Top 10 Workout Apps in 2021

By Shaminay KhanUpdated on Jun 16, 2021

Are you in love with the shape of you? COVID-19 has all but wrecked our gym plans and many of us have fallen out of shape. But, the ball is still in our court. Whether you are looking to stay healthy or fight boredom, a home workout might be your last resort.

According to Government’s Health Guidelines, a healthy adult must carry out some sort of medium physical activity for 2.5 hours or robust activity for 1.25 hours per week.

Luckily, you don’t need any gym equipment to work out at home. All you need is some space, a good attitude, and a workout app that suits your needs.

Before you choose your workout app ask yourself:

  • How much do I want to spend on a fitness app (if at all)?
  • Does this app offer any “no-equipment” workouts?
  • Does this app provide beginner-friendly workouts?
  • Does this app satisfy all my needs?

We have curated a list of the Top Ten Best Workout Apps for you to select the one that best fits your needs.

Nike Training Club – Home workouts & fitness plans

Nike Training Club offers a personalized experience by recommending workout routines tailored to your needs. Whether you’re looking for strength training and weightlifting or calm yoga sessions, this app has everything you need. Nike Training Club offers over 185 workouts. It gives you a chance to switch up your usual workout routine with a different workout to spice up your fitness sessions.

You don’t have to worry about language barriers as Nike Training Club is available in over seventeen languages. This home workout app is user-friendly and the premium version offers motivational audio narrations by Nike expert trainers including Serena Williams, Gabby Douglas, and surfer Lakey Peterson. However, the free version is more of a silent trainer.

The videos have to be downloaded, which might become a bit tedious. Moreover, Nike Training Club expects you to already have gym equipment at your disposal including dumbbells, skipping ropes, etc.

As the above review suggests, there aren’t any breaks between the workouts either. Hence, the workouts might be a little intense for beginners.

It does not let you play any music while working out- which is frustrating, especially if music keeps you motivated throughout your workout session. However, the fact that it’s free might overshadow these weaknesses if the price is your biggest concern. Nike Training Club is available on Android, iPhone, and Apple Watch.

adidas Training app – Fitness, Home & Gym Workout

Adidas Training by Runtastic lets you create your own workouts on top of offering great free features, but these workouts may get pretty intense after the first session. They will help you break a sweat at home in just a short span of time but if you are only a beginner, this fitness workout app may not be the one for you.

Adidas Training by Runtastic provides workouts ranging from seven to forty-five minutes. The workout videos have great background music that will help you stay motivated. But, you have to keep staring at your phone screen throughout the workout as there are no audio narrations. This gets difficult, especially during core training. Moreover, as one user noted, the experience may get mechanical because of the lack of human interaction.

Workout sessions might be too intense for beginners but the great free features and variety of workouts help provide a quality experience to its users. Adidas Training by Runtastic is available on Android, iPhone, and Apple Watch.

8fit Workouts & Meal Planner

8fit Workouts & Meal Planner tailors your meal plans and workout sessions based on your body specifications and dietary needs. It gives you realistic goals based on your progress. You can quickly get a hang of this app as the interface is quite simple and user-friendly. However, the app is a bit slow considering how expensive the premium version is. There are only a few free features available after the latest update which has turned some users away.

The premium version of 8fit Workouts & Meal Planner helps you get into shape by offering you guidance and support. It offers you the experience of customized workout routines and meal plans.

The app also comes with fitness articles that educate you on your body type and dietary needs. However, 8fit’s customer service is not the best. They take a long time to get back to you. 8fit offers a quality experience to its premium subscribers, however, the same cannot be said about the free version. This app is available on Android and iPhone.

Aaptiv

Aaptiv helps motivate you to work harder and get rid of extra pounds as these workouts are designed by professional trainers. It also gives you the option to customize your own workouts. However, the auto-generated ‘customized’ workout videos may not always adhere to your preferences. The workout videos do however have background music, which helps you stay on your feet.

The workouts are not customizable, which is a bit frustrating. However, the videos have clear verbal instructions that do not require you to keep looking at the screen throughout your workout as discussed in the review by Healthline above. The app uploads a new workout video every once in a while to keep your fitness journey exciting.

Calorie Counter – MyFitnessPal

Log your meals into My Fitness Pal and never lose a count of your calories. My Fitness Pal will keep track of your daily workouts and meal plans to help you keep a check on your progress. However, there may be issues with establishing a uniform calorie count for any particular food item, based on user inputs that differ on the same value.

