Under Armour has become one of the biggest names in sports apparel over the years. They sponsor major athletes, their gear can be seen everywhere from pee-wee’s to pros. How then did they drop the ball when it comes to their fitness app?
The company has a great reputation as far as the quality of their products and there seems to be no sign of slowing them down. I own several of their articles of clothing and I have always been impressed with how well they have held up over the years and how well they work!
However, in this Map My Fitness Apps review, you will see why I was so disappointed when I downloaded a few of them expecting the same quality, only to be completely let down.
As a note, I am going to be reviewing the features of the free versions of the apps, though I will also go over the aspects of the full versions, should you choose to pay for it (Looking at it from a budget-minded perspective, I wanted to see what I could get for free.
Let’s take a look!
The Overview: What, How Much, And Where To Buy
The Product: Under Armour’s Map My Fitness Apps
Where to Buy: App Store (for iOS) or Google Play (for Android)
App Store Star-Rating: Generally between 4.7 and 4.8 out of 5 stars with many of the apps having hundreds of thousands of reviews.
Specs And Features
We are going to look at both the free and the paid versions of the various apps, looking specifically at the MapMyFitness app. There are certainly more Under Armour “MapMy” apps, which we will look at in a moment, but I’m going to focus on the “Fitness” one for a couple of reasons.
The first is that all the apps share the same basic interface and features in the free versions.
The second reason is because MapMyFitness includes pretty much all of the activities you find in the other apps combined (leading me to wonder why Under Armour has all those separate apps in the first place).
Speaking of those other apps, here is the list of “MapMy” apps available to download:
- MapMyHike: Able to track hikes.
- MapMyRide: Able to track your bike rides.
- MapMyRun: Able to track your runs.
- MapMyWalk: Able to track your walks.
As I said, though, the “MapMyFitness” app covers all of these areas of activity (with specifics) and more, including:
- Bike Ride: Road Cycling, Mountain Biking, Touring Bike, BMX, Cruiser Bike, CycloCross, ElliptiGo, Fixed Gear, Hybrid Cycling, Kickbike, Recumbent Bike, Track Cycling, Trikke, Unicycling, etc.
- Class Workout: Aerobics, Body Combat, Boxing, Cross Trainer, Dance, Erg Machine, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Pump, Spinning, Step Aerobics, Barre, Barry’s Bootcamp, Camp Gladiator, Club Pilates, CrossFit Class, CycleBar, F45 Training, Fit Body Bootcamp, Orangetheory, Peloton, TRX Suspension Training, Yoga, etc.
- Fitness App: 30 Day Fitness Challenge, 7 Minute Workout, BBG, BetterMe, Bodybuilding.com, Couch to 5K, Daily Burn, Fitbit Coach, Jillian Michaels, MindBodfy, Tone It Up, YouTube Workout, Zwift, etc.
- Gym Workout: Calisthenics, Circuit Training, Crunches and Leg Lifts, Gym Intervals., Health Club, HIIT, Home Workout, Tabata, Titan Workout, etc.
- Hike: Cross Country, General Hike, Hills, Rock Climbing, Trekking, etc.
- Indoor Cycling: Airbike, Spinning, etc.
- Indoor Run/Jog: Elliptical Run, Indoor Run, Indoor Track, Stairs, Treadmill
- Indoor Sport: Badminton, Ballet, Ballroom Dancing, Basketball, Bowling, Boxing, Curling, Fencing, Dance, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, House Work, Indoor Soccer, Indoor Volleyball, Intimacy (What the heck?! Who times that on their phone?!), Jump Rope, Kickball. Martial Arts, Pilates, Shopping, Singing, Table Tennis, Wrestling, Yoga, etc.
- Indoor Winter Sports: Ice Hockey
- Machine Workout: Bowflex, Hand Cycle, Nordic Track, Trampoline, etc.
- Rock Climbing
- Run: Cross Country, Double Stroller, Family Run, Hill Workout, Retro Running, Sprints, Trail Run, etc.
- Other: Baseball, Camping, Cheerleading, Canoeing, Cricket, Farming, Field Hockey, Fishing, Golf, Hang Gliding, Horseback Riding, Lacrosse, Rollerblading, Rugby, Scuba Diving, Skateboarding, Tennis, Water Skiing, Wheelchair, Yard Work, etc.
- Video Workouts, Walking, Weighted Workouts, and Winter Sports: Power Walking, Casual Walking, Ice Skating, Mountaineering, Snow Shoeing, Snowboarding, Snowmobile Riding, etc.
As you can see, there are a slew of options to choose from.
Additionally, you can choose to have voice feedback, delay your start time, and turn on auto pause (so if you stop running, it will automatically pause tracking you).
Under Armour has also included a section where you can interact with anyone that also has the app by posting updates, workouts, or inspiring messages, and commenting on other’s posts.
As far as workout related things to do inside the app, there are challenges you can participate in. One of them is “You VS the Year 2019″ where you join and try to cover 1,019 KM or 633.1772 miles in the calendar year. Unfortunately, 2019 is nearing its end, so if you just downloaded the app, you might be out of luck on this one.
There are no other challenges as this time.
You can also create your own challenges to keep you motivated and MyFitnessPal keeps track of all your workouts in a log that you can view at any time.
