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The Fitness Zone

November 3, 2014 | by Shaun Radford

Runtastic is a great app that links all our favourite things together, whether you are the seasoned athlete or just starting out. However, do not get bogged down with the name – Runtastic covers many modes of exercise, and not just running!

The Good

This app is easy to use, free and not battery hungry like other fitness apps. In addition to these great features Runtastic also:

·  links to social media.

·  will play your music through the app. This means only one app is open, saving more battery life. If music isn’t your thing, you can purchase stories to listen to.

·  is highly accurate with locations, speeds and distance.

·  adds workouts to your session such as intervals (only in pro version), a workout goal and can make you a training plan!

·  sends notifications that come up to keep you motivated if you haven’t used the app in a few days.

·  gives you the option to add many different modes of exercise to analyse with the app… even handbiking!

The Bad

To be honest, there isn’t much I could find wrong with this app. It kicks into GPS quickly, it’s accurate and addictive. The biggest con for this app would be more around having to use your phone on your run. If you run to get away from it, or don’t like running with bulky objects, then this would be the downside.

The free download also does not cover all content. You will need to pay for Runtastic Pro to include interval training programs, routes, target paces and challenging others activities.

Over all, a well thought out app for whatever type of fitness level you are at. If it helps get the nation moving towards a healthier future, I am all for it!


Shaun is a Coach at the Australian Institute of Fitness in QLD, as well as a Presenter at fitness conferences. Having been in the fitness industry for over nine years, Shaun has also held positions as a Group Exercise Instructor, Personal Trainer, and mentor.

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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