10 Best Workout Log Apps

There are many workout logging apps, but are there any worth your effort?

Workout log apps are like to-do lists: they are easy to start, but hard to get right.

​In fact, there are almost as many bad workout logs as there are workout logging apps. On this list, you will find none of the bad ones (even if they aren't all for you).

Get the best apps instead for planning, organizing and logging gym sessions, workout log apps that really help you get the most out of your weight lifting time instead of wasting it fumbling with obnoxious screens.

HeavySet
HeavySet - Best Workout Log App. Runloop Ltd.

When you ​open HeavySet you'll find most everything is made just to delight you.

Let's start with data entry. The buttons are just where they need to be and big enough not to miss even with shaking legs—or hands. What's more, you typically have but to tap once to log a set; HeavySet's smart predictions have already accomplished the, umm, heavy lifting.

​HeavySet's smarts do not mean you give up any control over setting up routines. Routine can be entered the way they work best for you: you can specify rep ranges, pick weight based on intensity (in percent of your calculated 1 rep max) or define supersets and giant sets. The notable exception are drop sets.

HeavySet is the best workout log app overall.

HeavySet Pros

  • ​Data entry works just like expected
  • Can specify intensity (as percentage of 1RM) and rest time per exercise
  • Imports (from Strong and RepCount, for instance) as well as exports data

​HeavySet Cons

  • No plate calculator
  • Only a basic set of exercises included, no descriptions or images
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Strong
Strong. Strong Fitness Ltd.

Strong comes with all the tools you'll need to keep track of your workouts in a very effective manner: a large library of exercises and a functional way to enter data.

Adding sets and exercises is as fast as removing or re-arranging them; for each exercise, you get the previous workout's data to enter fast as well as the complete history, charts and records; the rest timer is wisely integrated in the keyboard (if you don't have it start automatically), and the "NEXT" button is right there as well.

​Strong includes a plate calculator as well. However, it might not be so useful as you cannot define your own bar weight (the olympic bar is there, though). The warm-up calculator a bit oddly only works for barbell exercises.

Just picking exercises as you go is easy, but Strong lets you combine them into routines as well. Unfortunately, scheduling these, picking days or just organizing them in folders is not possible, so you always have to hunt a bit for the right workout or constantly re-arrange for the most-used to be on top. For both exercises and body measurements, Strong presents pretty and helpful charts.

All in all, ​Strong is a really good app for planning and logging workouts.

Strong Pros

  • Makes logging workouts a productive joy
  • Includes a warm-up calculator

​Strong Cons

  • ​No way to schedule workouts and avoid hunting for the right routine
  • Exercise descriptions, images or videos not included
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Fitbod
Fitbod. Fitbod, Inc.

Instead of letting you plan and log workouts, maybe with a few standard routines already set up, Fitbod aims to be a coach and trainer more than a mere log book. It is not unreasonable or inflexible about it, though, and the approach is sane enough.

​Based on muscle fatigue by group (derived from your previous sessions), Fitbod will suggest a workout of the day, all with suggested sets, rep counts and weights based on A. S. Prilepin's famous powerlifting chart. Swapping exercises that target the same muscles is easy, but you can also customize each workout freely. Fitbod comes with a big library of exercises that includes descriptions and videos with proper form.

​Because the suggested workout can be customized to your liking as well, you can pick the desired length, specify exactly which equipment you have at hand (yay!), whether to go, say, for maximum hypertrophy or powerlifting strength—and which exercises to exclude. It would be sweet if Fitbod let you save gym profiles with available equipment.

​As a workout log, Fitbod fares not all that well. Entering workouts is easy enough, thanks to Fitbod's planning smarts, and the app uses the data well. What you get to see is a mere calendar log and heat map, though; no charts, records or the like.

So, Fitbod is a bit out of its place in this list—and well worth a try. Your body will love it.

Fitbod Pros

  • Very sound workout planning
  • Adapts fabulously to your equipment, workout style and time available
  • Easy to log sessions

​Fitbod Cons

  • Only basic workout log functions
  • Not worth it if you do not follow Fitbod's suggestions
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Stacked
Stacked. Viceroy Software, Inc.

​Idiosyncrasies are to be expected with workout logging apps. For Stacked, that means a dashboard showing no data at all but a handful of buttons—of which you will typically use only one. Elsewhere in the app, you do not tap but, instead, move stuff around to activate it. It is a workout app after all.

Whether you are dragging or tapping, what Stacked has to offer is mighty useful and logical. You get to define exercises, combine them to form workouts, and schedule those to make routines. Stacked comes with all the basic exercises and a handful of routines from Michael Matthews' "Bigger/Thinner Leaner Stronger" series. Those are well thought-out and useful, though they could be more complete and better organized.

At the heart of Stacked is logging sets. You get a rest timer, the previous workout's data, personal records, a calculator for 1RM, proper keyboards for entering numbers—and a really handy plate picker to avoid computing the likes of 9+20x4+5x2+1.25x2 in your head all the time.

​For what it's worth, Stacked lets you pre-set playlists for workouts and control playback from the logging screen.

​In addition to your training, you can also track body measurements with Stacked, define goals for both and get graphs to visualize them to boot.

​Stacked Pros

  • Plate racking calculator included with well thought-out logging screen
  • Comes wtih routines from Michael Matthews' tried-and-true Bigger Leaner Stronger and Thinner Leaner Stronger series

Stacked Cons

  • Has been ridden with bugs in the past and seen losing or duplicating data
  • No way to export data
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Jefit
Jefit. Jefit, Inc.

