I’m always trying new apps to shake up my workout routine. Even as a retired personal trainer (ha!), I still sometimes struggle to get motivated or creative with my workouts. Sometimes you just want someone to tell you what to do, but a personal trainer isn’t always an option. These apps do all the work for you so you don’t have to plan or get bored doing the same thing every day.
However, if any of the movements in the apps is foreign or uncomfortable for you, ask a personal trainer to check your form!
This is my favorite workout app! I recommend spending the 5 dollars upgrading to the Pro version. It has strength, cardio, yoga, and stretching routines for as many minutes as you want. You can play music while listening to the workout and there are demos for each movement on the app as you do them. None of the workouts require equipment or being at a gym, so there truly is no excuse not to squeeze in a workout with this app.
This app is awesome and takes the mental work out of working out. It designs workouts for you based on how long you want to work out, what type of workout you want, level of intensity, and body focus. There is everything from weightlifting to basketball to pregnancy workouts.
This app has one use: timers. It is perfect for DIY workouts that are baed on time, such as circuits and HIIT.
This app is a straightforward tabata timer and no other options.
Strava has a bit of a cult following here in the Bay Area. If you are a runner or a biker, you can record your workouts in real time and compete against your friends and community. Once you complete a workout, it is uploaded and you can see what your split times were, speed, elevation gain, and calories burned. It also ranks you for given sections of your route, so you may have been the 3rd fastest runner on that trail that day, year, or all time. It is a great motivator – when it’s recording, it’s hard not to think that someone is going to be looking at how fast you went!
I like this app because it is designed for women to encourage them to take up strength training. You can pick a plan that suits your goals, with each plan detailing workouts for the week. There are bodyweight, triathlete, bikini competition, strength competition, and more plans.
Website winner: BodBot
Technically Bodbot is a website and not an app, but it is so great that I have to include it. It is essentially a digital personal trainer that creates fitness plans for you. There are also features to track your workouts and meals. It is similar to Gain Fitness, only on the web rather than a smartphone.