Top Five Competitive iPhone Apps that Create Exercise Habits<br />by Max Zamkow<br />habits.stanford.edu<br />
Why Competitive Exercise iPhone Apps?<br />iPhones continue to gain market share and are one of the few items many users c...
Walk n’ Play<br />The Simple:<br /><ul><li> Counts the calories burnt in your daily routine
Encourages users to become more active in their everyday lives
Just turn it on and put it in your pocket
 Challenge a Friend, AI Simulator, or compare yourself to the “Best Walkers” in the world!</li></ul>http://www.cpl.uh.edu/...
Crunch Fu<br />The Intense:<br /><ul><li> Counts crunch count and rate
 Encourages users to do more crunches
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  • Gotta throw in Way of Life: http://bit.ly/get_app as an all-round alternative to the above. I should mention that I'm the developer so I may be a bit biased :-) However, it's free to try and fully functional and the reviews speak for themselves really :-)
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  • I didn't know that most of these apps existed...very interesting. What about tie-ins to shoes (like Nike)? I also think that the ability to interface with social networks is crucial. If my workouts are posted to Facebook, then each workout suddenly has an audience and I am more likely to feel peer pressure to work out regularly.
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  • hmm. didn't know these kinds of apps existed. id be interested to know how many of these apps are downloaded once and then forgotten, just like people's resolutions to be healthier and exercise/go to the gym more often.

    Does iFitness have any of these features? I own the app and I know that it is one of the most popular apps downloaded on the App Store. Might be beneficial for those guys to incorporate a competitive edge into their app.

    Last thing you may want to hit on in the final slide is eventual inclusion into fitness machines. Ex. the treadmills @ ACSR are able to download workouts to iPhones/iPods. What's to stop them from from showing runners how fast and far others around them have gone?
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  • very interesting...looks like there are a lot of 'compete against yourself' exercise apps, but not a whole lot of 'compete against your friends' ones...
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  • Do you agree? Disagree? Know of other interesting competitive exercise apps that I missed? Let me know in the comments!
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Top Five Competitive iPhone Apps that Create Exercise Habits

  1. 1. Top Five Competitive iPhone Apps that Create Exercise Habits<br />by Max Zamkow<br />habits.stanford.edu<br />
  2. 2. Why Competitive Exercise iPhone Apps?<br />iPhones continue to gain market share and are one of the few items many users carry when they work out<br />Competition keeps users returning to the app to beat old scores / see how their friends are doing<br />Competition motivates users to not give up on their habit formation as they try to climb the rankings / achieve the next goal / beat their friends<br />Competition makes tedious exercise more enjoyable<br />
  3. 3. Walk n’ Play<br />The Simple:<br /><ul><li> Counts the calories burnt in your daily routine
  4. 4. Encourages users to become more active in their everyday lives
  5. 5. Just turn it on and put it in your pocket
  6. 6. Challenge a Friend, AI Simulator, or compare yourself to the “Best Walkers” in the world!</li></ul>http://www.cpl.uh.edu/index.php/projects/walk-n-play/<br />
  7. 7. Crunch Fu<br />The Intense:<br /><ul><li> Counts crunch count and rate
  8. 8. Encourages users to do more crunches
  9. 9. Accumulate points for each crunch by holding the device against your chest
  10. 10. “Battle” others to earn more points become the ultimate Crunch Fu champion and appear on the leaderboard!</li></ul>http://www.GymFu.com/<br />
  11. 11. The Group:<br />NikeWomen Training Club<br /><ul><li> Create short-term workouts and earn points for completing and recording your exercises
  12. 12. Helps users start, schedule, and complete 2-4 week workout programs
  13. 13. Invite friends to join your workout group, complete the same program and compete for the highest score!</li></ul>http://www.nike.com/nikeos/p/nikewomen/en_US/training_app<br />
  14. 14. Fit Pulse<br />The Copy:<br /><ul><li> Earn achievements for completing fitness exercises and goals (similar to Foursquare badges)
  15. 15. Encourages users begin and then increase exercise habits
  16. 16. Take the exercise quiz to increase your knowledge about exercise habits
  17. 17. Compare your achievements to those of your friends</li></ul>http://myfitpulse.com/<br />
  18. 18. Cyclemeter<br />The Detailed:<br /><ul><li> Tracks your routes, times, distances, elevation and speed
  19. 19. Automatically let your social graph know about your status and location during your ride and Cyclemeter will read you their responses and encouragement!
  20. 20. Race against your previous rides to improve upon your time!</li></ul>http://www.abvio.com/cyclemeter/<br />
  21. 21. Wrapping Things Up…<br />Different forms of Competition found in iPhone Apps:<br /><ul><li> Global Leaderboards – most common but least effective as it quickly becomes unattainable for average user
  22. 22. Local Leaderboards – only friends included
  23. 23. Self Competition – competing against previous times
  24. 24. Achievements / Badges
  25. 25. Direct Competition – most effective</li>

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