7 Free Fun Geeky Workout Apps

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If you are like me, and a vast majority of the population who doesn’t work in a service industry, a large part of your day is spent with your butt in a seat. That seat could be a couch, a desk chair or a vehicle. I don’t know your life, but the truth is that Americans in general tend to be pretty sedentary. That’s fine as long as you make the time or find ways to get some motion in your ocean. For a lot of people, that means going to the gym, yoga class or something similar. I’m not one of those people. The couch may be my frenemy but the treadmill is my nemesis, and I DO NOT enjoy shaking my chub in front of other people.

I’ve tried so many fitness apps meant to motivate me to be more active while still affording me privacy. None of them are on my phone anymore. I get bored. So I set about finding apps that move me towards my fitness goals, entertain me so that I forget I’m being healthy and fall within my (zero dollar) budget. And guess what? They exist! Now I get to share them with you…because I’m loving AF and all.

Please Note: I have an iPhone, and therefore tested these on an iPhone. I’ve noted the available platforms in each.

Walkr by Fourdesire Co., LTD 

Available for IOS and Android

Walkr by fourdesire

Walkr by fourdesire

Purpose: The app passively tracks your steps throughout the day and uses your “walking energy” to power a spaceship, which you in turn use to explore quirky new planets and help adorable aliens.

Conclusion: Out of all the apps I downloaded, this one is my favorite. It passively tracks my steps all day long, so I just log on periodically like any other game I have on my phone and explore new planets and complete missions using the energy I generate during my day to day activities. If I start to run low on energy it makes me aware of the fact that I need to get up and move around more without getting in my face and shaming me. If you are wanting an app that really pushes you to workout, this is not the app for you. But if you want something that is mildly addicting as a game and makes you more aware of how much you move on a daily basis, it’s beyond amazing.

Ninja Fitness by Heckr LLC

Available for IOS

ninja fitness by heckr

Purpose: Assorted body weight training earns you ninja stars (in-game currency) which you use to buy your ninja avatar clothes, weapons, and armor.

Conclusion: The cool thing about Ninja Fitness, other than the ninja theme, is that it breaks your training down into four main categories and then builds your fitness level slowly.  The categories are strength, agility, endurance, and zen. Strength focuses on more traditional exercises such as burpees, pushups, and dips. Agility will mainly bring you things involving jumps and squats. Endurance involves running or walking. Zen (my favorite) is a lot of awesome stretches and yoga poses. Each area of training definitely has it’s place in a well rounded fitness routine. I can’t emphasis enough how awesome it is that the app starts you out at a basic level and slowly builds you up. It may be less like an actual “game” but the ninja stars you earn from completing the workouts allow you to make one badass ninja avatar.

Fit For Battle by Dream Well Pty Ltd.

Available for IOS and will soon be available on Android

Fit for Battle by Dream Well Pty Ltd

Purpose: A running app that uses interval training during your runs, complete with hysterical dialogue.

Conclusion: So, due to some health issues, I currently have trouble walking long distances or running at all. The cool thing about this app is that it really caters to my pace. It does encourage me to speed up and slow down in a HIIT style of training, but I don’t have to meet a certain speed or distance which really takes the pressure off. Added bonus, the dialogue is just plain hilarious. The first time I used it I actually stopped walking for a moment because I was laughing so hard. The best way to describe it would be a parody of the typical fantasy adventure novel, complete with bossy dwarf. It was so distracting that I didn’t even realize I had been walking for 20 minutes. Two thumbs way up from this girl.

Standland by Flask

Available for IOS

Standland by Flask

Purpose: Counts “stands” and uses those stands to help you earn adorable pets. Basically incentivizing you to stand up and move around at least one an hour.

Conclusion: This app is adorable, no denying that. I found it to be a little too passive for my taste, but I can definitely see the appeal for some people. Basically it tracks your motion and judges how often you stand each hour. You earn gems and new pets by standing regularly and in the case of some pets standing the same number of times or at the the same time of day for X number of days in a row. It’s kind of like a tamagotchi but more adorable, and instead of feeding it you have to stand up regularly to keep it happy.

