The 7 Best Fitness Apps for Your Workout Goals
Whether you’re building muscle or training for a marathon, these interactive programs will keep you on track.
They say misery loves company, so when you’re ready to suffer through your next workout, you want someone in the trenches with you. While these fitness apps can’t technically do the work, they can do just about everything else, helping keep track of your pace, distance, reps, load and more. Think of them as your silent partner—one that keeps you honest on your final set and gives you a reason to empty the tank during the last mile of your run. Learn more about these six virtual companions you’ll want on your team.
The app: adidas RunningWhy you’ll love it: If summoning up the desire to go for a run seems like a herculean task, this app assembles a squad to ensure lacing up is not only easier, but more fun when done together. A universe of solutions from built-in GPS, progress tracking, personalized training plans and exclusive perks drive you to the finish line alongside a global community of runners. And, if bragging rights are your thing, community challenges and leaderboards drive some serious motivation when all eyes are on you. An added bonus of content including sleep hacks, nutrition habits, and recovery tips make achieving your goals easy, so there’s no excuse not to hit the pavement.
The app: Strava
Why you’ll love it: Easily the biggest fitness app of the last three years, Strava lets you share your training with friends so you can all raise your game to the next level. Log your spin class or track your run, analyze your performances, join challenges and of course, connect with friends in the community. Strava syncs with your smartwatch or GPS tracker, so you can easily keep an eye on your progress.
The app: StrongLifts 5x5
Why you’ll love it: You’re looking to mix up your strength-training routine at the gym, but you’re not sure which moves or machines to do or how much weight to use. Not a probem: This app will formulate a plan for you based on what you’re already able to lift and it will calculate how much weight you should use for each exercise (think overhead press, deadlift, squats, and so on) to get the most efficient workout possible. It’s satisfying to check off each move as you complete it, and the graph feature lets you see how much stronger you’re getting with every session.
The app: Keelo
Why you’ll love it: If you’re a HIIT devotee, you’re going to need to check this one out. From jump squats to kettlebell swings, the AI-based algorithm suggests moves that will challenge your body and get your heart rate up fast. There are plenty of bodyweight-only options, so you can still get a good sweat session in even when you’re traveling or don’t have access to a gym.
The app: Lose It!
Why you’ll love it: You’ll never reach your fitness potential if you neglect your nutrition. This calorie-counting app can help you eat smarter and shed a few unwanted pounds. Input your details and ideal weight, and the app will calculate a realistic, sustainable daily calorie budget for you. Useful features—such as the barcode scanner and a database of nutrition facts from popular restaurants—make it easy to track your food on the go.
The app: Kineticoach
Why you’ll love it: Sometimes you’re ready to slay a workout. Other times, you’re just hoping to make it through alive. Kineticoach lets you customize a fitness routine based on your mood, the amount of time you have and what equipment is available. Videos demonstrate how to do each of the 300+ moves, so you can nail that burpee form. And if you crave a little healthy competition, you can also create a team and compete with your friends.
The app: Pillow
Why you’ll love it: Getting enough sleep each night is crucial to your physical and mental health. Make sleep a priority with Pillow, an app that tracks how much rest you’re getting. Connect it to your phone or smartwatch, and when you wake up in the morning, it’ll give you a detailed report on your heart rate, sleep stages, snoring and more. After analyzing your sleep cycles, it can recommend the best time to go to bed. It even acts as a smart alarm clock, waking you up each morning during the lightest sleep stage so you feel refreshed.
Technology is changing the way we work out. Read more about workout apps that can amp up your fitness routine.