We all know you are the dedicated gym go’er and fitness enthusiast in the family. You religiously find time to get in that workout no matter how busy life may be. But the holiday season is fast approaching. This means your workout routine might be compromised through no fault of your own.
What are you going to do when you don’t have time to get to the gym and spend a whole hour going through your normal routine?
We’ve compiled a list of the six best apps that are cheap (or free) and will give you the best at home workout.
Even if you already love working out at home and just need some guidance, these apps will help you make the most out of your workout sessions at home. They will keep you on your toes, keep you motivated, and track your progress. With the colder weather looming, why not take advantage?
Aaptiv is one great little at-home tool that can offer anyone just about whatever they want in a workout. They offer loads of class options that stream to your phone. Yoga, body weight, HIIT, and even spin classes can all be taken through your phone now thanks to this handy little app.
It does cost $9.99 a month but considering how much specialized classes could cost in a studio, that’s a fair price.
User ratings for this ap are 4.0 out of 5 stars. One reviewer states, “Having a trainer right in your ear, paired with playlists of music I love — there's truly nothing like it. I've never been so excited to workout."
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Frequent users of the Tabata Free app states, "Does exactly what you need it to. I love the way it uses different colors for rest/work cycles. Only wish you could personalize the sounds."
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Total Couch to 5K
Don’t let the extra holiday goodies keep you stuck on the couch this season. Now that it gets darker earlier and the weather is a little more dreary, you might be inclined to do so. But if you had this ap in your pocket, you could go from Couch to 5K in nine weeks!
This little app will have you go through a nine-week running plan that will have you prepped and ready for your first 5K. Maybe on Thanksgiving, you can sign up for a “Turkey Trot” 5K run and actually earn your Thanksgiving dinner!
Use this ap to map your runs and share progress on your social media. One of the best features is that the app is supplemented by voice cues that will actually talk you through your run.
It’s a great supplement to obstacle course training and interval speed running.
Users rate this ap at a 4.3 out of 5 stars and it costs $2.99 a month. One user states, “ I use this app for speed training. I highly recommend this if you are a beginner. I started running by doing walk/jog intervals. Before I knew it I could jog a mile which grew into three miles. In October I ran my first 10k without walking!"
7 Minute Workout
While the idea of a 7-minute workout might seem too good to be true, this little app has the reviews and the data to back it up. As the name suggests, the app focuses on improving fitness levels in as little as 7 minutes a day. Additionally, it has been featured in The New York Times and American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal.
Each training course is designed for you to focus on the intensity of your workout and giving it your all for those 7 minutes to get your heart racing. Using only your bodyweight and a chair, this app’s workouts are ideal for small spaces and busy schedules.
The best part about it is this app is it is totally free and available for iPhones and androids phones and boasts a 4.5 rating with over 10 million users.
Users say: "I used this app to change up my routine. The commands, timing and built-in how-to videos were so helpful to keep me on track, motivated and using proper form and technique!"
Six Week Training
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to crank out 100 pushups or hit 200 squats? With the Six Week Training app you can, if you put the work into it.
By choosing your challenge and then performing an initial test, the program with then calculate your fitness level and gear your workouts towards fast improvement. To make it even easier, the app allows you to schedule your workouts, sends reminders, and charts your results to keep you on track towards your fitness goals.
After a few weeks, you can choose to take a progress test to make sure you are on the right track and training at the appropriate level.