Dungeon Runner by Six to Start

Available for IOS

Dungeon Runner by Six to Start

Purpose: A fun side scrolling game with a super fun vintage video game feel. You perform exercises in order to clear obstacles.

Conclusion: I actually love this app. It’s kind of like an old 8bit game but with a physical component. Your little knight character runs through a dungeon and in order to clear obstacles you perform the exercise displayed on the screen. I.E. doing squats to raise a gate. It tracks your activity through the front facing camera, so you actually set your phone up a few feet a way and proceed that way. It’s really fun and nostalgic.

Zombies, Run! by Six to Start

Available for IOS and Android

Zombies, Run! by Six to Start

Purpose: Another running app, but this time the dialogue implies you are being chased by zombies a la The Walking Dead.

Conclusion: Backstory… I hate zombies. Hate ’em. They’re gross and I could totally see the human race getting zombified by some freak disease. NO, thank you. So I figured if anything could get me up and moving, it would be the threat of zombies. I was kind of right. The app is a lot like a book on tape… but it speaks directly to you, and I quite liked what I experienced of the storyline. The biggest downside for me, and it was actually a plus for some friends I know who use it so it could go either way depending on your bend, was that the story doesn’t constantly run. In between dialogue, music from your playlist will play, otherwise it’s silent. For me, the music/silence really kind of ruined the illusion. I wasn’t sucked in or invested in the story because one moment I was being chased by zombies and the next I’ve got Krewella banging in my headphones. I guess I could make a playlist that reminded me of zombies or imminent danger, but that was more trouble than it was worth by my standard. I would like to reiterate that I enjoyed the storyline and dialogue, so if musical interludes don’t throw you off you will probably love it.em. They’re gross and I could totally see the human race getting zombified by some freak disease. NO, thank you. So I figured if anything could get me up and moving, it would be the threat of zombies. I was kind of right.

Wokamon by Noodum

Available for IOS and Android

Wokamon by Noodum

Purpose: Passively tracking your steps throughout the day, you use the resulting currency earned with your steps to hatch and level up fun little monsters as well as buy them clothes and new planets to live on.

Conclusion: This app is another passive step counter. I really love the little monsters and all the stuff you can buy them, so cute. I did feel like it was really easy to level up so i never really got like a sense of accomplishment or felt the push to be more active than I typically am. But it’s so darn cute. So as far as entertainment value I would recommend it all day long, and it does track steps. I just wouldn’t use it for any kind of extra motivation.

BONUS: Plant Nanny by Fourdesire Co., LTD 

Available for IOS and Android

Purpose: Helps you stay appropriately hydrated by issuing periodic reminders and using the water you drink throughout the day to water super cute plants.

Conclusion: So, obviously this isn’t technically a fitness app. But hydration is important and I really hate water so I find it helpful and you may too. It reminds me every so often to drink and log my water and in return I get to grow adorable little alien plants with big ol’ eyes and give them cool pots and backgrounds. Overall I’m a fan.

A few parting thoughts…

You may have noticed that I didn’t include PokemonGo. That was on purpose. I love PokemonGo, and it does require you to walk around and catch Pokemon, and it kind of tracks steps in terms of egg hatching… but it really isn’t a fitness app. A ton of people drive slowly instead of walk and it doesn’t issue reminders to get up and move or any kind of training aspect. Fun game, but not a fitness app.

As for the rest of the apps, I did spend a few weeks testing all of them. I liked something about every single one, but I wont keep them all on my phone now that I’m done. I would say that the apps I’m mostly likely to keep on my phone and use daily are Walkr, Fit for Battle, and Plant Nanny. I would also consider keeping Fitness Ninja or Dungeon Run. It’s a toss up because I enjoyed Dungeon Run more overall, but I feel Ninja Fitness gave me a more complete workout.

Let me know in the comments If you guys try (or have tried in the past) any of these apps and which you prefer. If you can think of any other geeky health and fitness apps that you would like to see our team test, we would absolutely love to hear about them.

 

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