Train Smart With These Top Workout Apps

Train Smart With These Top Workout Apps

Your very own personal trainer in the palm of your hand, workout apps are an easy and cost-effective way to get fit and healthy at home. If you’re wanting to try a workout app for yourself but you're not sure where to start, we’ve rounded up five of the best for you to try below.

Nike+ Training Club

Best for: Busy people looking for a good at-home workout
Download: App Store and Google Play
Cost: Free or £13.49 for a monthly premium subscription

With a huge name in fitness like Nike behind it, you’d expect great things from the Training Club workout app – and it doesn’t disappoint. There’re over 185 workouts in the app for you to try, including yoga and dedicated workouts that target particular muscle groups, such as your abs, legs or arms. Each workout is between 15 and 45 minutes and are suitable for a range of abilities, so there’s sure to be a workout to perfectly fit around you and your schedule.

And if you do need an extra boost of motivation, some workouts are hosted by Nike’s training ambassadors, such as Serena Williams and Rory McIlroy, so you can exercise alongside your favourite sportspeople. Nike also offers users mindfulness, nutrition and wellness tips as well as full training plans, so there’s plenty of activities to help you improve both your body and mind.


Best for: Beginners, pregnant and prenatal women
Download: App Store and Google Play
Cost: £9.99 a month

The fitness app from Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill, Jennis offers users quick HIIT workouts that are suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. All exercises are slow and short, and specifically designed for you to build up your fitness levels slowly and safely.

However, the thing that really sets this app apart from competitors is its huge section of pregnancy and postnatal workouts, based on the exercises Jessica did herself when pregnant. Users can choose a workout depending on trimester, and there’s a range of exercises ranging from yoga to strength training.


Best for: Experienced gym goers
Download: App Store and Google Play
Cost: £15.49 a month, 7 day free trial available

Centr is fronted by Thor actor Chris Hemsworth, and the app is designed to help you transform your mind, body and soul. It will provide you with weekly meal diaries, mindfulness sessions and six workouts a week, specifically designed to help you get fighting fit.

Workouts are assisted by world-class trainers that help Chris get into shape and are between 20-40 minutes each. Although the workouts vary in ability, they feature heavily around more advanced exercises like MMA training, weights and boxing, so the app is best for people who have a little gym experience under their belt.

Yoga Studio: Mind & Body

Best for: Yogis of all levels
Download: App Store and Google Play
Cost: Free 7 day trial, then a subscription fee will be charged. There are currently 9 subscription options, starting from £2.79.

Perfect for yogis everywhere, Yoga Studio is the world’s leading yoga app that offers guided classes for you to enjoy at home. Whether you’re just starting out or have been practicing yoga for years, this app has something for everyone. The app also has a pose library of over 280 famous yoga poses, for you to practice at whatever time you want.

Each class has guided commentary from a qualified yoga instructor and they’re clear and easy to follow. One of the app’s most unique features however, is that it gives you the ability to create your own custom workout by stitching together different parts of workouts you enjoy. You can even change the background music to your exact taste, so each workout is completed tailored to you.


Best for: Those looking to get fit on a budget
Download: App Store and Google Play
Cost: Free, with in-app purchases available

If you can’t afford to pay for a gym membership each month but still want to work out, then Freeletics could be your perfect solution. The app provides totally free exercises and workouts that require no equipment (they’re designed to be used with your own bodyweight), so you can use the app wherever and whenever is best for you.

With the app you'll have hundreds of exercises at your disposal, and Freeletics workouts range between 10 and 30 minutes, so it’s easy to fit around your schedule. Premium subscriptions are available, and with this you’ll have access to a tailored training plan and workout goals, but the free version is more than enough to help you improve your overall health and fitness levels.

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