The Apple App Store is full of apps and that makes finding the best apps for exercise even more difficult. A recent study showed that people who don’t exercise are most likely to say they do not have enough time to exercise. Fortunately, there are hundreds and hundreds of great iPhone and iPad apps that can help you find time to get your health routine back into shape because many of them are time-savers that make everyday life easier.
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BEST APP FOR EXERCISE
Whether you’re looking for the best workout apps to keep you motivated—or the ones that can help you start a new fitness routine from scratch—there are tons of great options out there. But there are so many options that trying to pick one can seem just a little bit daunting.
That’s why we’ve compiled this list to help take out the guesswork so you can spend less time deciding on an app and more time trying it out. There are apps on here for every kind of exerciser, whether you’re looking to start running (or train for a race), get stronger by lifting weights, or incorporate some gentle, restorative movement like yoga into your routine. And if you’re not really sure, that’s perfectly fine too: Many of these apps are free or offer a trial period so you can test them out before you commit.
The best workout apps can help you find a kind of exercise you love, gain confidence, and build progress—all while making your workouts convenient and accessible. Here are 43 workout apps to check out.
Both a fitness tracker and workout guide, Jefit heaps a plethora of options upon its users: more than 1,000 exercises suitable for a wide range of gym machines and equipment, a workout planner and tracker that you can customize to target specific goals, and a huge community of users to swap stats, pep talks, and tips with. Upgrading to Jefit’s Elite Monthly plan (which costs $6.99 per month) gets rid of the ads that come with the free version and provides you with more detailed training analytics, weekly progress reports, and additional workouts with HD video instructions. The Elite Yearly plan (which costs $39.99 per year or $3.33 per month) allows you access to everything under the monthly plan at a lower cost in exchange for a longer-term commitment. (iOS and Android, free)
Your Future membership begins by matching you up with a personal coach whose approach to fitness aligns with your goals. They design a plan just for you, taking into account your needs and access to a gym or workout equipment. Using the Apple Watch provided by Future (it ships to you when you start your plan and you can use it for as long as you’re a member), you and your coach can track your activity and progress week by week—and, using that info, your coach will send you a new list of exercises to tackle for the following week. You can switch coaches or cancel your plan at any time without incurring fees or penalties. (iOS, $149/month)
Whether you’re an avid boulderer or sport climbing devotee, browsing the 75 free workouts on Crimpd, the app developed by Lattice Coaching & Training, is an excellent way to build strength and technique on the wall. All users can log training and climbing sessions, track their progress, and learn how to do new exercises correctly through the in-app demonstration videos. More experienced climbers can also opt into one of several customized training plans in the app. Lattice’s fingerboard plan and home plans are both $140 for 12 weeks, and can be purchased in blocks of 4, 8, or 12 weeks. The Lattice Lite plan, which is designed with the home, gym, and outdoors in mind, costs $165 for 12 weeks. These plans are recommended for people who have climbed 6b or V4 grades in the last year. (iOS and Android, free)
- Start Rowing
Start Fitness’s rowing-specific app provides beginners with a low-pressure entry point into this intense workout, plus new challenges for intermediate and advanced rowers. Select your plan’s difficulty and schedule, then follow the cues from the in-app Audio Coach while you row. The app’s Challenger feature offers a wide range of whole-body workouts to supplement your rowing performance, and you have the option to log, track, and share your progress along the way. (iOS, free)
Many weightlifters rely on logging their workouts to see their progress over time, but the developers behind Strong seem to understand that that kind of note-taking can feel tedious. That’s why Strong’s interface is clean and streamlined to make the recording and tracking process simple. You can review your workout history, comment on how you felt before and after your sessions, and graph your workout volume. All users can log up to three custom workouts and browse Strong’s extensive workout library. Upgrading to the Pro plan, which costs either $4.99 per month or $29.99 per year, allows you to log as many workouts as you like and access other exclusive Pro features, like more extensive analytics. (iOS and Android, free)
