Fitness Apps: Which One is Right for You?

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With all the fitness apps available, it’s often hard to determine which one is right for you. For starters, it’s important to ask yourself what you’re really looking for among fitness apps. So what is it that you really need to help achieve your fitness goals?


If you’re like most people, you probably wish you had a personal trainer each day that could prescribe a workout that would eliminate guesswork, keep you motivated and push you closer to accomplishing your goals. Oh yeah, and it be great if they would train you for free!

The good news for elliptical users is that the new SmartLink app from Octane Fitness is indeed that virtual personal trainer that runs on the device you already know how to use and have with you almost all the time. Were other fitness apps may fall short, like engagement, customization, and motivation, the SmartLink app excels.

The latest version of SmartLink, available for free download at iTunes® to an iPad® (, is compatible with Octane’s new Q37xi and Q47xi home elliptical machines. And it now creates 30-, 60- and 90-day regimens customized to your goals and your workout schedule.

All you do is answer a few questions and take a brief fit test – just like you would with a personal trainer — and the machine designs a workout plan that emphasizes progress and performance. You pick from several goals – Lose Weight, Feel Better, Get Stronger and Athletic Performance, and the app does the thinking to create routines that drive you there.

SmartLink coaches you along the way to keep you motivated, and it recalibrates mid-plan if necessary. It can populate your calendar with workout sessions so you know what is coming, and you have the flexibility to customize the regimen even more if you want to add a workout or if you miss a session.

With the workout tracker, you can monitor your progress and share success with your exercise buddies via convenient social media links. Plus, with simple app updates, new workouts are only one button push away, so that you never run out of fresh routines.

And this trainer doesn’t cost you anything. Now that’s definitely smarter training – all available in a handy fitness app!

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