So I’ve been playing around with fitness applications and websites as a part of this project and one of my favorite new discoveries has been

It’s still beta (meaning they’ve opened it to a select number of people so they can work out the kinks and see what works) but me being a technorati, I went on Twitter and begged myself an invite from some hardbody on the East Coast who had some invites.

Basically Fitocracy is a social media site dedicated to sharing your workouts with friends. After you’re done for the day you log your workout and earn points for activities. The more points you earn, the faster you level up. The higher your level, the more you can brag to your friends about how awesome you are.

Narcissism truly is the fuel of the Internet.

But it actually works! Although there aren’t a lot of people using it yet I’ve got a couple connections, including a couple buddies and my crazy-rugby-playing cousin from Montana who makes Bluto from Popeye look like a little girly-man. I’m in a close points race with an ex-roommate of mine and he’s hot on my tail since he can see what my daily workouts are. Seeing what your friends are doing is definitely an incentive to work harder.

But in addition to the competition you can join forums and groups dedicated to sharing training tips and advice on specific interests, like yoga or weightlifting.

And you also get badges and awards when you complete challenges that set the bar higher than you’ve already been.

For instance, I got this badge for completing the challenge of doing five pull ups. Kinda reminiscent of the boys scouts but it still makes you feel a sense of achievement.

But everybody who gets a beta invite to Fitocracy also gets 10 invites themselves so if anyone wants to check it out for themselves just leave a comment with your email address and I’ll make sure to send you one.

P.S. I didn’t tell Fitocracy finishing those pull ups involved Cathy below me, pushing upward on the soles of my feet with as much strength she could muster – so keep that to yourself.

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