09
Jan
fitocracy

Somewhere within the depths of the internet are entire subcultures of people who do things. Among those people are ones who like to work out – you know, it's their thing. Their schtick, even. Some of these guys actually happen to cross over into geekdom at one point or another. Crazy, I know. Somewhere along the lines, these fitness-nut/geek hybrids got together and created a game. And a social network. And a way to track fitness. Then they put them all together and called it Fitocracy.

Sound crazy? Well, that's for good reason – it kind of is. And now it's on Android.

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Basically, Fitocracy is exactly what I said: a social network inside of a game with a way to track fitness. I still can't completely wrap my head around it, and I spent the last little while checking it out. The gist goes something like this, though: it's social, like Facebook (you can even sign in with Facebook). But it also tracks your workouts. At the end of your workout, you can then "publish" it – which effectively sends it to something akin to "your wall."  People on your friends list can see it. It's kind of neat.

But! The plot thickens. There are also points allocated for each specific activity within your workout. The more things you do, the more points you get. Then, those points help you level up – like a game! I'll admit, I was pretty skeptical at first, but after messing with it for a bit, Fitocracy is actually pretty awesome.

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As a thing, Fitocracy has actually made a pretty big name for itself on iOS, too – so it shouldn't be a wasteland when you sign in for the first time. And from what I can tell, the people who use this app really love it, and are dedicated to it. Hell, it even has groups for various types of workout (or even for beginners), so if you have any questions, you can just ask. That type of support is fantastic, especially for someone who may have just gotten into fitness.

It's not just a mobile app, either – you can access everything Fitocracy has to offer via the website. The layout is intuitive and easy to navigate, so it actually may be easier to explore it there first.

I admit, it's actually a little bit daunting at first. There's a lot to take in. But Fitocracy is completely free, so there's really nothing to lose and you can take all the time you need to figure it out. If you work out, I highly suggest giving it a look – it's a really cool idea. Grab it from the widget below.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • maxkobi

    gonna have to try it! I am that athlete nerd!! power to the Android

    • Kenny O

      You and me both. I've been looking for a cool fitness app, I'm trying this today.

  • BTile

    I've been using Fitocracy for over a year now, and it's a great way to track workouts along with your progress (I think it's neat to see how I've progressed over time). I've even made a few connections through it. I'm glad it finally made its way over to Android, and they did so using Android guidelines and such, so it's not just a simple iOS port.

    In short, it's pretty cool.

  • MrJigolo

    http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=39879&q=reboot&colspec=ID%20Type%20Status%20Owner%20Summary%20Stars

    I know this isn't the right place but I don't see a forum section here so, oh well.
    Can someone at AndroidPolice do something about this? In terms of contacting Google? I really want to love my Nexus 10 but I can't. I don't have any of those serious freezing issues but my tablet does shut itself off while in idle and it's extremely annoying. I'm not even too sure if this is a software issue anymore. I'm considering returning the tablet to Google for a complete refund and purchasing a Nexus 7 but not updating from Android 4.1.2 (the most stable build of JB).

    I was wondering if you guys have anyway to contact Google to see if they have acknowledged the issue at least. Or if it's a hardware problem? Any word on Android 4.2.2?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      Android Police is a blog site hosting Android-related news, not an Android forum. Your best bet would be to take this kind of post to a proper Android forum such as XDADevelopers or AndroidForums. Please leave these kind of posts there and not bombard AP with them.

      That's also why that comment had 11 (or more) dislikes on it. :-)

    • fixxmyhead

      your a moron

  • LeDerp

    Booyah! Now LEVEL UP! lol

  • George

    No link to the app? OK.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      There's a widget at the bottom of the post which takes you to the app in the Play Store.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mugget mugget man

    Nice, I seem to have switched to Android just at the right time when my most used apps of equivalent were already available, or almost.

    Time to get tracking again, Level 21 here I come!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    I'm too lazy for fitness apps. :-)

  • Gav456

    Started dieting for new years. Using Noom for nutrition tracking and now this for exercise motivation. 1 thing though... I was a bit overzealous when creating an account and decided I had intermediate exercise knowledge. (Didn't want to do boring warm up exercises and safety crap) turns out that was too much as it thinks I can bike 20k and run 5... I can't find a way to change it back to fat lazy n00b mode. Anyone know how? =D

    • LeDerp

      Are you talking about setting up your routines? If so well open up the routine and save/rename it again after youve modded it

      • Gav456

        No, when you first open the app you have to create an account (with Facebook) and it asks you on a scale of 1-100 how familiar with exercise you are. I imagine it uses this score to recommend "quests" because mine are like ironman marathon style and I have no chance.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    Haven't played with the Android app yet, but the iOS app is pretty buggy (crashes frequently and it's almost impossible to get it to update if you change anything through the website). The website is laid out almost as poorly as Facebook's security settings circa 2009. I like the idea and I'm going to stick with it for a bit, but I really hope they put a little effort into making the whole thing a little better organized.

    A note on design...Almost all of the screens look virtually identical to the iOS app, with a couple differences in certain spots. I think it's more of a coincidence that the app happens to break the iOS Design Guidelines in ways that conform very well with the Android Design Guidelines.

  • Aman

    Been looking for something like this for a while

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