You don't need a gym membership to get fit.
One of the greatest ironies of 2020 is how much free time we all suddenly have to exercise, but how few gyms are open. If you're used to hitting the gym a few times a week, chances are that routine now looks a little different (lifting weights with a mask on is not ideal). Luckily, there are still plenty of resources available to keep you in great shape at home. You might think that running is the end-all-be-all of at home fitness, but thanks to these incredible apps, you can get a great full body workout without necessarily having to put on running shoes or even leave your house.
The first step in finding the perfect app for your needs is assessing your fitness level and ideal kind of exercise. It doesn't make sense to download an app all about elliptical workouts if you own a treadmill, so make sure you do some research before choosing the best app for you. Below are our five favorite fitness apps to help you get in the best shape of your life.
Aaptiv is the number one audio fitness app in the Apple app store, and boasts thousands of five star reviews. For one flat monthly price, Aaptiv offers more than 2,500 workouts in a variety of categories including running, elliptical, race training, strength training, stretching, yoga and more. The best part about Aaptiv is that they offer so many options that it's easy to tailor your workout plan to your specific needs. No matter your fitness level or preferred workout method, Aaptiv is sure to get you in top shape.
You get access to as many classes as you want for just USD$14.99/month or USD$99.99/year. Plus, you can try it free for 30 days!
8fit is all about "Transforming the concept of fitness from the pursuit of perfection, to a liberating journey of healthy, body-positive and lasting changes." Unlike other fitness apps, 8fit takes a holistic approach to health, which means they not only offer workout classes (everything from HIIT to yoga and pilates) but also personalized meal plans. 8fit isn't about quick fixes, it's about sustainable lifestyle changes that can improve your life in the long term.
Get 8fit for just $59.99 per year; $44.99 per half-year; $19.99 per month for meal plans and more workouts.
if you're specifically into strength training, Jefit is a great choice for you. You can pick exercises based on which muscle groups you want to strengthen, or you can do one of their full body routines. Jefit also makes it easy for you to keep track of your reps and workouts with their calendar tool. Best of all, Jefit is free! (Though it is ad-supported, so we recommend splurging for the Elite membership which eliminates ads and unlocks even more helpful features).
Missing SoulCycle or another in-person exercise class you used to frequent? Openfit is perfect for you. This app allows you to stream live classes from all over the world, and offers so many options, you're sure to find plenty of choices that work with your schedule. Plus, if you don't feel like doing a live class when it's happening, you can watch the recording later. Classes include barre, circuit training, kickboxing, pilates, strength training, running, stretching, yoga, and more. One of our favorite things about Openfit is the option to turn on your camera so that instructors can see you and give you feedback.
Openfit is $14.99 per month, $39.99 per quarter, or $99.99 per year (prices may vary by platform).
Shred is a great app if you're at the beginning of your fitness journey and you aren't really sure how to get the results you want. The app sets you up with a complete workout program so you know exactly which exercises to do when for best results. You can get access to all of Shred's features for one week to see if it's a good fit for you, and then after that you can choose to pay for Unlimited or stick with a free plan that has fewer features.
Shred is free; $12.99 per month or $99.99 per year for Unlimited.