Whether you’re looking to get lean body, put on weight, run fast, ride bike, swim better, keep a personal goal, or just get healthier, these apps can help you meet your fitness goals in 2020.
Working out to lose weight, gain muscle, or push yourself to higher energy-consuming workouts? Pay attention, everybody needs a little guidance when it comes to getting fit. Fitness apps give you leverage by reminding you of your goals and prompting you to stick to them. They provide the analytics you need, whether it’s a calorie calculator or a trainer who plans your workouts and coaches you along. I have mentioned the best user-friendly apps which can make all the difference.
These top fitness apps come with a plethora of uses. Some are great for athletic, while others are suitable for newbies. Some are one domain focused, such as nutrition or music for workouts, while others take an all-in-one user interface. Some are simple, and others take a step ahead to make sure you have all the information you need to keep working towards your fitness goals. Many have heart rate monitors and fitness trackers to help you gather more data about your exercise. All offer great value as per the user’s workout regime; read each app’s description to determine if it qualifies your needs.
I have made a few specific categories, including workouts on demand, activity tracking, nutrition, and music.
There is an ocean of on-demand workout apps, but not all are modest in quality and price. Those mentioned here have high-quality instruction and are priced appropriately, or are free. Some let you join live classes from afar with a video stream.
Apps made it to the list are Keelo, Blogilates, Shred, and Nike Training Club.
$12.99 per month, $30.99 per quarter, or $93.99 per year
A high-intensity interval (HIIT) workout-on-demand app that connects a heart rate monitor during your session. For whichever workout you choose, you can swap moves based on your ability level and available equipment. For example, you can swap box jumps for a step-up move or strict pull-ups for jumping pull-ups. When you go through the app’s catalog of workouts, you see a preview of each session before you begin, showing not only all the exercises and equipment, but also a workout functional map that tells you if you’re in for aerobic exercise and which body part that you’ll engage. At $12.99 per month, Keelo isn’t pocket-friendly, but you can try out some of the workouts for free of cost and get a 2 week free trial.
Free; $0.99 per month for workout calendar; $0.99 for some videos
If take-it-easy approach gives you motivation to begin, Blogilates is for you. This is an app, a blog, and a YouTube channel by Cassey Ho offers plenty of workouts on-demand, recipes and, fitness recommendations. The content is biased towards feminine than masculine, but the exercises themselves are for everyone. Each video workout takes a comfortable clothing, a mat, and a I-will-do-it attitude. In addition to the videos, the app offers a workout calendar, recipes, and a market place with athleisure wear. Most of the content in the app is free, although a subscription to the workout calendar costs $0.99 per month and few videos are an additional $0.99.
Free; $12.99 per month or $99.99 per year for Unlimited
Shred creates workouts dealing with some basic gym equipment requirements. The workouts depend on your goals. Do you wish to get shredded? You’d rather mix some cardio into your muscle-building routine. Whatever the scenario, Shred makes you up with a complete program so you know what to do and which day to do. The app suggests the number of repetitions you must do, which you can be customised, but you decide the weight. When you sign up for Shred, you get an unlimited account free for one week (w/o credit card details). Choose to pay for unlimited or stay with a free plan that comes with fewer workout options. If you’re obsessed with building muscle at a gym and need help figuring out how, Shred is the best app.
Nike Training Club
Free; $14.99 per month or $119.99 per year for Premium
Nike Training Club recommends you on-demand workouts based on the information you provide when you first enroll. Unlike short session On-demand apps, Nike offers routines that are 30, 45, or even 60 minutes long. The workouts are in the form of short videos showing a trainer doing the exercise, with a voice-over artist giving tips and announcing the time. While a good number of the workout videos are free, you can go for a Premium membership to get those videos that are otherwise locked. A Premium account also comes with programs led by trainers and nutritionists. Finally, there’s a Nike store where you can get sneakers, gym bags, yoga mats, and other workout accessories.
Nutrition apps focus on weight loss and diet plan. For example, if you’re moving to a meat-based diet, you might want some help figuring out if you’re getting enough fibre.
