Have you ever used a fitness app? With the coronavirus keeping many people from accessing their local gym or fitness class, the time is right to discover a new fitness app that’s right for you. There are so many choices, but I’m here to help you narrow down the 9 best fitness apps for 2020.
These 10 fitness apps provide awesome motivation, more variety in your workouts, digital nudges, and even accountability buddies. The apps I’ve chosen below are based on research from multiple aggregate review sites and can be downloaded on your Apple iPhone (iOS), Android smartphone, and even your Apple iWatch.
A personal favorite: Nike Training Club includes over 180 workouts covering a range of exercises — all for free. From strength training exercises to cardio and endurance, to mobility and yoga, it’s all here. While some workout-on-demand apps stick to short sessions that are around 10 minutes in length, Nike has some workout videos that are 30 minutes or longer. The workouts are in the form of videos with trainers who talk to you throughout the session about form and the benefits of exercise.
Glo is one of the great fitness apps for newbies trying to nail down the tree pose, or for more advanced students ready to turn themselves into a human pretzel. It offers daily curated classes to meet your needs, whether it’s improved sleep, stress reduction, or general strength training. What I like about Glo is that also offers personalized yoga coaches. Are you looking for a coach that’s challenging? Or maybe playful or inspiring? Glo has many options to fit your mood for the day.
My spouse recently purchased an Apple Watch and LOVES Zones for Training, which has a first-rate heart rate monitor built-in. This app is best for someone who’s more experienced with working out and wants more nitty-gritty details to help them reach their goals. For example, Zones provides parameters to determine when you’re burning fat and when you’ve reached your peak activity level, so you can stay in the fat-burning phase.
Keelo is a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout-on-demand app. When you browse the app’s catalog of 16 free workouts, you’ll see a preview of each session before you start. It’s best suited for use in a gym, but one of the great benefits of Keelo is that it provides you alternatives for some exercises if you don’t have the proper equipment available.
You may think you have no time to exercise, but how about carving out seven minutes a day? With a library of more than 200 simple exercises (jumping jacks, planks, lunges), 7 Minute Workout guides you through bite-size routines you can squeeze into even the busiest of schedules.
Let’s face it: running can sometimes be boring. Especially if you’re stuck on a 30-minute treadmill. However, RockMyRun uses music that is curated by professional DJ’s to give you the best running experience for non-stop energy. Interestingly enough, RockMyRun has been tested by EPARC, a leading exercise lab, comparing the motivation people feel listening to the app rather than the standard workout playlist. The results were clear: RockMyRun increased enjoyment and motivation by 35%.
Sweatcoin is billed as “the app that pays you to get fit!” While it’s essentially a “step counter”, the concept is revolutionary. Sweatcoin uses GPS to convert your outdoor steps into a currency that you can then use to spend on goods, services, and experiences. For example, you may eventually “earn” 600 sweatcoins that may be redeemed for $8 in PayPal cash. It may not be very much, but “Hey, free money!” Plus, the more “Sweatcoin” currency you build the more you can earn.
This app is great. Whether you want to lose weight, tone up, get healthy, change your habits, or start a new diet, you’ll love MyFitnessPal. I love that you can also track calories and find healthy new recipes. Dig in!
Whether you own a Fitbit tracker or not, you can use the Fitbit or Fitbit Coach app. The basic Fitbit application functions as an activity and sleep tracker, with running, walking, and hiking monitoring included. You can record your workouts manually, log your meals, monitor hydration, and set your own personal goals for motivation.
The Fitbit Coach app is a separate download but allows you to watch short exercise videos that you can perform virtually anywhere. This adds more variety as instructors talk through each exercise and provide visual demonstrations for each routine. Audio cues also help coach you along and you can even add background music or songs from your own playlist. The Fitbit or Fitbit Coach is available for the iOS and Android, but at this time is not compatible with the Apple iWatch.
Did these fitness apps work for you? Is there an app that you love that I forgot to include? I’d love to hear your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if interested, be sure to check out the 9 Best Running Apps for 2020. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to receive more great tips straight to your inbox each Friday.