Fitness Gets Fresh with Fitocracy

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Fitocracy: iPhone Video App Review

Fitocracy iPhone App Review

Reviewed by Valerie Lauer

The fitness revolution is upon us, app lovers, and it’s called Fitocracy. This socially-driven, fitness wonder app comes to us from Fitocracy Inc., and it really is all that and a bag of kale chips (potato chips are bad for you, fool!).

Features:

By taking fitness to a fun place, the Fitocracy app has built a loyal following of fabulous users that numbers into the thousands. This is not just another fitness tracker: it’s a fitness RPG game you can play to win. Distracting gaming aspect? Check. Sweet, super-social activities? Check. Oh, and don’t forget about the fitness quests you can complete to gain points, level up, and compete for top fitness bragging rights on a global level.

The Fitocracy iPhone app ties in directly to the Fitocracy website, and while the website is a bit more user friendly than the app (see more about that after the cut) I still found the app fully featured. My one confusion came from the Quest section. You can see what quests are out there, but the app doesn’t do a horribly good job of walking you through how to sign up for them (which you don’t do, it turns out) or complete them. As a new user, I would have loved a little extra info.

Layout & Design:

Fitocracy iPhone App Review

Fitocracy

I am seriously digging on the sweet purple on black, white and gray motif in the Fitocracy iPhone app. Not only is navigating made simple thanks to a series of bottom tabs, the app just looks awesome. It’s easy to read, and there’s even a friendly robot named Fred who’ll show you around.

Needless to say, I was happy that the app had an intro tour. It was definitely called for. I found myself wishing it was easier to bring the tour back up to reference, so maybe adding an info section to each page would be useful. Otherwise, I dig the ever-evolving look and feel of this mobile fitness powerhouse. I do wish it was truly universal, with an iPad optimized interface. Maybe in the next update?

Overall Value:

Signing up for and enjoying the Fitocracy iPhone app is entirely free. That means you get the feed, the tracking, the quests and plenty of social interaction for nada, zip, nil, zilch. You get the picture.

The service itself does have a paid version that unlocks other cool features such as duels, custom titles, support and badges. But there’s no word yet if those features translate to the app. Are you a Hero user that can access all the extras on the Fitocracy iPhone app? Make sure you leave me a note about it in the comments section below.

Even without them, I am thoroughly impressed with the inventive, playful take this app has on fitness. If you’re looking for some motivation, or just a cool new way to get physical, Fitocracy is definitely the app for you.

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Fitocracy

 

Fitocracy iPhone app requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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One Response to “Fitness Gets Fresh with Fitocracy”

  1. A.H. James says:

    I’m a little behind on technology. I have a second generation ipod touch and don’t have a smartphone, YET! I am getting the new iphone when it comes out this fall and am already looking for apps to help motivate me to get fit and healthy. I like the fact that the app helps distract you! I like working out about as much as the next person, so any kind of helpful distraction is nice.

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