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The best fitness apps to get into shape and stay there
You can’t do much better for your body than get in shape, stay in shape, and work out regularly. Exercise lowers all of the bad things (cholesterol, blood pressure, etc.) and heightens all the good things (muscles, stamina, etc.). A fitness tracker will help you track your exercise but there are also plenty of apps that can help keep your regimen on track. Find out more about the best Android fitness apps and workout apps.
How to choose a fitness app
To find the right app for you, first determine your focus. Are you looking for broad strokes or an app that specializes in your preferred activity? If you’re in need of the latter, consider an app that correlates, like one aimed at runners or one that’s all about yoga. Likewise, keep in mind the breadth of features you are likely to use. Some apps simply pump out workout suggestions, while others host a much deeper well of tools and resources. Finally, don’t lose sight of your budget. Fitness apps have become shockingly good at what they do. Unfortunately, they can also be shockingly expensive over an extended period of time.
The best fitness apps for Android
The best general fitness apps
Price: Free / $7.99 per month / $59.99 per year
Strava is a very popular and versatile fitness app for runners and cyclists alike, recording both runs and rides. The app also keeps tabs on real-time data during these activities, including distance covered, estimated calories burned, and more. Plus, if social features are your thing, the app packs those too. Compete on popular Strava segments, send kudos to friends, or find new routes via the Strava Global Heatmap. We’d recommend looking elsewhere for an app if weight-lifting, body-building, or floor training are exercises in your scope.
8Fit Workouts and Meal Planner
Price: Free / $24.99 per month / $79 per year
8Fit is a comprehensive approach to fitness. It packs brief workout routines for those who want to work up quick sweats during breaks and several recipes for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It also guides you through those workouts, so you know just how many push-ups or star jumps you need to complete in a given time. 8Fit is one of the more pleasant apps to look at, too, but it’s not cheap. An annual subscription will set you back a fair bit. However, it might be worth it if you’re looking for a more holistic fitness solution.
Price: Free / $9.99 per month / $49.99 per year
MyFitnessPal is one of the most popular fitness apps available. It does a little bit of everything but mainly bills itself as a calorie-counting app. It also tracks basically any exercise, connects to dozens of other devices and apps, logs and tracks your progress, and even has tools like workout timers and step tracking. It’s somewhat expensive at $9.99 per month. However, there are few fitness apps or even diet apps with the depth and integration that MyFitnessPal has.
The best workout and exercise apps
Price: Free / $12.99 per month
You don’t have to own an expensive bike (or treadmill) to access this cult-favorite brand’s fitness app. Anyone can sign up for a Peloton membership. The company offers on-demand classes as well as live in-studio instruction covering a wide variety of workout types. Tap into a boot camp for strength training or hop on your gym’s stationary bike or treadmill. This app has everything from meditation to boxing to barre and more. Plus, it’s a home run for athletes who want to feel connected to others on their fitness journey. Through the app, you can follow friends, join challenges, and even send digital high-fives after a tough workout. Peloton also has a Wear OS app you can use to connect your smartwatch for workout tracking.
Price: Free / $29.99 per month / $119.99 per year
Centr is a fitness app backed by Chris Hemsworth for those who want to train like Thor. And who doesn’t? The app offers several workout programs covering a range of disciplines from pilates to interval training. These programs are developed by Hemsworth’s trainer and other field professionals. Beyond building and toning muscle, Centr features mindfulness courses and a meal planner and plugs into Apple’s HealthKit if you own an Apple Watch. The app’s monthly subscription rate is far from cheap, but it does offer a seven-day trial.
Price: Free / $5.99 per month / $29.99 per year
MapMyFitness includes a slew of workouts for beginners and experienced individuals. Users can pick from programs designed by Under Armour specialists that target specific muscle groups. The app can also develop training plans in tune with your goals and fitness levels. MapMyFitness, being an Under Armour app, plugs into the company’s wearables and other devices to provide enhanced metrics and workout tracking. As with its contemporaries, MapMyFitness requires a monthly subscription fee, but it’s a lot cheaper than most other apps.
Price: Free / $9.99 per month / $79.99 per year
Seven is an excellent app to hone your fitness, especially if you’re crunched for time. The app centers on the concept of seven-minute sessions and takes a light-hearted and gamification approach to working out. Need some motivation? Workout trainers include drill sergeants and cheerleaders. The app also offers several social features allowing users to share progress and garner encouragement from friends and family.
The best bodybuilding and strength training apps
Price: Free / $6.99 per month / $39.99 per year
JEFIT is a workout trainer and tracker app. It functions well for most fitness routines. However, it definitely leans toward bodybuilding. Most notably, JFIT features cross-platform support between your phone and the web. You’ll find various tools such as a rest timer, interval timers, a body measurement log, and a workout schedule planner. Plus, you’ll get access to JEFIT’s database of over 1,300 workouts. This includes both beginner and advanced workout routines.
Price: Free / $99.99 per year
Shred takes fitness a little more seriously. It packs gym training routines for those who want to tone up, build bulk, or improve their cardio. The app also features several at-home workout routines for those without a gym membership. These routines typically focus on dumbbells, kettlebells, and other equipment users are likely to own themselves. Overall, Shred seems better suited to those who want to push their fitness goals.
The best running apps
Nike Run Club
Nike Run Club is an excellent running app. It will track your runs and stats and customize your routines. It also offers audio-guided workouts. To keep users invested, Nike Run Club uses achievements and leaderboards to keep track of your accomplishments. It is also entirely free, which elevates it above most of the competition. Other apps have more features, but if you want the basics and don’t want to pay anything, Nike Run Cub is the one to try.
Adidas Running (formerly Runtastic)
Price: Free / Varies / $9.99 per month / $49.99 per year
Adidas Running (formerly Runtastic) is one of the best running apps on mobile. The developers have spent a good portion of the last couple of years adding more tools to the app and improving the existing features. For example, Adidas Running now provides apps for water intake reminders, a HIIT workout planner, and healthy food recipes. There are individual exercise apps for things like push-ups, cycling, and pull-ups. You will even find a sleep tracker app and an individual timer app. All of these work well when we tested them. Some of them have single costs, some are free, and some fall under the app’s monthly (or yearly) subscription. There are a ton of fitness features in these apps.
The best yoga app
Price: Free / $7.99 per month / $49.99 per year
Down Dog offers one of the best user experiences for anyone looking for a yoga companion. If sweating it out at a studio isn’t for you, it’s the perfect app to bring an instructor to your living room. Just roll out your mat and get started. The app features a range of focus-specific workouts, plus sessions for users at all skill levels. Additional features include Google Fit support, offline support, and curated playlists.
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