25 Home Workout Apps to Build Strength, Improve Your Fitness & Get Results from Home

Morgan Fargo
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Photo credit: katleho Seisa - Getty Images

From Women's Health

If you've been rinsing the best home workout apps this year, know you're not alone. With fluctuating lockdown rules never have good at-home sweat options been more important.

Fortunately, what with top draw personal trainers and smart personalised technology, getting fit at home can be as effective at the gym – just so long as you don't cheat those all important final reps.

From strength training to cardio workouts, HIIT and low-impact sessions, there really is a home workout app out there for everyone. Hallelujah. (We've even found a WOD generator for CrossFitters and virtual yoga studios for you yogi bears.)

However, if you’re a beginner it’s best not to go in all guns blazing: ‘I see a lot of people starting a new regime, signing up to an app, doing the Monday leg and glute session and then find they can’t walk for a week,’ Anna Victoria, personal trainer and creator of the Fit Body app, told WH.

‘Start with a week of full body workouts and then move onto splitting their focus by muscle group later on,’ Anna recommends. Yes ma'am.

25 best home workout apps to download today

1. CENTR by Chris Hemsworth

So we know you've heard of Chris Hemsworth. And you've most likely heard of his über fit wife, Elsa Pataky too – you must have, she's a former Women's Health cover star after all...

Anyways, back to the point. Hemsworth and Pataky designed their own health and fitness app for those wanting to get fit from home.

The app is a personalised, digital health & fitness platform, featuring a team of experts hand-picked from the worlds of fitness, nutrition and mindfulness. While the workouts are primarily HIIT-focused, they require minimal to no gym equipment making it perfect for those working out at home without access to a full weights rack. #Sob. Get involved by hitting the link.

Kit: Nothing

The details: Free trial, then £15.49 for a month-to-month rolling subscription

GO TO CENTR APP

2. FIIT

Not only do FIIT make working out at home feel like sweating in-studio, they've also worked with WH to design a specific home-workout plan that requires little equipment and gets you fighting fit in 10 weeks. Sound too good to be true? Well, it certainly isn't. FIIT x Women's Health Sweat and Reset will help you build a stronger, leaner body, all from the (dis)comfort of your living room.

FIIT also offer breathwork classes with teacher Richie Bostock. Not heard of breathwork? It's a practice that aims to restore balance to the stress response systems, calm agitated minds, relieve symptoms of anxiety and more through focused breathing patterns – a perfect antidote to the anxiety-inducing impact of 2020, we think.

Kit list: Exercise mat

The details: 14-day free trial then £20 per month when you pay on a rolling basis, £10 per month when you pay a full year upfront (£120).

3. Sweat with Kayla

When SWEAT upgraded from just BBG to BBG plus yoga and strength training, it became the front-runner in the best fitness apps competition. That's because, you can lose body fat, build muscle and calm your mind with one subscription.

And, this year, Kayla made working out at home easier than ever with a little modification: 'I’ve changed it so that you need less equipment and you can do it just on the space of your mat,' says Kayla. 'It’s perfect for the ladies who are staying home but want to train!'

Thanks to update you now only need a chair, skipping rope and dumbbells to complete week 1 to 21 of BBG.

If you don't fancy following a plan, work through 750 easy-to-follow video workouts which include resistance, LISS and HIIT sessions – just make sure you don't skip the rehabilitation stretches, K? They're vital to staying injury free.

Need help with your food? There's nutrition advice too. The healthy meal plans – chose the veggie option if you don't eat meat – make eating right around workouts much simpler. And if all that wasn't enough, SWEAT offers a step tracker, hydration monitor and a tool to generate automated shopping lists for last-minute meal prep. Wowza.

Kit list: A mat, dumbbells and a step. Get ready.

The details: £15.30 a month

4. Tone & Sculpt by Krissy Cela

British YouTube celeb, Krissy Cela, became well-known for her easy to follow strength training and weightlifting videos – showing women both at home and at the gym how to get strong. Then, she condensed all her knowledge into an app – Tone & Sculpt. And now, there's a free 7-day trial for the app, making it a no brainer for those who like to try-before-they-buy.

Dip a toe in any of her beginner, intermediate or advanced workouts to get a taste of what to expect or jump straight into your very own personalised workout schedule – you can choose between three to five workouts per week based on your preference.

Kit: Depends on workout

The details: Perfect if you're strapped for cash and rent week's looming, Tone & Sculpt works out at just 23p per day.

GO TO TONE & SCULPT

5. Jillian Michaels

If there's one PT who can train you into your best shape yet, it's The Biggest Loser O.G., Jillian Michaels. She's got a decade of experience in body transformations and is as famous for her motivational mantras as brutal encouragement.

In the current coronavirus climate Michaels has chosen to reduce the yearly cost of her app by just over 75% – taking the total cost to £5.21 per month, or £60.96 for the year, saying that she 'wants people to have accessible affordable options for at home fitness.' By subscribing at jillianmichaels.com you get access to 7-minute workouts, personalised nutrition and workout tracking as well as a free daily mini workout.

