suggested programs that get talked about here. but some programs are probably under some type of copyright, like Starting Strength
Sport Gear Tracker is exactly what I've been wanting out of the Polar app for my chest strap HRM.
I recommend the app Progression for gym goers who track their sets and reps with their phone. It works great on AW, is highly customizable, has rest timers, and the developer is quite active on Google+. He's in the process of getting ready to release a pretty big update, which includes a complete rework of how the app exports data. That will be a nice feature for someone like myself who likes to check for overall trends and make pretty graphs of their progress.
I use Progression. An Example of exercise instructions
so, ive only started lifting a few months ago, but the number one most important piece of advice i can give you is, never stop eating, if you want to bulk then you have to be pounding away about twice the cal you normally would, my go to big ass cheap meal nearly every day is
salsa chicken, i make a huge batch in the slow cooker on sundays and it lasts all week, pretty much just frozen chicken tenders and a jar of salsa
about a cup and a half of brown rice, and another cup and a half of mixed frozem veggies
about an hour or two after ill have a pouch of instant oatmeal mixed with another half cup of instant oats, spoonful of peanut butter and a scoop of whey protein
another good tip is to have something to plan and track your workouts, i use an app called progression for android, it lets you create your own workouts or use workouts that others have created (i recommend the basic 5x5 workout if you are just starting)
just gotta give it a go and figure out what works for you
I do the same, but with the Progression app on Android. There's a Strong app for Android now (I believe it's still in development), but Progression is excellent.
I would suggest sticking with the RR and adding in progressions for things you want like handstand press, front lever or back lever. The RR is basically the bread and butter of strength so continue to progressively overload them.
For an app I would recommend the Progression app for android. You do need to set up the RR and create most of the exercises but it is fantastic. There is also an app made by someone here in the side bar. Click Here.
Just to chime in. This is what I currently use. Using it for my GZCLP programming at the moment. It's easy to track reps and sessions. It also backs up to Google drive so you can use it on different devices.
Progression. You can make your own excersises and all that jazz.
What my RR currently looks like in the app. Even though it says superset they are all 2min rest in between. Third set is triset with rings pushup, horizontal row and ab roller.
Progression doesn't automatically detect your reps, but you can add whatever program you're doing and fine tune things like rest times, supersets, etc. I've found it to be well worth the one-time purchase for the Pro version. The developer is active on G+ and is in the process of doing a massive update.
Check out Progression. It is really easy to create a workout schedule, has support for super-sets, and you can also add exercises to a preset workout on the fly.
Progression is a great fitness app by itself, and has a companion app in Progression Body. You need to buy the full version to get graphing, though it may be worth it if you like the core app enough. Personally I love both for their clean simplicity and variety of options.
For strength training (especially if you tune you're program) I find the Progression App (Android only right now) does everything I want.
[edit: play store link]
I use it, too. Material Design, all the features I need. I paid for the Pro version to get all the statistics tracking which is nice. No ads whether you pay for it or not.
All of these actually sync with Google Fit, which is nice that it brings everything into one place.
I also have a fitbit, so I use that app too, which unfortunately doesn't sync with the others. But I really only use that to track sleep and have it count my steps. It's really more of just a toy for me.
Also sidenote: I believe Strava and Garmin things can talk to eachother. I don't have one, but I know the Garmin Edge cycling computers can export to Strava.
I used Prigression when I was doing Grayskull. It doesn't have warmup, but does everything else. You will have to set up the workout manually, because GSLP is not in the standard list of programs. However, it's pretty easy to set up.
I've been using Progression for a year now and am happy with it:
It has some precreated workouts (the usual ones) and many predefined exercises. However, you can create your own workouts and define own exercises, with sets and reps and all you usually need. It's pretty handy and half the usual people of my gym have started using it now as it's easy to use..
This is a good app. You set up your workout schedule as bench 5x10 etc.
Its very quick to setup and once you do it once, you can just use those workouts going forward. One of the few apps I paid for the premium add-on
I'll talk to him about it. Have you tried this app?
I have used Progression for the past 2 years. I followed their programs that were built in to the app to start before i started to build my own and research ones on the internet.
They give a good amount of info to tell you how to do each exercise but sometimes it was good to YouTube some things as well to help you learn. The app will tell you what exercise to do , the reps /sets and give a rest timer in between each set. I use this app every week workout 4/5 days a week and is 100% worth it.
I know you are worried and intimidated by needing a spot but you know if you start really light on all exercises you will be good and don't need anyone. that is how i started out and i just focused on form and reps not the weight now i lift heavier weight with no spotter at all. If you need some help let me know. always happy to talk about the health and fitness
>Why do you lift?
To get and look stronger. I started with a BMI borderline overweight. Near the end of my goal weight I was skinny-fat. I wanted to put on some muscle to lower my BF%
>What programs have you tried? Which ones worked best for you?
I first started with stronglifts than I switched Greyskull LP [GSLP] Mass Hypertrophy variant.
I didn't like strong lifts because there was so much focus on squatting. MY lower body is already good from taekwondo and being a toe runner (works calves a lot). I tried reddit PPL, but I don't have the time to workout that often so I choose to do a full body workout every other day (or 2).
>Have your lifts stagnated since you are at a deficit?
No i'm am still progressing in all my lifts, but my overhead press is progressing slower than the rest (using microplates with GSLP)
>Advice for anyone thinking about starting lifting?
I'm pretty new myself (4 months in), so I can't give you much. Form and safety are key. Try to learn from someone who knows proper form, youtube videos can only help so much. There is a form check thread on r/fitness, where you can post videos and get critiques.
