The best fitness and exercise apps

With so many fitness apps on the market, how do you know which one to choose? Here are some factors to consider before downloading:

  • Trusted instructors. For safety and best results, we recommend choosing an app with workouts that are created or led by certified fitness experts.
  • Fitness goals. Want to build strength or run faster? Or maybe you’re interested in losing weight or getting more flexible. Whatever your motivation, be sure to choose an app that meets your exercise needs.
  • Budget. While some are completely free, most apps require a monthly subscription. Luckily, all of the apps on our list offer a free trial, so you can try a few classes before going all-in.
  • Required equipment. Most apps offer classes that require some equipment, such as yoga blocks, dumbbells, or kettlebells. Unless you’re looking to buy new gym equipment, look for an app with classes that are compatible with your current home gym setup.
  • User reviews. While you should definitely take reviews with a grain of salt, reading what other users think can be valuable information as you decide whether a workout app is right for you.

There’s nothing wrong with trying out a few fitness apps before you settle on one — the most important thing is that it helps you reach your goals safely and effectively.

The best free fitness app

Nike Training Club

Train in Nike trainers live or on demand with the Nike Training Club app. Once you download the app, you’ll receive personalized workout suggestions based on the results of a quick test.

The app offers a range of exercise styles, including high intensity interval training (HIIT), yoga, core, cardio and strength training. You can also search by muscle group, workout focus, and equipment to find your perfect class.

As a bonus in 2020, Nike has made its premium content free for all users.

The best app for group fitness lovers

like Fitness

obé Fitness brings the feel of a boutique group fitness class to your living room with more than 15 types of classes, including HIIT, dance cardio, sculpting and more.

The app offers 20 live classes every day — filmed in a fun neon studio — in addition to its extensive on-demand library of more than 7,000 classes.

Workouts range from 10 minutes to an hour. Top-notch instructors bring energy and will even call you out during live classes.

It’s also a favorite of Healthline nutrition and fitness editor Kelly McGrane, MS, RD, who appreciates that the large selection of 20-minute classes makes it easy (and fun) to squeeze a sweat session into your day.

The best tried and true fitness app

Peloton

Peloton is best known for its cycling lessons, but with the Peloton digital app you can access workouts from strength training and HIIT to outdoor running and yoga.

You can train in real time with expert instructors and other members from around the world, or take one of the app’s on-demand classes.

Peloton classes feature curated music playlists and each instructor brings their own unique style to their classes.

Just be aware that although the instructors provide modifications, true beginners may find most of these workouts too challenging.

Several Healthline editors have commented that the Peloton app is the key to their home fitness success, and the app was featured as one of the best fitness gifts in a recent Healthline review.

The best fitness app for women

Fit Body

A community created for women by women, Fit Body has 12 programs led by 4 expert trainers to help you achieve your fitness goals.

Classes are designed to be 30 minutes or less, but if you have extra time, we recommend taking advantage of the stretching and foam rolling videos as well.

What’s more, the app offers 72 weeks of meal plans with personalized portions based on your daily calorie needs, plus access to 300+ recipes to create your own meal plan.

The app also has a community feature that allows you to connect with others on your wellness journey.

The best fitness app for men

Center

Known for his muscular physique, actor Chris Hemsworth decided to share his methods by creating the app Centr.

Billed as “your therapist, nutritionist, chef and wellness coach all in one,” Centr offers daily workouts, meal plans and recipes, plus a mindfulness component, all through a handy weekly planner.

With celebrity trainers like Luke Zocchi—Hemsworth’s personal trainer—and Gunnar Peterson guiding you through your workouts, you’ll be pushed to your limits.

However, some reviewers find the workouts too challenging for beginners.

The best fitness app guided by a personal trainer

Le Sweat TV

Created by Charlie Atkins, CPT, Le Sweat TV essentially gives you a personal trainer at your fingertips.

During your workout, Atkins is right there with you, providing helpful guidance and modifications for all fitness levels.

You can browse 250+ workouts by body part, equipment needed, or desired class length (5–30 minutes) to get started. You can also stream the videos on demand or download them for sweat sessions on the go.

The ultimate low-impact strength training app

TRX Training Club

If you’ve ever used a TRX suspension trainer at the gym, you know what a great workout it is. TRX straps use gravity and your body weight for a full body workout.

TRX Training Club helps you perform suspension training with daily live classes or using a fun repeat option where you can add your own music.

There’s also a full library of on-demand classes that you can access with an On Demand or All Access membership.

The best prenatal and postpartum fitness app

Studio Bloom

Designed by prenatal and postpartum exercise specialist Brooke Cate and taught by other experts, Studio Bloom classes help expectant and new parents exercise safely during and after pregnancy.

The app offers more than 300 classes, including strength training, injury rehabilitation, meditation, yoga, cardio, HIIT, boxing and cycling.

While some workouts require dumbbells or resistance bands, there are also plenty of bodyweight options to choose from.

Unique to Studio Bloom, the app teaches diaphragmatic breathing as the foundation of each exercise. It also offers free consultations with internal pelvic floor therapists after vaginal and C-section births.

The best size fitness app

Big fit girl

Created by Louise Green – author of Big Fit Girl and Fitness for Everyone and president of the Size-Inclusive Training Academy – the Big Fit Girl app makes fitness accessible no matter your size, age or fitness level.

Starting with chair exercises and progressing to more complex movements, Green offers a wide range of on-demand cardio and strength training.

If you’re brand new to training or have injuries, Green’s app will meet you where you are, allowing you to work your way safely and confidently.

The best app for strength training

Jefit Workout Planner Gym Log

Built with serious weightlifters in mind, the Jefit app lets you create custom weight training sessions, record every rep and set of your workout, and even take breaks.

The app also offers more than 1,400 workouts, post-workout analytics, and community features.

Although the app requires a subscription to get the best data and share your results with friends, these additions may be worth the price for those who enjoy crunching numbers or just enjoying their friends.

The best yoga app

Glo

Whether yoga is part of your regular routine or you’re new to the practice, there’s something for you in the Glo app.

The app includes 4000+ on-demand classes as well as daily live classes when your schedule allows. You can even download courses to take with you when you travel.

There are 16 class styles to choose from, all taught by experienced and accredited instructors.

The best app for runners and cyclists

Strava

If you enjoy running and cycling outdoors, Strava is a must-have app. In addition to mapping your routes, the app tracks your progress, offers challenges, and even shares your location with friends for safety.

The free version of Strava is pretty simple, allowing you to record your activity and share your location with three designated safety contacts.

However, for $7.99 per month, the app lets you enter contests, set and track goals, create training plans, and measure your performance.

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