TotR: The HW App

I’m refreshing a post from about a year ago for our Tuesdays on the Run linkup with Patty from My No-Guilt Life and Erika from MCM Mama Runs featuring our favorite fitness apps.  There are some great apps out there for fitness, running and nutrition.  I remember having to carry around a little notebook in my purse to write things down and what a pain it was.  Having these apps (mostly free!) at my fingertips is so convenient!

FitnessAppI’m starting to use the Run Less, Run Faster training plan again that has structured workouts with distances and speeds laid out week by week.  It also calls for cross training on the bike or rower.  In addition to that, I’m adding in PiYo workouts to build up my strength.  The PiYo program comes with multiple workouts as well and I haven’t been great about figuring out in advance which one to use on any given day.

I turned to modern technology and browsed around for free apps that might serve and found a great one called The HW App.  It’s actually designed to help students keep track of their assignments.  It was free and seemed like it might work so I downloaded it and I’ve been loving it (when I use it!).

I’m able to enter each workout as a homework assignment.  I set up subjects to be:

  • Tempo Runs
  • Repeats
  • Long Runs
  • Cycle
  • Strength (I’ll be changing this to PiYo specific workouts soon, but these are from my old program)

I added them with a due date of the day I am scheduled to do each workout and added the details in the name.  So for tempo runs and long runs I add the distance and goal pace.  If I need more details added, there is a field to put in more specific instructions (some repeats are more complicated).  Here’s what it looks like:


I can sort by “subject” as well:IMG_3407

When I open each task this is what it looks like and it can be edited after the fact if I have to adjust my schedule.

IMG_3408 Once I’ve completed a workout, I can update it with the actual results and a swipe on the main screen from left to right moves it into the “completed” work section.  I can review my completed workouts all in one place.  If I need to delete a scheduled workout, I just swipe from right to left.  Easy peasy.

Because it is a free app, it has ads at the bottom (as you can see in the screenshots above) and every time you complete an assignment, a “reward” box pops up which is really just an ad.  I don’t mind just closing those ads out, but if you’re annoyed by them I wouldn’t be surprised if there was an upgraded version of this (or maybe something similar) that was ad free.

Just found that this is really helpful for me and wanted to share in case you’re looking for a way to easily plan and track your workouts and runs on your phone.  This is an iPhone app, but I’m sure there are similar one for Android versions.

Do you have an app that helps you do something similar to this?  Do you find that fitness and nutrition apps are helpful or just a lot of fluff?

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TotR: The HW App — 31 Comments

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    • I think plenty of people of all ages find paper and pencil to be the most useful tool of all!

    • I hated that about the running app I had on my phone before I used my Garmin.

  2. As a teacher, I love the idea of the HW app (and have actually never heard of it before). Although my students have planners that the school provides them with, most students loose them, and then they fail to keep track of their assignments. I’ll definitely have to look into this and possibly encourage my students to use this on their own phones.
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    • I swear I would have had better grades if this had existed when I was in high school! I was one of those “always lost their planner” students!

    • I really need to use it for other stuff like blog homework or cleaning scheduling (lol, I don’t think that’s going to happen)!

  3. That is a great way to schedule your workouts and keep track of them! I use Training Peaks to track my workouts (since my Garmin uploads directly to TP), however if you want to schedule your workouts you need to pay to access that feature. This is a great alternative option!
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    • I’ll have to look at Training Peaks. I just use the default garmin software to keep my run history.

    • I’m so awful about relying on my Garmin that if I don’t have it, I skip my run. Not a good thing!

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    • Sometimes that works best! My biggest problem with that approach is that I tend to lose the paper but I’m attached to my phone (probably too attached!)

    • I did really well with it until my training fell off this summer. I’m pretty into checklists though!

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