32 Best Workout Apps 2021 That Will Make You Want to Exercise


Whether you’re looking for the best workout apps to keep you motivated—or the ones that can help you start a new fitness routine from scratch—there are tons of great options out there. But there are so many options that trying to pick one can seem just a little bit daunting.

That’s why we’ve compiled this list to help take out the guesswork so you can spend less time deciding on an app and more time trying it out. There are apps on here for every kind of exerciser, whether you’re looking to start running (or train for a race, whenever those may be held again), get stronger by lifting weights, or incorporate some gentle, restorative movement like yoga into your routine. And if you’re not really sure, that’s perfectly fine, too: Many of these apps are free or offer a trial period so you can test them out before you commit to see if that kind of exercise is for you.

The best workout apps can help you find a kind of exercise you love, gain confidence, and build progress—all while making your workouts convenient and accessible. Here are 32 workout apps to check out.

1. Fitbit Premium

Fitbit Premium brings the information from your wearable tech to the next level, taking your Fitbit daily activity data into account to recommend exercises and provide fitness feedback just for you. It recommends programs and workout plans for every goal, whether you’re looking to simply build your activity, gain total-body strength, or try out HIIT, and offers access to premium challenges to make working toward your goal fun. It also offers a new Health Metrics dashboard, where you can track everything from your breathing rate to your heart rate variability to your skin temperature. You’ll also have access to advanced metrics for your sleep data and mindfulness tracks to help you calm your mind. (iOS and Android, $80/year)

2. Alo Moves

Alo Moves offers up thousands of guided yoga practices taught by some of yoga’s top stars. Created by the ultra-popular apparel brand Alo Yoga, Alo Moves has over 2,000 videos organized into 200 plans and over 500 single classes taught by the top names in yoga, including Dylan Werner, Ashley Galvin, Caley Alyssa, and Mackenzie Miller. And there’s more than just straightforward yoga sessions: You can work on your skills with a handstand workshop, improve strength with total-body workouts, relax with guided meditations, and more. And it’s not just yoga: The app offers classes in strength, barre, and Pilates, too. (iOS and Android, $20/month)

3. Yoga Wake Up

Who says alarm clocks have to be jarring? The Yoga Wake Up app uses the sounds of yoga and meditation to gently get you moving for the day. This app offers different audio yoga and meditation sequences that are designed to start in bed and end with you on your feet. Choose a wakeup—they have sessions ranging from 5 to 15 minutes—that lets you ease out of bed slowly with calm stretching, or get energized with a faster-paced flow. The app is beginner-friendly too, so if yoga is something you’ve been considering trying out for the new year, this is a great way to get started. (iOS and Android, $11/month)

4. Studio Bloom

This app from The Bloom Method studio in Boulder, Colorado, offers fitness videos tailored to those who are pregnant as well as those who have recently given birth. Created by certified personal trainer and pre- and postnatal corrective exercise specialist Brooke Cates, The Bloom Method’s classes are designed to be safe during pregnancy and postpartum. The Studio Bloom app has more than 100 workout and educational videos, along with guided meditations and pre- and postnatal nutrition support. Plus, there’s a section for stretching and mobility—a great way to cool down after your workout. (iOS, $29/month)

5. Obé

Obé, which stands for Our Body Electric, offers a schedule of Strength, Power, Dance, and HIIT classes that you can join in—22 live classes a day, so you’ll be sure to find one that fits your craving—or sweat your way through a pre-recorded class. One look at obé’s videos and you’ll see what the hype is about: bright colors, neon accents, and an electric pastel palette make their workouts feel like a mini party (especially when you’re tuning into one of their Dance sessions). Obé has both strength and cardio-driven classes, and they take less than 30 minutes each. And with its just-launched Workout Party feature, you can sign up to sweat with up to seven friends, sharing each moment through video or text chat. (iOS, $27/month)

6. Peloton Digital

You can stream cycling and treadmill workouts from the sleek Peloton Studio in any space. Sure, Peloton’s bikes and treadmills have created a fitness revolution, but if that’s not in the budget for you, a Peloton Digital subscription still nets you access to their live-streamed classes. And now, they’re more than cycling or running: Fire up your app to take strength, yoga, meditation, barre, or Pilates classes, too. Check in for a live class, or peruse their on-demand library that’s thousands-deep. The playlists are available in the class description, so you can make sure the tunes are on the mark before you get started. (iOS and Android, $13/month)

7. Asana Rebel

Asana Rebel is a yoga-inspired fitness app that has guided yoga flows alongside “regular” workouts, which still have some yoga elements in them. This is one of the best free workout apps around (although you can buy additional classes through the app). It’s the best of both worlds if you’re looking for other workouts to complement your yoga practice (or vice versa). In the app, you can input your goals, track your progress, and choose classes and programs based on how much time you have or the intensity you’re after. You can also fire up their calming sleep sounds afterward, to help yourself fall asleep and get some solid shuteye. (iOS and Android, free)

