Healthy living is not just a fad. Today, according to the CDC, one in three Americans is overweight or obese making it a national health issue of epidemic proportions. That’s why hitting the gym and exercising should be a daily priority. And while some people prefer to hire personal trainers to guide them through their fitness journey, for others this is not an option—so why not go the route of an online personal trainer?
Fortunately, there is no shortage of personal training apps that deliver effective custom workout plans straight to your, well, phone. This allows you to workout anytime, anywhere and get visible results within weeks (it’s also a lot less intimidating than having to work out in a gym surrounded by super fit people).
While there are specialty apps dedicated to certain types of workouts such as CrossFit, HIIT, and Pilates, others take a more general approach by offering you a wide range of classes and workout routines that incorporate elements from different fitness regimens or with the assistance of an online personal trainer. Most apps are incredibly easy to use—all you have to do is narrow down your options by choosing a body part you’d like to focus on, the duration of the workout, available equipment, intensity level, etc.
So without further ado, here are the best personal training and workout apps that will get you in the best shape of your life.
Nike Training Club
It’s difficult not to get motivated to get in shape when you receive workout advice and guidance from the likes of Serena Williams and Cristiano Ronaldo. But don’t worry you don’t have to be in a Wimbledon-level of physical shape to enjoy this app. It offers low-, moderate-, and high-intensity workouts for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels ranging from 15 to 45 minutes. We also love that the more you use the app, the better the personalized workout recommendations become. You can also subscribe to the app’s premium service that includes four- to six-week personalized programs led by Nike instructors as well as expert advice on nutrition and healthy eating.
High-intensity interval training (or HIIT) is not only effective for weight loss and but it is also super time-efficient since you only have to find ten to 20 minutes per day to work out. Keelo will guide you through its highly effective full-body conditioning program by recommending you daily workout suggestions and easy to follow videos that target several muscle groups at the same time for optimal results. Other perks of this app include free coaching advice via email, burnt calories tracker, and overall progress reports.
SugarWOD is not just one of the best CrossFit apps (it has a 4.9-star rating on the App store) but it’s also the most popular one with over half a million athletes using it. And that’s important because aside from tracking your workouts and taking advantage of the more than one thousand built-in WODs (CrossFit lingo for workout of the day), you can also connect with other CrossFit athletes around the globe and get feedback/advice/guidance on improving your performance. The app also works with thousands of CrossFit studios so if you’re not able to hit the gym, you can get an alert once your “box” posts its WOD so you can do it at home.
Seven Minute Workout
Now you really don’t have an excuse to not work out! Designed by Chris Jordan, director of exercise physiology at the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, the Seven Minute App helps you get fit through, you guessed it, seven-minute daily workouts. The app offers 72 exercises and 22 additional workouts that can be modified to create more than a thousand custom variations tailored to your fitness goals (also, you won’t get bored doing the same exercise routine every day). The in-app purchases will get you access to personalized workouts, additional exercise routines, and a workout log to track your progress.
FitOn: Fitness Workout Plans
Getting access to the personal trainers of Pink and Serena Williams just got a whole lot easier (and free!). FitOn offers you all sorts of workout classes—from HIIT to yoga and Pilates—from some of the top personal trainers not just in Hollywood but also around the globe (think trainer to the stars Jeanette Jenkins, Danielle Pascente who launched the 30 Day Fat Burn program, and Kenta Seki). Take advantage of the customized workout plans or even join a live class from the comfort of your living room or home gym.
SworkIt Fitness & WorkOut
When in 2015 a team of scientists tested 30 workout apps, it found that SworkIt was the safest and most effective one of all. So what made this Marc Cuban-backed app the best? Simplicity is probably the main thing. SworkIt is the Spotify of fitness. You get a playlist of easy to follow and do exercises that are designed for optimal results. You can work out anywhere, anytime, and you don’t need any special gym equipment to do so. Of course, you can personalize your workouts and have all your fitness and nutrition questions asked by certified trainers.
If strength training is your thing then FitBod is the right app to guide you on the way to a leaner and stronger you. The company behind the app has developed an algorithm that studies your strength-building abilities, past workouts, and available gym equipment to develop a custom training plan just for you. All you need to do is follow the instructions (sets, reps, and weight for each exercise are pre-determined by the app). Expect a mix of ever-changing exercises that target a variety of muscle groups so your workouts will never be the same.
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