Best Fitness Apps

For this post, I’m rounding up 10 of the very best fitness apps, depending on your goals. Please share an app you’re loving in the comments section!

Hi friends! Hope you’re having a lovely week. In between the fun adventures we’ve been enjoying, I’ve also been able to catch some workouts in the gym. Usually when we’re on vacation, I just go with the flow, and get in a workout if it makes sense with our schedule. (For example, I pretty much never work out when we go to Magic Kingdom or Disneyland because the days are so full and we’re walking a thousand miles anyway. If we’re on a low-key vacation and there’s a studio nearby, I might be able to sneak in a class or two.) Since this is a longer trip and we have access to a great gym (and kids’ club!), I’ve been going for it. I know I feel better when I get in a sweat, and I change things up frequently and never get bored.

For today, I thought I’d share 10 of the best fitness apps, depending on your goals. If there are any apps you love, please let us know in the comments!

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If you need to work on mobility: GOWOD

I recently downloaded GOWOD when I realized how stiff my muscles have been. I haven’t made yoga as much of a priority lately – I did purchase a month unlimited at a local studio for when we’re back in town – and have been more dedicated to spending at least 5-10 minutes each day on stretching and mobility work. This app is $11.99 per month, so it’s a little more pricey, but I think it’s an excellent complement to a solid strength or training plan. 

If you want access to the best instructors: Peloton

Oh, Peloton. We’re coming up on 2 years that I’ve used and LOVED this app consistently. It started off with the spin classes, since I used to use the app propped up on my spin bike. Then, I finally converted and bought a bike – my favorite purchase of 2018 – and since then, I’ve taken the spin classes at least 2-3 times a week. I also adore their selection of workouts, including strength, yoga, meditation, running/walking, and stretching. I’m pretty sure the app is around $20 per month (it’s more if you have a bike @ $36) but so worth it for the caliber of instructors, the music, and the variety. You can check out my full review of the app here. 

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If you need a solid strength training plan: SWEAT

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SWEAT is an app that I come back to if I just have a half hour to work out and don’t want to think about it. The workouts include simple movements that always challenge me and increase my heart rate. I love that they’ve added different formats over time, including Stronger (the gym version of the class BBG workout), PWR (long traditional strength training workouts at a gym), PWT at Home, Post-pregnancy, Fierce (gym-based combining strength and high-intensity), and Build (combining bodybuilding and powerlifting).

If you’re looking for variety: Tone It Up Studio

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This app is $12.99 per month and includes HIIT, cardio, yoga, barre, and strength. You can choose any workouts On Demand, join live classes (and see who’s working out with you), and the workouts are categorized for an easy selection.

If you want to track your macros: Chronometer 

I’ve been using Chronometer for quite a while now, and like it even more then My Fitness Pal for macro tracking. It does have ads in the free version, but if you don’t mind clicking the little “x” every now and again, it’s no big deal. They have nutrient bubbles for you to fill each day, so this encourages me to eat more fresh foods instead of simply trying to hit macro numbers. The database isn’t quite as large as MFP’s, but it’s pretty easy to manually input nutrition stats for recipes. 

If you’re a beginner: Aaptiv 

These are audio-based fitness classes from personal trainers ($9.99 per month). I haven’t personally tried this one, but according to the reviews, the trainers are extremely motivational and the music is good. 

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If you want to start running: C25k

Couch to 5k is a solid running and walking plan to build up to a 5k. This is an excellent app if you know you want to venture into racers or longer distances but aren’t sure how to do it. I used to use the old school plan when I first started running, and it really gave me insight into what I needed to do to build time and mileage while increasing my running endurance. It’s FREE and $1.99 to remove ads.