Top ones are MyFitnessPal and Noom.
(Android, iOS, Web)
Free; $9.99 per month or $49.99 per year for Premium
MyFitnessPal is an app for counting calories and figuring out how many calories you need to gain, lose, or maintain weight. This app helps you note down everything you eat and drink, plus all the activities you do; it then calculates calories consumed v/s calories burned. It has tools for tracking weight and other changes over time. It’s the best food logging app provided that you don’t have severe medical conditions, like diabetes. This app comes with the largest database of foods and drinks. You can search for what you eat or scan barcodes of packaged food items to get the nutritional info. You can also create your custom entries and key in the values of quantity you consume. The app has a social community to recipe recommendations. The free ad-supported version of the app is more than enough for calorie counting.
$59 per month, $199 per year (additional pricing options available)
Once you open the app, you record weight, log in the foods you eat, go through a series of short articles that explain facts related to weight loss and management. For mobile platform, the articles are broken up over several screens, with factual quizzes and questions showered in to keep you engaged. Noom offers a personalized Goal Coach and support group in-chat with you in the app. Behavioral psychology is the core of program, also making difficult concepts more comprehensive with a casual tone. Even though the price is $59 per month without free trial, you can sign up for a 2-week pay-what-you-wish trial through Noom’s website.
If you are running, then it will count distance, time, and other stats. If you’re wearing a heart-rate monitor while doing an activity, then the app will project a graph of your heart rate for the session when you’re done.
Map My Fitness is the best for people who have just begun on a fitness journey because it has numerous of activities you can track, from vacuuming to rock climbing. When you can track all your activities and see how they add up to a food lifestyle, you feel more motivated to increase you activities.
Another app Charity Miles tracks activity and motivates you by donating money to charity for every mile you run, walk, or bicycle.
Map My Fitness
Free; $5.99 per month or $29.99 per year for MVP
Map My Fitness is the best activity-tracking app for people who are just getting started with fitness journey. This app lets you record nearly any activity that you might do, from walking the dog to lawn cleaning. Launch the app before doing any activity, choose the activity from the list, and start recording how much time calories burned, time spent, as well as other stats. The app is free, and an upgrade to an MVP membership gives access to advanced data, such as cadence and heart rate. If you don’t want to track an activity in real time, you can log your exercise manually. Data from other apps, such as a Fitbit, can exported to this app. Map My Fitness works with Apple Watch, Samsung Gear, Garmin devices, Android platform, and others.
This app donates money to the organization when you use the app to log in miles running, walking, or bicycling. Corporate sponsors donate a few cents for every mile you cover, and in return, you see their branding and information about them in the app. You can also run for pledge drives. An in-built calculator shows you how much money you can raise if you meet different objectives, such as getting 40 people to sponsor you at $0.30 per mile. Charity Miles supports many nonprofit organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, ASPCA, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Save the Children, UNICEF, and the Wounded Warrior Project. Knowing that your activity supports livelihood of many might just motivate you to workout every day.
Apps for Workout Music
Music gives us extra adrenaline rush to burn the calories. Fit Radio and RockMyRun are the ones on the list. You can get professional DJ tool for mixing songs that match your running style.
(Android, iOS, Web)
Free; $27.99 per quarter or $99.99 per year for Premium
Fit Radio has playlists for guided workouts. Whether you want workout tempo by DJs or a voice whispering in your ear telling you to pick up extra set on dumbbells, Fit Radio has options. You can find music that matches your mood or choose songs that align with the type of workout you are planning, such as doing crunches or deadweight lifting. Initially, Fit Radio didn’t offer a free version of the app, but now it does. Paid Premium account offers you all the training sessions and music your heart desires.
Free; $4.99 per month, $35.99 per year for Rockstar membership
RockMyRun is for running and other workouts designed to keep you motivated through music streaming. You can choose a playlist, or you can have the default music in the app match your tempo. It can track your heartbeat with a connected heart rate monitor or sense your footfalls while you run and then find songs with the right rythm. With a large variety of genres, RockMyRun has plenty of music to get the most out of you.
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