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Cardio exercises are great, but if you want to look like you’re working out, you gotta lift some heavy things. Regardless of how you look, though, lifting weights can be dangerous if you don’t know the proper techniques for doing so. Fortunately, the bevy of apps below offer more than enough information on your body’s various muscle groups and the way you should interact with the equipment lining the walls and floor of your local gym.
Pump Up (free)
Pump Up is one of the best lifting apps. The easy-to-navigate interface tracks workouts with exercise animations instead of videos, so they play/repeat automatically and you don’t have to pause to watch a video tutorial. The app also asks you what equipment you have before it formulates a workout routine.
Pumping Weight ($5)
Lifting can be intimidating. Pumping Weight has a well-designed interface and clear instructions for targeting specific muscle groups using a melange of everyday exercises. The app will ensure you vary your exercise routine and even tracks your weight, body fat, and BMI.
Fitness Builder ($3)
The simple app records the number of reps you do and how much weight you’re using. It also has a diverse catalog of workouts. The fitness builder app even lets you keep track of your workouts and allows you see the progress you’ve made.
StrongLifts 5×5 (free)
Strong Lifts 5X5 is one of the best ways to gain muscle and lose fat, but is probably too intense for inexperienced lifters. The app coaches you through three 45 minute workouts a week, focusing on the largest muscles in your body for optimal effect.
Fitocracy is for the competitive. The personal trainer lets you track workouts and encourages you to work toward real-life goals through a leveling system and in-game achievements you can share among your friends and the Fitocracy community.
PumpNLog is easy to use. The app is a simple log for detailing your progress in the gym. You can create custom workouts and exercises, log photos, and enable notifications of your achievements and record-setting days.
Nike Training Club (free)
Nike’s official app has a library of 30 to 45-minute workouts that are based on your goals and fitness level. Importantly, the app explains how to execute each exercise with how-to videos and even lets you share your accomplishments on social networks.
Fitness Pro (free)
One of the best apps for the gym, Fitness Pro will teach you new exercises and how to properly use gym equipment. You can target a specific area or do full-body exercises, with instructional photos. It lets you design personalized workout routines.
Designed for bodybuilders, Jefit keeps track of all your reps, sets, and the weight you’re lifting, Jefit provides a number of different workout routines designed to target specific muscle groups, and allows you to design custom workouts.