Whether big box gym and boutiques studios just aren’t for you or you are looking to supplement your IRL sessions with easy-to-stream options, these are the best workout apps that allow you to take your fitness just about anywhere.
Fitness On Your Terms
1 of 16All photos
More and more people are looking for convenient at-home workouts because...life. (Do you really need more explanation than that?) This increased interest has resulted in a surge of boutique studios offering streaming services and high-tech, in-home equipment such as MIRROR becoming the norm. But if you’re looking for a way to take your fitness routine with you wherever you go—at home, in the gym, and on the move—there’s nothing better than the OG workout app. From personal training on the fly to a running pro in your pocket, the best workout apps can rival even the most popular studios. (Related: At-Home Workouts Aren't Exactly "New," but They're Definitely Having a Moment)
The best part? These best workout apps can go with you wherever your phone goes, which, let’s face it, is just about everywhere.
Disclosure: We left out awesome studio-based apps such as Peloton and Flywheel in an effort to provide a list of the best workout apps that’s programming can’t necessarily be replicated at a brick-and-mortar space.
Photo: Tero Vesalainen/Shutterstock
2 of 16All photos
You’d be hard-pressed not to find a workout that fits into your lifestyle and your goals on Aaptiv, an audio-based workout app. With categories such as outdoor running (they have treadmill-specific workouts, too), yoga, and strength training, there’s something for nearly every discipline. If you love to dabble in a little of everything, browse the app's thousands of workouts or commit to a tailored program such as “Train Like a Boxer” and “Cross-Train to 5K”.
3 of 16All photos
Personal training sessions can cost as much as $100 (or more!) for just an hour-long session. Instead, get unlimited monthly access to certified trainers for half that price with Trainiac. You pick your trainer, share a little bit about what you’d like to achieve and where you’ll be working out (at home or the gym), and they customize a plan just for you (no every workout-fits-all vibes here) with workout videos tailored to help crush those goals. You can interact with your trainer through video or text message for a truly personalized and genuine experience.
Available in the App Store. Free to download; $50/month to subscribe.
Fit Body by Anna Victoria
4 of 16All photos
Just about every fitness influencer has their own workout program but that doesn't mean they are all legit. (PSA: Read This Before Working with a Trainer of Fitness Coach on Instagram) Anna Victoria’s Fit Body Guides land solidly in the legit category—these workouts are challenging (even for the trainer herself) and Victoria is one of the best trainers on Instagram who are actually certified. Translation: You’re in good hands.
Available in the App Store. Free to download; $4/week to subscribe.
Photo: Anna Victoria
5 of 16All photos
In that same vein of legit online trainers you can trust, the ladies of SWEAT know what they’re talking about and practice what they preach. The workout app was initially launched in 2015 with mega fitness star Kayla Itsines’s BBG Guides but has since grown to a powerhouse posse of even more badass babes, each with their own specialty and training program: Kelsey Wells’ PWR program emphasizes strength training gym workouts. Sjana Elise’s yoga flows will harness that mind-body connection. Newcomer Stephanie Sanzo's powerlifting background comes in handy for her program designed to get you lifting heavy. And Chontel Duncan’s “Fierce” program incorporates a mixed bag of HIIT, weight training, and resistance training using cables or bands.
Nike Run Club and Nike Training Club
6 of 16All photos
The iconic fitness apparel and gear brand does more than just outfit your workouts; the brand’s elite trainers and coaches can help you crush them, too. Whether you’re training for your next race or your first, the Nike Run Club app can help you get there. Find GPS run tracking (with a set or open goal), audio-guided runs, and digital community-based challenges. (Here: More Free Running Apps for Every Goal) The Nike Training Club is a good choice if you’re chasing a new one rep max instead of split times. With more than 185 ~free~ workouts, it’s the best workout app for when you get to the gym and have no clue what to do.
7 of 16All photos
Think of NEOU as the Netflix of workout videos. Download this workout app and subscribe to search, browse, and stream live and on-demand workout videos with some of the country’s leading instructors. You’ll find coaches in specific disciplines such as kettlebells (Lacee Lazoff’s “Bells Up”), yoga (Heidi Kristoffer’s CrossFlowX), and strength training (Jen Widerstrom’s “Widerstrong”). Plus, with new classes added daily, you’ll never run out of challenges.
