Physical fitness means building the habit of exercising regularly. These free apps will motivate you with different exercise techniques in order to build a sustainable fitness habit.
Most of the best exercise apps assume that the user has an interest in getting fitter. But persistence is the main factor that is often overlooked. You need to find a way to motivate yourself to exercise regularly, such as beating a personal record, enjoying your time with a friend at the gym, or finding a community you can join to support you.
- 1 1. Virtual Gym (web): Video chat with friends during training
- 2 2. 300 Squats and Other ShvagerFM Apps (Android, IOS): Repeat Challenges and Beat Your Personal Numbers
- 3 3. Fitloop (Android, IOS): Bodyweight Workouts Without Equipment By Reddit
- 4 4. 19 Fit (Web): Find Free Actions for YouTube Videos
- 5 5. Nerd Fitness’s Couch To 5K Guide (Web): Things you need to know before you run
- 6 Try fitness challenges to stay healthy
1. Virtual Gym (web): Video chat with friends during training
Exercise is more fun when done as a group or with friends, but social distancing has forced us to train individually. In the all-new world of video chat, Virtual Gym provides a way to work out virtually with friends through a video call.
The app has a bunch of free routines to choose from: body training, yoga, warm-up and push-up challenges. Log in to the app, then choose which routine you want to create a video chat room for. Share the link with friends, and start working out once everyone has joined.
The video call occurs on the left, while the right shows the current exercise with a short GIF, audio instructions, and a timer or number of organizers. Cheer on friends or start entertaining, just as you would at a regular gym. Follow the onscreen instructions to finish the exercise. It is completely free.
2. 300 Squats and Other ShvagerFM Apps (Android, IOS): Repeat Challenges and Beat Your Personal Numbers
Can you do 100 push-ups at once? Or maybe 300 squats, or 50 pull-ups, or 300 abs? ShvagerFM by Sergey Shvager (as 300 Squats) is a series of apps built on this simple style of training. It’s all about multiple repetitions of the same exercise but created in such a way that anyone can go from zero to such a high number.
Each exercise has its own application, and it doesn’t matter how many or how little you can actually do. The first time you start, you’ll need to perform the exercise with a stretch and talk about how many you can get to (even zero is an acceptable answer). Accordingly, the app will recommend an appropriate level for you and coach you to do more.
For each session, you will first perform a series of warm-ups, which are shown through animated GIFs in the app. This is critical, don’t skip it or you will hurt yourself. Then, the app gives you a series of repetitions of that exercise, with breaks in between. Once you’re done, it’s time to rest so the app reminds you to start your next batch 24 or 48 hours later.
All apps are free with ads, and you can choose which exercise you want to improve on. It’s a great way to build up your ability in a particular exercise, and to do it at your own pace.
Download: ShvagerFM Apps for Android | iOS (Free)
3. Fitloop (Android, IOS): Bodyweight Workouts Without Equipment By Reddit
You don’t need a gym membership or fancy equipment to get fit. Gymnastics exercises have always embraced the advantages of body weight training, and they are more and more popular now. The Reddit communities have talked about it, and if you work out at home or outdoors, Fitloop is an excellent free app for learning these routines.
Fitloop takes the free exercise routines and guides shared on Reddit into a beautiful and functional app. Users are encouraged to create their own routines and share them publicly. So you’ll find a variety of workout routines for different skill levels, including things like the Arnold Schwarzenegger “Terminator at Home” workout.
Actions are the norm, while Fitloop adds many more features on top of that. For example, it includes timers and calculations, with customizable add-ons. You will find YouTube videos for every type of exercise. You can build a series of habits and track your workouts to see incremental stats. It’s simple, easy and completely free.
Download: Fitloop for Android | iOS (Free)
4. 19 Fit (Web): Find Free Actions for YouTube Videos
19 Fit takes an unobtrusive approach to online fitness. No reminders, no data logging, this is just a way to find a routine when you want to do it. For a self-disciplined person, you need an app that goes out of the way and simply shows you the exercise.
The app shows the best fitness videos on YouTube and puts them into the right set of exercises according to the training routine you need. This is a web app that works on both desktop and mobile.
Start by choosing what works best for you (women, men, seniors and children) and whatever difficulty level you want to start with (easy, medium, hard). Accordingly, 19 Fit will display a set of exercise routines that work on different areas. You will also be able to see the number of sessions in each extended session.
Each session includes multiple exercises and tells you how many minutes each session will take. Finally, when you’re ready to start a session, you’ll see YouTube videos. Turn it on to start your workout, it’s completely free.
5. Nerd Fitness’s Couch To 5K Guide (Web): Things you need to know before you run
In the wake of COVID-19, running as a form of exercise has seen more interest. One of the most popular start-up systems is the Couch to 5K system, which eventually makes a person who has never jogged finally be able to run 5 km in 9–12 weeks. But before you get started, you need to read the Nerd Fitness guide.
Steve Kamb explains why the Couch to 5K system is so popular, its temptations, and what mistakes to watch out for. The simplicity of “Just Run” makes it seem accessible, but Kamb is quick to point out that sustainable exercise is about finding an activity you enjoy. He points out the signs of what it means to not enjoy running, and whether or not you should give it up.
He also talks about tips and tricks on how to stick to Couch to 5K and shares PDFs and native system images. Most websites tend to push you towards apps like the C25K, which are also very good, but go through the Nerd Fitness guide before you decide what to use.
A great alternative is to try the NHS Couch to 5K podcast. After nine weeks, you can download and play all the MP3 episodes when you start. The narrator tells you when to run, and when to walk, with music interspersed with it.
Try fitness challenges to stay healthy
Apps and websites are excellent tools to aid in your journey to better health. But sustainable fitness comes through internal motivation. You need to feel motivated from within and find ways to challenge yourself to do better.
That’s why routines like Couch to 5K or 300 Squats are becoming popular. It’s about hitting a goal that isn’t about your weight, but about the exercise itself. The internet is full of fitness challenges and other apps that will push you towards exercising regularly. It’s all about finding an exercise you enjoy.