FREE EXERCISE APPS
Can’t find a workout buddy or afford a personal trainer? Don’t stress! Help is at your fingertips – check out our pick of free apps that cover a variety of exercise needs
Use your phone to work out with these great apps
WORKOUT TRAINER This app is basically a personal trainer in your pocket. Use it to get fit – no gym required. It offers a variety of workouts, complete with audio explanations and step-by-step images and videos that show you exactly what to do – all from certified personal trainers. Best for: Those who are intimidated by the prospect of working out in a crowded gym or just find the membership too pricey but want to do more than walking or running. Available on: IOS and Android.
MAPMYRUN If you’re a walker, jogger or a marathon runner, this app is for you. Mapmyrun (and its sister app Mapmywalk) syncs to the GPS on your phone, allowing you to plan your route ahead. Take your device on your run or walk as it also tracks distance covered, time, pace and kilojoules burned. Best for: It’s also great for beginners, allowing you to get the hang of tracking your progress and route planning. Available on: IOS and Android.
DAILY YOGA With this app, you’ll get a daily video with step-by-step voiceovers guiding you. There are yoga programs you can follow which contain groups of related poses, such as the seated yoga routine or standing poses for beginners. Best for: People who can’t get to a yoga class but want to perfect the poses. It’s ideal for beginners – once you get the hang of it, you won’t need to rely on the app much. Available on: IOS and Android.
TEEMO Who said workouts have to be boring? Pick a virtual challenge which requires you to do a variety of cardio, strength and flexibility exercises to win. Users can choose from adventures such as climbing Everest, hiking the Inca Trail, sailing the Caribbean or something easier if you prefer. You can even add Facebook friends to your team. Best for: It’s great for those who find traditional workouts yawn-worthy. Available on: IOS.
INTERVAL TIMER The workout world is still all abuzz with HIIT (high-intensity interval training – short bursts of intense activity followed by periods of moderate or low intensity). HIIT is known to be great for fast weight loss and this app will make timing those intervals so much easier, allowing you to set the number and length of intervals. Best for: Those who are fairly fit and don’t have much time to dedicate to exercise but need good, fast results. Available on: IOS and Android.
MOVES If hardcore workouts are not for you, rather go the extra mile ( literally) in your everyday activities. This app tracks the distance, duration and number of your daily steps. It helps you focus on your daily movements so you don’t necessarily have to set aside an hour especially to exercise. It’s also useful for runners and cyclists. Best for: People who have little time before and after work. Available on: IOS and Android.
NIKE TRAINING CLUB This beautifully designed app will have you “just doing it” in no time! It offers workouts designed by top trainers from around the world ( such as Rihanna’s personal trainer Ary Nuñez) and even athletes such as Serena Williams. It includes video demonstrations, close to 100 different routines and you can track your progress. Best for: It was developed for women, but the intense workouts could actually teach the boys a thing or two too. Available on: IOS and Android.
STRONGLIFTS 5X5 The app promises you’ll “get strong, build muscle and burn fat”. It’s a great way to record your weightlifting progress at the gym and also guides you through future sessions. It consists of three workouts a week of about 45 minutes each and exercises include barbell rows, deadlifts, bench presses, overhead presses and squats. Best for: Those who want to build muscle without using supplements. Available on: IOS and Android.