The world we live in is a modern one – there’s no question about it. Numerous technological advances have made our lives easier in recent years. In fact, the way we do certain things has changed beyond imaginable.
In the past, exercising meant playing a sport or going to the gym; nowadays, we don’t have to go anywhere – exercise comes to us. To make things convenient, we have developed countless fitness apps that allow us to experience effective exercise methods from the comfort of our home.
It doesn’t matter if you want to lose a few pounds, get a toned body, build some muscles, or simply stay active – there is a suitable fitness app for you. Apart from being convenient, these apps provide high-quality programs free of charge or at prices much lower than those you would pay for a personal trainer. Some apps can even connect to the scales in our Most Accurate Bathroom Scale guide.
To learn about the top 5 fitness apps of 2018, keep reading.
1. JEFIT (Android, iOS)
If you enjoy bodybuilding and strength training, you will love this app.
Loaded with thousands of exercise routines that target specific body parts, this app is an incredible resource for anyone who wants to become strong and muscular. JEFIT comes with instructions, a workout planner, progress tracker, exercise log, and multiple timers that will help you stay in control of your fitness journey. The app itself is simple to use, and it allows you to keep track of your routines as well as to customize them.
The downside is that you will have to push the “Next” button a lot, which can be annoying. Also, the app lacks audio coaching and feedback, and the free version is ad-supported. One more thing, if you are a beginner, this app probably won’t be a good fit.
2. Yoga Studio (Android, iOS)
Yoga Studio is great for you if you enjoy doing yoga, but you don’t like wasting time going to classes every week.
The Yoga Studio app contains more than 70 meditation and yoga classes that range from 10 minutes to a full hour. Classes are suitable for all levels, and you can even make your own classes by customizing. Since the app offers exercises for various levels, both beginners and advanced yoga lovers can make the most of it.
The one-time purchase for the app was $3.99 at first. However, Yoga Studio requires a monthly subscription now, which has enraged many loyal users who have been locked out of their accounts, and they cannot access them without agreeing to pay more.
3. 7 Minute Workout for Kids (iOS)
If you want to help your kids develop healthy fitness habits from early on, you will love this free iOS app.
In only seven minutes, this app will focus on your kid’s entire body, using only their body weight. All exercises have been developed with the aim of building endurance, flexibility, and strength. In order to keep the little ones entertained, the app comes with detailed instructions, timer, as well as some music.
The app is designed for iOS users only, and it requires iOS 8.1 or later, so some users with older versions won’t be able to use it. Also, the only language available is English, which isn’t very convenient.
4. Sworkit (Android, iOS)
Short for Simply Work It, this free app has it all; moreover, it allows you to create targeted workout routines.
With Sworkit, you can customize as much as you want. Select the duration of your workout (5 to 60 minutes), choose pilates, yoga, cardio, stretching, strength-focused exercises, or make a unique combination to meet your exercise goals. Another good thing is that each routine is different, so you won’t get bored easily. Also, Sworkit comes in 13 languages!
Sworkit is a big app (139.6 MB), so those with a full phone memory might find it hard to “accommodate” the app. Also, if you want premium access and additional features, you will have to pay for those.
5. Strava Running & Cycling (Android, iOS)
This high-quality running and cycling tracker app that supports running trackers will push you to set new records and reach your fitness goals easily.
Just like any other app, Strava Running & Cycling records your speed, distance, time, and course. However, it also combines all of those features with challenges, achievements, and leaderboards, which makes it stand out from other similar apps on the market.
Strava also offers a premium subscription, which allows you to use filtered leaderboards and create unique exercise goals. However, at $7.99 per month, it is a bit pricey.
If you are looking for an indoor cycling app then Zwift is a solid choice although you will need to use it with an road bike. If you don’t want to invest in an expensive road bike to get a cycling workout indoors then some of the best exercise bikes have various apps you can connect to.