For example, the calorie count for chicken soup varies from 349 to just 99. These entries are not verified by the database either, making it difficult to accurately measure the calories in your food.

This home workout app also lets you choose from over 350 exercise routines. However, the free version offers low-quality videos which are not as compelling as the ones in the premium version. However, the app is quite compatible with other devices and you can easily sync your workouts with other apps and devices.

My Fitness Pal also lets you customize your own workouts to ensure positive results. This app is available on Android, iPhone, and Apple Watch.

Sworkit Fitness – Workouts & Exercise Plans App

Sworkit focuses on your fitness goals and helps you achieve your idea of a perfect body.  Sworkit offers a variety of great workouts that are customizable and can help you get fitter.

Sworkit has a simple, easy-to-use landscape interface which makes for a great user experience. This app provides you with a preview of your next scheduled workout to mentally prepare you for strenuous activity.

Indisputably, Sworkit has retained a staunch user base:

Moreover, you can schedule reminders and also play music in the background of your workouts to keep you motivated. It keeps track of your exercises and keeps your progress in check.

However, the app may cause trouble loading information as it occupies huge storage space. You might want to free up some space before downloading it!

This app is available on iPhone, Amazon App store, and Android.

Samsung Health

Have you ever dreamed of a personal trainer who would keep track of your meals and workouts on your behalf? Samsung Health provides you with an accurate interpretation regarding your diet plan and exercise after you log your meals and exercise routine. It also calculates weight gain and loss.

Samsung Health is not limited to Samsung devices only. However, the recent update has removed some of the best features from the app including the ‘weight management tab’. This tab used to keep track of calorie intake and the calories burnt after a workout.

Other than that, Samsung Health is great for keeping track of your fitness journey. It is available on Android, iPhone, and Tizen (on smartwatches).

Centr, by Chris Hemsworth

Centr by Chris Hemsworth is jam-packed with all sorts of fitness tools. From workouts to meal plans- Centr has it all. According to its users, the recipes are delicious and it does not feel like diet food. Centr offers recipes of pre and post-workout meals, which stick to a set range of ingredients. However, if cooking is not your thing, or you just don’t have time for it, Centr might not be for you.

Centr offers you a daily motivational article to help keep you inspired throughout your fitness journey but the workouts are quite advanced for each fitness level- which might be a problem if you don’t already have a body like Chris Hemsworth.

Some users have pointed out that the workouts ar pretty similar and can be annoying:

Centr costs about £15.49 per month. It is available on Android, iPhone, and desktop.

Fiit: Home Workout & Fitness Plans

Personalize your goals and workout with the best trainers in the country including the likes of Alex Crockford and Adrienne Herbert. You can choose the workout of your choice from Cardio, Strength, and Rebalance which includes: Yoga, meditation, pilates, etc.

Most of the features are not free. You can get the Fiit membership for just £10/month, which comes with a Fiit device that monitors burned calories, and heartbeat during the workout. The premium version provides you access to customized training videos and meal plans tailored to your needs. You can also get access to different unlimited classes and premium tools.

However, the customer service could use some improvement. Other than that, Fiit offers a satisfactory experience to its users.

Fiit is available on Android, iPhone, and Apple Watch.

Freeletics Training Coach – Bodyweight Fitness

Freeletics provides you with personalized workout plans keeping in line with your personal preferences. The app will design a workout that works best for you- whether you have the gym equipment or not. The coach keeps customizing your workouts after each session corresponding to your feedback. This is the reason why Freeletics has a loyal fanbase.

However, there is no music option in the app which can make your workout session a bit boring. Also, the workouts can be difficult for newbies as they are quite intense.

Freeletics offers no-equipment workouts and bodyweight training videos which make working out at home considerably easy. The workouts range from ten to twenty-five minutes and the welcoming Freeletics community makes up for the lack of social interaction during workout sessions.

You can get your own fitness trainer after purchasing the weekly subscription.

Freeletics is available on Android, iPhone, and Apple Watch.

