The 5 Top-Rated Fitness Apps for Beginners
These top fitness apps can help you get healthy, no matter your current relationship with exercise.
You might be new to exercise or have made it part of your daily routine for years; either way, there’s always room for improvement and versatility. Whether you prefer an indoor or outdoor workout, have just a few minutes or an hour to spare, or want to mix up your cardio and strength days, mobile apps can help you achieve your health goals.
We searched for the best ones that will challenge and encourage you, while hopefully helping you find a new favorite activity along the way, no equipment required.
Pacer is the perfect app for walking enthusiasts who want to try something new, or those wanting to get into walking as the weather warms up. With over 43,000 ratings and 4.9 stars on the App Store, we had to check it out. Pacer is not only a pedometer and step tracker, but it has GPS tracking and route finders as well. You can mix up your workouts with a variety of challenges, or add some simple strength training to your regimen with Pacer’s guided video workouts. It even syncs with Apple Health and MyFitnessPal.
One reviewer said Pacer has been a catalyst in helping her and her husband lose over 100 pounds, while another said the app is cheaper—and more effective—than a gym membership. Pacer is free with premium subscriptions costing $4.99 per month or $29.99 per year.
C25K 5K Trainer
The original “couch to 5k” app boasts millions of success stories. With an average rating of 4.8 stars out of almost 35,000 reviews, C25K has helped people increase their running speed, lose weight, and even get some users off insulin medication.
The C25K app was designed by non-runners to get users in 5k shape in eight weeks or less. The app begins with running and walking workouts and gradually builds up strength and stamina with 30-minute workouts three times per week. It is also connected to Apple Health and MyFitnessPal, as well as popular social media accounts. The C25K app is free.
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Sworkit is the ultimate no-excuses app, as you can find workouts for all fitness levels, ranging from five to 60 minutes each. Whether you’re looking for a pre-made workout plan, want to get fitness advice from a trainer, or want to build your own workout, you can do it all on Sworkit. Now you can have a guided stretch in your office, or an intense bodyweight workout in your hotel room!
One reviewer said after trying pretty much every fitness app out there, Sworkit was their favorite, and it feels like they have their own personal trainer everywhere they go. Sworkit has a generous 30-day free trial and costs $4.99 per month afterwards.
What started as a small fitness blog has launched into a massive brand, and the ToneItUp girls now have an app full of workouts. This app is perfect for those new to fitness, as there is a wide variety of guided workouts to help you find your favorite form of exercise. From strength training to barre to HIIT workouts, there is something for everyone with Studio ToneItUp.
Users love this app for the strong sense of community it creates, as well as the convenience factor. While it is subscription-based after a free seven-day trial, it is much more affordable than the average gym membership, at just $12.99 per month.
If Aaptiv still isn’t on your radar, it’s about to be. With over 47,000 reviews and 4.8 stars, Aaptiv provides audio-guided classes from certified trainers. You can do everything from stretching to indoor cycling. They even have race-training plans for those looking to get into running. Dozens of new classes are added every week to keep your workouts fresh and work a wide range of muscle groups.
One reviewer loves the combination of challenge and support the trainers offer on this app, as well as the excellent musical accompaniments to the workouts. After a seven-day free trial, unlimited access costs $14.99 per month, or $99.99 for a year.