Personal Trainer. Spin classes. Boutique gym. Physical fitness is a priority, but it’s not exactly an inexpensive one.
If you’ve committed to getting fit this year, you might be frustrated with the lack of affordable fitness options. That monthly gym membership takes up a chunk of your budget. And forget about checking out the new yoga studio downtown - they charge per class.
Luckily, there is one great option for affordable workouts: exercise at home. Forget about the days of watching the same boring video every day or, even worse, trying to come up with your own workouts. Today’s fitness apps are challenging, engaging, and offer a wide variety of workouts at any level. And best of all, they’re free!
Here we’ve rounded up some of the top free fitness apps that let you work out at home.
FitOn is one of the most popular free fitness apps around. Almost 5 million member’s worldwide workout with their trainers - including some of the most well-respected celebrity trainers in the business. With over 20 different categories, FitOn offers almost every workout format you can think of: Pilates, yoga, boot camp, strength, cardio, and others.
From your phone or laptop, you can choose your workout by format, time, trainer, or intensity. You can even choose which body parts you want to target. You can pick a different workout every time you work out, or save your favorites to revisit later.
Map My Fitness
Developed by Under Armour, Map My Fitness offers some preset workouts, but its top feature is a library of 800+ moves. Use it to create your own routines, targeting specific muscles groups on different days. With so many exercises to choose from, your workouts will have more than enough variety to keep it interesting! If you log your workouts, this app will track your progress on weights, sets, and reps.
Map My Fitness also syncs to most fitness devices (Apple watch, Garmin, and more) as well as MyFitnessPal, so you can get a clearer picture of your overall health.
Nike Training Club (NTC)
Offering over 185 free workouts, NTC is the ideal companion for your home gym. Don’t let the fact that it’s designed by Nike intimidate you - their goal is to provide workouts for athletes of all levels: everybody and every body.
Workout sessions including yoga, HIIT, and strength training are all led by Nike Master Trainers. Not sure what to do? The app has daily recommendations, and if you log your workouts they’ll become more customized to your fitness preferences and level.
Classes range in time from 5-60 minutes, so you can find a quick workout even if you’re rushing through your day.
C25K 5K Trainer
If this is the year you’re planning to become a runner, then C25K is the app for you! Designed as part of the famous “Couch Potato to 5K” program, this app will have you ready for your first 5k in just 8 weeks.
The app leads you through run-walk sessions 3x a week, for 30-40 minutes at a time. The audio coach feature lets you know when to walk vs. when to run, gradually increasing the amount of time you spend running as it decreases the amount of time you spend walking.
No excuses: head outdoors or over to the treadmill and get started today!
Yoga for Beginners
Not quite ready to do that yoga headstand? Don’t worry, Yoga for Beginners has you covered. The beginner-friendly workouts are easy to perform, and will help you gain the confidence and flexibility you need to try more advanced moves.
The app offers class options to suit your mood and purpose, including morning yoga, de-stress yoga, toning yoga, and more.
Once you’ve gotten comfortable with Yoga for Beginners, you’ll be ready to take your yoga practice up a notch with Daily Yoga. This app will help you find that mind-body connection through powerful flowing movements and strengthening yoga poses.
Despite its name, Daily Yoga doesn’t just offer yoga - you can also access Pilates classes as well as guided meditations.
Seven is exactly what it advertises itself to be: a 7-minute workout. These workouts were developed by trainers to give you the maximum results in the minimum amount of time. Simply set your goal and your fitness level, and Seven will make sure you get the workouts you need.
Seven’s no-equipment workouts rely on body weight exercises to help you lose weight, tone up, and get fit. 3D modeling shows you exactly how the exercises are done, preventing injuries and making sure you get the maximum benefits from each move.
Don’t let an overstretched budget get between you and your fitness goals. Download these free apps today and you’ll be fit, toned, and strong in no time!