Have you ever heard it said that performance measured is performance improved? That’s why we keep score in sports. It’s why check our weight when we’re on a diet. It’s why we track our exercise regimen. Tracking is how we measure performance, and it’s the basis of improving performance.
My latest Mac app find is one that tracks my exercises. As a city boy, my workout is limited. Biking is dangerous. Running is what criminals do. If you exercise outdoors there’s an app for that for your Mac.
Track What You Do Outdoors
rubiTrack is like a combo journal, diary, map, calendar, tracking app for the exercise inclined Mac user.
Whether you’re exercising indoors or outdoors, rubiTrack captures what you do and when using any number of GPS enabled fitness devices.
Everything gets stored and displayed on a Mac so you can analyze your performance.
Activities are grouped automatically by type, route, location, distance, duration, date, rating, and other tags.
After that, it’s a visual world to see where you’ve gone, what you did, when you did it, and how it compares with the last time you exercised. This picture is worth a thousand words (also grunts and beads of sweat).
All your activities are visible on one screen, and cover each one over a period of time.
Locations are included, too. For example, you may bike or hike or jog or simply walk on different routes. All can be accounted for in rubiTrack (click on the images above for a larger, more detailed pop up view).
With the right equipment, rubiTrack can also measure physical performance, such as heart rate. Great, right? It gets better.
There’s an iPhone version of rubiTrack which supports external sensors to measure even more– heart rate, speed, power, strides, cadence. The rubiTrack Recorder for iPhone can save an unlimited number of activities.
The Mac version has multiple views beyond the charts and graphs and maps. The Collection view tracks everything. Calendar view shows activities over a period of time. List view shows details. Activities can be compared so you can analyze performance of each workout, even to the point of setting custom markers.
rubiTrack is nicely done, modestly priced (you’ll spend more on shoes and tracking devices), worthy of the serious, and the wannabe serious, exerciser.