A Quick Guide to Workout Apps

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The BodySpec Team

Whether you are hoping to save some money and forego the gym membership this year, or you spend a lot of time traveling, having access to online workouts on demand is key to keeping up with your fitness goals.

There are many, many, MANY great options out there, so we picked out just a few of our favorites to highlight. Comment below if we missed YOUR favorite! (Note: we are not affiliated with any of the following websites).


Tried and true, this popular website and app get it done with over 600 workouts to choose from and new workouts added every day. A nice feature is the ability to put it all your information and create a customized workout plan. 30 day free trial, then $14.95 per month.

My Fitness by Jillian Michaels

A great app that includes a wide variety of workout videos, goal tracking tools, meal plans, and of course, the motivational powers of Jillian Michaels. 7 day free trial, $99 for the year subscription.

Workout Trainer by Skimble

This is a great app with thousands of workouts free to access as long as you don't mind some ads. A nice variety of workout options, and community sharing features if you feel like checking out what other people are up to. Free.


According to Pear's website, their goal "is to introduce our users to Olympians, World-Champions, and fitness innovators all accessible via a quick download on iOS and Android devices." This app allows you to be hands and eyes free by downloading audio only workouts - for example, head out on a run with world-record holder Deena Kastor in your earbuds, coaching you through some intervals. For the strength training workouts, you can watch a quick video of all the moves before you get started. A handful of workouts are free, and unlimited access is $5.99 per month.


Yogaglo was one of the first online streaming services for yoga, and they have done an excellent job with their platform. It's a little pricier than some other streaming services, but they have a huge library of offerings from some of the most experienced and well-known teachers. $18 per month for unlimited access.

Some other ideas...

  • For any cyclists out there, Strava is an extremely popular app for tracking your rides and sharing with friends.

  • Map My Fitness is similar and geared more for runners - if you love your GPS watch, you'll want to get on here.

  • FitBit users would be remiss not to utilize the free FitBit Coach app to get the most out of that high tech bracelet you've had for ages.

  • Despite the misnomer, MyFitnessPal is the go-to platform for easy, user-friendly food tracking and calorie counting (can we please rename it MyNutritionPal already?). If you have a weight loss goal, keep yourself accountable in the nutrition department here.

  • 12 Minute Athlete offers 12 minute HIIT videos. With these, there are no excuses not to exercise for 12 minutes a day!

  • Fitness Blender is a staple for free workouts of all lengths. Bring your own music!

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