Getting psyched enough for the gym is half the battle won, the other half is deciding what to do to best hit your fitness goals. For a long time, people have relied on personal trainers for carefully tailored routines, which are then yelled at them for a good torturous hour. The rise of fitness apps have, thankfully, revolutionised the way people work out today.
While there are plenty in the market now, the best fitness apps are all-encompassing. To prevent plateaus, HIIT training is often met with strength-building moves and yoga sessions, the latter of which helps speed up recovery. Some even go so far as to include meditation to promote mindfulness— after all, fitness in 2019 goes beyond the physical. The best part? Exercising with these apps are possible both at home and at the gym, making it extra convenient for any lifestyle.
From the cult-favourite Sweat to the Chris Hemsworth-approved Centr, here are the best fitness apps in 2019 to start torching calories with.
If you’ve spent hours at the gym hoping to achieve Thor’s arms to little luck, perhaps this is your best bet. Founded by Chris Hemsworth himself, Centr is a fitness app that’ll give you plenty of insight into the life of the Asgardian god, from his workouts and fitness hacks, to his diet and even nuggets of advice from the man himself.
Besides recipe guides and comprehensive meal plans, Centr also offers daily workouts from prolific industry experts — think Michael Olijade for boxing, Tahl Rinkskym for yoga and Hollywood trainers such as Luke Zocchi. Self-guided workouts can be done at the gym or at home, and can span from HIIT and strength training to even MMA. Psychotherapists and meditation experts are also on hand to help with mindfulness, so this essentially the Hemsworth-approved lifestyle guide you’ve always been searching for.
Available on iOS.
You can’t talk about fitness apps without including Kayla Itsines’ Sweat app, which catapulted her name — now more a brand — to international fame. The app now includes her famous BBG (Bikini Body Guide) alongside BBG Stronger and other gym workouts that target specific parts of the body.
While quite a number of the workouts do not require equipment, the workouts are still most effective when you have access to a gym. Those who are time-constrained will revel in the fact that most workouts are only 30 minutes long, which means you can squeeze in a quick lunch session at your own convenience.
A high intensity strength and conditioning program with the promise of measurable fitness results, Keelo uses an AI-based algorithm to ensure you’re pushing every single part of your body to get the most out of your workout. This not only means muscle confusion is kept at a constant high, but also that you won’t need an hour at the gym — Keelo only needs requires seven to 20 minutes of your time, three days a week.
Here, strength, cardio, and conditioning are married into one program, and the workouts churned out can be done at home or at the gym, all of which will keep you on your toes and rev up your metabolism for the rest of the day.
Dubbed the ‘Netflix of workout apps’, FIIT is a one-stop shop for a plethora of workout genres which work together with its own cardio-tracking wearable tech. HIIT, strength work, cardio and yoga are part of the equation here, each led by professional personal trainers who will coach you in the comfort of your own home.
The heart-rate chest strap that comes with the package sees various movement sensors that track your pulse throughout the activity, of which is projected real time onscreen alongside the workout demo and count-down timers. At the end, your performance is compared against your stats and points are given based on how much you’ve pushed yourself during the session, so you don’t want to skive for this one.
Available on iOS.
Trust everyone’s favourite sportswear giant to put out an app that’s just as effective as it is sleek. The Nike Training Club boasts a huge variety of workout plans that range from HIIT to yoga, but is best known for its strength training moves. You’re not limited to bodyweight-only workouts here — several routines call for plyo boxes and dumbbells so hit up a gym for those.
Many of the workouts are also named after your favourite athletes — think Serena Williams and Ashton Eaton — which also incorporate moves that are inspired by how they train for their sport. Game Changer and Fresh on the Circuit are two of the many HIIT options that many have raved about now.