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Latest Technology Trends in the Fitness Apps Transforming the Industry in 2021

Latest Technology Trends in the Fitness Apps Transforming the Industry in 2021

Health and Fitness apps are a savior for all those individuals who are health conscious and don’t have time to visit the gym. The functionality and the continuous updates assist users to exercise regularly without any hassle of moving out of their homes.

COVID-19 and the rise of Fitness Apps

The virus dramatically hit the entire nation, therefore the gyms and fitness studios were forced to close. But the necessity to stay fit was on a rise. The fitness apps installations increased by 67% after March 2020 and a 48% increase in sessions in May, as per the data from Adjust.

It looks like users are now sticking to the same habit of working out from home in their free time. Many gyms have reopened but still, there is an increase in the session of working out via fitness applications by 61%.

Market Overview: Why create a Fitness App?

If you have finally decided to develop a fitness app, think of the crucial figures and stats and know how it is going to benefit your business in the long term.

The number of downloads increased to 593 million in the first quarter of the lockdown.
As per a survey from Statista, the number of users for fitness apps grew from 62.7 million in 2018 to 87.4 million in 2020. It is projected to rise by 86.3 million by 2022.

Here are the most Popular types of Fitness Apps


1. Runkeeper

It is a running application that helps you reach and achieve running goals. It allows you to track run, set measurable goals, review stats while enjoying the results of the hard work you do. Use the application-based challenges and stay motivated.

2. MyFitnessPal

The app allows to choose your goals and build healthy habits for you to reach them. It has a huge food database, scanner, calorie counter and so many other inbuilt functionalities offering a comprehensive idea of nutrition.

3. Map my Run

It helps to track and map all your runs. It can be used for many different activities such as cycling, walking, gym, yoga, etc. Analyze all your data with the app and stay healthy.

4. Google Fit

The app also features fitness goal tracking, customized tips, and integration with a variety of other services as well. It is quite versatile and integration with other applications makes it easier to recommend the app than other solutions available.

Types of Fitness Apps Available in the Market

There are three types of fitness applications available. Want to know the difference that separates one from another:

1. Workout Apps

As the name says - these applications focus on the workouts and serve the purpose of guiding the users on what exercises to perform and detailed information on how to perform them. There are many types of applications available for workouts, each one offers unique features and functionalities. A few of the examples are Personal Trainer App, Logbook Apps, Fitness apps that pair with devices.

2. Nutrition Apps

These applications offer a perfect balance of carbohydrates, proteins, and other nutrients that helps users to achieve their goals. The app counts the calories consumed and burned, your coffee intake, and what amount you should take to achieve the desired goals.

It's crucial to watch out the nutrient intake to guide you in your diet to get desirable results when it comes to keeping fit. Like smartwatches counting your steps and physical activities, these apps count the nutrition that one consumes in each meal.

3. Activity Tracking

Activity tracking is a perfect fit even if you don’t go to the gym regularly and are not fond of sports. Want to make sure you move enough? These applications help to count the number of steps you move and with geolocation, you can track the distance.

Activity trackers are devices that translate movement into different forms of data. It generally offers an estimate to count your steps, distance, and time. 

Here are the different types of wearables available:
a) Smartwatches 
It is the most common wearable and enables the wearer to read and send new messages from their watch, count their steps, take calls, and eliminating the need to hold and view one’s phone.

b) Fitness Trackers
There is not much difference between smartwatches and fitness trackers. It includes the features of a smartwatch such as a phone notification alert, with an array of fitness tracking options and capabilities.

It also allows the users to combine daily data added by the user manually and can get the fitness results.

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Do Fitness Mobile Apps Impact your Health?

  1. Provides a nudge in the right direction
  2. New ideas of workout
  3. Realistic fitness goals
  4. Maintain a track record.
  5. Offers Flexibility

Core Features Used to Create a Fitness App

Here are a few of the core features mentioned here that lead to success because they help users to get what they expect from the app.

1. Signup/ Login

Signup/Login should be easy via email or password. A user should have an option to signup via social media credentials as well. Accounts are the most crucial and allow you to store crucial data and information. With the social media apps, the users can quickly see all their friends who are already on the same platform.

2. Add Personal Information

The user should have the ability to add personal information and details such as age, height, weight, and other physical parameters. Based on these details the app would suggest different workouts for the individuals. You can make your profile attractive while adding profile photos giving it a personal touch.

3. Notifications

Whether it is bad weather, you gain wait-the notifications should be sent timely to keep the individual enthusiastic and keep going. Also, if the user forgets and is in no mood to exercise, the app reminds them so that the user makes a change in the plan. Allow your users to set notifications as per their schedules-because some notifications can be annoying.

4. Set Targets

Fitness apps definitely should have targets set for the users. Especially for the CrossFit apps set appropriate targets for workouts while allowing the activity tracking for the number of workouts done. 

5. Gamification

Gamification refers to entertainment and motivation as well. Let your users compete with one another and get rewards based on their position secured. This way the user stays motivated and works hard when there is a competition.

Here are the features of Workout Apps:

1. Pre-set Exercise Routines:
It is highly recommended to make to customize routines, as it is more convenient for the users.

2. Live Streaming:
Live-streaming allows users to broadcast their workouts and consult with professional trainers online during the training process.

Here are the features for Activity Tracking Apps:

1. Integration with wearables
The app should be able to connect to wearable devices.

2. Activity Tracking
The user should be able to track walking, cycling, running, and even swimming activities.

3. Geolocation
As these applications are about wearables, one must consider implementing geolocation into your app.


Here we have described all the essential features and functions that are key to success. The health and fitness app offer fruitful results. To stay ahead in the fitness industry, you need the proper technology and guidance to help take your business to the next level.

At ToXSL, we offer smart solutions that help to bring real success to your business. Are you ready to develop an app with us? Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information!


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