If you're on the fence about signing up for a gym membership yet again, there are at least five good reasons why you shouldn't. Yes, you heard us right — five free apps can give you a kickass workout in the comfort of your own home.
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!
Users say: "I use this app for speed training. I highly recommend this if you are a beginner. I started running by doing walk/jog intervals. Before I knew it I could jog a mile which grew into three miles. In October I ran my first 10k without walking!"
In the world of quickie trainer apps, 7 Minute Workout is kind of a big deal, with literally hundreds of user reviews to back it. Just as the name suggests, the app focuses on improving fitness in as little as seven minutes a day, with the 7 Minute Workout featured in The New York Times and published in the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal. Each seven-minute “intense training” set is designed to get your heart pumping using only your body weight and a chair. This makes the short power-burst workout (recommended to perform in three sets total) ideal for almost anyone who doesn’t have the time or the money to hit the gym.
Users say: "I used this app to change up my routine. The commands, timing and built in how-to videos were so helpful to keep me on track, motivated and using proper form and technique!"
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