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Best apps for home workouts

Never step foot
inside a gym

You don't have to be a gym rat to stay in shape. These five apps are perfect workout companions to keep you motivated and well equipped at home.
Never step foot inside a gym

Total Couch to 5K

Never step foot inside a gym

Who needs a run coach when you have your own pocket trainer? With the Total Couch to 5K app you have access to a complete nine-week running plan that will get you prepped and ready for your first 5k. You can use the app to map your runs, share your progress through social media and track your times, Stats are available for estimated calorie burn and projected 5K times, based on your daily training. One of the best features is that the app is supplemented by audio or voice cues that actually talk you through each run! (Total Couch to 5K, free)

10 Minute Workouts

Never step foot inside a gym

Don't let time be a deterrent to a good workout. With the 10 Minute Workouts app, you have access to several beginner, intermediate and advanced 10-minute programs that require nothing more than standard home exercise equipment like a stability ball, dumbbells and a mat. One major problem with fitness apps is that the exercise descriptions or images are frequently hard to understand. Not so with 10 Minute Workouts! You have access to detailed written exercise descriptions supplemented by clear, animated images so that you'll always feel confident when it comes to form. (10 Minute Workouts, free)

Tabata FREE

Never step foot inside a gym

Tabata workouts are a hot trend, and why wouldn't they be? A four-minute workout that's as effective as it is fast is like the Holy Grail of fitness. The trick to mastering a true Tabata routine is to properly manage time. With eight rounds of exercise alternating between 20 seconds of all-out effort followed by 10 seconds of rest, you have to have the right timer. Tabata FREE is your solution. Pre-programmed to time your Tabata intervals, you'll never have to worry about watching a clock or resetting your timer. It truly makes Tabata effortless... except for the whole exercise part. (Tabata FREE, free)


Never step foot inside a gym

When you can't make it to the yoga studio, or if you just want to learn the basics without the pressure of wandering eyes in class, this app provides tutorials for almost 100 poses and mudras. The basic moves are explained and accompanied by photos, and you can also access a daily audio lesson for the "pose of the day." If you're new to yoga and need a little more help sorting through all the options, there's a Find a Pose feature that allows you to sort poses by common need, like poses that help increase energy, or poses that aid in weight loss. (Yoga-pedia, free)

Six Week Training

Never step foot inside a gym

Wow your friends and family by cranking out 100 pushups or killing 200 squats. Sound impossible? Not with the Six Week Training app. Rated almost five stars with more than 500 reviews, you know this app delivers the goods. Just choose your challenge, perform an initial test and start the program geared to your fitness level. To make it easy on you, the app allows you to schedule workout reminders, charting your results to keep you on track to meet your goal. After weeks two, four and five you can choose to take a periodic progress test to ensure that you're always training at the appropriate level. (Six Week Training, free)

Bonus: Best apps for nutrition

  • My Fitness Pal: With a database of thousands of foods, My Fitness Pal is perfect for helping you make smart food decisions when at home or at a restaurant.
  • My Food Diary: If you bite it, you write it! Use the My Food Diary app to track your food intake.
  • In Season: Always choose the freshest, most nutrient-dense produce by shopping with In Season. You'll never wonder whether rhubarb is a summer or winter fruit again!

Change it up

Keep your motivation going strong by switching up your live tiles on your Windows Phone. Pick a different app to pin to your home screen each week or each month and change them as frequently as you need to keep your workout routine in high gear.

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