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

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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.

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