The Best Workout Apps of 2021
Whether you’re looking to improve your mobility, beat your best 5KM run time, or are simply looking for new ways to work on your overall health and fitness – one things’ become apparent in recent years, smartphones have empowered a new era of on-the-go fitness.
While some may argue that disconnecting from our phones has become one of the more important aspects of our overall well-being, you can’t negate how powerful it is, to have instant access to high-quality workouts and personalised fitness information through our beloved mobile phones.
With so many amazing apps and workout programs to put to the test, you might not know where to start, so to inspire your fitness goals, we've rounded up our favourite exercise and workout apps for iOS and Android.
Spearheaded by Australia fitness superstar Kayla Itsines, Sweat is a popular workout app designed specifically for women by women.
Sessions areled by some of the world’s leading female fitness professionals, with the app featuring a stack of programs to suit a variety of fitness levels.
Sweat's online community is also one of the largest fitness communities going around and in addition to the programs you can follow, there’s a ton of awesome content at your disposal once you’ve signed up.
Remember the age-old saying? “I don’t have time to workout”
Seven's workouts are designed to provide maximum benefit in the shortest time possible – with you guessed it, seven-minute workouts that involve using only a chair, a wall, and your body weight.
While it’s not as flashy as some of its counterparts, Seven is a great option when you’re short for time or can't reach the gym.
Backed by Australia’s very own Chris Hemsworth, Centr is an all-around health and well-being app which focuses on three core pillars: Train, Eat and Live.
These three elements work together to provide personalised workout programs, diet information, and mindfulness recommendations to keep your mind and body feeling fit and healthy.
The app was recently named one of the Best Personal Growth Apps in the Google Play 2020 awards, so clearly the app appears to be doing something right.
The app is subscription based, however offers a free 7-day trial and is well worth giving a shot.
Nike Training Club
For years, the Nike Training Club App (NTC) has set the bar as one of the best all-around fitness apps.
NTC offers 185+ free workouts including invigorating yoga classes, guided running programs, HIIT and bodyweight-only exercises. Not only is the app packed with fitness goodness, its design is clean and easy to navigate, and the majority of workouts can be done with minimal or no equipment at all, making it the perfect option for those who like to workout at home.
If you’re an avid runner or cyclist, chances are you’re already using Strava.
For those unfamiliar, Strava is a widely used fitness tracking app that tracks your workouts with GPS and analyses how you perform (think: distance, timing splits, elevation gain, heart rate).
Strava’s become synonymous in the fitness community, particularly because of how detailed the tracking is, but also in part to how fun it is to share results with your peers.
Charity Miles is a free app that enables you to earn money for charity whenever you walk, run or bike.
When you sign up, you can choose a charity to support. The app will then track your activity, with each mile added to your profile, adding money to your chosen charity via Charity Miles’s corporate sponsorship pool
In addition to the corporate sponsor pool, you can create your own Pledge Page so friends can sponsor you on your own fitness milestones.