NIKE TRAINING CLUB
Fitness apps are front and centre on the iOS and Android app stores, but finding a quality app that doesn’t require you to purchase a separate hardware accessory or pay for a monthly premium subscription to unlock key features is a tougher find.
Nike Training Club is one such gem that negates the need for a personal trainer — or even a gym membership. This slickly-designed app consists of more than 160 video workouts that cater for all levels of fitness and are themed around different areas of the body or specific training goals.
Being able to see each exercise performed by the trainer, along with the trainer’s audio commentary, makes the Nike Training Club a decent — and much cheaper — alternative to a personal trainer. While some workouts require specific equipment such as a foam roller, dumbbells and kettlebells, many of them don’t, which is yet another moneysaving advantage offered by this app, as you can do many of the exercises at home or in the park. In any case, getting your hands on the requisite bits of equipment is still a lot cheaper than paying for a monthly gym membership.
There are plenty of ways to navigate through the app. You can flick through the personalised recommendations, browse by muscle group, workout type, no-equipment workouts and short workouts, or start with a multi-week workout plan that focuses on particular training goals.
Other fun features of the Nike Training Club include celebrity trainers (everyone from athletes like Cristiano Ronaldo and Serena Williams through to comedian Kevin Hart and singer Ellie Goulding), personalised workout recommendations based on your previous activity, and seamless integration with external apps like Apple Health and Nike Running Club.