We all love going to the gym.
Ok that's a bare faced lie, but some of us do, and many of us begrudgingly admit that it's quite useful, at best. However, when the gym (or swimming pool, or leisure centre, or dance class) isn't available to us, it's time to push back the sofa, dust off the yoga mat and try some at-home workout apps.
Whether you're fully stocked with weights and bands, or think a downward dog sounds more like a dodgy cocktail, there's at at-home fitness app for every level, interest and time limit. We've rounded up our favourites...
Best At-Home Workout Apps: Yoga
Pocket Yoga - £2.99 to download, all classes included
This app isn't going to turn you into a yogi master, but it is excellent for beginners, or those wanting to top up their practice at home. A pose dictionary will help will you studies, and the sessions include alignment tips and explanations so you're not going into it too blind. If you've always been too shy to attend a class, learning the basics via this app is a great way to build confidence.
Daily Yoga - monthly subscription from £7.66
Even if you think a 'child pose' is something Beyoncé and the girls invented, we promise you'll be able to get to grips with this yoga based app. You can choose from a daily 'flow', a goal (to do a headstand, for example) or full classes.
Best At-Home Workout Apps: Pre and Post Natal
Body By Simone/Baby By Simone - Free trial available, monthly subscription from £17.49
The woman behind some of Hollywood's most honed and toned bodies created this app so we can get a taste of it at home, and - since recently having a baby herself - has some excellent pre-and-post-natal-safe content on there for mums and mums-to-be. The workouts are intense but Simone's perky demeanour will get you through.
Jennis by Jessica Ennis-Hill - Free content available, extra content from £9.99 per month
Created by the superstar athlete (and dame nonetheless), there are workouts for all, but it's the trimester-specific pregnancy and postnatal programmes that are particularly good. It's based on the programme she followed, so expect to be in Olympic-medal ready once you're done. Or in decent shape, at least.
Baby2Body - Seven day free trial, monthly subscription from £6.49
This app looks after every 'well-being' aspect of your pregnancy, from mental health to 'feeling sexy' (apparently). But it's the fitness section that makes it popular, with daily exercises, including those that focus on your pelvic floor and your breathing.
Best At-Home Workout Apps: Barre and Dance
Pure Barre On Demand - monthly subscription £27.49
If you prefer a plié over a pull up, this is the app for you. There's over 140 workouts (with more added weekly) from five minute express classes to 60 minute full body workouts. No actual barre? No problem: they'll suggest easy-to-find alternatives like a chair or door frame.
Barre Workouts by Down Dog - currently free of charge
This app offers a new workout every day, so you never have to do the same routine twice. You can 'boost' your workout by body part if you like, and even choose your style of music. Great for those who get bored easily.
Best At-Home Workout Apps: HIIT and cardio
Centr - Six week free trial currently available, monthly subscription from £12.49
Chris Hemsworth runs this app, need we say more? Ok, it's mostly HIIT focused but with little or no gym equipment needed, and you'll see Chris Hemsworth working out. Also, a team of experts offer nutrition and mindfulness advice, including Chris actual Hemsworth. And currently, whilst we can't access gyms, Centr are offering a six week trial for free, an initiative actioned by Chris. What a guy.
FiiT - 14 day free trial, monthly subscription from £19.99
Created with the goal of allowing anyone and everyone access to the 'best trainers in the world' teaching virtual classes, the idea is you can follow your person or plan depending on what your goal or interest is. From power yoga or power lifting, there's something for everyone.
Sweat: Kayla Itsines Fitness - Seven day free trial, monthly subscription from £9.99
One of the original influencer/trainers to start monetising via apps, you've probably had an ad for Kayla's workouts pop-up on your feed. And you possibly found it annoying. BUT if you clicked through, you'd find actually an endless library - 750 and counting - of easy to navigate, sometimes hard to complete (the sweat is REAL) videos. If fat-loss is your goal, it's one to look at.
Best At-Home Workout Apps: No Equipment Required
Freeletics Personal Trainer - £32.99 for three months
With AI (artificial intelligence) coaches and customised training plans, this is like having a PT in your pocket. Without having to turn up online. Or worry about what your pits smell like. Or having someone tell you off if you aren't quite doing a full burpee. Jokes aside, the plans are about as detailed and motivating as they come.
Nike Training Club - Free content available, extra content from £13.49 per month
Whether you have 15 or 45 minutes, a full at-home gym or just an old towel on the floor, 18 gym memberships or no idea what a 'rep' is, there will be something on this app you can do. Not sold? How about getting to 'train' with Ronaldo, Serena Williams or - for the lols - Kevin Hart? We thought so.
Seven: 7 Minute Workout - Workout bundles from £9.99
When time is short or you're just feeling plain lazy, this is the app for you. Although just seven minutes long, each workout promises to target muscles or concerns in an efficient and effective way. Most with just your body weight. Think you won't be a sweaty mess in under ten minutes? Think again.
Best At-Home Workout Apps: Weights and Bands
P.Volve - Free trial available, monthly subscription from £19.49
With over 200 workouts available for all levels, the method is inspired by physical therapy so it's safety first (essential when there's no PT to correct you). There's lots of equipment available to support your workout, but just the P.ball (looks like a torture device and kinda is) should see you through.
TRX App - Programmes from £1.99, monthly subscription £4.49
You've probably seen people using these bright yellow things in the gym and wondered what they are. Well, now is your chance to try for yourself. Yes you have to invest in a TRX systems to make this app worthwhile (the strap system starts from £79.95) BUT once you have it, the possibilities are almost endless for upper body, lower body, core and even cardio.
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