Kit list: Exercise mat

The details: Get a free 7-day trial of Premium Access. After that £5.21 per month when the full 12 month fee, £60.96, is paid up front.

6. Body Love by Anna Victoria

Bringing Anna’s best selling guides (half a million downloads and counting) to life, her app includes video-led instruction for her tried and tested thirty minute HIIT strength circuit sessions. Plus, you can keep motivated by joining Anna’s encouraging online community for support. Do note, that there's no offline mode so so if you're conserving your 4G or exercising somewhere sans wifi you'll need to load the app before going in.

Kit list: Your trainers, an exercise mat and internet connectivity

The details: Available via the Apple store. Anna's currently offering 30 days for free. Subscriptions start from $16 (£12) a month.

7. Shreddy by Grace Beverley

Whether you knew her before when her IG handle was @GraceFitUK, or now when she's topping Forbes 30 under 30 list, Grace Beverley is on a bloomin' roll. And she wants to help you become your best self as part of it.

Her workout and meal planning app, Shreddy, combines a catalogue of workout guides that help you 'lose fat and tone up.' Signing up to the app will give you access to hundreds of workouts, recipes, meal plans, real-time classes, a community to share your triumphs and setbacks with as well as a bespoke program once you've input your preferences and goals.

Kit: Depends on the workout

The details: £9.99 per month from the App Store and Android store

GO TO SHREDDY APP

8. Freeletics app

With an almost infinite number of workouts sessions designed by sports scientists and athletes, this is a like having a personal trainer in your pocket. Upgrade to the paid-for version to access your own Freeletics Training Coach – an AI coach that will analyse your performance, track your progress and adapt your training plan accordingly.

Kit list: Workout garms and a little space to jump about

The details: Available for IOS and Google Play devices. Training Coach subscription starts from £12.99 a month for android and £32.99 for 3 months for iPhone.

9. Gymshark Conditioning app

Yes, they gained global recognition as being the UK's fastest growing fashion business last year, and yes they pioneered the concept of influencer marketing, and of course they make kit that sells out faster than you can say 'Sculpt Leggings' – but, did you know Gymshark also have a kick ass training app and that their home workouts are currently totally free for the foreseeable future?

The home workouts are varied and include sessions such as Core Progression, Front Room Fitness and Bodyweight Blast. Whether you want to train abs or total body, they've got you covered. All you'll ever need is yourself, a water bottle, sweat towel and mat.

Kit list: Exercise mat

The details: Free for the foreseeable future

GO TO GYMSHARK CONDITIONING APP

10. Courtney Black Fitness

She's the home workout sensation who's been keeping the nation fit with her high energy and challenging workouts but you can also catch Courtney Black on her app, too. And, not only are there workouts by the dozens to pick from but also meal plans and diet options as well.

Choose how many days per week you want to train and Courtney (and her clever programming) will do the rest. Every two weeks your workout schedule will change slightly to keep you progressing towards your goal – expect a mix of weight training with HIIT, circuits and bodyweight sessions thrown in. For the closest thing you'll get to a PT at home, you can't go far wrong with CB.

Kit list: Dependent on workout

The details: Monthly rolling subscription from £15.99

GO TO COURTNEY BLACK FITNESS APP

11. Nike Training Club

With over 185 free workouts, from strength and endurance to mobility and yoga, Nike has doubled down on what they're offering in their Nike Training Club (NTC) app.

Don't worry about not having masses of time or equipment, their short and sharp bodyweight workouts can be done anywhere that's big enough for you to sweat in. The area between your sofa and oven? Yeah, that works just fine. So long as you work hard!

With body-specific workouts as well as various levels for those looking to challenge themselves, the Nike Master Trainers are waiting to (kindly) whip you into shape. All you need to do is hit download.

Kit list: Dependent on workout

The details: Free

GO TO NTC APP

12. Club 51 by Jon Denoris

Founder of private London 'intelligent fitness' club, Club 51, Jon Denoris has condensed his knowledge of exercise and movement into an app – how kind! With 30 minute sessions, you can expect home bodyweight workouts that are tailored to your goals. And, if at any point in the workout you have a question – you can chat directly with your trainer by dropping them a direct message through the app. Talk about thought-of-everything.

All you need to do a is throw on your gym kit, shove your hair in the messiest of up-do's and get straight to work.

Kit list: Exercise mat

The details: Currently available to download for just £9.99 per month for the foreseeable future.

GO TO CLUB 51 APP

13. Base PT

Okay, so while you can definitely use this app to workout from home, it's slightly different to your usual home workout plug and play model. Base PT is an at-home way to connect personal trainers and customers with live 1–1 sessions. Bringing the gym to you, you can choose your base – living room, kitchen, garden or park and your trainer will take you through the session.

Kit list: Dependent on workout

The details: Sessions start at 14.95 for a single workout and drop to £9 if buying in bulk.

GO TO BASE PT

14. AND/life

Ever wanted to build the workout you want to do but also want to know you're getting an effective sweat session at the same time? Enter: AND/life, the app that allows you to customise your workouts based on how much you want to and in what way you want to sweat, what equipment you have at your disposal and how much time you have. Basically it's your workout genie.

Get involved and start mixing it up!

