These locally developed apps can help you plan meals, find online workouts, and connect with exercise buddies.
Balance on Demand
Best for: meal planning
Backstory: When you’re an engineer and Crossfit coach and can’t find a meal-planning app that meets your needs, what do you do? Georgia Tech grad Rachel Rieder just launched her own. Introduced in January, Balance on Demand provides customized meal plans and grocery lists based on individual calorie and macronutrient goals (desired ratio of fat, protein, and carbohydrate), so you can spend less time at the store and more time at the gym.
Best for: accountability
Backstory: After mom-of-four Natasha Garcia-Lane gave birth to her second child, she was feeling socially isolated and frustrated by the lack of support and accountability at her gym. This prompted her and her sister Nicole Garcia to create Enjifit (a play on their initials, “NG”), an app that connects people to potential workout partners and trainers based on location, interests, and fitness goals. Think of it as a “swipe right” for the workout set.
Best for: community
Price: $10/month; $70/year
Backstory: Former pro dancer and engineer Richard Bailey launched his app, GrpFit, to target a crisis in his community: Black people are disproportionately affected by health problems ranging from obesity to high blood pressure. With features such as workout videos and articles, interconnectivity with activity trackers, and photo sharing, the app provides community and a fitness plan that will stick.
This article appears in our May 2019 issue.