8. Trainiac

Choose one of Trainiac‘s personal trainers to keep you motivated and create a workout program that’s tailored exactly to your goals and your lifestyle. Trainiac’s plans aren’t one-size-fits-all—you’re talking to a real, accredited fitness pro in real-time who provides workouts just for you, along with encouragement and support over text, audio, and video messaging. They adjust your workouts to the equipment and space you have available at any given time (whether it’s a full at-home gym or nothing at all), and your workouts can evolve with your goals and your fitness level. Plus, they’re super balanced, including cardio, strength, and mobility work. (iOS, $100/month)

9. 8Fit

8Fit offers custom no-equipment workouts ranging from 15 to 20 minutes long, along with nutrition tips and other healthy eating tools. If you’re working on your fitness and your healthy eating habits, this app keeps it simple by putting everything in one place. You start by determining your goal and your current level, and from there, the app provides custom workouts and tips to help get you where you want to go. Plus, 8Fit actually explains proper exercise form and progression for all of their moves, so you can make sure you’re getting the most out of every rep. It also now offers weekly classes, so you can sign up to work out along with the rest of the 8Fit community. (iOS and Android, $60/year)

10. Stacked

Stacked is a strength training app that tracks what you lift, how often, and what areas of your body you’re working. This intuitive app is an excellent way to up your lifting game. It lets you choose a goal to work toward and keep track of your progress. You can also use it to create and store individual workouts, come up with a training schedule, or find an existing strength workout to try. It’ll show you the volume of your workouts, and you don’t even need to figure out the plate math—the app will show you this in an interactive display for your barbell exercises. (iOS, free)

11. Nike Training Club

The Nike Training Club app offers a variety of guided workouts at different intensities and lengths in easy-to-follow video formats. There’s something for everyone, no matter how much time you have, your fitness level, or your workout interests. You’ve got plenty to choose from, including bodyweight strength workouts, heart-pumping cardio, yoga, and more. You can even sign up for workout programs designed with your goals in mind—they include prescribed workouts over the course of several weeks to help you get to where you want to be. There are several workouts created or inspired by athletes and celebrities, too. (iOS and Android, free)

12. Lift Log

Forget bringing paper and pencil to your lifting sessions: Lift Log is a digital workout tracker and weightlifting journal that lets you jot down sets of exercises as you work out, along with weight and reps—one of the best ways to see your improvements in the gym. This simple app makes it easy to keep track of your progress, and as you log each exercise, the app charts your improvement over time to keep you motivated and proud of your accomplishments. The app’s interface is also super intuitive and minimalist—you won’t need to keep tapping to log a simple set. (iOS, $8/month)

13. Aaptiv

Aaptiv offers audio classes taught by trainers and perfectly matched to the best workout songs, whether you’re looking to try out new tunes or want to stick with the classics. During Aaptiv’s on-demand audio classes, the voice of a trainer guides you through a fitness studio-style session. And with over 2,500 workouts to choose from (and more than 30 new ones added each week), there’s no shortage of options, including cycling, yoga, strength training, stretching, elliptical workouts, and more. Workouts range from seven minutes in length to complete training programs. And for runners, the membership also comes with full marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K training programs. (iOS and Android, $15/month)

14. Apple Fitness+

Apple entered the foray into digital workout streaming this December, with a platform that allows you to do everything from treadmill walking or running, HIIT, dance, indoor cycling, yoga, or strength. They tapped top-notch instructors, including Kym Perfetto, an elite cyclist who has competed on The Amazing Race and Amir Ekbatani, an adaptive athlete and former offensive lineman for the UCLA football team, to help take you through all these workouts. Beginners especially may enjoy this app, since there are a bunch of how-to and getting-started videos that explain the basics. Apple Fitness+ app was made for Apple Watch integration—and yes, you need one in order to use it—and will use that heart rate data to display right on your screen. (iOS, $10/month)

15. Les Mills

The Les Mills app brings many favorite gym-based workouts, like BodyPump, BodyCombat, and BodyFlow, right into your home. There are 13 different programs available, spanning types like strength, cardio, dance, and flexibility—adding up to over 1,000+ workouts overall. With videos ranging from 15 to 55 minutes, you have your pick of length, so you can choose a duration that fits your schedule. You don’t need any equipment to get started, though Les Mills also sells their BodyPump equipment, featuring compact barbells and plates (along with a platform and risers) that are more conducive to at-home spaces than their traditional counterparts. (iOs and Android, $15/month)

