How many users do Fitocracy

Your workout as a game, or: Give your fitness a level-up!

I found out about http://www.fitocracy.com/ some time ago. Articles in the usual geek blogs were very euphoric on the subject. Unfortunately, the posted invite codes were always taken. In the meantime, the press has also become aware of the site:

Fitocracy in the December 2011 issue of Popular Mechanics!

I was lucky this weekend, though, and got hold of a code. Therefore, here is a short review of the site first.

What is Fitocracy?

The basic idea is: treat your fitness like a game. Workouts give you points. The more points, the higher your level. For certain workouts you get “achievements” other workouts are “quests” - both give a “badges” a kind of medal for the achievement.

In the simplest case, the page only serves as a workout tracker. You enter your training and see your progress with the individual exercises. With the points you still get a virtual "Well done." Other users can comment on workouts or give a “props” if they find a performance good.

This works in a similar way to other social networks such as Facebook. Imagine a Facebook for athletes. "Klaus did 100 pushups - Gabi likes that." With Fitocracy it looks like this:

What are the advantages?

One of the main aspects is the tracking of the workouts. This point alone makes it sensible to use this tool. The social aspect is also very motivating. Every now and then you get a nice comment, or just "props." There are also tons of other interest groups in the community. From certain nutritional variants such as leangains and paleo diets to followers of certain workout systems (RossTraining, ConvictConditioning) to musical styles or hobbies.

The gimmick here is the game aspect. Every exercise I do improves my virtual self. Every push-up brings me closer to level-up. This weekend I even did 50 crunches to bag a quest. I never do crunches, I prefer the plank or leg raises as an abdominal muscle exercise. But when I discovered the quest, I just got caught up in collecting and I wanted to have this quest. So I did the 50 crunches.

The site also offers tools to monitor the development of certain exercises - but I can't comment on that after a few days.

Are you also interested?

The beta phase is over - you can now simply register at http://www.fitocracy.com/.

So, let's start training!

 

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