Zap Fat? Get Fit? Stay Motivated? There’s a Fitness App for That

Fun and Fit interview “Mr. Connected,” Ted Vickey, PhD researcher on how fitness apps affect exercise and your health


Do you want a dependable, low cost helper to cheer you on, record your workout accomplishments, get you over motivation hurdles, and increase your odds of exercise success? Get in line. No wait, get online! And get on your cell phone.

After devoting hundreds of hours assessing 17 million tweets, 5 popular apps, and scores of exercisers’ habits, Ted Vickey made some interesting discoveries:

  1. App use tends to fall into 3 categories, 2 of which positively affect exercise outcomes;
  2. Those who use technology – such as smart phones and workout apps — tend to stick with their workout programs;
  3. Social networks, whether online or off, will help you get more fit. And the online networks are proving to be mighty!
  4. From the White House to San Diego to Ireland to the golf links, Ted Vickey’s sense of humor and passions will entertain and inform you. So listen in.

The research results you will hear in this interview with the world’s number one expert in technology and exercise adherence are the first of their kind.

Ted Vickey has been called one of the most connected men in fitness.  From his 11 years as head of the White House Athletic center to his current doctoral study of mobile phones and physical activity, he has been pursuing his bucket list since 5th grade. You can pursue him (and his wealth of cutting edge info) via twitter, @TedVickey and via his LinkedIn page,

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About Kymberly Williams-Evans and Alexandra Williams

Identical twins and fitness pros Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MAhave been in the fitness industry since the first aerobics studio opened–with them–on the European continent back when leg warmers and thong leotards were the rage. Their fitness experience spans 3 decades on land, sea, and airwaves.

Kymberly has taught fitness on 4 continents in 4 languages for 30 years to more than 10,000 exercisers. She is former faculty at University California Santa Barbara (UCSB) in the Department of Exercise & Sport Studies. IDEA, the International Association for Health and Fitness Professionals tapped her to serve as the inaugural editor for Fitness Edge, a publication devoted solely to group exercise leaders. Finally she knew enough people in the exercise world that she became a three-time nominee and finalist for IDEA’s Program Director of the Year award.

Kymberly also worked the mind attaining a Master’s Degree in English. Her true specialty was conducting business writing seminars and helping professionals communicate more effectively in the business world. From hosting an international fitness TV program to serving as grammar expert on a live show, Kymberly has led, moved and grooved with energy and good grammar for all.

Alexandra has been teaching, presenting and writing about fitness for over 25 years (since she was 7 and 1/2)! Currently on staff in the Exercise Studies Department at UCSB, she is also a contributing editor and writer for IDEA Health and Fitness Association’s many publications. As an international presenter, Alexandra enjoyed her honeymoon in Venezuela after judging their national fitness championships.

Alexandra has her advanced degree in counseling, which qualifies her to ask nosy questions of her two teens. Combining her love of words and the microphone, she has also had a successful run as a radio presenter, emcee and comedian. She loves to work, so she also writes for her blog and is a frequent guest contributor to a variety of blogs about business and health.

Kymberly and Alexandra are also the Hosts of Fun and Fit on WomensRadio. Fun and Fit offers answers to audiences’ fitness questions, shares Fun Fit Facts, faces Freak Out Fit Facts head on and helps listeners cut through the hype and fat to reach their fitness goals. Learn, laugh and live it up on your road to health and fitness!


  1. This is an excellent way to keep track of your workouts. What don’t we use our smart phone for nowadays? The first place I heard about this actually was on an awesome fitness blog. Tons of people use similar stuff on there.

  2. Without a doubt technology helps keep my fitness accountable. It’s not an app persay, but Polar Personal Trainer keeps my workouts logged and even designs programs for me based on my particular need!

  3. Technology has been instrumental in my health and fitness. I rely on it heavily for keeping track of workouts, knowing my running pace, and logging my activity.

  4. I love using apps for running and fitness! I have several that I use to track mileage, I’ve been trying out Pear Sports, which connects a heart rate monitor to a training program, and designs a program that keeps you in your zone. All on your phone!