Fitocracy is a social network that turns exercise into a cooperative and competitive exercise with friends, rivals, and strangers.
- A vast repository of exercises
- Fitness and nutritional tracking synched across all devices
- Daily articles and tips available through the Knowledge Center
- Most functions available free of charge
- Gamified approach to fitness provides the drive to keep to your goals
- Nice combination of exercise and nutritional information
- Many of the more in-depth functions require a paid subscription to Fitocracy
- Can't provide you with the face to face and closely personalized attention of a personal trainer
Fitocracy is designed on the principle that humans perform better when they're driven to compete. Personal trainers can be an effective source of self-betterment because they make us set goals for ourselves and hold ourselves to our promises. Fitocracy's format takes this same basic principle and extends it to a crowdsourced social network. Robust options for logging and tracking your performance are compared against other people in your life, creating a feedback loop that drives the user to engage more fully in their own health. Fitocracy motivates their users through the use of a "leveling" system not dissimilar to those found in roleplaying video games. This gamification serves as a valuable reward to players, providing an objective more tangible than the less immediate rewards of better health and well-being. All you have to do is log your activity through the app. This can be anything from distance run to weightlifting reps. The Fitocracy client automatically calculates the fitness value gained from these activities and provides players with points based on this performance. At various benchmarks, users "level up" as an incentive to keep engaging. Badges are offered at different milestone, and Fitocracy often provides users with "quests" - activities tangential to those the user regularly engages in - for bonus points. But Fitocracy's structured approach to exercise extends beyond these quests. A well made fitness plan is balanced and structured, and Fitocracy offers you a huge variety of custom-made workouts to pursue. You can choose your plans from a wide range of criteria. Whether you're looking for programs specific to women, those catered for putting on muscle bulk, or those that can be easily done in your home, you'll find options available to you. You can also create your own customized fitness plan by making use of Fitocracy's search functions. Exercises are broken down into their discipline and muscle group, and you can set goals for weight, distance, and number of reps performed among other metrics. Every exercise comes with a thorough and safe description of the activity. If you aren't sure where to start, Fitocracy's fitness assessments are a great choice. You can enter your personal information, help Fitocracy understand your objectives, and receive customized information tailored to your lifestyle and health. Once your plan to success is charted, Fitocracy will stay by your side and provide you with encouragement to pursue it by making you accountable. If you're looking for further support, the Fitocracy community allows you to join specific groups, track other users, and comment on their activities and fitness goals. Fitocracy's exercise plans are complemented by a full sub-section devoted to healthy eating. Whether you're looking to put together lesson plans, track your habits, or simply find tips on how to eat better, you'll find plenty of choices here.