Sticking to a workout routine can be tough. It involves a commitment of time and effort toward goals that can be hard to measure. Support has been an essential tool in maintaining a fitness plan, whether it be bystanders cheering on a runner in a marathon or the advice and praise of a personal trainer. Recently, technology has been introduced to provide support for amateur and professional athletes. With the help of cloud computing solutions, fitness technology can offer a unique, productive and fun workout experience.

How the cloud is being implemented in the gym
Gyms are making use of cloud technology to create a better fitness experience for their members. Network World spotlighted a few pieces of cloud-enabled equipment one might find in a modern gym. The Network World list includes the CPro, a multifunctional weight trainer that monitors the user's heart rate and power output to adjust the resistance level. There are also treadmills that display on-demand entertainment or virtual fitness environments. The equipment features software that saves the gym member's progress and helps them establish future fitness goals. Gym trainers and coaches can use this stored data to create specific training programs. Gyms might employ cloud scheduling solutions to inform members of outside fitness programs such as running events or outdoor yoga classes.

Personal cloud training devices
A person doesn't have to belong to a gym to make use of cloud-enabled fitness technology. InfoWorld explored some of the cloud-based fitness tools available to regular consumers. An iPhone can track a person's heart rate and distance traveled while going out for a run. MyFitnessPal is an online tool to record diet and exercise routines with. All information from devices can be recorded in the Runtastic cloud. The Runtastic cloud can sync data from different fitness monitoring tools and apps to create a full online gym experience. 

Recently, the Fitbit has become a popular fitness tool. Fitbit is a device a user can wear around his or her wrist that will record and upload exercise data. Not only are individuals embracing Fitbit for their workout goals but companies have started providing Fitbits to their employees to promote health. The New Yorker featured a humorous article about the author's purchase of a Fitbit pushing him to walk great distances daily because he viewed his Fitbit as a personal coach he couldn't let down.

The advantages of a cloud based workout
Technology taking the place of personal trainers is one of the key selling points of cloud-based exercise applications. Each person begins regular physical activity routines with a different set of limitations and goals. The need to create a unique fitness plan is what drives many people to employ a personal coach. Now technology can take in all of a person's unique data through inexpensive tools and create a fitness plan that is suited to them. Techworld indicates the key strength of cloud fitness solutions is adaptability. A runner's stretching program can alter warm up activities if the runner suffers an injury. If progress is being made quicker than expected, the system can recalibrate and increase expectation goals. The information available on the cloud can update with the most recent health and fitness news and science, which allows it to suggest and plan exercises accordingly.

It can also be fun. Cloud-based fitness apps such as Zombies, Run! turn a usually grueling workout into a virtual adventure. Zombies, Run! provides sounds and information that give joggers the unique experience of trying to survive a zombie infested world by gradually increasing their ability to run. As the runner progresses, the cloud saves their story so they can stick to their routine. The cloud's ability to measure, record and encourage progress is what makes it the ideal fitness companion.