Why hello! Welcome to another iPhone App Review! This time around we review the My Fitness Pal app. The My Fitness Pal is much like the Loseit! app that we covered last time around, however, far more extensive.
Remember, here are the categories that will be covered:
USER FRIENDLY – Does it play well with others?
FEATURES – Does it have plenty of options?
FUNCTIONALITY – Does it do what it’s supposed to do?
AFFORDABILTY – Is it worth the extra scratch?
Let’s get started, shall we?
The features of this app are extremely user friendly and makes it very easy to track your personal health goals. What I love about this app over the LoseIt app is its ability to adapt. It takes everything you tell it and measures it against your own stats such as your height, weight and age. You can set a goal and it will tell approximately what you need to accomplish to meet that goal. The layout is simple to understand and with a few strokes of the finger, you’re off and running.
The app has many of the same features to help you track your progress as the LoseIt app. It has a calorie counter and fitness tracker built in. Here’s a couple of features however, worth noting.
1) It has a Social Network Wall much like Facebook and Twitter. You can keep track and communicate with other app users. This great for those moments where you feel like you need that little bit of extra motivation.
2) It has a barcode scanner. I cannot begin to tell you how amazing this feature is. You can scan the barcode of almost an infinite amount of foods, even ones I didn’t think would come up, such as a Sandwich from Albertson’s deli, not just brand name foods.
3) The Multi-add feature helps you add multiple food and exercise items all at once, this way you do not have to go back and keep adding items one by one.
4) And finally, it’s compatible with a device called the FitBit. We’ll cover this more a little later.
The app also syncs up with its parent site at http://www.myfitnesspall.com/ . Where you can any number of the same there, as you do on your phone.
If I had anything negative to say about its features, I would say the STRENGTH category is a little wonky. First, it needs to know how much weight you used for each exercise, which makes no sense for things such as pull-ups, sit-ups, and push-ups because you are using your own body weight. And second, it doesn’t associate any calorie loss with the strength training, only the cardio exercises.
The app is extremely functional and is very light weight. Its feature rich for as simple as it is. The one feature I thought I would just be disappointed in, is the barcode scanner. It ended up being the one feature that has surprised me the most. The FitBit has its own simple functionality as well. It wireless connects to its base and uploads all of the data is has collected straight to your My Fitness Pal account. you don’t even have to do anything, you just get within range of the base and it starts uploading the information.
Well it doesn’t get much cheaper than FREE…unless they paid you to download it…then it probably isn’t worth much at that point. LOL Much like the LoseIt app, it has devices that will sync with the app and make the work you put into tracking your goals that much easier. The big one being the FitBit Ultra Tracker. The Fitbit is a clip on device that kind of looks like a digital money clip. It keeps track of the steps you climbed, the distance you’ve traveled, and the calories you’ve burned.
It has a special “3-D motion tracker” that catches things that a normal pedometer can’t. Probably the coolest feature of the fit bit is that it tracks how you sleep at night. What you actually sleep versus how long you been in bed. The FitBit scales in at $99.95. I bought one for my wife and she has used it every day since I got it for her birthday. She can attest to its awesomeness and it well worth the price. This is also far less expensive than a BodyBugg and far more mobile.
In the end, this a is great app, especially for free. I highly recommend you download it. And be sure to add me when you do!