If you aren’t able to make it into your gym, passed on that pricey gym membership, or are otherwise looking to get in a good workout at home or at the office, you can take advantage of a number of great workout apps accessible from your smartphone. There are plenty of paid workout and fitness apps out there ready to take your hard-earned money, and some of them may be worth it for the right person and under the right circumstances. However, these apps provide a fantastic foundation for a healthier life right from your smartphone at no additional cost.
Whether you’re just trying to get moving more or looking to use up some time, here’s a list of the best free workout apps to help you work up a sweat wherever you may be.
These are the best free fitness apps for sure, but if you want to explore other options, including paid apps, we have lists of the best fitness apps for Android and the best fitness apps for iOS, too.
Nike Training Club
Nike has a long history of joining smart technology and fitness and was one of the first major workout brands to carve out a niche in the smartphone and smartwatch markets. Therefore, it makes sense the first app on the list is a flagship of sorts for Nike — the Nike Training Club.
Nike’s app offers a number of short workouts with instructions for a self-paced workout. It also pairs seamlessly with the Apple Watch, adding another level of functionality if you are using an iPhone. Like most services these days, you won’t be surprised to learn that the Nike Training Club app offers paid premium content, like guided video workout programs curated by professional trainers, but the free version is also robust. From yoga and bodyweight exercises to tips on lifting and how to get toned abs, the Nike Training Club app offers a well-rounded glossary of home workouts and run tracking features, with smart integration built throughout.
Simply Yoga comes loaded with instructional videos of varying lengths that walk you through all the basic yoga poses, making it easy to follow along at home — though you’ll likely need a yoga mat and yoga towel. It’s a pretty straightforward app that provides enough for a good workout, though it sustains it’s free version through advertising, as is to be expected. If you’re looking for a bit more functionality and willing to pay for it, then check out our guide on yoga apps.
Adidas Runtastic is a runner’s personal trainer. It keeps track of all kinds of running metrics, including the distance you’ve run, your mile pace, and — if you’re wearing a smartwatch that tracks your heart rate — how many calories you’ve burned. Like many other workout apps today, the Adidas Runtastic app brings a social angle to the experience with competitive leaderboards and the ability to create running groups. If you happen to be sporting a watch with Wear OS, you can leave the phone behind and your watch will track your progress and sync with the app. This app is free with ads but offers the usual ability to pay a small monthly fee to remove them.
7 Minute Workout
The explanation is sort of in the name on this one. 7 Minute Workout offers a straightforward list of short burst workouts that you can do whenever the mood (or that pizza you feel bad about eating) strikes. Each exercise offers a video tutorial to get you going. The app features a fully voice-prompted user experience, allowing you to keep your eyes on the prize, not on your smartphone timer. We’ve highlighted the Android version in the screenshots above, and since this app isn’t available on iOS, we’ve included an excellent iOS alternative below.
MyFitnessPal is indispensable to millions of users on their fitness journey and is much more than just a calorie counter. With detailed meal and calorie tracking, reminder and motivational notifications, hundreds of in-app workouts, and syncing capability with a number of smart devices, MyFitnessPal fits seamlessly into your plan for a healthier life.
If you’ve got a goal level of fitness in mind, then MyFitnessPal can help you achieve it. Take advantage of everything this app has to offer in its free version. You can scan barcodes on food packaging, import recipes, and track your steps while you track your macros.
FitOn has all the bells and whistles, including community fitness engagement, guided exercises by celebrity trainers, and personalized, all for the amazingly low price of $0.
They push that with their motto: Best workouts, always free, always on. The FitOn app offers a deep bench of guided workouts, such as cardio, arm workouts, yoga, pilates, and high-intensity interval training.
FitOn can sync with Apple Health and your smartwatch to help you better track the details of your progress like many other incredible fitness apps.
Today, you can begin your new workout routine and get your numbers on the leaderboard with this free and convenient fitness app. If you’re cool with spending some extra cash, you can opt to pay for a FitOn PRO subscription. With this plan, you receive meal plans and detailed recipes customized to fit your fitness or weight loss goals. We believe FitOn PRO is a valuable addition to its free counterpart.
Free for a limited time
Peloton recognizes that millions of people are stuck in their homes during this time. That’s why the company decided to offer a 90-day free trial of its health app. Although you might not be able to purchase their pricey, high-class exercise bikes, you can still take advantage of one of their many free-standing guided exercise classes and achieve your goals.
When you download the app, you get thousands of live fitness classes at the click of a button. It’s like you’re in a spin class, but with social distancing, of course. There are a variety of guided programs you can browse through, with classes lasting between 4 to 18 weeks. You choose the best fit for you, depending on the amount of time it takes you to tone up. We highly suggest doing Peloton’s extended free trial because we have no clue when they’ll pull the plug on it.
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