Photo: NEO U
8 of 16All photos
If you’re still not over Millennial Pink and never will be, you’ll love this workout app for the aesthetics alone. What will keep you hooked, though, is the 14 live classes and more than 1,000 on-demand workout videos from all-star trainers, including Megan Roup, who’s trained VS models and created this killer leg and butt slider workout.
Available in the App Store (and on Apple TV and Chromecast). Free to download; $27/month to subscribe
LSF the App
9 of 16All photos
Katie Dunlop of Love Sweat Fitness recently moved into the app game with LSF the App, which includes her LSF weekly workout program with demo videos and bonus “sweat challenges.” Plus, you can game-ify your workout by winning trophies and stickers along the way. (P.S. Dunlop’s own fitness journey is crazy inspiring and she recently shared that she accomplished it all while dealing with an invisible illness that can actually cause her to gain weight.)
10 of 16All photos
If you don’t live in an area like NYC or San Francisco (that seem to have more fitness studios per block than Starbucks), you’ll love the Studio app. This makes the list of best workout apps because it brings the boutique experience to you. Studio offers HIIT treadmill classes straight from your phone. Hop on any treadmill, press play, and it’s as if you’re in your very own Barry’s Bootcamp. (Related: The Cardio Trend That Makes Treadmill Running Way Less Boring)
Available in the App Store and on Google Play. Free to download; $15/month to subscribe.
Fascia Yoga by Ashley Black
11 of 16All photos
Still not sure what fascia is or why it matters? This connective tissue lies between the skin and muscle and essentially connects everything vital in your body—muscle, bone, organs, nerves—together in a web. Who better than the creator of the FasciaBlaster, Ashley Black, to develop a workout app specifically targeted at mobility and recovery to keep fascia feeling good.
Available in the App Store. Free to download.
12 of 16All photos
If you missed your chance to become an all-star quarterback, at least you can train like one with Tom Brady’s TB12. If this NFL pro’s workouts are anything like his diet, you can expect them to be crazy challenging, strict as hell, and all-in-all, not for the faint of heart. The workout app, which, of course, has workout videos designed to improve your athleticism, also includes complete recipes for healthy plant-based meals and a hydration tracker.
Available in the App Store. Free to download; $10/month to subscribe.
Photo: TB12 Method
Tone It Up
13 of 16All photos
These ladies need no introduction: Katrina Scott and Karena Dawn of TIU fandom have an app extension of their online workouts and have expanded their trainer talent along with it. The theme is the same: follow-along, high energy, no-stress workouts, and community engagement to boot. You’ll be able to modify or progress your sweat sessions with workouts tailored to your fitness level, too. (Related: The 10-Minute Abs Workout Tone It Up’s Karena and Katrina Swear By)
Photo: Tone It Up
14 of 16All photos
If you thought ClassPass was just a booking platform for your favorite studios, you must have missed their most recent endeavors—ClassPass Live and ClassPass Go. The former streams on-demand and live HIIT workout videos via Chromecast. If that still seems like too much “equipment,” ClassPass Go is the best workout app for you. It offers 400 audio-guided workouts from top trainers set to DJ-created playlists. Who says you can’t have the same hype experience of the studio in the comfort of your home?
Studio SWEAT OnDemand
15 of 16All photos
You’ll never get bored with this best workout app choice. Studio SWEAT OnDemand offers workouts in multiple modalities: TRX, indoor cycling, HIIT, stretching, and kettlebells. Plus, if you’ve ever been in a trendy class setting and wondered if your instructor was more model than a certified trainer, you’ll be happy to know there are no actresses behind the wheels of these workouts, only legit trainers motivating you to crush your goals.
Photo: Studio SWEAT OnDemand
16 of 16All photos
Every workout has a goal (even if it’s just to do it), and every goal has a journey. You can find yourself with Freeletics' custom training journeys that focus on objectives like “lose weight,” “stay active,” and “gain muscle.” This made the list of the best workout apps, but Freeletics also has some serious nutrition support, too, with custom meal plans. Tack on AI coaching and it’s basically as if you’ve hit celeb status with a personal trainer, healthy chef, and life coach at your fingertips. (Related: How to Build Your Own Workout Routine for Weight Loss)