If you think there's a lot to once you get to the gym, wait until you get a load of what Jefit has to offer.

You can choose from more than 1,000 exercises or add your own, combine them to form a plan, favorite movements, filter by machine, set body goals, log workouts, choose scroll wheel or keyboard to enter data, add notes, lock the screen, set 1RM goals for each exercise (plus a clear outline how much to lift to achieve them), assess your strength, and track your progress with mirror selfies.

Jefit is more social and connected than most workout logs, too. You can share routines with friends or download others' plans, participate in contests, brag about workout stats, and synchronize your data with the web and Jefit on other platforms and devices.

If this reads like a mere list of features, this is because there is just so much to do… Jefit is very well done, has few faults, and its social features and gamification can help you keep motivated. It would benefit from a clearer focus, though, and, well, less to do on each screen.

​Jefit Pros​

  • Huge list of exercises (with descriptions and images) and exercise routines
  • Functional logging screen
  • Social features integrated with the app

​Jefit Cons

  • Lacks a plate calculator
  • Cluttered and a bit tap-heavy to operate
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Workit
Workit. Workit

The functional heart of Workit is its big "COMPLETE SET" button dead center and easy ways to enter data.

With but simple swipes, you get descriptions and animations for the current exercise as well as your recorded history of performing it for reference. A menu choice gets you a supremely useful plate racking calculator so you can load with confidence.

​Of course, Workit also lets you combine exercises into routines. To get you started, it comes with a number of popular programs already, including Stronglifts 5x5 and Starting Strength. Progress is easily visualized by exercise and body part trained, and Workit lets you keep track of cardio sessions as well. An expansion lets you track bodily measurements including weight and body fat percentage.

​Workit Pros

  • Effective logging screen (including a handy plate calculator)
  • Includes popular workout regimes as ready-made exercise programs

​Workit Cons

  • Cannot define target intensity based on 1RM
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​GymBook
​GymBook. GymBook

GymBook attempts a different approach to entering workout data. Its idea is good on the surface, but it ends up being more cumbersome than it needs to be. Thankfully, GymBook offers to adapt workouts with data you have entered during training.

Speaking of training, GymBook comes with around 100 exercises predefined and a few sample workouts. Adding and adapting either is reasonably simple (though, again, picking weights and reps could be easier), and heat maps show you which parts of the body will hurt. You get pretty standard—and helpful—graphs for exercises (averages and maxima, the 1RM is not calculated, though, or used for suggestions) and body measurements.

GymBook is full of things to like and fresh approaches. Unfortunately, it misses a few of the fundamentals and has a tendency to offer too many options.

​GymBook Pros

  • Beautiful and helpful graphical display of data
  • Great for tracking body measurements

GymBook Cons

  • Entering numerical data (weight, reps) could be easier
  • Does not display or use 1RM
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FitNotes
FitNotes. James Gay

​​FitNotes is a good bet as the first workout logging app to try. It might well be just what you need in a clean package.

​After picking from or adding exercises to form a routine, you're off to working out—and logging. FitNotes has few frills here, and all the necessary tools. After a rest timer has helped you keep track of time, you enter weight and reps, tap "Save". Ah, you mean you want some guidance? With but a tap, FitNotes presents your whole history for the current exercise—as data or graph.

​Speaking of graphs, FitNotes' calendar has a nice, well, frill to offer: you can set up rules for highlighting days in it (e.g., days on which you deadlifted at least 330 lb for 6 reps). You also get a breakdown of muscle groups exercised as pie charts (e.g. by sets performed), for whatever that is worth.

FitNotes Pros

  • Simple and functional design
  • Calendar with rules for highlighting

​FitNotes Cons

  • Lacks a plate calculator
  • Does not allow tracking of body measurements
  • Exercise library is limited
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Simple Workout Log
Simple Workout Log. SelahSoft, LLC.

The quickest summary of Simple Workout Log: simple in appearance and use, clever in utility and organization.

It is simple to log sets (all with your history and an exercise performance graph as well as plate calculator at hand), though the placement of elements on the screen could be more convenient for my taste. It is easy to turn exercises into routines (with support for supersets), though a bigger library of pre-configured exercises and plans would be welcome.

It is useful to see your performance displayed in graphical form, though it would be nice to be able to track more body measurements than weight. It is convenient to have a web version available for reviewing data and setting up routines, for example, though automatic synchronization is a truly unfortunate absence, and the web version could be more comfortable all around.

​So, Simple Workout Log is simple—and useful despite its minor shortcomings.

Simple Workout Log Pros

  • Clean way to log exercises
  • A web version lets you enter and review data on the desktop

​​Simple Workout Log Cons

  • Spartan for tracking body measurements
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Sidekick
Sidekick. Formbound AB

Sidekick is the simple workout log app in a very useful—and appealing, if you like Star Trek—form. Sidekick comes with a solid list of exercises (to which you can add), and turning them into workout routines is easy.

Logging the workout is, for the most part, convenient: you pick a weight and rep count and tap the thankfully big "Record set" button. Picking the weight, again, is a bit of a challenge. Fortunately, Sidekick pre-enters the last workout's data.

For motivation, you get to fill circles for weight moved, rep counts and time spent as well as a heat map of muscle group engagement.
That's about it: simple and useful.​

Sidekick Pros

  • Lets you set target rep range

Sidekick Cons

  • Weight entry cumbersome
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