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If you want to practice yoga more often: Alo Moves

This app includes a variety of yoga classes from top-notch instructors. This is perfect if you know you want to practice yoga more frequently but aren’t able to take studio classes due to price, childcare, or commute. This app also includes tutorials on how to safely build up to specific yoga skills and poses. I think it’s worth noting here that if you’re a yoga beginner, it’s worthwhile to check out a handful of live yoga classes just to make sure your alignment is correct and you can become familiar with the basic poses. 

If you’re looking for prenatal and postnatal fitness: Studio Bloom

This one is for all of my expecting and new mama friends out there! I personally haven’t tried this one because I found out about it after the girls were born, but it has excellent reviews. I also have to shout out my postpartum workout guide here if you’re looking for a safe postpartum plan. <3

If you want to set up your own interval workout: HIIT timer

This is a handy app for setting up your own interval or circuit training. I like to use 30-30 splits or 45-15 splits of work and rest and this way, I don’t have to think about the clock.

So, tell me friends: do you use any fitness apps? What do you usually use to set up your workouts?

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Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

xo

Gina

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11 Comments

  1. Kristin on June 4, 2019 at 9:45 am

    I sometimes use the Tone It Up app but I just use it for the free daily moves and not the subscription. I also use the popsugar and nike app for workouts. I have been eyeing beach body on demand but am still on the fence. This one isn’t really a fitness app even though they do have a small amount of yoga is the FMTV app. I think it’s $99 a year but I love it because it has so many health related documentaries which is what I totally geek out on. Watching something like that really motivates me to be more food conscious and all round more healthier.

    • Kayla on June 4, 2019 at 12:35 pm

      FitBod! It’s an amazing app to start strength training. It can give you workouts or you could build your own.

    • Tricia on June 6, 2019 at 3:55 pm

      I really like Popsugar, too! They have a great variety and you can download the workouts.

  2. Katie on June 4, 2019 at 10:16 am

    I love Bethany Meyer’s Be.come Project app. There’s one new workout each week. It will look deceptively easy but leave your muscles sore! She also lets you submit questions about the routine on her Instagram and she films more in-depth tutorials based on the questions she’s getting. It’s $35/month but she offers a free 10 day trial. I thought it was pricey at first, but it’s similar to a barre class and much less expensive than those!

    https://thebecomeproject.com/

  3. Nic on June 4, 2019 at 11:07 am

    I’m addicted to the aaptiv app. I love that they have full workout programs. (train for 5k, etc.) I like switching up strength and cardio but I don’t want to put the effort into thinking about what to do next. Doing their maternity program right now which is on the easy side. For me, that works because I honestly don’t have the energy some days, but on the days I do I can do that plus another workout and feel great.

    Before this one, I love love LOVED the peloton app. But I was using it before they started doing other types of workouts so I kind of got burnt out on spin classes. Post-baby I may look into it again.

  4. Nic on June 4, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Oh – and aaptiv’s spin bike workouts cannot hold a candle to Peloton’s sadly.

  5. Laurel Pell on June 4, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    I love the peloton workouts, but I also love the Emily Skye Fit App it challenges me everyday and I never get bored with it!

  6. Kathy on June 4, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    I second the Nike Training App, i don’t use it consistently, but it’s great when I do. I’ll also refer to YouTube for yoga videos.

  7. GeeAnn on June 5, 2019 at 9:48 am

    I use the Down Dog app for yoga. I love it! I bought a Black Friday deal for it and it was $20 for the whole yea, otherwise, I think it’s like $8/month. I love that you can customize based on your level, pick different types of music to play in the background, and choose different areas to focus on based on what you feel like doing that day.

  8. Megan B on June 5, 2019 at 11:16 am

    We have been trying to save money, so I only use free fitness apps. Of the ones I’ve tried, I really like DownDog for yoga, the Betty Rocker app, and FitOn. And then I mainly do the Fitnessista ;), Nicole Pearce, and NourishMoveLove workouts on YouTube for some really tough hiit and barre.

  9. Vinita on June 12, 2019 at 3:19 am

    I love Alo Moves App. It’s really amazing.

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