The best fitness apps help keep you on that fitness grind no matter where you are. The best new workout apps make it easy to take your workout anywhere—especially when you're traveling, or even when life just gets too busy. The best free workout apps also provide awesome motivation, whether you need more variety in your workouts, ultra-convenient ways to exercise, accountability buddies, or just a digital nudge to stay committed.
There are so many apps out there, however, that it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Once you find one that works for you and your goals it can be easy to stay on track. Here are 25 of the best workout apps to choose from.
Get personalized advice based on your Fitbit data with Fitbit Coach.
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What it is: Fitbit Coach takes your Fitbit daily activity data into account to recommend exercises and provide fitness feedback just for you.
Why it's great: If you never leave home without your trusty Fitbit, this app takes the information from your wearable tech to the next level. It reccomends exercises and provides personalized fitness guidance, plus it's chock-full of workout videos with step-by-step directions and tips. You can also customize each sweat session to the best workout music with Fitbit Radio, which has stations ranging from pop to hip hop. Plus, if you have a Fitbit Ionic device, you can access the app right on the screen. (iOS and Android, $40/year)
Get focused out with fitness and yoga classes taught by world-class yogis on Alo Moves.
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What it is: Alo Moves offers up thousands of guided yoga practices taught by some of the biggest names in yoga.
Why it's great: Created by the ultra-popular apparel brand Alo Yoga, Alo Moves has over 2,000 videos organized into 200 plans and over 500 single classes taught by the top names in yoga, including Dylan Werner, Ashley Galvin, Caley Alyssa and Mackenzie Miller. And there's more than just straightforward yoga sessions: You can work on your skills with a handstand workshop, improve strength with total-body workouts, relax with guided meditations, and more. (iOS and Android, $20/month)
Start your day off right with the Yoga Wake Up alarm clock.
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What it is: The Yoga Wake Up app uses the sounds of yoga and meditation to gently get you moving for the day.
Why it's great: Who says alarm clocks have to be jarring? This app offers different audio yoga and meditation sequences that are designed to start in bed and end with you on your feet. Choose a wakeup that lets you ease out of bed slowly with calm stretching, or get energized with a faster-paced flow. (iOS, $7/month)
Access prenatal and postnatal fitness videos with Studio Bloom.
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What it is: This app from The Bloom Method studio in Boulder, Colorado offers fitness videos tailored to pregnant women and new moms.
Why it's great: Created by certified personal trainer and pre- & postnatal corrective exercise specialist Brooke Cates, The Bloom Method's classes are designed to be safe for pregnant women and new moms. The Studio Bloom app has more than 50 workouts ranging from 7 to 40 minutes, along with guided meditations and pre- and postnatal nutrition support. (iOS, $39/month)
Tune into obé's live 28-minute classes to add a fun pop of color to your workout.
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What it is: obé (which stands for Our Body Electric) offers a schedule of Sculpt, Power, Dance, and HIIT classes that you can join in on, or sweat your way through a pre-recorded class.
Why it's great: One look at obé's videos and you'll see what the hype is about—bright colors, neon accents, and an electric pastel palette make their workouts feel like a mini party (especially when you're tuning into one of their Dance sessions). obé has both strength and cardio-driven classes, and they take less than 30 minutes each. It's one of the best new workout apps of 2018. (iOS, $27/month)
Join the Peloton community (without investing in a whole bike or treadmill) with Peloton Digital.
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What it is: You can live-stream cycling and treadmill workouts from the sleek Peloton Studio in any space.
Why it's great: Sure, Peloton's bikes and treadmills have created a fitness revolution, but if that's not in the budget for you a Peloton Digital subscription still nets you access to their live-streamed classes. Set your phone up on the bike or treadmill at the gym to follow along, or try one of their bootcamp, floor, or outdoor classes. (iOS, $20/month)
Get your yoga classes and other yoga-inspired workouts in one place with Asana Rebel.
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What it is: Asana Rebel is a yoga-inspired fitness app that had guided yoga flows alongside "regular" workouts (that still have some yoga elements in them).
Why it's great: This is one of the best free workout apps around (although you can buy additional classes through the app). It's the best of both worlds if you're looking for other workouts to complement your yoga practice (or vice versa). In the app, you can input your goals, track your progress, and choose classes and programs based on how much time you have or the intensity you're after. (iOS and Android, free)
Get a custom workout program and support from your own personal trainer on Trainiac.
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What it is: Choose one of Trainiac's personal trainers to keep you motivated and create a workout program that's tailored exactly to your goals and your lifestyle.
