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These Are The Best Fitness Apps To Try Right Now

If your New Year's fitness resolution has fallen by the wayside, fear not. We've found the best fitness apps to kickstart your heart.

Have you ever made a New Year's resolution to get fitter or healthier? More importantly, did you stick with it?

For most of us, by the time February rolls around, we start wondering if maybe that gym membership you signed up to on January 1 might just be a waste of money.

Now, while nobody should make you feel like you need to change anything if you're happy with you -- if you do happen to be looking for some help with your workouts, we have got you covered.

I put my body on the line and roadtested three of the most popular workout apps available (you're welcome) so you can just pick the one that sounds best suited to you!

8fit

This app was made to tackle the 'big picture' of a healthy lifestyle -- it combines a daily workout as well as meal planning capabilities and fitness tracking.

I only used the workout plan, so make sure you do your research on the other features.

What I loved:

The workouts come with an on-screen guide,  giving you a demonstration of exactly how you should be carrying out the exercises. You might not think it makes a huge difference, but if you're just starting out it can be very helpful to know the posture you should keep and how you should be moving your body.

Being bodyweight exercises, the workout is hard enough to make you build up a serious sweat without putting too much strain on your joints and because you don't need any equipment (some moves need a table/chair), you can do them all from home.

Also, if you're struggling with injury, there's an option to swap out any of the moves with lower-intensity exercises.

8fit also has an in-app weight tracker which, if you're keen on it, can be great for helping keep an eye on your progress.

What I didn't like:

They only give you one workout a day.

I know that sounds insane as something to "not like", but the daily workout is roughly 5-15 minutes depending on how quickly you get through the reps and if you're looking for a longer sweat session, you're not going to find it on this app.

The counting on 'calories burned' in the app seems wildly inaccurate. After an eight-minute workout, I was told I burned 252 calories. I'm not a health professional or personal trainer, but that seems like a MASSIVE number.

Would I continue using it?

I really liked the app, but no -- I already have a subscription plan to a food-tracking app which I love so it doesn't seem worth it to pay for a new up, only to double up on what it can do for me.

Cost:

Annual plan: $7.50 per month (billed annually, which is $89.99)

Three-month plan: $46.99 (which will come to $15.66 per month)

Aaptiv

The audio-based fitness app was created to keep people motivated during a workout. Without a personal trainer, it can be hard to maintain pace, effort, and concentration, so Aaptiv tries to help users with that.

What I loved: 

Unlike the other apps, Aaptiv is basically like having a personal trainer in your ears. Each workout has someone who talks you through the workouts -- guiding you, telling what moves you should be doing, how you should be executing them, calling time on your sets so you don't have to keep track of where you're up to.

It even spouts inspirational quotes when you're almost through your sets.

You can also do workouts that have been built around artist playlists: think Guetta Move On, Crush It With Christina and my personal fave: Cardi Confidence.

A great feature is the ability to actually download -- music and guide included -- workouts so that if your gym is a black hole for phone reception, you can go offline and still be able to exercise.

The way that Aaptiv's workouts are set up also means that you can string a few different workouts together to create a whole gym session:

For example,  one day I used four different workouts for this routine:

  1. 10-minute treadmill warm-up
  2. 25-minute strength workout
  3. 8-minute row
  4. Cool down/stretch.

Plus, some of the trainers have the best voices (and faces) ever, like my personal fave, Ackeem:

What I didn't like:  

Being a US app, all of the stats they give you are in lbs and miles instead of kilos and metres, so when you're told to pick up a dumbbell that's "up to seven pounds", you might need to pause for a few minutes while you Google the conversion.

It's three kgs by the way

Me, attempting to work out the conversion from pounds to kgs.

As an audio-only app, it can be a bit difficult to understand exactly what you're being expected to do.

During one workout, I was given a strange set of instructions that involved doing jumping jacks but with my arms moving in a really unnatural way. I ended up subbing out the move for squats because I didn't understand what it was asking me to do.

Also, if you're not into overly enthusiastic trainers cheering you on, you might have to look out for certain trainers who have memorised a few too many motivational quotes.

Would I continue using it?

Sure would! I think the variety of the workouts, the artist-based playlists, and the whole user experience is really good on the app.

Cost:

Annual plan: $12.92 per month (billed annually, which is $154.99)

Monthly plan: $21.49 per month (which will come to $257.88 per year)

7M Workout

7M technically stands for "seven-minute", and each workout plan is built around a circuit that takes seven minutes to get through.

What I loved:

It's free.

Like 8fit, you don't need any equipment and there is a guided demonstration on your phone screen but it is quite basic.

The countdown in the last three seconds of the workout helps you keep on that little bit longer and the range of workouts -- beginner, classic (medium) and Tabata (advanced) -- is actually quite impressive given you're not shelling out for anything.

As well as doing the workouts that they've set up for you, you can actually set up your own custom sweat sessions so you'll never get bored.

Beyond that, there aren't any features that are particularly spectacular.

What I didn't like:

Only that it serves you ads -- but considering you're not having to pay for it, you can look past that.

Would I continue using it?

Yes! I mean... it is free...

Cost:

Zip. Zilch. Nada.

The author of this post was given a free month-long trial of Aaptiv.