Updated: Jul 25, 2020
Quarantine Your Way to the Perfect Summer Bod
Home workout apps are a great way to get moving when you're unable to get to a gym. In a quarantine situation, google searches for "at home workouts" skyrocket.
The best home workout apps provide clear instructions in video or audio form and provide encouragement from real coaches as you progress. They also provide a wide range of different workout ideas so you never get bored, and let you create custom plans and monitor your progress.
Here I'm looking at apps that offer workouts you can perform indoors at home, outside, or in a home gym. I've also included a mix of free and paid options so there's something for every budget.
Take advantage of this time!
Whether you are already in shape, and in need of a gym alternative, or want to take advantage of newly found time at home, there is something out there for you! I have listed my own tried and true apps below as editor's choice.
Strength Training Apps
As seen in CNN and Forbes, this is a rockstar do-it-all app. It is like having a personal trainer in your ear. You can watch videos with cues, or you can listen to workout audio and follow along. They have great strength training, yoga, and running. You can filter for workouts without equipment which makes this the perfect quarantine buddy.
Cost: $7.99 a month
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Nike Training Club app has great classes and is totally free! With an easy-to-use interface, you can browse routines by workout type or muscle group. Stream pre-recorded workouts across all categories, from strength and endurance training to yoga, or join live 5-minute sessions to help you warm-up for your workout.
Aaptiv talks you through every activity, which means you don't have to prop up your phone or tablet and peer at your screen mid-stretch. It features licensed music too, so you don't have to worry about setting up a playlist in a different app. This app features classes in every category: running, strength training, Pilates, cycling, yoga, and more. Adaptiv has a user-friendly feel, and there are hundreds of classes.
Cost: $15 a month with a free trial
Famous personal trainers aren’t just for famous people. At least that’s the concept behind FitOn, which promises regular folks access to workouts from some of today’s top trainers, including Jeanette Jenkins (who’s worked with Pink, Alicia Keys, and Mindy Kaling), Cassey Ho of Blogilates, and Katie Dunlop of Love Sweat Fitness. Pick your workout from categories like cardio, strength, HIIT, dance, yoga, Pilates, and Barre workouts.
You don’t need much time, or any equipment, to break a sweat with Adidas. This app offers 7 to 45-minute-long workouts, 180+ standalone exercises (high side plank, anyone?) This is a super simple app, with a clean layout. It designs workouts for you based on the stipulations you give it such as time constraint and target muscles.
Daily Ab Workout
This is an easy free app, with a daily ab workout that ranges from 5 to 10 minutes. The pro version offers 250+ ab exercises, but I like the free version. It features original ab exercises and is a great go-to workout finisher.
Find What Feels Good
My husband and I have been doing Yoga with Adrienne on her YouTube channel for over a year. And she has an awesome app. Adrienne makes yoga light and fun and really doesn’t push.
Cost: $9.99 per month
Last year I did one of Alo Yoga’s YouTube month-long challenges, and I have to say, they have some of the best yoga teachers in the business. Of course, this is in addition to their lovely yoga clothing line. But the way their app is organized calms me and guides me to the perfect yoga moment.
Cost: $20 per month
This is one of the original apps, so it has great content. The best part about this video-focused yoga app? No WiFi necessary once you've customized your classes with your favorite poses. Yoga Studio classes vary from five minutes to an hour with incorporated meditation that encourages you to be present and helps you focus on your breathing.
Try the seven-day free trial before choosing a subscription option.
Cost: $9.99 per month
One of the top-ranked yoga apps on the Apple App Store, Glo promises to offer a level of practice that fits your style and needs. Whether you're looking for a beginner's yoga class or a meditation session–you'll find an option on this app. The preferences are super customizable too–you can also filter based on time of day, style, level, and duration.
Cost:$22.99 per month
Nike Run Club
One of the most popular running apps in the App Store for iPhone and Apple Watch, Nike+ Run Club is a fantastic, all-in-one app. This free app offers GPS tracking, audio-guided workouts, weekly and monthly distance challenges to keep you motivated, and personalized coaching plans.
You can connect to Apple Music or Spotify to access curated playlists that are specific for your runs. I used this while I trained for my first half marathon.
If you love the social and competition aspects of running, Strava is the app for you. It allows you to compare times with other members of the Strava community or with your own group of friends to boost your motivation. It also has a safety feature called Beacon, which allows up to 3 people to know where you are running (they don't need to have the app or be Strava members, either).
You can use Strava to set up group challenges, such as the fastest 5K or most miles in a set period of time, to keep each other going. You can use Strava on any iOS or Android device and Apple Watch.