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Fitocracy is a workout website which uses a Role Play Game element and social features to help keep you motivated. You can build workout regimes and challenge other members to compete, earning experience points to ‘level up’ your profile. However, there is very little dietary information available and the benefits of levellng up are not particularly inspired.
You’ll find that most exercises have videos and pretty good descriptions attached to them. You can also search through workouts based on their popularity or name. However, we’d like it if you could more easily find a workout based on the particular muscle or muscle group you wish to work on. The descriptions of each exercise could also include diagrams and more details to provide an idea of its benefits.
You can set your own goals, whether it’s to lose weight or bulk up, and the system will provide recommendations for your exercises. This is very handy for anyone who is new to the site as they might not be sure what they need to do in the beginning. You can view a range of before and after photos to get motivated, as some members have really reinvented their bodies and lifestyles.
The site offers a useful app which allows you to track your workouts whilst on the move. This is really handy if you’re going to the gym. If you want to support the site and open up a few options you can become a Fitocracy Hero for around $5 per month. This allows you to start duels, which are essentially competitive workouts. You also get a few little extras such as a special badge and title. This isn’t really a great addition for the money, but if you feel like helping the team out then it’s a relatively low monthly fee.
Fitocracy.com also offers coaching for anyone who thinks they would benefit from it. These coaches can help build workout and diet schedules, as well as offering motivation. You can check out who is available to teach you, how many people they will train and what it will involve. Prices are pretty low, with some 1 on 1 courses costing around $10 per month.
Whilst we liked the social elements of this site, it was lacking somewhat in other areas. There were a selection of exercises but no diary features to help you plan your workout schedule. Dietary information was also severely lacking. Community features were fine, but quite basic. The gaming element was interesting but somehow felt incomplete and too easy to cheat on (if you were so inclined). Still, we feel that the free membership could be useful and may offer enough to keep people motivated.
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