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With COVID-19 social distancing and stay at home recommendations becoming more widespread here and globally, most of us have found our gyms or studios closed for the foreseeable future. While this will hopefully be another step in helping control the spread, I know many of you, like myself, are missing the daily workouts at our gyms.
And while I do have the training to create my own workouts and yoga classes (which I will continue to post on this blog – so stay posted!), sometimes I really appreciate the motivation of someone else running a class/workout. So I’ve collected a list of my top 10 workout apps to use at home. There’s a vast collection of different workout options on this list to fit any workout style, including yoga, CrossFit, barre and HIIT.
These are all apps I have either used previously or am currently using while working out at home. And while we are all adjusting to the new normal, these apps help provide great motivation to continue your fitness journey. One of the great things about these apps is that they require either no or minimal equipment. This is crucial at this time because if you are like me and tried to buy additional workout equipment online, you’ll find that most of it has been sold out.
Continue reading for summaries about my favorite at-home workout apps to see if one of these would be a great fit for you!
10. Map My Run
Cost: Free or $6/month for the premium version
This was one of my go-to apps when training for upcoming races. It would allow me to plan out my routes, either at home or while traveling, and also monitor my mileage pace. This makes a huge difference when logging a fair number of miles per week. The app will sync with your apple watch, Fitbit or Garmin watch. The premium version allows you to upload training plans and have coaching. I never found myself needing the premium version. Still, if you need extra motivation while completing your runs, it may be worth the monthly cost.
9. Nike Training club
Cost: The premium version is currently free until further notice due to COVID-19
When I first used the Nike Training Club, I had just graduated from college, and as a college athlete, I was used to having every one of my workouts planned for me. At that time, this app allowed me to go to the gym and have a full workout designed based on what part of my body I wanted to focus on that day.
Fast forward 10 years, and the premium version of this app has been a great way to come up with new fitness ideas while staying at home during the coronavirus outbreak. Thank you, Nike, for offering this for free during this time! One of my favorite aspects of the premium version of the app is to search not only by workout type but what equipment you have available as well. Workouts range from 5 to 60 minutes to fit in the times you have available during the day. It also contains nutrition and stress reduction tips, both extremely beneficial during this time.
8. Alo moves
Cost: $20/month; free 14-day trial
Alo Moves is a great app for those looking to improve both their yoga and meditation practice. The app has several on-demand classes that you can choose from the vary in style, duration, and skill level. One of my favorite aspects of the app is the ability to focus on a specific skill, such as learning to do a handstand or improving your flexibility to work your way into the splits. All that you need for this app is a great yoga mat; check out my favorite mat, and a light set of weights if you want to work on some strength-building fitness classes.
7. Pure Barre on demand
For those of you missing time in a barre studio, Pure Barre on demand will help supplement your workout routine. Similar to other apps, but what I think is an essential feature for any at-home workout app is that you can choose class lengths from 5 min. all the way to 60 min. If you do not have a barre ball or a light set of weights that are frequently used in barre classes, options are offered for no equipment classes. A bonus for me is the availability of prenatal programs. As I am quickly approaching my third trimester, any prenatal focus in classes is much appreciated.
6. asana rebel
One of my favorite aspects of the Asana Rebel app is that a majority of their classes tend to be a bit more intense at a higher energy level. My specialty as a yoga teacher was teaching Power Yoga, and the building strength and fat-burning classes definitely fit this style. If music is a motivator for you, the music selection is also amped up to match the intensity of the classes. This app also allows you to choose classes based on the duration or body part you want to focus on.
Cost: $1500 + $39/month for the digital subscription
The Mirror is a much more significant investment than the other apps on this list. Still, if you are looking for a more permanent workout at-home solution, then the Mirror may be a perfect option for you. Workout options for the Mirror include pilates, dance cardio, competitive, and others. The biggest perk to this workout option, in my opinion, is that you can see your reflection while working out. This is great for being able to see your form. When not in use, the Mirror is just that, a mirror.
Find out more about the Mirror.
4. wod generator
I’ve had this app for a while on my phone now, I used it previously when I was traveling to look up workouts that fit the equipment I had available to me. For CrossFit athletes who are working out at home now, this is a great option to find workouts that fit the equipment you have available. Over 5000 workouts are available on the app. There are other CrossFit apps with many more bells and whistles, but I like this app for the simplicity of just getting a workout to do that day.
Cost $15/month; 7 day free trial
Aaptiv is a great choice for cardio lovers who do not want to join a class, or in the current environment, continuing to practice social distancing. The app contains audio-based classes led by trainers that are paired with great music. Workout choices include outdoor running, treadmill, elliptical, cycling, and others. New workouts are added weekly to help keep your routine fresh.
2. tone it up
This is a great app with workouts mostly geared towards women. The equipment they use is minimal, and typically only involves a light set of dumbbells and a resistance band. The main reason why I have loved this app recently is the quality of the pregnancy and postnatal workouts. This app has some of the best workouts for all of us looking to maintain a fit pregnancy. Extra bonus: the Tone It Up trainers have been doing live Instagram classes to help all of us staying at home maintain our fitness levels.
1. peloton digital
Cost: $13/month; currently offering a 90-day free trial
We bought our Peloton bike about 2.5 years ago now, and I am extremely happy with that purchase and would recommend the bike to anyone who asks; however, the Peloton digital app is well worth its monthly cost too. We have maintained our Peloton membership since we bought the bike, and I have used the app numerous times without the bike. I’ve used the on-demand classes frequently while traveling and using the equipment at a hotel gym. That is one of the great things about the app, the cycling and tread classes will work with just about any home bike or treadmill you may already have. For those without a lot of equipment, the app also includes yoga, strength and outdoor running classes. The daily live stream classes they are currently offering are very motivating during the social distancing environment.
Let me know if the comments if you’ve had any success using the above listed apps or if you have a favorite that’s not listed here!