If you're still on the fence about signing up for a gym membership, we've got at least six good reasons why you shouldn't. Yes, you heard us right — these six amazing apps can give you a kick-ass workout in the comfort of your own home. Did we mention most of them are super-cheap or even free?
Kelli and Daniel of Fitness Blender are seriously the shizz when it comes to at-home workouts. They offer tons of free YouTube videos — from HIIT to low-impact cardio to strength training and even some yoga — all of which are available on their handy-dandy app.
The app also has a huge community of users that you can connect with for added support. Everybody involved with Fitness Blender is super-positive. It's a great team to be part of.
Users say: "There are hundreds of great workout videos on this app - all free. I do workout check-ins to help motivate myself to actually do my owrkout [sic] and there are so many before and after pictures on here, seeing everyone else's progress is motivation as well. Tons of recipe ideas from eery corer [sic] of the world, helps me make healthier food choices myself. I love love love this app!"
Who needs a running coach when you have your own pocket trainer? With the 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. The 7 Minute Workout has been featured in The New York Times and 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. It's available on iTunes and Google Play.
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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Originally published March 2013. Updated February 2017.
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