Gym ain’t your thing? Download these workout apps, get disciplined and achieve your body goals from home...
If fitness is your weakness, you’ll know that there are plenty of activities in Singapore to help you get fit and fab, from running marathons and hiking to alternative workouts. Instead of shelling out for a personal trainer or signing up for the gym, whip out your smartphone and start downloading these workout apps for home exercises, tracking your progress and planning your #fitspo goals — it’s 2018 for ab’s sake! Got the discipline? Go for the download…
Nike + Training Club
For celeb-guided intense workouts
If you’re looking for a great free app for an intense sweat sesh, I highly recommend this one. I am obsessed with its interface and catalogue of over 100 workouts of all levels and durations, including boxing, yoga, strength, endurance and mobility workouts. Workouts are accompanied with easy-to-follow video drills, as well as audio guides from the Nike pros, athletes like Serena Williams and Cristiano Ronaldo or mega-stars like Kevin Hart and Michael B. Jordan. Track your progress (including any activities outside the app) and unlock reward content!
Nike + Training Club, available on the App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android) for free
Sweat: Kayla Itsines Fitness
For your body goals
A little pricey, but if you’re familiar with the fitspo game on Instagram, you’ll know that Aussie workout queen Kayla Itsines’ BBG program has helped ladies all over the world transform their bodies. The app includes four video-led workout programmes: Kayla’s BBG and BBG Stronger, Body and Mind yoga with Sjana Elise, and SELF post-pregnancy workout with Kelsey Wells. Plan your 12-week fitness goals and break a sweat with anything from bodyweight and strength workouts to yoga.
PSA: Kayla will be heading to Singapore for FitnessFest 2018 on 19 May, so sign up for a live workout with the fitness queen — bow down!
Sweat: Kayla Itsines Fitness, available on the App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android) for US$19.99/month (7-day free trial)
For custom no-equipment workouts
One of my favourites, Sworkit (a catchier way to say “simply work it”) allows you to create your own mix of no-equipment bodyweight exercises, strength training, cardio, Pilates and yoga so you wouldn’t have to endure the moves you despise (looking at you, burpees!). The app comes with a timer and demos for newbies. The different intensity levels are ace for amping up your fitness routines, and premium users can push themselves further with custom six-week plans.
Sworkit, available on the App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android) for US$79.99/year (30-day free trial)
For runners and cyclists
You may have to leave the house for this one, but it’s worth it. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, this app is top notch for tracking distance, speed, routes and pace while you jog, run or cycle, and analysing your performance after. Feeling competitive? Compare and share your workouts with fellow track warriors, pick up a challenge or share your real-time location for a bit of friendly-race via Beacon (this is also a great safety feature!).
Strava, available on the App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android) for free
For HIIT and strength training
Looking to fast-track your fitness? Say no more. Keelo will have you sweating in no time with video-led HIIT programmes that are no more than 20 minutes long. Go beast mode with a Crossfit-level, high-intensity, full-body workout that will have your heart racing and your muscles burning. The app also comes with a virtual coach for all your workout questions and feedback.
Keelo, available on the App Store (iOS) for free
For audio sessions
Best for runners, bikes and elliptical users who aren’t big on watching videos or reading the screen while working out, Aaptiv is loaded with audio classes featuring trainers to guide you through a studio-style session and music to keep you motivated. Keep those pulses racing with its high-intensity elliptical interval workout accompanied with pop-rock, or a challenging yoga routine with hip-hop. You can also customise your workouts based on your preferred level and time, or stick to its full-length 5K or 10K training plans.
Aaptiv, available on the App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android) for free
For yoga enthusiasts
Jam-packed with videos and detailed instructions for more than 300 yoga poses and breathing techniques, you’ll be nailing that hardcore yoga pose in a jiff. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned yogi, challenge yourself to over 45 yoga programmes of all levels no matter your goals, whether it’s improving flexibility and balance, de-stressing, or losing weight. So download the app and start unrolling the mat!
Yoga.com, available on the App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android) for US$3.99
7-Minute Workout Challenge
For tight schedules
If time’s not on your side, this app will help you burn calories in just seven minutes! No matter how busy your day gets, seven minutes of combined strength and cardio training won’t kill you (though you might feel like it). Each workout is timed so you can see the number of seconds and cycles you have left. Your progress will also be tracked, resulting in intensified sessions as the day goes by. Keep your eyes peeled for a reward whenever you complete a streak!
7-Minute Workout Challenge, available on the App Store (iOS) for US$2.99
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