Working out can be hard when you don’t have any real goals you want to achieve. But once you have your goal set, put on your shoes, grab your Android phone and load up Endomondo Pro as you head out the door. Endomondo is one of the best fitness apps on Google Play and allows you to keep track of all your workouts – regardless of what sport or activity you find most enjoyable.
Tracking your workout: Endomondo Pro makes tracking your every move extremely simple. Load the app, select your workout activity and you’re ready to go. The app even has a delayed workout countdown (10, 20,30 or 60 seconds) so that you can set your music and get your phone tucked into your arm band before the workout begins.
User Interface: There are countless workout apps on Google Play which are comparable to Endomondo in features, but it’s hard to find an app that’s easier to use. The newly revamped interface was created specifically with Android 4.0 in mind and makes using the app extremely intuitive. Whether you’re scrolling through your workout history, challenging a friend to a workout, or checking out local running or cycling routes, Endomondo is smooth, unified and a pleasure to use.
Interval Training: While most of us are happy if we get a workout in once or twice a week, there are those who strive to improve on their workouts every time they leave the house. The Interval training feature in Endomondo allows you to select from a handful of pre-programmed interval training options, but the app also allows you to create your own interval program which can help you reach peak performance.
Set a Goal: Looking to improve your endurance for a specific workout, run just a little bit farther, or burn a few more calories? Endomondo Pro’s Set a Goal feature allow you to set simple time, distance or calorie goals for yourself. Simply enter in the numbers and start your workout. Once you meet one of your goals, the app will alert you.
The not so Good
Price: Endomondo Pro is a great app, but most will have a hard time justifying its $4.99 price point. Luckily, the free Endomondo app comes with most of the features included in the Pro version, but you will be giving up some of the goal setting abilities and interval training.
Sharing: Tracking your workout is fun, but what’s the point if you’re the only one who knows you just finished your 5K run at a record setting pace? Endomondo Pro allows you to share your workouts with Facebook with a predefined message with your time, distance and calories burned during your workout. Updating Facebook is nice, but what if you want to share your results with your Twitter followers with a custom message or just send the results to one person via email or SMS? Tapping into Android’s Share intent would be a much better option and would allow users to share their workouts with dozens of apps rather than giving them a single Facebook sharing option.
Battery Life: We all know that most smartphones suffer from poor battery life, but using Endomondo only exacerbates the problem. Since the app keeps track of your every move, its only natural that it can suck your phone’s battery dry with a few hours of use. If you’re going for an hour-long run or bike ride, you’ll probably notice a 15-25% battery drop while using Endomondo, so we really can’t recommend using the app if you plan on running a marathon or going on a long hike up a mountain. Endomondo Pro does have a low power mode feature which cuts back on battery consumption, but we found that it doesn’t make that much of a difference.
There are dozens on apps out there that can track your workouts, but it’s hard to find one that really competes with Endomondo Pro. The price may be a bit high and we do have a few gripes about the app, but that hasn’t stopped me from using Endomondo Pro since I purchased it last year. I’d suggest trying out the free version to see how you like the app and you can always upgrade if you feel the interval training and goal setting options are worth the extra cash.