Why it's great: Trainiac's plans aren't one-size-fits-all—you're talking a real, accredited fitness pro in real time who provides workouts just for you, along with encouragement and support over text, audio, and video messaging. They adjust your workouts to the equipment and space you have available at any given time (whether it's a full gym or nothing at all), and your workouts can evolve with your goals and your fitness level. (iOS, $50/month)
Work toward your fitness and nutrition goals in one app with 8fit.
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What it is: 8Fit offers custom no-equipment workouts ranging from 15 to 20 minutes long, along with nutrition guidance, meal plans, and other healthy eating tools.
Why it's great: If you're working on your fitness and your healthy eating habits, this app keeps it simple by putting everything in one place. You start by determining your goal and your current level, and from there, the app provides custom workouts and meal plans to help get you where you want to go. Plus, 8Fit actually explains proper exercise form and progression for all of their moves, so you can make sure you're getting the most out of every rep. (iOS and Android, $60/year)
Adjust your workouts to your heart rate in real time with PEAR.
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What it is: The PEAR Personal Fitness Coach uses heart rate monitoring to coach you through a workout, so you'll know when to push harder and when to scale back.
Why it's great: If you wear a heart rate monitor when you work out, this app takes out the guesswork out of heart rate zones and determines exactly what it should mean for your workout. The app can tell you when to speed up, slow down, or adjust what you're doing to make sure you're "training smarter, not harder," as they say. (iOS and Android, $6/month)
Keep track of all of your weightlifting stats with Stacked.
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What it is: Stacked is a strength training app that tracks what you lift, how often, and what areas of your body you're working.
Why it's great: This intuitive app is an excellent way to up your lifting game. It lets you choose a goal to work toward and keep track of your progress. You can also use it to create and store individual workouts, come up with a training schedule, or find an existing strength workout to try. (iOS, free)
Get outside with REI's Trail Run Project app.
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What it is: The Trail Run Project app is a guide to the best outdoor running trails in your area.
Why it's great: Designed for runners of all levels, this app makes it easy to find new routes—while the sidewalks around town can be great to get in a few miles, trail running gets you on softer surfaces, meaning your knees don't take as much pounding. Open REI's Trail Run Projects app to see just how many trails are near you, find loops, view images of the trail, and check out the elevation. The best part is that the app works offline, too, which is a life saver when you have zero service. There's no shortage of trails listed in every state, plus Canada, South America, Central America, and Europe. (iOS and Android, free)
Enjoy outdoor scenery on the treadmill with Treadmill Trails.
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What it is: Treadmill Trails lets you download follow-along videos of iconic runs fore when you're stuck indoors.
Why it's great: If you're getting bored with watching the same Housewives reruns on the treadmill, this app has you covered. Hike the Appalachian trail in fall, run along the bluffs in Big Sur, or check out New York City's Central Park. Each silent video is 30 minutes long, meaning you can listen to your own music as you run along the river banks. (iOS and Android, free)
Test out different workouts on the sleek Nike Training Club app.
Nike+ Training Club app
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What it is: The Nike Training Club app offers a variety of guided workouts at different intensities and lengths in easy-to-follow video formats.
Why it's great: This is one of the best workout apps around, and for good reason—there's something for everyone, no matter how much time you have, your fitness level, or your workout interests. You've got plenty to choose from, including bodyweight strength workouts, heart-pumping cardio, yoga, and more. There are several workouts created or inspired by athletes and celebrities, too. (iOS and Android, free)
Book discounted classes last-minute with Zenrez.
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What it is: Zenrez offers up empty spots in fitness classes at a discount the night before.
Why it's great: This app is the perfect way to mix up your routine with new boutique fitness classes at a discount. For example, a barre, yoga, or boot camp class you might normally pay $25 for may be available for $14 (prices vary based on the studio). Score. A new batch of classes for the following day shows up every night at 9 P.M., and it's available in most major U.S. cities. (iOS, free)
Track your reps, sets, and weights with Lift Log.
Lift Log app
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What it is: Lift Log is a workout tracker and weightlifting journal that lets you jot down sets of exercises as you work out, along with weight and reps.
Why it's great: Keeping track of reps, sets, and weights in your strength training sessions is one of the best ways to see your improvements in the gym. This simple app makes it easy to keep track of your progress, and as you log each exercise, the app charts your improvement over time to keep you motivated and proud of your accomplishments. (iOS, free)
Find new teammates with Bvddy (basically, Tinder for sports).
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What it is: Set up a profile on Bvddy to start playing sports with other active people you match with in your area.
