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The best apps and platforms for building your body in the new year.
By Amanda Burrill, MS
 
No matter what kind of motivation or daily prodding you prefer to inspire you to meet your fitness goals, there’s an online aide to push you in the right direction. Pu-push it real good, whether you work out at home, at a designated gym, or all over the world.
 
MINDBODY  Cost: FreeAvailable on: iTunes and Google PlayBest for: Those who like variety, travel often, and have hectic schedules
MINDBODY, named one of Apple’s “Best New Apps of 2016,” has over four million registered users around the world, and the app gives them easy access to local fitness and wellness classes. Furthermore, you can use the app to find places to work out and read others’ review of the facility—perfect for when you’re comparing several gyms trying to figure out which to join. MINDBODY also recently partnered with the folks at Under Armour and Myfitnesspal. Can you say empire?
 
ClassPassCost: App is free; plans from $40/monthWhere to buy: iTunes, Google PlayBest for: Those who like variety, travel often, and have hectic schedules
ClassPass is a monthly membership that connects users to more than 8,000 fitness facilities in 39 cities worldwide. You establish your initial membership by entering your own zip code. For example, in Los Angeles a base membership costs $60 and gets you five classes. Not feeling up for a circuit class or organized yoga? Just book an hour of gym time instead! The app gets to “know you” and will recommend classes and gyms it thinks you will like.
 
StrongLifts Cost: Free; $10 power pack unlocks more featuresAvailable on: iTunes, Google PlayBest for: Weight lifters who want a trainer on the cheap
 

 
StrongLifts is a straightforward strength- and muscle-building app for folks who want an athletic body with functional strength—which

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Fitness Festivus

We found the best gear gifts for the holidays.
By Amanda Burrill, MS
 
Choosing the right gifts for the gym folk in your life is no easy task. Fitness buffs can be just as picky about their gear as they are about their choice of pre-workout. I tested a ton of stuff and found what I think will make that special someone do the happy dance after tearing through the wrapping paper.
Nothing says “Happy Holidays!” like a well thought out gift that the recipient will actually use. I’m talking some gym classics that directly translate to gainz. I’m no stranger to the “this is for you, but it’s actually for me, too” gifts. You know what I’m talking about, like that Nobu gift card or the cute little see-through negligee. How about a little something that will render your honey even better and hotter than before? Win-win.

 
Harbinger Flexifit Contour Belt
Cost: $35
Where to buy: harbingerfitness.com
Some folks have the impression that weightlifting belts support your core so that your muscles don’t have to. False. Belts actually help increase the use of your abs and low-back muscles. They stabilize and reduce stress on the spine, help create better mechanics, and thus lead to better performance. Harbinger’s ultralight men’s and women’s Flexifit Contour Belts offer support and stability with a new overlap front panel, rigid central panel for additional abdominal support, and two kidney pockets to enhance comfort around the torso.

Slidez Core Stability Discs
Cost: $30
Where to buy: sklz.com
Supreme overall strength originates from the core. These Slidez are fun and versatile, engaging muscles through a vast array of range of motion and training drills. The super smooth side is built to glide over pretty much any surface so you don’t need any special flooring or footwear. The opposite ergonomic surface keeps hands and feet from slipping

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