With a massive selection of workouts including HIIT, strength training, yoga, meditation, Pilates, cardio, and stretching, FitOn aims to serve just about every type of fitness enthusiast out there. What sets it apart from other catchall workout apps is its access to celebrity trainers and fitness influencers like Gabrielle Union, Jonathan Van Ness, and Julianne Hough, who lead exclusive workouts through the app. Although this app can act as a great introduction to new forms of exercise, it can also help users reach more specific goals with its customizable workout plans. It also provides guided meditations, to make your cool down feel particularly relaxing and restorative. (iOS and Android, free)
Freeletics’s personal trainers create a unique plan for you based on your goals, previous fitness history, and what you have access to. So, whether you have a lavish home gym setup or prefer bodyweight workouts; enjoy strength-training over cardio; or can work out only in the mornings, they can customize a plan to meet your needs. Once you start your plan, you can send feedback to your coach to let them know how it’s going—maybe it’s too challenging right off the bat or perhaps you’d like them to up the intensity. You can even let them know the day of a session if you’d like something a little different or if you only have time for a quick workout. (iOS and Android, $75/month)
- None to Run
This running app is geared toward the total beginner, with approachable workouts, simple training schedules, and encouraging audio prompts. None to Run offers a 12-week plan designed to increase how long you’re able to run at one time, with less emphasis on pace or distance, as these metrics might not be as accessible as simple time spent running. It also has a range of nonrunning workouts that focus on increasing mobility, building strength, and preventing running-related injuries. If you like jogging to music or podcasts, the app’s midworkout alerts will run in the background without interrupting your groove. (iOS, free
As its name implies, Metron is for the goal-oriented athlete who’s driven by metrics. You can create custom workout plans according to your goals, and Metron’s coaches provide you with advice, instructions, and exercise recommendations to get you closer to reaching those goals. They’ll help you determine the right schedule and pace for your workouts, and deliver you new “assignments” on a weekly basis. With on-platform trainers specializing in CrossFit, marathon running, bodybuilding, and Ironman races, this app takes a highly targeted approach to helping you improve and work toward your next fitness benchmark. (iOS and Android, free)
- Hybrid Strength Coach
This strength-training app lets you build your own workout routines using Hybrids’s exercise library, watch move demos to practice your form, log your workouts, track your progress, and, if you want more structure or a new challenge, purchase one of Hybrid’s training programs for $40 a month. These programs vary by goal (strength, endurance, conditioning), experience level, days per week, and workout length. Program subscribers gain access to direct support and guidance from Hybrid trainers, who can make sure your technique is on point and that you’re staying motivated throughout the program. (iOS and Android, free)
The Equinox+ app has an extensive library of different workouts and classes that bring its upscale fitness experience straight into your home, via your mobile device, tablet, browser, or smart TV. Plus, you can try classes from its renowned brands, including SoulCycle, Pure Yoga, Precision Run, and Rumble. Our digital director appreciated the vast quantity of options available through the app, noting that, in addition to its many, many studio classes, Equinox+ also has mindfulness practices and meditations on tap. You can follow the SoulCycle classes on any kind of stationary bike, but if you’re curious about SoulCycle’s at-home bike, our associate director of special projects said it “made me sweat like I never have before in any at-home workout” in her SELF review. (iOS and Android, $40/month)
- Fitbit Premium
Fitbit Premium brings the information from your wearable tech to the next level, taking your Fitbit daily activity data into account to recommend exercises and provide feedback just for you. It recommends programs and fitness plans for every goal, whether you’re looking to simply build your activity, gain total-body strength, or try out HIIT, and offers access to premium challenges to make working toward your goal fun. It also offers a new Health Metrics dashboard, where you can track everything from your breathing rate to your heart rate variability to your skin temperature. You’ll also have access to advanced metrics for your sleep data and mindfulness tracks to help you calm your mind. (iOS and Android, $80/year)
- Alo Moves
