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.
Workout Trainer (Free; Android, iOS)
Skimble's Workout Trainer (Android, iOS) offers users thousands of free workouts complete with timed step-by-step audio and video instructions to help you get into shape. Whether you're looking to sculpt six pack abs or improve your conditioning for that next race, Workout Trainer has a routine just for you. In addition to the built-in workouts, users can access the app's library to build their own custom routines and share them online, as well as try out routines shared by the community. A premium subscription unlocks more features such as HD workout videos, more exercise routines, as well as removing ads.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Strava Running & Cycling (Free; Android, iOS)
In addition to being a top-notch running and cycling tracker, Strava Running and Cycling (Android, iOS) adds some pretty neat competitive and gamified features to the usual run-tracking recipe. The app records your running speed, distance traveled, time and course taken, but also combines it with leaderboards, achievements and challenges. Strava supports a variety of running trackers, in addition to Android Wear and Apple Watch. A premium subscription improves on the formula with filtered leaderboards, the ability to create exercise goals and view more detailed analytics and more.
Zombies, Run! (Free; 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) puts you in the shoes of Runner Five, racing to save your life and the people of Abel Township. Zombies, Run! gamifies your running with radio play-style missions delivering an ever-unfolding storyline for players to enjoy as you run. The app integrates with your favorite music players and streaming apps such as Spotify and Pandora, with the app introducing radio outbursts and story messages in between songs. The app has gone free to play, with new users receiving episodes 1-4, and the ability to unlock new episodes once a week (or with a subscription).
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.
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.