For each workout you log, you earn points. Per their forum, “the amount of points you receive is based on what the developers feel is the fitness benefit of an activity, not necessarily the raw amount of energy used.” So unfortunately, the caveat is that you don’t see the raw calories burned – but there are plenty of other internet applications for this. The more points you earn, the further you move up in the “levels” of the site.
When you log exercises, other people on the network can see what you’ve done and give you “props” for your workout. You can also join groups that have common goals, like weight loss or starting strength (for strength training beginners). And my absolute favorite parts of Fitocracy are the quests and achievements! Quests are specific workout tasks you can do to earn extra points. For example, “Someone’s Chasing Me! - Run a mile in under 10 minutes” or “No Chicken Legs Here – perform any calf, hamstring, and quad exercise at least 1 time.” There are also achievements that you can unlock for bigger tasks that generally take consistent effort to achieve – like running 20 miles.
If you like competition and enjoy checking tasks off a list, this site might be great motivation for you! I’ve got 10 invites through this Fitocracy link, so if you’re interested feel free to join.
And….if you like the quests aspect of Fitocracy, stay tuned for some special fitness challenges I’ll be starting right here at Inspired Wellness Solutions in January. This will be a new program where you will be able to compete from anywhere in the United States for great prizes!
(Full disclosure: I have no relationship to and no compensation from Fitocracy – I just like it!)