We've covered some of the best fitness and running apps for smartphones before, and today we take a look at some of the best workout apps available for mobile devices. Whether you're a workout beginner or a serious exercise addict, whether you've got your own personal gym or nothing more than a dingy gym mat, there's something for you here in our list of 10 of the best workout apps.
1. Argus (Free; iOS)
If you don't want another device around your wrist, Argus (iOS) is the next best fitness tracker. Constantly running in the background on your iOS device, Argus monitors your steps and calories, and you can input nearly any other health and fitness data points you want to track, including activity, sleep and food. It also uses the GPS in your smartphone to automatically track your runs, keeping a map of your daily routes.
2. Challenges by Nexercise (Free; Android, iOS)
Challenges (Android, iOS) turns working out into a competition among you and your friends. Log your activity, watch your rank rise on the leaderboard and keep up those health habits to earn points, prizes and bragging rights. If you log it, you can get points for it. Challenges has a comprehensive list of activities you can track, including aerobics, yoga, housework and playing with pets. And, yes, those prizes are real: Cash in your points for things such as gift cards or headphones.
3. Zombies, Run! ($3.99; Android, iOS)
If your philosophy has always been to never run unless something is chasing you, here's the motivational app for you. Zombies, Run! (Android, iOS) makes you race to save your life and the lives of others, while logging your activity. With more than 40 missions, the app lets you customize music playlists before you begin running; it interrupts songs with radio outbursts and messages to tell you your progress. If you're feeling lucky, you can also use the "Zombie Chases" modes to pick up your speed and kick your heart rate into high gear.
4. JEFIT (Free; Android, iOS)
JEFIT.com's apps (Android, iOS) serve as an incredible resource for users looking to do strength training and bodybuilding. Loaded with an exercise database of thousands of routines sorted by targeted body part, it comes complete with detailed instructions, a workout planner, exercise log, progress tracker, numerous timers and options, and synchronization with your JEFIT profile. The free version is ad-supported, while a pro version offers more features and removes advertising.
5. Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout App (Free; Android, iOS)
Beginners and veterans alike will appreciate the Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout App (Android, iOS). The app guides users through the original 7 minute workout, as well as more advanced routines of varying duration and intensity, complete with short videos. A Smart Workout feature can function as your personal trainer. We also like that users can create their own custom workout routines.
6. Runtastic Six Pack Abs (Free; Android, iOS)
Runtastic Six Pack Abs (Android, iOS) is designed to guide you through a 10 week long workout routine designed to sculpt that perfect set of six pack abs you've always craved. The app contains a wide variety of workout routines, complete with animated male and female avatars to guide you through the proper form of each exercise. In addition, there are adjustable difficulty levels, and the option to create custom workout plans tailored to target areas, weight loss goals or daily schedules. The app features additional sync options with MyFitnessPal and Runtastic.
7. FitStar (Free; iOS)
FitStar functions as your personalized digital training coach, adapting its exercise routines to match your physical capability, carefully calibrating workouts to be challenging without being too difficult. Users can configure their ideal exercise duration and workout goals, and the app will whip up a workout session for you. Once done, you can rate the difficulty of the workout, allowing the app to slowly learn and adapt to your workout capacity, challenging you without breaking your body.
8. Pocket Yoga ($2.99; Android, iOS)
You can now carry around your own Yoga studio with Pocket Yoga (Android, iOS), an exercise app that lets you practice the ancient art of stretching and breathing at your own pace and time. Pocket Yoga comes with detailed voice and video instructions for hundreds of different poses, complete with writeups on each one's proper execution and health benefits. Users can choose between three different practices, three difficulties and three durations. Then the app logs your exercises and progress for future reference.
9. Fitocracy (Free; Android, iOS)
The social network for exercise junkies, Fitocracy (Android, iOS) uses a combination of gamification and peer pressure to encourage your exercise habits. Users can look up exercise routines and then log them in to score points, level up and gain achievements, all of which is displayed in a social media stream that other Fitocrats can view, comment on and share, and otherwise encourage. Signing up at the Fitocracy website also provides data syncing between the Web app and mobile, as well as the option to automatically post your updates to Twitter or Facebook.
10. CARROT Fit ($2.99; iOS)
Meatbag, meet your new fitness and training AI overlord, CARROT. The CARROT Fit app is built around the 7-minute workout idea, but double charged with humor and snark. The sadistic AI CARROT will lead you through "7 minutes of hell", complete with wry commentary and hilarious exercises such as Celebrity Face Punching, Dragon Mating Dances and more. In addition to the workouts, the app comes with a weight log, BMI calculator, workout reminders and mini-rewards, with more fitness modules (such as Deathmarch 5K) in development. When the Robot Apocalypse begins, you will be ready.