Get lean at home: best fitness apps for workouts
It's only a matter of time before the waists start expanding and the bellies start popping, so put your junk food aside and get moving with these easy home fitness programmes.
The Yoga Collective:
The great thing about this app is that it allows you to filter through features, including which body part you want to focus on, to help you find the perfect yoga or pilates workout for every level. The classes can be 10 minutes short or an hour long, and the app also has guided meditation sessions for those looking to clear their heads. Users can choose a group class setting or solo workout, both of which require no equipment.
The Nike Training Club:
In light of the pandemic, Nike has made its premium features free, allowing users to choose from over 200 workouts depending on what muscle group they want to focus on. If you don’t have any gym equipment at home, opt for the classes which require only bodyweight – they are plenty and can range from five minutes to an hour.
Sweat: Kayla Itsines Fitness:
The personal training app by fitness influencer Kayla Itsines features renowned female personal trainers including Kelsey Wells, Chontel Duncan, Stephanie Sanzo and Sjana Elise Earp. It’s designed with a series of 28-minute high-intensity workouts using minimal equipment, making getting fit at home as easy as it can possibly be. To help you get in shape, it also provides hundreds of recipes and nutrition available in eight languages.
This is for the ones with commitment issues, and when we say commitment, we mean to their fitness programmes. Streaks gives you a simple option: one bodyweight workout a day. Don’t have the time? That’s not an excuse, even during home quarantine, Streaks lets you choose how much time you have (6-30 minutes) and creates a workout just for you. It even lets you disable workouts you don’t like and excludes them from your routine. We think we’re in love. The best bit? All exercises are bodyweight.
Speaking of nutrition, 8fit is the perfect app for those in need of nutritional guidance. And let’s be honest, staying away from junk food is tough if you’re under quarantine and the only thing you want to do is binge watch Netflix series. To avoid expanding your waistline, tune in to 8Fit’s at-home fitness programmes focusing on high-intensity interval training (HIIT).
This is not for the faint hearted or the beginners. Expect to spend your first session collapsing on the floor because it is intense to say the least. You don’t need any equipment (who knew bodyweight exercises could be this hard?) but you will need a strong will, because Freeletics is designed to challenge. One thing that’s guaranteed, however, is you’ll step out of quarantine with front-cover abs (if you lay off the snacks, of course).
Want some motivation from a celebrity? Fitplan offers virtual workouts featuring some of the world’s most famous trainers and athletes including Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, fitness fanatic Melissa Alcantara and Instagram star Jen Selter. The app boasts over 100 targeted workout programmes – 25 of which you can complete in your home - ranging from HIIT cardio to functional training, with new ones added on a monthly basis. It also has a built-in calendar, progress tracker and rest timer.