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Runtastic PRO app: an excellent all-rounder for logging fitness
  1. Antonio Monroy Antón1,
  2. Bárbara Rodríguez Rodríguez2
  1. 1Department of Sport and Physical Activity, Universidad Internacional de la Rioja, Madrid, Spain
  2. 2Department of Physical Activity and Sports Science, Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, Madrid, Spain
  1. Correspondence to Dr Antonio Monroy Antón, Department of Sport and Physical Activity, Universidad Internacional de la Rioja, Av Filipinas, 16, Madrid 28003, Spain; amonroy111{at}hotmail.com

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Name

Runtastic PRO.

Category

Health and Fitness.

Platform

Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows Phone.

Cost

Android iOS Windows Phone €4.99, US$4.99.

About the app

Runtastic PRO is an app aimed at logging fitness in a number of different activities and sports. It captures all the basic data: distance, average speed, speed between mile markers, elevation, pace, pace between mile markers, duration, calories burned and route as plotted on a map using Global Positioning System (GPS; figure 1). The latter can be disabled to conserve battery power. It has audio feedback, music integration with a power song option and many other useful features. The audio coach provides as much information as wanted at each checkpoint: total duration so far, pace, speed, calories burned and heart rate, if a heart rate monitor is being used. At the end of the session, the app opens to a page where additional details can be logged, such as the weather, surface (ie, pavement) and mood, among many others.

Use in clinical practice

Runtastic PRO can be used in an indoor intervention (eg, when using a treadmill or similar equipment). Also, you can mark important details such as if you are injured or just having a bad day, which would account for a slow pace or shorter than normal route. It would be interesting to study the impact of the robotic voice working as a personal trainer,1 and to compare it with a real trainer, on aspects such as perceived exertion or motivation. Finally, the auto-pause, which accounts for stops at red lights and such, might be very helpful for research involving popular modes of exercise, such as running in the street, that have not been investigated so far. Thus, it is possibly the most complete mobile app of this type for clinical use.2

Pros

  • Reliability

  • Personal trainer mode

  • Easy to use, intuitive interface

  • Can be used in many different outdoor or indoor activities such as running, cycling, playing tennis, basketball, skiing or even on a treadmill

  • Free of advertising

  • Auto-pause

Cons

  • Robotic voice

  • Google play three-dimensional views fail frequently

  • Android version not as easy to navigate as iPhone version

  • In the top-line menu bar, only three of the four options are displayed at any given time, so you have to keep swiping to pull into view whichever display is left out at that moment

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Footnotes

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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