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Fitocracy, a Facebook for Fitness

Trying to get in shape, and looking for an app to help? With so many helpful programs to choose from, just getting started can feel overwhelming. How do you pick which one is best for you?

No matter what level you’re at—beginner or advanced—you may want to consider checking out Fitocracy. Fitocracy is a health and fitness social network that empowers you to succeed. It caters to beginners interested in more instruction as well as advanced individuals who are seeking a challenge.

How it works:

Fitocracy is a free app that is currently available for iOS devices, Android and the web. It combines engaging workout routines with social elements. Every exercise you complete, you earn points, and as the points add up, you advance levels, unlock achievements and conquer quests. You can also earn badges by reaching major milestones. Other users can give you “props” for your accomplishments, comment on your updates and achievements, and even offer help.

The look and feel of Fitocracy may seem very familiar to you, as the newsfeed mimics Facebook’s. This helps to you and your friends in the community motivated to achieve your fitness goals. As a Fitocrat, you can follow friends on the newsfeed, give props for a job well done, and leave comments to keep them motivated to reach their goals. You can join groups within the community that provide exercises and workouts that are geared towards your specific needs and goals. As a group, you can achieve certain goals and challenges together. If circuit training and weight lifting suit your fancy, then you can join a group that specializes in those workouts. If training for a half marathon keeps your juices flowing, then the long distance running group will appeal to you.

You don’t have to be a part of the social aspect of the app, although that tends to be the primary way Fitocracy motivates most users to achieve their goals. You can also easily create a workout diary that keeps a record of your progress and serves as a source of inspiration for future workouts.

Pros: This app provides a large number of diverse exercises to choose from and has a user-friendly interface. The social aspects of the app help keep users motivated and focused on meeting their own goals while motivating and helping others to achieve their goals, too.

Cons: Fitocracy currently does not have a body measurement or a nutrition tracker. It was built using a “one-size-fits-all” method, which can hinder a population of potential users.

Overall consensus: If part of your daily routine includes scanning your Facebook newsfeed, you may want to turn your attention to a healthier newsfeed that could get you off the couch and into the gym. Users are raving about Fitocracy being “magical, revolutionary and life-changing.” The Fitocracy app is free, so you’ll lose nothing (and have so much to gain) by giving it a try!

If you’re a Health Advocate member with access to the Wellness Coaching program, reach out to your Wellness Coach for more help finding helpful fitness apps and resources.