Why it's great: Your Bvddy profile takes into account your location, skills, and the sports you like and suggests matches who have similar interests. Just like a dating app, once you've "swiped right" on each other you can coordinate a meet-up, whether it's a tennis match or starting a kickball league. You can also join other people's events or create your own for a group of people, like a hike or a soccer game. (iOS and Android, free)
Take a music-driven fitness class for one with a pro trainer on Aaptiv.
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What it is: Aaptiv offers audio classes taught by trainers and perfectly matched to the best workout music.
Why it's great: During Aaptiv's on-demand audio classes, the voice of a trainer guides you through a fitness studio-style session. And with over 2,500 workouts to choose from (and more than 30 new ones added each week), there's no shortage in options, including cycling, yoga, strength training, stretching, elliptical workouts, and more. And for runners, the membership also comes with full marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K training programs. (iOS and Android, $15/month)
Keep track of your interval and circuit workouts with the Seconds timer.
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What it is: The Seconds Interval Timer app times your high-intensity and low-intensity intervals during HIIT workouts.
Why it's great: High-intensity interval training is effective for improving your cardiovascular health, and this app makes it easy to get in on the benefits. The app can also keep track of your circuits, so if you're doing, say, 20 seconds of push-ups and then 40 seconds of squat jumps, it'll let you know when to switch, so the only thing you have to think about is working hard during every rep. (iOS and Android, free)
Record your training sessions and connect with fellow runners and cyclists with Strava.
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What it is: Great for beginners and seasoned pros alike, Strava is a favorite of runners and cyclists to track their training and connect with other users.
Why it's great: The Strava app records distance, speed, routes, and pace, so your stats are always a touch away. It also has a social aspect, so you can compare and share your workouts with fellow road warriors for a little motivation-meets-healthy-competition. Plus, if you're a distance athlete, you can also share your location with other people with the Strava Summit Safety Pack ($3/month) for an added security measure. (iOS and Android, free)
Use Sworkit to follow a guided workout plan and get in-app access to personal trainers.
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What it is: Sworkit gives users custom no-equipment training plans, complete with guided videos for each workout.
Why it's great: Sworkit tailors straightforward, effective workout plans to three different fitness goals (whether you're looking to be leaner, fitter, or stronger). There are plans for beginners, intermediate, and advanced exercisers, and users can also connect with personal trainers to ask questions and get expert advice. The best part? There's no equipment required in their plans, so workouts ranging from five to 60 minutes long can be done right at home or on the road. (iOS and Android, $29.99/quarter)
Get your flow on at home with YogaGlo.
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What it is: The YogaGlo app offers yoga classes and guided meditations that you can do anytime, anywhere.
Why it's great: There are more than 3,800 (!!!) yoga workouts on the app, so you'll never run out of options. Whether you're in the mood for a long, heart-pumping sweat session or a quick, relaxing flow, there's an option for every mood and experience level. The subscription-based app also offers guided meditation classes when you feel like keeping your mind and body still. (iOS and Android, $18/month)
Make working out a habit with Today, which uses a "don't break the chain" approach to keep you motivated.
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What it is: The Today app keeps your fitness habits on track by allowing you to create a "streak calendar" for your workouts, or any other goals you're working on (like getting more sleep or drinking enough water).
Why it's great: By marking off your workouts (and planned rest days), you'll have a visual representation of your fitness habits. It's so satisfying to see the little green boxes add up as you build consistency, and it also reminds you of your longest streak so you can stay encouraged to beat it. The app also rewards with you with badges for keeping up the good work. Other habit-supporting features include Apple Health Charts for iPhone users (so you can see your daily steps), to-do lists, charts, a journal, photo galleries, and more. You can build your dashboard with the features that work best for you. (iOS and Android, free)
HIIT it hard with the short, high-intensity workouts on Keelo.
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Why it's great: High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a great way to get more done in less time, and Keelo makes it easy to get started. There's no need to keep track of your work and rest intervals or which exercise comes next—all you need to do is concentrate on working hard and the app does the rest. You can also reach out to a coaching team via email for advice and recommendations. The best part? There's no routine longer than 20 minutes. (iOS and Android, free)
Stay accountable and encouraged by getting involved in the PumpUp fitness community.
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Why it's great: If you're not quite comfortable sharing your workouts and achievements with all of your Facebook friends or Instagram followers, PumpUp is the perfect place to post a gym selfie, share an accomplishment you're proud of, or just seek some encouragement and inspiration from fellow users. (iOS and Android, free)