16. Seconds Pro Interval Timer

OK, so this isn’t a standalone workout app, but it’s definitely one that can make the workout you have planned go just a little more smoothly. The Seconds Interval Timer app times your high-intensity and low-intensity intervals during HIIT workouts. High intensity interval training is effective for improving your cardiovascular health and your performance, and this app makes it easy to get in on the benefits. The app can also keep track of your circuits, so if you’re doing, say, 20 seconds of push-ups and then 40 seconds of squat jumps, it’ll let you know when to switch, so the only thing you have to think about is working hard during every rep. (iOS and Android, $5)

17. Strava

Great for beginners and seasoned pros alike, Strava is a favorite of runners and cyclists to track their training and connect with other users. The Strava app records distance, speed, routes, and pace, so your stats are always a touch away—it syncs with a bunch of different GPS smartwatches, heart rate monitors, and power meters to gather your data. It also has a social aspect, so you can compare and share your workouts with fellow road warriors for a little motivation-meet-health-competition. If you’re looking for a little more, the Premium version ($8/month) offers in-depth performance metrics so you can see how hard you’ve been working—super helpful for showing you when a rest day is definitely needed. (iOS and Android, free)

18. Sworkit

Sworkit gives users custom no-equipment training plans, complete with guided videos for each workout. Sworkit tailors straightforward, effective workout plans to three different fitness goals (whether you’re looking to be leaner, fitter, or stronger). There are 6-week plans for beginners, intermediate, and advanced exercisers, and users can also connect with personal trainers to ask questions and get expert advice. The best part? There’s no equipment required in their plans, so workouts ranging from five to 60 minutes long can be done anywhere. It also offers a unique library of kid-friendly workout options, so you can make exercising a family thing. (iOS and Android, $5/month)

19. YogaGlo

The YogaGlo app offers yoga classes and guided meditations that you can do anytime, anywhere. Answer three simple questions, and the app will come back with some options to really personalize your practice. There are more than 4,000 yoga workouts on-demand on the app, so you’ll never run out of options, and you can even download your favorites to make them easily accessible. Whether you’re in the mood for a long, heart-pumping sweat session or a quick, relaxing flow, there’s an option for every mood and experience level. The subscription-based app also offers guided meditation classes when you feel like keeping your mind and body still. (iOS and Android, $18/month)

20. Today

The Today app keeps your fitness habits on track by allowing you to create a “streak calendar” for your workouts, or any other goals you’re working on (like getting more sleep or drinking enough water). By marking off your workouts (and planned rest days), you’ll have a visual representation of your fitness habits. It’s so satisfying to see the little green boxes add up as you build consistency, and it also reminds you of your longest streak so you can stay encouraged to beat it. The app also rewards you with badges for keeping up the good work. Other habit-supporting features include Apple Health Charts (so you can see your daily steps), to-do lists, charts, a journal, photo galleries, and more. You can build your dashboard with the features that work best for you. (iOS, free)

21. Keelo

Keelo combines strength, cardio, and conditioning into a program designed to help improve your functional fitness—to make you stronger, build your endurance, and allow you to do everyday movements more easily. Their AI-based algorithm will make sure you’re working all of your body in a balanced fashion (say, you’re not overworking your legs but neglecting your upper-body muscles), and will show you exactly what you need to do workout-wise. There’s no need to keep track of your work and rest intervals or which exercise comes next—all you need to do is concentrate on working hard and the app does the rest. You can also reach out to a coaching team via email for advice and recommendations. (iOS and Android, $13/monthly)

22. PumpUp

PumpUp is a health-minded social network that is great for connecting and building community with other people who are working toward fitness goals. If you’re not quite comfortable sharing your workouts and achievements with all of your Facebook friends or Instagram followers, PumpUp is the perfect place to post a gym selfie, share an accomplishment you’re proud of, or just seek some encouragement and inspiration from fellow users. Their community is over five million strong, so you’ll definitely feel the weight of that cheering you on. Consider it your space for sharing your fitness journey. (iOS and Android, free)

23. Adidas Running by Runtastic

The community features in the Adidas Running by Runtastic app will give you the motivation to lace up and get out the door. Audio feedback from a voice coach will make sure you’re on the right track, and its live tracking and cheering allow you to get that much-needed push from your friends to finish strong. It’ll also help you track mileage for your running shoes, so you’ll know when it’s time to pick up a new pair. Upgrade to Premium membership ($36/year) for running training programs that’ll help you crush your next goal, plus access to personalized bodyweight training programs in the Adidas Training app. (iOS and Android, free)


After finishing a tough HIIT or CrossFit workout, you may be tempted to call it a day and get yourself to the couch ASAP. But proper cool down is essential to recovery, and ROMWOD (Range of Motion Workout of the Day) can help you through it. With over 1,500 flexibility routines, this app—which features detailed voice and visual instruction to master every pose—can help you loosen up while boosting mobility. Routines are added weekly, so you’ll never get bored. And since you already put a good chunk of time into your workout, you don’t have to set aside a whole lot longer for recovery. These routines are relatively quick, averaging about 20 minutes. (iOS, $14 month)