Apps Platforms Pros Cons Cost
Nike Training Club Android, iPhone, and Apple Watch.
  • Free.
  • Available in over seventeen languages!
  • User Friendly.
  • Offers personalized experience to its users.
  • Huge Variety of Workouts.
  • Motivational Video/Audio Narrations.
  • Narrated by Nike Expert Trainers including Serena Williams.
  • span style=”font-weight: 400; color: #000000;”>Keeps track of every workout in the activity tab.
  • Workout videos have to be downloaded.
  • Expects you to have gym facilities and equipment at your disposal.
  • Free version does not have audio narrations.
  • Workouts might be too advanced for beginners.
  • Cannot play music while working out on the same device.
The basic app is free. However, the paid subscription is available for £7.50/month, if you are in search of something more.
Adidas Training by Runtastic Android, iPhone and Apple Watch
  • Amazing Free Features.
  • Over 180 workouts.
  • Customize your own workouts.
  • Clear Audio Instructions
  • Seven to forty-five minute Workouts.
  • Great background music.
  • No Motivational Audio Narrations.
  • Workouts require you to constantly stare at the screen.
  • Workouts are not suitable for beginners.
  • The whole experience might get too mechanical.
The app is free but it may require some in-app purchases. The paid subscription is available for £7.50/month.
8fit Workouts & Meal Planner Android, iPhone
  • Customized Meal Plans
  • You can improve your experience by giving feedback after every workout session.
  • Offers Proper Guidance.
  • Plan your own Workouts!
  • Variety of Workouts available.
  • User friendly interface.
  • Great educational fitness articles
  • Expensive.
  • Limited Free Features.
  • Poor customer service.
The app is free to download. The paid subscription costs around £24 for three months.
Aaptiv iPhone, iPad, and Android.
  • Clear verbal instructions.
  • Great background music
  • Highly accessible.
  • New workout videos are uploaded every once in a while.
  • Expert Trainers Available
  • The workouts require some access to gym equipment.
  • Calorie-counter can use some improvement.
It costs £11.40 a month or £75 a year.
My Fitness Pal Android, iPhone and Apple Watch
  • You can Sync your progress to other devices.
  • Over 350 Workout Sessions
  • Personalize Your Own Meal plans
  • Log Restaurant Entries
  • Huge Variety of Workouts
  • Water Tracker
  • Meal Tracker
  • Most Features are Only Available in Premium
  • Free Version Offers Low Quality Videos
The app itself is free but the Premium Subscription costs £7.50 per month and £37.51 per year.
Sworkit iPhone, Amazon App Store and Android.
  • Highly motivating.
  • Variety of workouts.
  • Keeps track of your workouts.
  • User-friendly.
  • Great interface.
  • May cause trouble loading information.
  • Occupies a lot of space.
It’s Free to download. Monthly subscription is for £7.50, whereas annual subscription is for £45
Samsung Health Android, iPhone, Tizen (on smartwatches)
  • Helps you keep track of the calories that you burned while exercising.
  • Keeps track of the calories and nutrients in your food.
  • Provides the caloric equivalent of your day.
  • Tells you if you’re losing weight or gaining it.
  • Variety of high intensity and low intensity exercises.
  • The recent update has removed some of the best features from the app including the ‘weight management tab’.
  • Trouble syncing data to other devices.
  • Sleep tracking is not reliable.
Its Free!
Centr Android, iPhone and Web
  • Get your hands on delicious pre workout and post workout recipes.
  • Guided Meditations.
  • Guides you through your fitness routine.
  • Daily motivational articles
  • Expensive.
  • Workouts for beginners and intermediate Fitness levels are pretty advanced.
  • Workouts come in the form of videos, so you have to keep on checking the screen while working out.
  • Meal preparation takes a lot of time.
Centr costs £15.49 per month.
Fiit Android, iPhone and Apple Watch
  • You can make your own workout training and meal plans.
  • Get expert nutritional advice.
  • Wide variety of classes.
  • Exercise with expert trainers.
  • Compatible with MyZone, Garmin HR monitor, Apple Watch, a Polar H10 or one of Fiit’s own devices.
  • Fiit Club lets you compete with other real life users.
  • Most great features are not free of charge.
  • Poor customer service.
It’s free! The premium membership costs£10/month
Freeletics Android, iPhone, and Apple Watch
  • Get a personal trainer for a small fee.
  • Audio Coaching.
  • Great interface.
  • Inexpensive.
  • Workouts range from ten to twenty five minutes.
  • Limited workout videos as compared to other apps.
  • Not great for muscle retention/gain.
  • No music option.
  • Might be a bit tough for beginners.
It’s Free! The premium subscription starts from just £2.16/week. The paid subscription is available for £1.78 per week for training. You can also get training + nutritional guidance for £2.66 per week
By |June 16th, 2021|

About the Author:

Shaminay Khan is the Assistant Digital Marketing Manager at Rezaid. She enjoys writing about personal development, strategic business, and new technologies. She is currently involved in content marketing projects with high growth SMEs in the UK.

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