One of the most popular New Year’s Eve resolutions is to lose weight, or to get in shape. Unfortunately, most people never follow through with their resolutions, and end up giving up within a few months when they see little or no results. (No, I don’t have the stats to back it up, but Gyms and Fitness Centers usually make their money by getting you to signup for a long term contract, knowing that there is a good chance that that you will rarely go, or do the opposite and give out dirt cheap memberships to get as many members as they can, knowing the same thing).
Well here are a few websites that I’ve ran across that will help you get back into shape. No, they won’t drag you out of bed at 6am every morning, and no they won’t be your spotter. Some will help motivate you by showing your progress, while others will help you plan out your routines or running/biking routes.
Want to keep track of your workouts? Want to see your progress displayed in graphs? Do you like Web 2.0ish web sites? If you said yes to any of these, then this might be the site for you.
Personally, I use this site pretty much every day to keep track of my morning workouts and my weight. One of the biggest deterrents of working out is not seeing your progress, whether it’s losing weight, or pumping more iron. iStats comes to the rescue by providing reports for Effort Per Workout, each of your Excercises, Weight Over Times, Workouts Over Time (which is one that I don’t use), and allows you to print your logbook.
There two things that I would like to see. First off, the site is based out of Australia, so they use Kg by default. They give you the option to enter in pounds for each workout, however when viewing the graphs such as weight over times, they display it in Kgs. It’s be nice if there was an option in your settings to switch back and forth. Secondly, since the site is Web 2.0ish, I would like to see some sort of social networking, which I think would be a great addition.
It also has a little box that displays the distance, and estimates the number of calories burned once you set your speed and weight.
BodyBuilding.com is a new site that I found while Googling for workout programs about a month ago. It’s main goal is to make money from it’s store and from the ads for supplements, however they offer a ton of information in the form of blogs, articles, forums and a workout database, which is loaded with different workout programs.