Runtastic fitness helpers arrive on Windows Phone

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Four official 'Runtastic' (a well known brand in the mobile world) applications just popped up on Windows Phone, each with the angle that you hold (or push down to, in one case) your smartphone and then perform the various exercises, while the software uses accelerometer data to 'count' the repetitions and log your progress. Details and links below.

From the generic intros:

With the Runtastic apps, you can now achieve your core strength and midsection fitness goals. The apps implement an easy-to-follow, scientific sports training plan. The progressive plan will help you build strength and see constant improvement in your overall fitness and your overall strength training capacity.

Exercises are counted automatically using the accelerometer on your smartphone.

* Three levels of sports science training plans with appropriate goals
* Accurate count repetitions using accelerometer
* Automatic countdown timer for your break between sets
* Voice Coach
* Personal records and exercise statistics recorded and saved (i.e. monthly training statistics)
* Leaderboard for personal records and overall repetitions: compare to others and see how you rank with your Runtastic friends
* Upload workout activities to for future review, analysis, and comparison
* Social media sharing: Share your strength and personal records with friends via Facebook, Twitter, and E-mail.

Four different exercises are available, each with its own one-dollar (or 79p) application:

Having four separate applications, each of which has to be bought, managed, pinned and used separately, is a little annoying for end users - comments welcome, would you only use one or two of these? And thus prefer just the focussed apps?

Here are some screens of the Runtastic applications in action:

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A daily record of your exercises in each category (i.e. per app), Runtastic is comprehensive; while exercising, there's a visual and audible count...

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Each exercise is depicted, showing the proper place for your phone. You might want to stretch (get it?!) to a case, too, to stop your sweaty hands dropping your expensive smartphone repeatedly? The 'push up' use is interesting - all the way down until your nose hits the screen. Wow - no cheating!...

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Exercise enough and you can earn 'badges'; (right) compare your results to those of your (equally energetic) friends!

These look great, aside from the multi-app caveat already mentioned. You can buy these brand new Runtastic applications in the Windows Phone Store here:

Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store