For the past couple of months, I've used both the Aaptiv and Fit Radio fitness apps, and wanted to compare them so that others can determine which app best meets their needs. I first heard of Aaptiv through Pantsuit Politics (side note: my favorite American politics podcast), and I was able to get a free 30-day trial with the code: PANTSUIT. I think the usual free trial is a week, so I enjoyed getting to try Aaptiv's features over a month.
Of course, once I learned about Aaptiv, I wanted to see what else was out there, and mentions of Fit Radio came up often. I found a Groupon for a year-long subscription to Fit Radio for $18, so $1.50 a month for workouts? Sold!
Aaptiv bills itself as "audio workout classes that combine the guidance of a professional trainer with a motivating playlist." Once you download the app, the first page is of various workouts categorized by type: treadmill, outdoor running, elliptical, yoga, stretching, etc. Once in each workout type, you can filter by duration, trainer, music genre, and difficulty.
|View classes by category, including 7-minute Quick Hits,
5K/10K/Half-/Full Marathon Training, and even a Maternity Program.
|The Profile pages lists classes taken, all-tine stats,
favorited classes, and a class history.
|Find professional workout mixes by music genre.
|Six kinds of coached cardio workouts are available on Fit Radio.
|The descriptions of the workouts are detailed, so you know what to expect.
I like both apps. I think Aaptiv is particularly suited to travelers. I particularly used this app during my business travel in July, when I had ready access to a gym but didn't want to bother with streaming video over a hotel WiFi network. The stretching and yoga workouts were also quite good and easy enough to do in my hotel room.
Fit Radio is a good app if you already have your fitness routine and workouts set, and want music to go along with it. I like the free Fitness Blender workouts on YouTube and have seen results using their workouts. There's no music, so I'll stream their workouts on my TV at home and then play Fit Radio playlists over Bluetooth speakers.
At home, I like having the visual guidance on my TV, but on the road, I've found myself turning to Aaptiv more often.