My Favorite Fitness Apps

There are a ton of fitness apps out there for all kinds of devices. It is hard to tell which ones are worth the money, time, and storage space. So here’s a list of my favorite fitness apps available:

PopSugar Active and PopSugar Healthy Living, both free, available on iOS only: I group these apps together since they are made by the same company and are perfect complements to each other. Healthy Living provides recipes, meal plans, and other articles related to living a healthy lifestyle, while Active provides hundreds of free workouts. That’s right, no subscribing or paying for workouts. Most workouts are in video form, with trainers performing the exercises in normal and modified forms. A variety of workouts (Running, Strength Training, Yoga, Cardio, Equipment, or No Equipment), fun and encouraging trainers, challenges users can partake in and even customize, daily reminders, as well as the ability to create your own workout routine are all reasons why these apps are my ultimate favorite. All workouts can be downloaded to your device, which makes it possible to workout even if you are not connected to WiFi or do not have service.

Sweat, free but subscription cost is $20/month, available on Android and iOS: Sweat, the app made by Instagram fitness star Kayla Itsines, tracks your overall fitness health, rather than just workouts. She provides a meal plan and grocery list, as well as step and water trackers. She, along with two other trainers, provides four main workout types: her original BBG (Bikini Body Guide), BBG Stronger, Body and Mind, and Self Post Pregnancy. There’s a great mix of bodyweight, machine, and weight exercises as well as a balance of cardio, strength, and recovery days. This is a great app if you want to focus on overall fitness health and don’t mind paying $20 a month. I really enjoyed this app, however, it is a little bit more than I want to spend on a workout app.

Jillian Michaels, free but subscription cost varies, available on Android and iOS: This app is very similar to Sweat. It offers a lot of workout plans including weight loss and a bridal boot camp. It provides a meal plan with recipes, grocery lists, and the ability to favorite meals. You can track your weight, previous workouts, and heart rates on this app. It also offers quick circuits that provide a workout when you are crunched for time. A very good app, but in my opinion, it doesn’t offer as much variety in workouts as other apps do. Subscriptions cost $10/month, $25/quarter, or $90/year, but personalized workout and meal plans are included.

Nike Training Club, free, available on Android and iOS: Way back in the day, I downloaded this app to my iPod Touch, worked out in my basement, and got a great sweat in! This app focuses on providing great workouts such as yoga, strength, endurance, mobility, short workouts, workouts led by guest athletes, and benchmark workouts. You can also form your own plan using options such as bodyweight or equipment workouts. Just a note, NTC is available through iOS for iPhone, not iPad. It can be downloaded onto an iPad although it will run just like it would on an iPhone.

Find an app you love, download it, and take a pause during your Netflix binges to get a quick workout in!


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