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!
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.
If you need a solid strength training plan: SWEAT
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
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.
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.
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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