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The Fitness Zone

Fleetly
December 9, 2014 | by

With the iOS Store filled to the brim with fitness apps, Adam Etherton, Australian Institute of Fitness WA Fitness Coach looks at the Fleetly app to see if it’s worth a download.

Fleetly is a free app that joins the growing gamification exercise trend that aims to motivate its users with the added incentive of fitness scores, workout challenges, badges and social media integration.

You can join a myriad of challenges based on your fitness goals and interests such as The 100 Workout Challenge, 100-Mile Running Challenge, Six Pack 2014 and the 500-Mile Bike Ride. Also with Fleetly you can not only challenge yourself, but also easily compare your results to other challengers via leader boards. It can be very gratifying to see how high you can score in comparison to other worldwide users. And even if you score low, it gives you something to strive for in the future.

Fleetly was created by Geoff Pitfield, a former triathlete, as he wanted to build an app that could easily track his varied exercise regime and rate his overall fitness level.

Even if you don't go in for the whole social motivation of seeing your fitness score and medals compared to world leader boards and friends lists, Fleetly offers some unique features that make it worth a try. Keeping track of your workouts, the app can tell if you've hit a plateau and can suggest ways to improve. The fitness level score provides an easy benchmark of your exercise program progress.

If there is anything negative to say, it would be that when the app first launched, there was excessive manual data entry involved. The app required users to sign into their account and report information such as workout duration, heart rate values and calories burnt. Other similar apps such as Fitbit do this automatically and make the overall process more streamlined. Fleetly has since integrated Nike+, Runkeeper and Withings compatibility which negates this factor thankfully.

Workouts are easy to follow, with reps, sets and rest times easily identifiable, especially for novice trainers. Admittedly, I didn’t find many of the workouts to be particularly challenging and felt they were more suited to beginner and intermediate trainees. This is likely where the majority of Fleetly’s user base lie, so you can’t blame them for catering to this demographic.

Overall, Fleetly provides an easy to use, fitness app that integrates social media, leader boards and a medal system to help motivate beginner to immediate users to exercise.

About

Adam is a Fitness Coach at the Australian Institute of Fitness WA.

This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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