Additionally, the app offers a few basic training plans including 26.2 BREW: 5K (Sponsored by Marathon Brewing Company), Core Power 10K, Core Power Half Marathon, and 26.2 BREW: Life is a Marathon (also sponsored by Marathon Brewing Company).
These are your basic distance training plans with time frames ranging from 4-32 weeks. However, in order to participate in their Race Plans, or create your own plan, you have to pay the monthly or yearly fee.
Lastly, the app offers a few strength training routines designed by Under Armour Performance Specialists, that help you along in your activities. Some examples are the “Run Strong Collection”, the “Move Better Collection”, and the “Strong Core Collection”, among others not listed.
On the main activity dashboard, you are able to see a GPS map of your activity, the duration, distance, pace, average pace, and calories burned. You also have the opportunity to sync your music, fitness watch, heart rate monitor, footwear, etc, to the app.
Now this is what comes with the free app. If you choose to pay for a premium “MVP” membership, additional features include:
- Live Tracking: Let family and friends follow along with real-time location tracking.
- Add-Free: This is self-explanatory.
- Training Plans: This provides more in-depth plans than what you can get with the free version.
- Heart Rate Analysis: Shows heart rate graphs to make sure you are training at the right intensity level.
- Interval Training: Set your own intervals and get audio guidance.
- Route Genius: Generates new running routes for you via GPS.
- Custom Splits: You choose your split stats at whatever distance you want.
- Audio Coaching: During your workout, you will receive guidance on your pace, speed, distance, and calories.
- Plus: Power and cadence analysis, leaderboards, advanced maps, the ability to export workouts, and more not listed.
It is difficult for me to give the pros for this app. The Under Armour apps do everything that other fitness apps do, only not as well. It all seems pretty basic when you boil it down and that is disappointing. Check out my analysis of other fitness apps, but especially pay attention to Nike+, which I think does a way better job with it’s interface, but also offers so much more for free!
That being said, there are a few positives:
1. Plenty of Activities: This one is a bit of a mixed bag for me as you will find out in a moment. As you saw above, I listed a plethora or activities you can track with this app. That means you will be able to vary your activities and still have the ability to track them. Having a few strength workout routines is also something that is helpful and can vary your routine.
2. The Challenges: The “You VS The Year 2019” challenge is pretty neat. While it is a little late to join now, I am assuming they will be doing another one for 2020. That and the ability to create your own challenges can really help with the motivation factor. There is also the ability to create your own goals, which can be motivating as well.
3. An Encouraging Community: On the community board, there seems to be a genuine attempt at creating a large group of people who can inspire, encourage, and lift each other up with their posts and comments. Support is huge when it comes to working out, and this is a great place to get it.
Here is where we get to the most unfortunate portion of this review. I was excited about the MapMyFitness apps because I love Under Armour and their products, as I have highlighted above. However, I can’t help but be disappointed and here is why:
1. Nothing Extraordinary: As I was browsing the free version, I was blown
away. This wasn’t because of what was offered, but because of how basic it seemed. There wasn’t really anything you couldn’t get from most other fitness/running apps, and in some cases, there was even less.
2. Lack of Customization: This was one of the more frustrating aspects of the app. Whereas many other apps, these included, allow you to adjust the time or distance of your workout and even what is displayed on your main screen during a workout, MapMyFitness doesn’t allow for any of this.
You get what you get and can’t change it.
3. Lots of Activities, But Little to Actually Use: You read above a large list of activities you can track with this app. On the surface, that looks great. But I feel like it’s all a bit of a show. How many people are looking to track their horseback riding? How about curling?
Would anyone appreciate hearing their spouse say, “Wait, let me set my phone” before using the supposed “intimacy” category?
Many of the activities seem like they don’t have much use. Am I going to set my fitness tracker while sparring in a boxing ring? During mat wrestling? If not, then what’s the point of including them?
4. Much is Off Limits: Unless you are a premium MVP member, a lot of this app can’t be accessed, as I noted above. Yet, when I compare this to an app like Nike+, where every plan and feature is free and well done? Well, there is no comparison!
Now, I have gone back and forth about whether or not to keep the app and the only reason I have so far is because it is helping me gain points toward earning money in another app (Read about the fitness app that pays you to work out and be healthy: The Achievement App).
Now that I think about it, though, I’m not sure it is helping enough to deal with the frustrations I’ve had.
The Verdict – Under-Impressed
I think I have made it clear that the Map My Fitness Apps leave a lot to be desired. The lack of available features, customization, and hundreds of activities I’m never going to use are the biggest downsides for me. I’ve been spoiled by the Nike+ app.
I’m not getting paid by them and I’m not in any affiliate program for them. That is just an honest opinion from someone who has used both apps. My advice would be to keep supporting Under Armour’s clothing, but don’t waste your time on their fitness apps unless you are willing to pay. I’m not.
Now it’s your turn! Have you had any experience with Under Armour’s fitness apps?
Do you agree or disagree with my opinion about them?
Is there something that I am missing as far as the customization and features in the free version?
As always, feel free to leave your comments and questions below and I’d be happy to answer them!
Until next time, God bless and happy workouts!