Spring is coming – and some of you may finally want to keep your promises to start a fitness routine, even though this season has lots of showers in April. Thanks to fitness apps, we can access countless thousands of home workouts right from our smart devices. Here are seven apps to check out that can help you get motivated, energized, and fit.
This popular, free app was designed by the Director of Exercise Physiology at the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute. Exercises and workouts can be mixed and matched to create over 1,000 variations. You can turn on or off a warm up, cool down and choose the duration of your workout. During your workout, you can listen to the trainer on its own or add your own music (which is great, because – IMO – some workout music is intolerable.) While using the app, you can fine-tune your preferences by giving drives a thumb up or down. And it can also be synced with the Apple Health app. Workouts have a pretty clinical aesthetic, so if you like more atmosphere in your workouts, this app might not be for you.
If you want to start off easy, try this app created by Stråla Yoga founders Tara Stiles and Mike Taylor. It offers thousands of videos of varying lengths and regular live virtual teaching opportunities. Workouts combine elements of tai chi, yoga, qigong and traditional Chinese medicine to help increase your fitness level and flexibility and reduce stress.
Price: $19.99 per month or $199.99 per year. 7 day free trial.
This app from fitness guru Jillian Michaels has won “Best of” awards from Google and Apple. Customizable fitness, nutrition, and mindfulness features can help you reach your goals with a workout routine that’s right for you, no matter your fitness level or time constraints. Workouts range from yoga, HIIT, kickboxing and weights to prenatal/postnatal workouts, booty bands and 5K. Plus, you’ll have access to content from Michaels’ DVD collection. The app syncs with Apple Health, Apple Watch, MyFitnessPal, and many other devices and platforms. There is no live instruction.
Price: $14.99 per month, $34.99 for 3 months, $119.99 per year. 7-day free trial for new customers.
In this app, super flexible yogi Heidi Kristoffer merges yoga with other disciplines into yoga-based routines for every fitness level, mood, duration, and life stage. Among the more than 170 videos: CrossFlowX™, a fast mix of strength, core and high-intensity cardio intervals; CrossFlowZ, which has gentle flows to help you relax and unwind; and CrossFlowP, which has prenatal and postnatal flows. There are no live instructions, but new videos are added weekly.
Price: $14.99 per month, $149 per year. 14 day free trial.
If you’re tied to your smartwatch, here are two apps that connect to your fitness watch to access more detailed analytics, including calories burned and steps taken.
The standard Fitbit app is free. But if you’re looking for something more robust, the Premium membership gives you access to over 150 video and audio-guided workouts and programs from Fitbit instructors and popular fitness brands like Daily Burn, barre3, and Yoga Studio by Gaiam. You can easily search for workouts by difficulty, duration, style, etc. Beyond workouts, Fitbit Premium offers deeper analysis of your data and access to guided programs to improve sleep and diet/nutrition, mindfulness activities for stress and sleep, plus exclusive games and challenges.
Price: $9.99 per month, $80 per year. 90 day free trial in many cases.
This app designed for the Apple Watch contains over 1,000 videos in 11 disciplines, including Pilates, Strength, HIIT, Yoga and Walking, in a wide range of lengths, taught by top certified fitness instructors. Apple Watch tracks your workouts and provides metrics that sync across your Apple devices. There are new workouts every week.
Price: $9.99 per month, $79.99 per year. If you own an Apple Watch Series 3 or later, you’re eligible for a 3-month trial of Apple Fitness+.