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15 Best Workout Apps for Home Fitness
July 21, 2021
Many fitness devotees have tossed the gym membership and switched to home fitness plans during the shutdowns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. But even as gyms reopen, for many the change to home-based fitness is permanent.
A bevvy of home exercise apps are available to help you sweat it out. The best options have truly convenient features, like videos of pros doing the moves to help improve your form.
The entries on our list below deliver a roster of creative, heart-pumping exercises to keep you engaged and fit. Whether you’re more into yoga, weights, weight-free exercise, or something else, you’ll find a great virtual personal trainer among the 15 best home workout apps we’ve pulled from the many options.
How we ranked the best workout apps
We know it’s tough to find a workout app that works out, so we ditched the guesswork and used hard data. We focused on the best home fitness apps with peak ratings from the most users. That’s why an app with 4.9 stars (out of 5) from 1.9 million users ranks higher than one with the same score and only 100,000 ratings.
1. Home Workout / No Equipment – Best workout app for men
If you’ve never heard of the Leap Fitness Group, it’s time that you get properly introduced. The Schwarzenegger-level app maker dominates the market with most of the top-ranking fitness apps for iOS and Android. Their Home Workout app lets you build the body you want with no coach in just a few minutes a day.
Women can use this app, too, but it’s primarily geared toward men.
2. Women Workout at Home – Best workout app for women
There are better coed workout apps (see Peloton below). But just for women, in a mere 7 minutes per day, the Women Workout at Home app tops the leaderboard. Identify your trouble zones, then the software conjures your ideal workout routine, with video guides and coaching tips.
No equipment needed here. The core of this app is free, making it easy to get motivated.
Rock-hard washboard abs without pressing your belly through a wire fence? Why not? If you need to rip your midsection, this app can get you there. Choose your level, whether you’re starting with excess belly fat or you’re close to Chris Hemsworth status. This is a mindset-changing, brilliant fitness solution that gets results.
For a pure fitness tracker option, turn to Strava. It goes beyond your Fitbit or Apple Watch tracking with customizable training challenges. Connect with friends and followers to compete and share stats, favorite routes, and pics. Track almost every activity under the sun, including CrossFit, surfing, yoga, rock climbing, and gym workouts.
There’s something to be said for enjoying your yoga workout in a local studio. But yoga practices done at home or on the road are sublime, too. This beginner-friendly jewel among home fitness apps honors the dog in you through Vinyasa, Hatha, and restorative yoga with different teachers, music, and options. Namaste.
6. Charity Miles – Exercise tracker app for a cause
Charity Miles puts a meaningful spin on pure fitness. This app lets you convert walks, runs, and bike rides into a monetary donation to the cause of your choice. The interface can be a little wonky at times, and there’s a version for Android but it’s a bit on the rougher side.
7. Lose Weight App for Men – Weight loss in 30 days
You’ve got muscle underneath. You just need to bring it to the surface. This entry from Leap Fitness will get you there by focusing on trouble zones. It’s chock full of engaging at-home 30-day workout plans. The fat-burning exercises really work, starting slowly and then ramping up sustainably, so you reach your fitness goals.
An iPhone and iPad favorite, the Peloton workout app will transform your at-home fitness routine with thousands of on-demand and live classes taught by world-class instructors. Choose from strength training, cycling, treadmill, yoga, HIIT, and even meditation. Use Chromecast or Apple TV to watch it on the big screen.
Price: Free + in-app purchases. Subscription unlocks full app features
9. 7 Minute Workout
Some of the best health apps create short bursts of peak activity that fit remote workflows. Set your pomodoro, crush a work block in the home office, then recharge your mind with a 7-minute sweat break. The professionally designed workouts are quick and effective, but the ads can be a bit intrusive.
Price: Free + ads & in-app purchases. Subscription version zaps the ads
10. 30 Day Fitness Challenge – Workout at home
Created by a professional fitness coach, this app’s home fitness plans will attack your abs, butt, or full body step-by-step – the choice is yours. The short workouts start out easy and ramp up, gradually easing you toward mastery. The app lets you set your own difficulty level and it offers a wealth of exercise options, even if you don’t spring for the premium version.
Price: Free + ads & in-app purchases. Premium version unlocks full features
11. FitOn – Free fitness workout app with personalized plans
Another standout workout app for iOS, FitOn offers unlimited free workouts at home. Lose body weight, build strength, or enjoy mind and body yoga training sessions for a mental health workout. The app gives you exclusive programs led by Julianne Hough, Jonathan Van Ness, and Gabrielle Union.
Choose from Pilates, HIIT, cardio, meditations, and more. The massive video selection makes the difference.
Not as popular on Android devices, the Nike Training Club home workout app makes a solid showing on iPad and iPhone. Choose from HIIT, yoga, strength training, boxing, endurance, or mobility.
Customize your exercise time from 5 minutes to 60 minutes, and from beginner to advanced. The celebrity-hosted workouts by pros like Serena Williams are a treat. The app can get a bit naggy about asking you to upgrade your plan, though.
Only available on iOS, the Workout for Women app by FastBuilder was the App Store’s #1 health & fitness app in early 2021. It serves up a limitless supply of short, effective, 7-minute programs, from beginner to expert fitness levels, with no equipment. The voice and video instructions make it easy to engage.
A serious contender among the best home workout apps, VGFIT’s Fitness & Bodybuilding supplies a respectable slate of exercises with video support for each workout on the roster. The text instruction, pictures, and graphs of your progress pack a punch, and they let you set up customized workout routines.
A solid choice among iPad and iPhone fitness apps, Fitbod lets you set your own personal goals and then ratchet your way toward them. Build strength, increase body mass, or lose weight with personalized plans. This smart app links to your Apple Watch to track your progress.
Price: Free + in-app purchases. Subscription unlocks premium features
Several of the best workout apps above are made by a go-getting app maker called Leap Fitness. Their Home Workout, Six-Pack, and other dedicated fitness apps get mostly 5-star ratings from millions of happy users.
Today’s fitness has changed, so get with the program – your program – whether your workout of choice is yoga, trail running, weight-free exercise, or targeting specific muscle groups.
About the Author: Tom Gerencer is a contributing writer for HP Tech Takes. Tom is an ASJA journalist, career expert at Zety.com, and a regular contributor to Boys' Life and Scouting magazines. His work is featured in Costco Connection, FastCompany, and many more.
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