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Add these 9 free workout apps to your phone in the New Year

There are so many free workout apps on the market that, no matter what your current fitness level is, you are guaranteed to find one you love. Online fitness apps let us access top trainers from around the world and create workout programs designed just for us, anytime, anywhere — from the comfort of our own homes.

Whether you’re looking for new workouts to add to your routine, are a beginner looking for ways to get started, or are training for an upcoming race or event and need extra motivation, there’s an app out there sure to do the trick. We’ve gathered the best workout apps to get you going on your fitness goals.


One of the best apps out there for beginners is C25K (Couch to 5K). Made for Android or iOS, the C25K app will take you from zero to 5K in just two short months. All you need to commit is 30 minutes per day, three times per week, and you’ll develop a base that will get you across the finish line of your first 5K (or maybe first in a long time).

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Fitbod is another one of the best free workout apps made for iOS users. Its goal is to make you stronger by adapting your workout plan to your current fitness level. The app does this by collecting data on your current fitness level and then adjusting your training from there. This means the number of sets and reps and the weight you use are all based on your current strengths. It also takes into consideration the equipment you have on hand and modifies a plan for you. It doesn’t get much more custom than this.

Strava and MapMyRun

If you’re a runner or want to be, Strava is for you. This GPS app is a great way to track your runs in real time and is made for both iOS and Android. What’s even more fun is that there’s a social media component to the app, so you can connect with old friends and make new ones in your running community. The app features pros and coaches like Lauren Fleshman, Rich Roll, and Devon Yanko, so you know you’re learning from the best.

Another close-second running app is MapMyRun, powered by Under Armour and specifically made for tracking your runs and your progress.


If you want a great, free strength training app, check out Sworkit. While you’ll need to buy a subscription to get to access all of the content the app has to offer, there are many free workouts to get you started. Just set a goal in the app, and you’ll get a training plan designed for you using as little equipment as necessary. They also have certified trainers you can connect with directly in the app to keep you motivated and moving toward your goal.

Daily Yoga and Yoga Studio

If you’re a Yogi at heart, Daily Yoga is a wonderful app that features both guided yoga and meditations, and you can find classes from beginner to advanced so your practice can evolve as you do. Yoga Studio: Mind & Body is also a good option from Gaiam. You’ll find yoga and meditation for all fitness levels, and the advanced user even has the option to create their own class and flow based on experience and available equipment.

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If you need some celebrity motivation while you workout, Centr was created by Chris Hemsworth and his world-renowned team of trainers. Your first seven days are free, and after that, you’ll need to shell out $29 per month — but did I mention it’s Chris Hemsworth’s? Centr gives you a library of workouts, plus diet and lifestyle management information, so it’s a one-stop-shop for meeting your fitness goals.

Nike Training

Of course, you can’t say fitness without talking about Nike. The Nike Training Workout app features more than 180 routines and additional content from top trainers and some of your favorite athletes like Serena Williams and Cristiano Ronaldo. Whether you’re working out in a gym or just at home, you’ll have access to quick sessions and 45-minute classes organized by activity. The app lets you share your workouts with your friends when you’re finished to keep a little healthy competition going throughout the year.

These just scratch the surface of the apps on the market. Each is designed a little differently, so our advice is to try a few out and see which ones you like best. With the pandemic still raging on and gyms closed across the country, these apps give you options for working out at home (or anywhere the mood strikes) and the flexibility to try different types of workouts to find one that suits you.

Most of these also have upgradable options, so for a small monthly fee, you can unlock more workouts, trainer advice, nutrition guides, and more. But if you’re just looking for a quick, fun, and free workout, these are the best on the market. Happy exercising!

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