Kit list: Workout dependent

The details: Prices vary based on subscription.

GO TO AND/life

15. JP4 by Jessie Pavelka

If you watched 'The Biggest Loser', you might remember coach Jessie Pavelka training people to be their fittest and best selves. Now, Coach Jessie has an app, JP4, that coaches you through making healthy lifestyle changes to reframe how you eat, sweat, think and connect.

With meal plans, home exercise routines, mindfulness podcasts and an overarching support network featuring to help you achieve sustained success, it’s a great all-rounder home workout option.

Kit list: Dependent on workout

The details: Free to download with in-app purchases.

GO TO JP4

16. Glo

If your daily yoga practice has gone straight out the window along with your commitment to not wearing jogging bottoms 24/7, use Glo to get you back into alignment. Offering thousands of yoga, Pilates and meditation sessions, you'll find your flow and hopefully feel a little calmer too. Mental gains as well as increased mobility and mat time? Yeah, we're into it.

Kit list: Exercise mat – other props dependent on session

The details: £12.49 per month for a monthly subscription.

GO TO GLO


17. Rowith


If you've got a rowing machine at home that's gathering dust faster than you can say 'self-isolation', then it might be the time to bring the old boy back out and amp up your cardio sessions. Instead of mundane rowing sessions expect varied audio workouts that keep you excited and pushing hard.

Kit list: Rowing machine

The details: Prices vary

GO TO ROWITH

18. Seven: 7 Minute Workout

Short on time? No problem. As this app’s name suggests, you can make a difference to your health and fitness in just seven minutes. Their ethos is maximum results with minimal input and the during the speedy video sessions you do 12 high intensity bodyweight exercises with 10 second breaks in between. Use for seven minutes when pushed for time or complete sessions back to back when you have longer.

Kit list: A chair and a wall

The details: Available for IOS and Google Play devices. Free with the option of upgrading for the Custom Workout Builder.

GO TO 7 MINUTE WORKOUT

19. Peloton Digital

Peloton made their name by bringing studio-style spinning into but now, they're on a new mission: to change all the ways you train. This app has cycling, running, bootcamp, outdoor, floor and yoga workouts. So, if you don't happen to have that £2,000 spin bike installed in your house you can still get your fitness fix another way.

Kit list: You need the Peloton bike or the Peloton tread for the spinning / running workouts, for the bootcamps you'll need dumbbells and a mat and for the other workouts (Barre, yoga, cardio) you'll only need a mat.

The details: Get the first 30 days free then subscriptions cost £12.99 per month. If you own the Bike or the Treadmill your digital subscription is included in your Peloton All-Access Membership.

GO TO PELOTON DIGITAL

20. Asana Rebel

It's easy to find your flow with Asana Rebel thanks to the bounty of classes available on the app. Learn how to dial up your downward dog and build heat on your yoga mat, or alternatively, choose a more mindful session and chill the eff out. The curated workout collections will help you achieve specific fitness goals.

Kit list: A mat, strap and block

The details: In-App purchases apply for the pro and premium options.

GO TO ASANA REBEL

21. RWL

With over 1000 workouts stored in their app-vault, RWL by Lucy Mecklenburgh has everything you need to mix your home workouts up day by day. Including a 7 day free trial, you can have a go before committing to anything, so make sure to check out the other features too – such as a calorie counter and tracker, breathing tools to calm anxiety and more to capture your whole wellness journey.

Kit list: Dependent on workout

The details: Prices vary based on subscription

GO TO RWL

22. Zova

This home workout app won the Apple Design Award and it's easy to see why. The sleek design is a refreshing change from other brightly coloured apps and is much nicer to look at 6am. Their fitness promise? To have your back, butt and everything in between. Delivering 10-minute workouts, daily tips and the option to create a weekly program, download if you like audio coaching or want to get as fit as possible quick style.

Kit list: If you have Apple TV connect to this app. It's a great experience.

The details: Free for 1 week, then £66.99/year after trial.

GO TO ZOVA

23. Kinetic

Offering on-demand class streaming, be transported from living room to fitness studio in a tap of your iPhone. When there, choose from Zumba, yoga, HIIT and more. Download and do it. WH orders.

Kit list: A good sports bra and enough space in your living room.

The details: Free

GO TO KINETIC APP

24. Strava


An app most runners swear by, Strava is the UK's most popular running and cycling tracker app, offering a Facebook-style community of keen fitness enthusiasts. If logging your miles, applauding your friends efforts, alongside earning badges and scouting special Strava-approved routes sounds fun then get downloading.

Kit list: GPS tracking signal on your phone or fitness tracker and a desire to kit the great outdoors.

The details: Free for basic access or, for full access to all features, £4 per month when paid annually or £12 per month for a rolling monthly contract.

GO TO STRAVA APP

25. WOD Generator

For all your CrossFitters finding not being able to get to your Box everyday, this app's for you. A WOD generator, this app lets your input your preference – bodyweight, travel, benchmark etc. – and then they provide you with an WOD to smash out. Go on then. This is what you've been waiting for!

Kit list: Workout dependent

The details: Free

GO TO WOD GENERATOR

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