Alo Moves offers up thousands of guided yoga practices taught by some of yoga’s top stars. Created by the ultra-popular apparel brand Alo Yoga, Alo Moves has more than 2,000 videos organized into 200 plans and more than 500 single classes taught by the top names in yoga, including Dylan Werner, Ashley Galvin, Caley Alyssa, and Mackenzie Miller. And there’s more than just straightforward yoga sessions: You can work on your skills with a handstand workshop, improve strength with total-body workouts, relax with guided meditations, and more. And it’s not just yoga: The app offers classes in strength, barre, and Pilates too. (iOS and Android, $20/month)
- Yoga Wake Up
Who says alarm clocks have to be jarring? The Yoga Wake Up app uses the sounds of yoga and meditation to gently get you moving for the day. This app offers different audio yoga and meditation sequences that are designed to start in bed and end with you on your feet. Choose a wakeup—it has sessions ranging from 5 to 15 minutes—that lets you ease out of bed slowly with calm stretching, or get energized with a faster-paced flow. The app is beginner-friendly too, so if yoga is something you’ve been considering trying out, this is a great way to get started. (iOS and Android, $11/month
- Studio Bloom
This app from The Bloom Method studio in Boulder, Colorado, offers fitness videos tailored to those who are pregnant as well as those who have recently given birth. Created by certified personal trainer and pre- and postnatal corrective exercise specialist Brooke Cates, The Bloom Method’s classes are designed to be safe during pregnancy and postpartum. The Studio Bloom app has more than 100 educational and workout videos, along with guided meditations and pre- and postnatal nutrition support. Plus, there’s a section for stretching and mobility—a great way to cool down after your workout. (iOS, $29/month)
Obé, which stands for Our Body Electric, offers a schedule of strength, power, dance, and HIIT classes that you can join in—22 live classes a day, so you’ll be sure to find one that fits your craving—or sweat your way through a prerecorded class. One look at Obé’s videos and you’ll see what the hype is about: Bright colors, neon accents, and an electric pastel palette make their workouts feel like a mini party (especially when you’re tuning into one of its dance sessions). Obé has both strength and cardio-driven classes, and they take less than 30 minutes each. And with its just-launched Workout Party feature, you can sign up to sweat with up to seven friends, sharing each moment through video or text chat. (iOS, $27/month)
- Peloton Digital
You can stream cycling and treadmill workouts from the sleek Peloton Studio in any space. Sure, Peloton’s bikes and treadmills have created a fitness revolution, but if that’s not in the budget for you, a Peloton Digital subscription still nets you access to their livestreamed classes. And now they’re more than cycling or running: Fire up your app to take strength, yoga, meditation, barre, or Pilates classes too. Check in for a live class or peruse their on-demand library that’s thousands deep. The playlists are available in the class description, so you can make sure the tunes are on the mark before you get started. (iOS and Android, $13/month)
- Asana Rebel
Asana Rebel is a yoga-inspired fitness app that has guided yoga flows alongside “regular” workouts, which still have some yoga elements in them. This is one of the best free workout apps around (although you can buy additional classes through the app). It’s the best of both worlds if you’re looking for other workouts to complement your yoga practice (or vice versa). In the app, you can input your goals, track your progress, and choose classes and programs based on how much time you have or the intensity you’re after. You can also fire up their calming sleep sounds afterward, to help yourself fall asleep and get some solid shuteye. (iOS and Android, free)
Choose one of Trainiac’s personal trainers to keep you motivated and create a workout program that’s tailored exactly to your goals and your lifestyle. Trainiac’s plans aren’t one-size-fits-all—you’re talking in real time to a real, accredited fitness pro who provides workouts just for you, along with encouragement and support over text, audio, and video messaging. They adjust your workouts to the equipment and space you have available at any given time (whether it’s a full at-home gym or nothing at all), and your workouts can evolve with your goals and your fitness level. Plus, they’re super balanced, including cardio, strength, and mobility work. (iOS, $100/month)
8Fit offers custom no-equipment workouts ranging from 15 to 20 minutes long, along with nutrition tips and other healthy eating tools. If you’re working on your fitness and your healthy eating habits, this app keeps it simple by putting everything in one place. You start by determining your goal and your current level, and from there, the app provides custom workouts and tips to help get you where you want to go. Plus, 8Fit actually explains proper exercise form and progression for all of their moves, so you can make sure you’re getting the most out of every rep. It also now offers weekly classes, so you can sign up to work out along with the rest of the 8Fit community. (iOS and Android, $60/year)
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