OK, I’ve been working out on and off for quite a while and I’ve invested years into DailyBurn. They’ve got tons of my details and I’ve been using their mobile apps to keep track of it all. Last year, Fitocracy launched and it caught my attention as all of their goals are awarded like achievements like on today’s popular gaming systems. Here’s a blurb from their website…
Fitocracy will get you addicted to fitness just like a video game, only you level up in real life. Earn points, unlock achievements, beat quests, and slay the laziness dragon. Join the best fitness community on the planet and get in the best shape you’ve ever been.
- Incredible speed: track your entire workout all on one screen.
- Embark on an epic adventure: Unlock achievements to visualize your progress. Beat quests to push yourself and take on new challenges.
- Be inspired: Follow other Fitocrats to get daily inspiration and join in on conversations.
- Ultra motivation: Bring the support hundreds of thousands of Fitocrats with you on your journey. If competition’s your thing, there’s plenty of that too.
Our mission is to make exercise more addictive and accessible for everyone. Play Fitocracy to track your progress, learn new exercises, get support from the best fitness community around, and finally reach your goals.
When they launched, it was a beta invite only affair. So getting on was a wait and see deal. Luckilly, I was selected to get in and off I went! *queue “Link acquired” music…*
When I first got on, the site was pretty plain and options were bleak. Lots of workouts and routines were missing and having to adjust what you did to fit into their naming conventions was kludgey at best. That was at launch. After practically forgetting about them, I got back on and witnessed a very polished UI and their workouts and routines had blossomed! On top of that, the database of achievements had exploded, making the experience that much more enjoyable.
Achievements and individual tasks are available but there are quests to go on as well. With something as involved as a quest, you can guess that there are multiple items to complete ad well as the ability to level up! *insert Final Fantasy Victory Fanfare music*
With summer upon us, don’t let the heat stop you from having a good time while shedding some pounds. If you are looking for a fun way to get into fitness and feel like you are a character in a video game, give Fitocracy a try.
(At this time, there is no app for android but is available for iOS. The upside is that the mobile experience is quite good and will handle pretty much everything that the app covers. They do promise an Android release this summer. Check out the mobile site at http://fitocracy.com/m/play)