Up your fitness game with these downloads.
Fitness and workout apps help keep you on that fitness grind no matter where you are. Unlike your typical brick and mortar, the best new workout apps make it easy to take your workout anywhere—especially when you’re traveling, or even when work just gets too busy. They all provide awesome motivation, whether you need more variety in your workouts, ultra-convenient sweat sessions, accountability buddies, or just a digital nudge to stay committed to success.
There are so many apps out there, however, that it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Once you find one that works for you and your goals it can be easy to stay on track. Here are 18 of the best new workout apps to choose from.
Track lots of health data and participate in challenges with All Day.
Created specifically for women, Adidas’ newest training app, All Day, looks at your movement, nutrition, mindset, and rest in order to give you a more well-rounded view of your health. It tracks your movement minutes and lets you add workouts, but also offers mini challenges to encourage new healthy habits, which include a week of yoga with Adrienne Mishler, a week of clean eating with Candice Kumai, or a two-week strength training program. Once you sign up for a challenge, you can tailor reminders to pop up exactly when you need them. (iOS and Android, free)
Keep track of all of your weightlifting stats with Stacked.
If you geek out over keeping track of what you lift, how often, and what areas of your body you’re working, Stacked will help you do all that. Create a goal to work toward and keep track of your progress as you near your goals with this intuitive app. (iOS, $4.99)
Get outside with REI’s Trail Run Project app.
While the sidewalks around town can be great to get in a few miles, trail running gets you on softer surfaces, meaning your knees don’t take as much pounding. Open up REI’s Trail Run Projects app to see just how many trails are near you, find loops, view images of the trail, and check out the elevation. The best part is that the app works offline, too, which is a life saver when you have zero service. There is no shortage of trails listed in every state, plus Canada, South America, Central America, and Europe. *(iOS and Android, free)
Enjoy outdoor scenery on the treadmill with Treadmill Trails.
If you’re getting bored with watching the same Housewives reruns on the treadmill, download Treadmill Trails for follow-along videos of iconic runs. Hike the Appalachian trail in fall, run along the bluffs in Big Sur, or check out New York City’s Central Park. Each silent video is 30 minutes long, meaning you can listen to your own music as you run along the river banks. (iOS and Android, $0.99)
Flash back to gym class or high school sports training with Old School Coach.
You’ll get a real kick in the behind with Coach Steven Holden’s brand new workout app. If you miss the booming voice of a coach yelling at you to “drop and give me 20,” this one was built for you. You’ll get tips of the day, laugh a lot, and get whipped into shape with the voice of a drill sergeant. (iOS, $2.99)
Test out different workouts on the sleek Nike+ Training Club app.
One of the most tried-and-tested fitness apps around, the Nike+ Training Club app offers a variety of workouts at different intensities and lengths in easy-to-follow video formats. There are several workouts created or inspired by athletes and celebrities, too. (We tried the Serena Williams and Kevin Hart workout for ourselves.) (iOS and Android, free)
Book discounted classes last-minute with Zenrez.
Zenrez offers up empty spots in fitness classes at a discount the night before. For example, a barre, yoga, or boot camp class you might normally pay $25 for may be available for $14 (prices vary based on the studio). Score. A new batch of classes for the following day shows up every night at 9 P.M. It’s currently available in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Orange County, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and New York City. (iOS, free)
Track your reps, sets, and weights with Lift Log.
Keeping track of reps, sets, and weights in your strength training sessions is one of the best ways to see your improvements in the gym. Lift Log makes it simple to jot down, say, how much weight you deadlifted and how many reps you did. As you log each exercise the app charts your improvement over time to keep you motivated and proud of your accomplishments. (iOS, free)
Find a workout buddy or join a pick-up game with Bvddy (basically, the Tinder of fitness).
Your Bvddy profile takes into account your location, skills, and the fitness activities you like and suggests matches who have similar interests. Just like a dating app, once you’ve “swiped right” on each other you can coordinate a meet-up, whether it’s a tennis match or a workout in the park. You can also join other people’s events or create your own for a group of people, like a hike or a soccer game. (iOS and Android, free)
Take a fitness class for one with a pro trainer on Aaptiv.
