I don't mind telling you that I have a smartphone, but I'm not very smart about it. It has just enough apps to confuse me.
But the other day I received notice of one app that is coming soon, and it sounds like it could be just great for the fitness industry. All the creators are looking for is a little local fitness expertise in developing it.
It's called Localeikki and when it's up and running, it will be a national database of recreation locations that are publicly accessible and locally recommended. Users can input an address and an activity of choice (at this point, the only ones they're developing are for running, hiking, walking and cycling) and Localeikki will find local routes others have shared. In addition, it's expected to be able to help users find a local group's training session.
According to the website, "Not only will you know where to go, you'll see pictures of what it looks like and what features are present (e.g., bathrooms, drinking water, parking, surface, hills, baby jogger friendly). Want to find a regularly scheduled ride or run? We have that information too! You'll be able to find us on the web and as an app for your mobile devices in late summer/early fall 2013."
What's interesting is that the program's developers are recruiting athletes and organizations around the country to add their favorite runs, rides, hikes, etc. to Localeikki in order to create a fuller database.
I love this idea. I travel frequently and I'm always looking for good places to work out. Hotel fitness centers can be an outstanding option, but if I can get outside in a new city and enjoy the scenery while I'm getting a workout, I'd prefer to do that - provided I can find a location. I want to know a place is safe and I want to know how long the route is (since like everyone else who travels on business, I have a schedule to keep).
At present, the site for the app's beta version includes options for running, walking, hiking, road cycling and mountain biking. My hope is that as the app takes off and expands, there will be room to add other options, including the availability and location of programs like boot camp, cardio tennis and more. I'm sure fitness industry professionals can think of plenty of other ideas as well.