Getting adequate protein while on a deficit can be hard. Many on r/fitness recommends Myprotein whey as the best bang for your buck, it's also ~100 cals for 20g of protein.
I don't know if you'll have a problem with squatting and lower body flexibility, but I did. I had to do frequent stretching/rolling (Limber 11 Program and ankle mobility stretching) to get my squat in proper form and depth. Lifting shoes can help with poor ankle dorsiflexion
Strong lifts is awesome because has an easy to follow app, but you can use the Progression App on android to track your lifts and input custom workout plans. It uses a material design theme so it looks pretty good.
Progression GYM Tracker
Before this app, I was always looking for a professional trainer to create a special gym plans for me, but in Canada, they always charge you a lot of money just for that.
This app contains varieties of gym plans and helps you to track them with detailed statistics.
Progression on Android is pretty great, it has a bunch of popular workouts pre-entered, a database of exercises in case you wanna build a program that's not in there etc.
I use Progression now after seeing it suggested elsewhere.
It's pretty good, comes with some programs preloaded too, although I've added in a couple different programs more to my goals.
Gives you lots of stats, editing during workouts, rest times, plate calculators, 1RM prediction and most of the things I think you will need.
This app is great - it's the only one that I found that offers progressions... I have found also Progression which I currently use but it doesn't have progressions.
Same happened with my Bench Press 10RM yesterday; after I got to the 10th rep I found it relatively easier than I thought, but I figured to stop there and increase the weight in the next cycle. That's why I asked.
I'm currently using Progression app, but it doesn't support 1RM estimation in its free version, so I might check Strong then.
Thank you for taking the time to reply.
Yes. I went through multiple apps before finally settling down with this one. The developer will answer any problems/questions too. I found it through reddit, so trying to pass it on. [link]
I use this and it has exactly what you're talking about. It's one of the few that I've found that deals with supersets in an efficient way.
Same here - best app I could find and integrates perfectly with Google Fit. It's not great at Cardio exercises though, so I just use the Google Fit app to track those, and use Progression for the strength training.
I use it when I lift, which is rare. But when I do, it's mostly dumbbells. My approach was this:
I found using the desktop site way less tedious than the app. You can bulk edit.
Unfortunately this doesn't work either. Clicking on the "i" shows an X next to "Fossil Vapor" (and a check-mark next to my phone) whether it's an app that supports google wear or an app that doesn't. Is it just a fossil vapor thing? Like if you go to the Progression app site ([link]) and you have a diff. smartwatch, is it showing a check-mark next to your watch for you?
I use Progression to track my lifts and count my rests. I've tried dozens of similar apps and this was the first one that actually made it easy to keep track of all the numbers.
10 million downloads is certainly not true: Zoltan Demant, developer of Progression and Jack Underwood of Today Calendar both recently got the badge. Neither of them have got over 1 million downloads yet, in fact Progression has not reached 500,000. They are great apps though, well rated by users, making good use of clean, Material Design user interfaces and providing good functionality.
Without a doubt, this: Progression - Google Play So easy to put your workout into and track everything. You can add sets and reps on the fly and it has a great rest timer that hovers on your phone's screen.
So I'm on Fitnotes now and I'm really pleased. What makes Progression better and why do you think its awesome?
This is the correct app, right? [link]
Try an app called Progression. It's got a few about a dozen routines already programmed like SL 5x5, Madcow 5x5, and so on. The great thing about it is that it's so easy to make your own and edit existing ones to fit what you want to do. Rest timers, total weight lifted, shows your progress...It's really great.
Progression. It's really good. Rest timer, got a bunch of programs built-in like StrongLifts, Madcow etc. or input your own.
I used to do bodybuilding in high school and college, so my experience and knowledge is in weight lifting and building muscle.
Now, I take a more balanced approach to health and fitness.
I'm just now getting back into the gym after not exercising regularly for a few years, so my routine is very basic and tailored specifically to what I know and enjoy.
Basically, I run a mile as fast as I can as soon as I get to the gym. My goal is just to try to build back up my cardio as quickly as possible, without expending too much energy.
Then, I do a traditional, 3 day bodybuilding split because I know my body will respond to it and quickly build muscle. Something like this:
My opinion is that the type of exercise doesn't matter, as long as you're moving. Doing exercise you enjoy will greatly increase the odds that you'll stick with it. Your diet plays a much more important part in your overall health anyways.
I use Google Fit and the Progression app on Android to track my progress.
Do you use premium to have custom macros per day? If so you can have custom macros per day without premium by using the Google Chrome extension FoodFastFit.
To track workouts, I have an Android and I find Progression fits my needs.
Progression has automatic stat tracking and built in timers for your workout. When I use it, I can leave my phone in my pocket or on the floor and track my workout via my Huawei watch.
This is a pretty good app, has built in routines, or can make your own. Reporting and everything integrated. My go to app. OP, have a look at this app for some pointers.
I've gotta put this out there. The app Progression + Android Wear has completely refocused my sessions. It's about all I use my Moto 360 for and yet I'm so reliant on it I'm going to upgrade in the near future.
I use Progression for Android and it’s awesome.
Have you looked at this app called Progression? It's what I am currently using, it has pre-made workout routines and you can customize your own.
I use the app Progression because it has good support for Android Wear.
Logging your lifts from your watch without having to pull out your phone every set becomes something you can't live without once you tried it! Just a quick slide on my wrist after a set and that's logged, then it will buzz your wrist when the rest is over. Really helpful imho.