“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter

Finding the time, motivation and money for working out can be a challenge, not everyone can just throw on their trainers and do 100 squats, sometimes we need encouragement.

If you don’t have a gym membership, one of the best things you can do is include good exercise apps into your daily workout routine.

But with so many out there you might be wondering where to start. In this article, Superprof takes a looks at the best workout apps around and why we love them. So throw on your gear, grab your weight, let’s go!

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Strava for Cyclists and Runners  

Strava, which is the Swedish word for “strive” has been around since 2009 and is one of the most popular fitness apps for cyclists and runners.

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Strava is a popular app amongst runners and cyclists. (Source: Pexels)

Besides running and cycling which are the most popular, here are about 40 other activities. Strava is easy to use and works as social networking for athletes.

When you use Strava, you will be able to find other runners in your area, compare your stats, upload photos, and even organise exercise sessions together. Social tools aside, Strava is one those serious exercise apps where you can compare times from specific sections of terrain that will motivate you to try even harder.

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Nike Run Club

It makes sense that Nike, the sportswear giant has entered the gym app environment. Whether you are weightlifting, doing Crossfit or running, you will find that Nike offers a range of the best workout apps on the market. Suited to both professionals and amateurs, apps for working out are generally a great way to track progress.

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Nike Run Club is worth a look if you are training for a running race. Not only is it designed for beginners so that you don’t injure yourself, but it offers brilliant suggestions for warms ups and stretches. Another reason why it is one of the best workout apps around is that it also offers programmes and challenges for professionals too.

Nike Run Club is one of those apps for working out that will make you want to go for a run the minute you open your eyes in the morning!

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With over 185 free activities, this gym app is like having a 24/7 personal coach. It’ll take some time to find the sessions that are right for you, but with great functionality that caters for every level of ability, you will find your way around in no time.

As you can tell Nike is certainly a leader when it comes to the best workout apps out there. With guidance professionals, you can look forward to setting and achieving realistic fitness goals. It also has a planning system that help you to set out your weekly workouts so that you can:

  • Improve your overall fitness
  • Improve your endurance
  • Build muscle
  • Lose weight
  • Work on your abs
  • Improve stamina
  • Tone your glutes and thighs

It’s one of the best workout apps around because there is something for everyone. So get your family involved and start training.

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7 Minute Workout

Did you give up your boxing or Zumba lessons because you didn’t have the time?  

Well if you are still wanting to exercise regularly, then 7 Minute Workout is the gym app for you.

This is one of those exercise apps where the convenience of your living room becomes your workout space for under 10 minutes per day. Offering 7 minutes of 30-second sessions, you’ll notice that finding the time is no longer an excuse!

You can also select which part of your body you would like to train as well as choose programmes specifically aimed at improving cardio, building muscle or losing weight. It’s all possible which makes 7 Minute Workout one of the best workout apps around for busy people

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There are also video demonstrations that take you through the correct form of an exercise so that you do not injure yourself and make the most of the movement.

Finally, this app will remind you when it’s time to exercise, and everyone needs to be told what to do from time to time – especially when it comes to staying fit.

Adidas Running/Runtastic

Brought out by Adidas in 2015, runners will know this as one of the best fitness apps around, especially for those who like to train outdoors. This is one of the best exercise apps for mapping runs and tracking performance like speed, distance and heart rate. It has a unique dashboard that calculates your data and progress over time.

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Runtastic also offers intuitive vocal coaching that provides real time information on your run which is another reason we recommend it as one of the best apps for working out. You’ll also have access to advanced stats as well as personalised training to meet your specific goals.

There are three payment options with Adidas Running:

  • Pay annually
  • Pay every six months
  • Pay every quarter

The more months you pay for upfront, the cheaper the subscription.

Freeletics

Freeletics is one of those fitness apps for those who are already fairly active. Most activities do not require equipment because you will be using your body weight for resistance.

The app’s free version is much like a demo and offers about 11 of the programmes from the extended full version. The main difference between the free and full versions is that on the full you get weekly coaching against your own objectives.

It also comes with a nutrition coach that can help you to eat more healthily. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the free version is only for beginners either. Each workout is intense and with very little time for rests.

So even though the sessions are challenging, we still believe that this is one of the best apps for working out and improving mental fortitude and endurance too.

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Daily Yoga

Unsurprisingly, online yoga practice has taken the gym app industry by storm and Daily Yoga can help you to learn the basics of yoga in only two weeks.

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Of all the yoga fitness apps, Daily Yoga is one of the best because it offers options for all levels. From basic poses for the beginner to more advanced sequences, you are bound to find your niche within this app.

The app features more than 500 asanas (yoga poses), 70 yoga classes and pilates and meditation sessions too.

Classes include everything from alleviating period pain to losing weight. Simply follow the videos to practice the techniques and poses which are designed by expert yogis from all over the world.

This is an app that also gives you the opportunity to join a community of yogis and share advice on lifestyle, diet and yoga.

No matter where you are, you will never need to miss a yoga session again.

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Here are a few other recommended apps for working out:

  • Endomondo
  • Caynax HIIT
  • Runkeeper
  • 101 Fitness
  • Easy Trails
  • Charity Miles
  • Sports Tracker

When downloading a gym app bear in mind that access is often free for a trial period only. If you have given your credit card details be sure that you want to continue or not so that you are not surprised by monthly debits for years to come!

One of the best ways to get help with your training is to opt in and out with a personal trainer of your choice from Superprof. You could find someone near to you for in-person coaching or opt for online lessons with a trainer from multiple locations around the world.

Fees vary depending on the experience and qualifications of the trainer, but you can also benefit from a free starter lesson to find out whether someone is the right personality fit for you.

Another way to keep costs down is to join a group class. On Superprof the options are endless and you can also enjoy the peace of mind in knowing that trainer credentials have already been verified for you.

Face-to-face coaching usually costs more per hour than the other types but this is because you can enjoy tailored sessions and a coach that will often travel to you and bring the equipment you'll need. While more expensive, this is usually the most cost-effective type of coaching as every minute of your sessions will be spent focusing on you and your fitness.

Whether you choose from these apps for working out or a personal in-person trainer, remember that you are investing in your health and quality of life, so keep at it and don’t quit.

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