Whether you're looking to make good on that New Year's resolution, get those six-pack abs you've always wanted or you just want to be healthier, there's something for you on our list of the best workout apps. You'll find apps that provide step-by-step instructions — just like an expensive trainer — for little or no cost. From strength training and yoga to running and more, you'll find a great workout partner here.
Under Armour’s Map My Fitness (Android, iOS) logs more than 600 different fitness activities and syncs with more than 400 devices to give users a complete picture of their athletic performance. Users can search for nearby running routes or share their favorite routes. Map My Fitness saves data on pace, distance, and calories burned for GPS-based workouts; you can use this data to set new personal goals. Through the Map My Fitness community, users can join challenges as well as motivate friends. The latest versions of May My Fitness are compatible with Android Wear and Apple Watch. Premium versions of the app offer personalized training programs and the ability to monitor heart rate zones.
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.
Variance’s Fitted Lifts (iOS) is for experienced athletes who have been using pen and paper to record their weightlifting sets. You can create a routine from a list of exercises within the app’s database or, if necessary, add your own. Exercises are grouped according to the muscle group they focus on, such as chest or triceps. Fitted Lifts includes custom rest timers for each exercises, which takes the guesswork out of resting between sets. As you log your routines, Fitted Lifts can display your progress in a table or graph; the app also tells you how long it’s been since your last workout for a specific muscle group.
The Nike+ Training Club app (Android, iOS) features workouts designed by professional athletes and celebrities. Workouts focus on strength, endurance, or mobility and offer three levels of difficulty. The app’s audio cues let you focus on the workout instead of the screen; Nike+ Training Club can also be streamed onto a television using Apple TV, Chromecast, or an HDMI cable. After completing a workout, users can share customized photos or posters with the Nike+ community. The app syncs with Nike+ Run Club to keep track of your runs; you can also manually enter activities such as basketball, gym training, or tennis.
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.
Gaiam’s Yoga Studio (Android, iOS) includes a library of more than 70 yoga and meditation classes that range from 10 to 60 minutes. These classes address strength, flexibility, relaxation, balance, or a combination of all four, and the app lets you filter based on duration, focus, and ability level. More advanced Yoga Studio users can create their own classes from the app’s library of nearly 300 poses as well as 20 pose blocks. Users can download videos and play them later, without an Internet connection, while class instructors can sync Yoga Studio to a television using Chromecast, Apple TV or AirPlay.
FitNow’s Lose It! (Android, iOS) aims to help users set and achieve exercise, nutrition, and other wellness goals. Users start by logging food and exercise, using the Lose It! calorie counter, along with the recipe builder and exercise planner, to stay within their daily calorie budget. Users can join existing peer support groups or challenges, which run the gamut from eating more vegetables to logging more exercise. While the app uses the phone’s built-in pedometer for step tracking, Lose It! also integrates with several health and fitness platforms, including Fitbit, MapMyFitness, Nike+ and Strava.