If your favorite indoor cycling class is all booked, no sweat (or, on second thought, lots of it). During the on-demand audio classes on the Aaptiv app, the voice of a trainer guides you through a fitness studio-style session with music that’s perfectly tailored to the workout. Try a high-intensity elliptical interval workout set to pop-rock hits, or a challenging yoga flow with hip hop. (iOS and Android, $10/month)
Keep track of your interval and circuit workouts with the Seconds timer.
High-intensity interval training is incredibly effective for burning fat and improving your cardiovascular health, and the Seconds timer app lets you know when to switch between the high-intensity intervals and low-intensity intervals you specify ahead of time. You can also keep track of circuits. If you’re doing, say, 20 seconds of push-ups and then 40 seconds of squat jumps, it’ll let you know when to switch, so the only thing you have to think about is working hard during every rep. (iOS and Android, free)
Record your training sessions and connect with fellow runners and cyclists with Strava.
Great for beginners and seasoned pros alike, Strava is a favorite of runners and cyclists to track training. It records distance, speed, routes, and pace. It also has a social aspect, so you can compare and share your workouts with fellow road warriors for a little motivation-meets-healthy-competition. Plus, if you’re a distance athlete, you can also share your location with up to three people in the premium version ($6/month) for an added safety measure. (iOS and Android, free)
Use Sworkit to follow along with workout videos.
Sworkit features video demos of no-equipment strength, stretching, cardio, Pilates, and yogaroutines. A trainer instructs and cues you through each move. The workouts are simple, straightforward, and easy to follow. Plus, premium users ($5/month) can also take advantage of custom six-week workout plans. (iOS and Android, free)
Get your flow on at home with YogaGlo.
There are more than 3,800 (!!!) yoga workouts on the YogaGlo app. Whether you’re in the mood for a long, heart-pumping sweat session or a quick, relaxing flow, there’s an option for every mood and experience level. The subscription-based app also offers guided meditation classes when you feel like keeping your mind and body still. (iOS and Android, $23/month)
Get tailored workouts with Fitstar Personal Trainer.
The newly redesigned Fitstar Personal Trainer recommends workouts for you based on the activities you track with a Fitbit device. For example, according to Fitstar, if you log a five-mile runwith your Fitbit, it might suggest an arms and abs workout that’s appropriate for your fitness level to give your lower body a rest. No Fitbit? No problem–you can still do the workouts, and the app will recommend sessions based on people in similar demographics. (iOS and Android, free)
Make working out a habit with Today, which uses a “don’t break the chain” approach to keep you motivated.
The Today app is the virtual version of a fitness advent calendar—except instead of popping out a stale-tasting chocolate each day, you mark off whether you completed the workout you had planned (or any habit you want to track, like sleeping eight hours or meeting your water-intake goal). It’s insanely satisfying to see the little green boxes add up as you build consistency, and it also reminds you of your longest streak so you can stay encouraged to beat it. (iOS and Android, free)
HIIT it hard with the short, high-intensity workouts on Keelo.
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a great way to get more done in less time. Keelo keeps it simple with pre-programmed HIIT workouts. Don’t sweat keeping track of your work and rest intervals or which exercise comes next—all you need to do is concentrate on working hard and the app does the rest. You can also reach out to a coaching team via email for advice and recommendations. The best part? There’s no routine longer than 20 minutes. (iOS, free)
Stay accountable and encouraged by getting involved in the PumpUp fitness community.
This health-minded social network is great for connecting and building community with other people who are working toward fitness goals. If you’re not quite comfortable sharing your workouts and achievements with all of your Facebook friends or Instagram followers, PumpUp is the perfect place to post a gym selfie, share an accomplishment you’re proud of, or just seek some encouragement and inspration from fellow users. (iOS and Android, free)