Apr 04 AT 9:00 AM Guest Blogger 13 Comments

CardioTrainer: Your virtual workout buddy

Spring is in the air, but summer is just around the corner! Forget overpriced personal trainers, forget the tedium of calorie counters, and forget trying to remember how far you ran and how many calories you’re burning. What better way to get into shape than by tracking your entire walk, run, bike ride, and more with CardioTrainer from WorkSmart Labs.

Available for free on the Android Market, this app utilizes your phone’s built in GPS to track your workout, paints your track on a map (using Google Maps), and counts calories burnt. What’s more, these tracks can be uploaded for free to WorkSmart’s website to be viewed and shared online with friends via email or social media sites such as Facebook.

Along with the already great variety of workouts, CardioTrainer comes bundled with a 7 day trial of their Weight Loss software. This service lets users create a custom weight loss plan by setting a goal weight and time frame, and integrates the workout data being captured to show how many pounds are being lost to achieve this goal weight. After the trial, that portion of the program is $2.99.


  • Tracks a wide variety of workouts
  • Allows manual entry of workouts/calories burnt elsewhere
  • Seamlessly integrates workout data into weight loss program
  • Works with all Android versions

Needs Improvement:

  • Program only works in portrait mode
  • Weight loss program must be completely restarted if any changes need to be made to it
  • Depending on some phones, GPS may lag behind the actual location to track

Final Verdict

As one of the better and more complete weight loss and workout tracking apps available on the Market, Cardio Trainer is worth a shot. For those serious about tracking their workouts and seeing results, CardioTrainer won’t disappoint.

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Note: This review was submitted by Eric Johnson as part of our app review contest.

Source: WorkSmart Labs

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  • http://Website Keith

    Looks OK, but not nearly as polished as Sportypal, which is also free on the Market.

    Androidandme should do a review of Sportypal (unless they did and I missed it).

    • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

      Ive tried Sportypal, Runstar, MyTracks, and CardioTrainer and so far I like CardioTrainer the best. It does an awesome job of keeping you motivated and current with your workout stats.

    • http://Website alain

      i have tried sportypal but it seems to get stocked on the gps maybe not very advisable when the gps can not detect well your location… did you experience this too?
      i am using runtastic now which is great, except that there is no stats view on the phone, only on the web page… would have preferred to have the full apps capability on the phone…

  • http://www.theblarg.com nathan118

    Buddy Runner is also excellent, though primarily for running. Uploads and keeps track on their website, and you can group workouts by week and month to track your progress. Does calories burned, mile pace, etc. It’s free too.

    Will check out Sportypal. Thanks Keith.

  • http://www.djtukancheez.com Johnny K.

    This looks nice, thanks for the review.

    I am going to install it on my Hero.

    @nathan118: Thanks for the tip for Buddy Runner.

  • http://Website axi27

    Awesome app, just started using it a week ago. Being able to track your progress helps when your just starting out that roitine….again. 1+

  • http://Website ceppm

    One of the first things I did when got my Hero was to look for a good running app. I’ve tried My Tracks, Jog Tracker, Runstar, AndAndo, Endomondo and Cardio Trainer.

    The one I liked least was Runstar. I didn’t like Cardio Trainer either because it automatically launches on the background when I wasn’t using it, the website wasn’t useful at all and it used lots of MBs.

    At the end I used AndAndo for some time which has a good balance of functionality and other functions.

    Now I’m using Endomondo which locks the GPS quicker than any other and its website’s functionality is pretty good (see other routes around you, speed v altitude graphs). Recommended.

  • http://tonybullard.com Tony Bullard

    I think androidandme needs to come up with an app review header of some sort so you can see what the price of an app is first thing. I imagine there’s other stats that it could contain that people would be interested in (like version compatibility, if it’s in beta or not, etc.

    My point being that price is one of the first things I want to know about an app. You can give is a great review, but if it’s 8 bucks, I probably wont get it. I’d rather figure that out before I read the review.

    That being said, I really appreciate the site. You guys do good work.

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  • http://Website Kenn

    Has there been developed any Heart Rate Monitor for this app.?

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  • Silvia

    I use the cardiotrainer and its good, but my complain is that I can’t seem to use my music because if I have my music on the GPS seem to not work and has a hard time looking for your location. Does anyone else have this problem?

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