25. Charity Miles

You know that breaking a sweat is good for your body, but why not boost those benefits to others, too? The app Charity Miles allows you to raise money for over 40 charitable organizations like the ASPCA, Stand Up to Cancer, Habitat for Humanity, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, with every mile you move, whether it’s by running, walking, dancing, or biking. The money comes from the app’s corporate sponsor pool (which includes companies like Johnson & Johnson, Del Monte Fresh, and Brooks Running), or you can get your friends to sponsor you, too. You can connect the app to Strava to make sure all your activity from your fitness tracker gets counted. (free, iOS and Android)

26. RockMyRun

You have a quarter-mile left in the last interval of your running workout, and you’re determined to finish strong—but then your music skips to the next song on tap, which just so happens to be a Celine Dion special. Let’s face it: Music can make or break your workout, but who has the time to curate a bunch of different playlists? The app RockMyRun takes care of that for you, creating expert-curated, high-energy workout mixes to keep your motivation going strong. The app’s Body Driven Music feature will automatically personalize the music to your workout, either by matching the music to your steps, setting the beats per minute to a specific cadence, or even setting the music to your heart rate. ($8 month, iOS and Android)

27. Zombies, Run!

If you’re bored with steady-state running—and even speed intervals or other workouts aren’t doing enough to break up the monotony—you might want to give Zombies, Run! a try. In this ultra-immersive app, your run becomes your own zombie adventure story. While you’re running, you’ll hear your mission through your headphones, which is told through radio messages and voice recordings. When you hear zombies, well, then it’s time to speed up. Besides running from zombies, you’ll also collect virtual supplies during your running route to bring back to your base. Try the first few missions for free, then subscribe to unlock more. (iOs and Android, $5/month)

28. Seven

If your goal is to get started exercising, but you feel intimidated with long workouts, the app Seven might be just what you need to ease yourself in. That’s because the goal of Seven is to help you build working out into a habit—by performing convenient, accessible workouts that are just seven minutes long (no equipment needed!) and engaging you in a variety of daily challenges. Plus, you can compete with your friends, and if you’re feeling bored, you can always switch instructors: There are 12 to choose from. Plus, if you have an Apple Watch, you can launch the routines straight from your device. (iOS and Android, $10/month)

29. TRX

If you invested in a TRX suspension training system to build your at-home workout space, this app can help you make the most of it. You’ll learn loads of new exercises for your TRX (and how to perform them with proper form), and thanks to the app’s master trainers, you’ll be able to put them to use in complete workouts. The workouts are personalized and adapt to your specific performance, so you can track your progress over time. And the workouts aren’t only TRX-based—you can find routines for running, HIIT, yoga, cycling, and more. The TRX app also connects with your trackers, so you can gauge progress via your metrics, too. (iOS and Android, $5/month)

30. All Trails

Bored with traversing the same trails? The app All Trails has you covered: It lists over 100,000 hand-curated trails, along with reviews and photos from outdoors enthusiasts, to help you find the best space for your hikes, rides, walks, or runs. Whether you’re looking for options in parks or simply in your own neighborhood, you can definitely find an option that works for you—you can even filter for kid-friendly, wheelchair-friendly, or dog-friendly options. GPS directions help you get to the trail, and your phone turns into a GPS tracker once you’re there to keep you on track. If you have the pro version ($30/year), you can even download the maps for when you don’t have a signal. (iOS and Android, free)

31. Barre by Down Dog

Brought to you by the same developers behind the popular yoga app Down Dog, Barre by Down Dog brings the same fresh content, just in a different discipline. This app is great for beginners curious about barre, since you can do it right at home—the only prop you need is a chair. These are total-body, low-impact, high-rep workouts with clear, guided instruction that really breaks down each movement. Plus, you’ll never get the same barre workout twice, so if you’re a fan of variety, the workouts in this app will always keep you guessing as you continue to build your confidence in this discipline. (iOs and Android, $8/month)

32. Kettlebell Workouts by Fitify

If you bought a few kettlebells for at-home use after the closures of gyms but aren’t exactly sure how to use them, Kettlebell Workouts by Fitify can help take that mystery away. The video coaching app has a library of over 45 kettlebell exercises, as well as five unique workout programs to put it all together. You can also create your own workout programs from that custom library if you want to make your routines a little more personal. The app is also adaptable: Based on your feedback, it’ll adjust your training level. And if you love this app? Fitify also offers similar options for equipment like TRX, Bosu, resistance bands, and Swiss balls. (iOS and Android, $3)




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