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Daily App Review: FitYou lets you challenge your friends to exercise more or else

One of the enjoyable aspects of owning a Fitbit is sharing your workout stats with your friends and family. I don't share to boast or brag, but to encourage everyone to stay fit and likewise, for them to encourage me. Not everyone owns a Fitbit and not everyone is doing activities that are logged by a tracker, so this is where the new fitness app FitYou steps in.

FitYou lets you challenge friends and family to see who can rack up the most points in a set time period. It can be one day, one week or up to two weeks. The app works with a variety of exercises, allowing a runner to challenge a cyclist or swimmer. Each challenge can have a bet, requiring you to up your game or have to pay out a favor when you lose.

FitYou allows runners to compete against yoga masters because the app uses its own point system to score activities. Basically, you add an activity and the app assigns it a point value based on its intensity and duration. The longer or harder you workout, the more points you will earn. It all evens out with a 10-minute, one-mile run equaling 20 minutes of yoga.

You can set up one-on-one, one versus a group or a team versus a team challenge. A chat feature allows you to talk smack to your friends to get them off the couch and onto the pavement. If you want to train alone, you can even do a solo challenge based on the number of points you want to reach each day.

FitYou has an easy-to-use interface. After creating an account (you need a FitYou account or a Facebook account to login), the main screen shows your challenges, your activities and your score. You can easily add new activities and create new challenges right from this main screen. Everything is laid out nicely, which allows you to get up and running very quickly.

The FitYou app is available for free from the iOS App Store. The app is compatible with the iPhone. There are no ads and no in-app purchases.

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