Ever need to get a workout in but don’t know where to start? Say no more, help is on the way!
I have been getting my daily workouts in in the evenings lately, once I’m off work. I always make it a point to sit down and write out a workout to do during lunch, but when I don’t get around to it, and the time comes to workout, I find myself wanting to bail and skip it because I didn’t have anything planned.
These are my 5 favorite fitness apps that I use all the time (and they’re totally free) for those moments when you just don’t know what you’re doing and don’t want to think of a workout.
1. NIKE + TRAINING
One of my good friends actually turned me onto this app. I didn’t even know it existed and now I use it all the time. It has pre-programed workouts depending on your fitness level, goals, or amount of equipment you want to use, and time you want to train for. You can choose your intensity (low, moderate, high), and what you would like to focus on (strength, endurance, or mobility). My favorite workout so far is the “Circuit Animal”. It also logs your activity and which workouts you’ve completed. I love that it shows you a video clip of each exercise, and tell you how many reps of each you’ll be performing and then you simply press “next” to take you to the next exercise.
An oldie but a goodie. I’m not much of a calorie-counter anymore, but when I want to keep track of my workouts on my phone or what I’ve eaten to make sure I’m still in a deficit, this is a GREAT app. I love that it can store my meals, workouts, and hydration all in one place. When I want to physically write down my workouts, I use my printables you can find here.
3. INTERVAL TIMER
I use this app allllll the time. Mostly when I’m doing a cycling HIIT workout, but you can incorporate it with any workout that you do. You can choose how long your workout will be, and choose each of the intervals. My go-to HIIT intervals are 1:15 of rest (or a lighter interval) and then 1:00 of all-out balls-to-the-wall high interval. Usually I’ll do 10 rounds of this which is about 20 minutes with a brief warm-up and cool down. You can also save your intervals so you don’t have to re-enter them in each time. It also uses a buzzer to tell you which interval is starting and stopping, so you don’t have to be looking at your phone the entire workout. This timer is also great for a Tabata workout or anything that involves interval times.
4. NIKE RUN CLUB
Okay, so it’s no secret I’m not that much of a runner. I don’t like to “slow” run. I’m a sprinter (it’s the basketball player in me), so long distance runs are a challenge. They’ll usually turn into sprinting for 100-200 yards and walking another 100 for a couple of miles, or until my legs stop working (or I can’t breathe). I enjoy this app because it tracks your distance, but not that, it also uses the GPS location settings on your phone to show you exactly where you’ve ran (it’s pretty cool) and how fast you ran. I also like that it tells you in your ear when you’ve hit mile benchmarks, and if you stop running, it’ll pause the workout until you start again. There are also (free) plans you can choose from depending on your running goals (4-week and 8-week plans), which is great if you have something you’re training for.
This app is pretty neat and very similar to the Nike + Training Club app that I talked about previously. When you log in, you are able to choose which kind of workout you want to perform, whether it be strength, cardio, yoga, or stretching. You also have the option to customize a workout just for you and select exercises from their database. With their pre-programed workouts, you can choose which type of workout (upper body, lower body, core), the duration, and it also has videos of each exercise being performed. I like that this app gives you a countdown for how long each exercise is being performed and give you ques for the next exercise before automatically switching to that exercise. I prefer this over having to press “next” in between each exercise. Once you “end” a workout, it also shows you your duration and how many calories you have burned.
Which fitness apps do you use religiously? What recommendations do you have?