Looking to get moving in 2021? Choosing the best fitness app for you is step one in the journey.
After a year and some months of living in some form of lockdown, at-home workout apps are still among the best motivators to get in shape — no matter how much you’ve let your routine languish.
“We’re sitting so much more,” Sarah Shoemaker, PT, DPT, at Tribeca’s Spear Physical Therapy, told The Post. “[It’s] going to be very hard to go from zero to 100.”
If you want to get back into working out this month, Shoemaker suggests setting small, manageable goals.
“Always be mindful about what your body can and can’t do. If something starts causing pain, stop and don’t push through just because you think ‘no pain, no gain,’ ” she advised.
Most of the injuries she’s treated this year are from people working out in their homes. Shoemaker urges workout warriors to sweat it out on a mat for a slip-free surface, and set up in front of a mirror, if possible, to monitor and maintain good form.
Her physical therapist colleague, Odalisse Figueroa, agrees that you have to be vigilant when you’re working out at home with an app. “It’s really important to pay attention to verbal cues because no one is there to instruct you,” Figueroa told The Post. And even though you’re in your house, make sure to wear sneakers for the extra support.
No matter what, the best apps involve personal trainers with certifications, said Shoemaker, not just people who like fitness or look hot while working out on social media. Check out a trainer’s qualifications before you commit to following their advice on an app.
Ready to get sweaty? Here are the best fitness apps to try right now.
Best home workout apps for women
Obé fitness offers thousands of on-demand and live classes designed to do at home, all taught in a mood-boosting pastel-colored studio. For $27 per month or $199 year, these fun body-weight classes fit easily into your schedule, with workouts available on-demand that are as short as 10 minutes. Make your own routine with a combination of dance, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and pilates. If you’re expecting, there are also pre- and post-natal options taught by experts in that realm.
Best workout app for men
“The first thing that someone should look for is credibility,” said Alex Songolo, personal training manager at Life Time in the Flatiron District. “You want to be choosing an app that comes with real history in the industry, real experience and expertise that comes in the health and wellness industry,” he explained.
It’s pretty challenging to look and live like quarterback and health fiend Tom Brady, but trying his workouts are the next best thing. His TB12 app (free for the first week, $9.99 a month thereafter), co-founded with his body coach Alex Guerrero, features at-home workouts that use resistance bands and body weight through short high-intensity interval training (HIIT) sessions. There’s a focus on mobility-improving moves designed to help prevent injury. (Heck, they’ve worked for Brady, who’s at the top of his game at age 43.) And your entire plan can be customized: You choose what kind of athlete you are (from skier to soccer player), or select “overall athlete” for a general guide.
Songolo stressed that a successful workout app helps with the hardest part of working out: accountability. “It’s only going to be as effective as it is with holding you accountable, making sure that you’re actually completing the workout,” he said. TB12’s 30-day plan does just that.
Best workout app with a personal trainer
Future Fitness, Use our link to get your first month for $19 (normally $149/month)
This app may be the future of remote personal training.
Meet Future Fitness, a workout app that connects you with a Future Coach via text (and a complementary Apple Watch) to help personalize your workout, be them in the gym, outdoors or from home. For a monthly fee of $149, get a tailored workout plan and on-demand exercises and routines to do on your own time, with guidance when you need it from the team at Future. Like hiring a personal trainer in real life, your coach will work with you to create a routine that makes sense for you, taking into account where you like to train, any injuries and limitations and more. Plus, if you just aren’t vibing with your coach, switch to a new one risk-free.
To sign up for just $19 for your first month be sure to use the below “Buy Now” button, as the code will be automatically applied at checkout.
Best workout app for yoga
Alo Moves, $20/month
Let yoga move you to work out more often.
Alo Moves is the fitness app that brings the practice of yoga to you, wherever you are physically or in terms of your skill level. By the yoga clothing company, Alo Moves not only has guided yoga practices and meditations, but also has a library full of other fitness videos, including HIIT, pilates, core and more. Your first month is a free one, and after that membership costs $20 per month, or $199 for the full year.
Best body-weight workout app
Brrrn Board, starting at $9.99/month
Feel the burn and never get bored of working out on a board.
The Brrrn Board and corresponding membership app is a new and fun way to use your bodyweight to get fit. First, check out the actual board, which costs $229 for a five-foot or $299 for a six-foot adjustable board. Then, sign up for a monthly membership starting at just $9.99 per month and gain access to hundreds of classes, teaching you to slide, balance, sculpt and more using your Brrrn Board. The subscription comes with a seven-day free trial, and also other non-board related workouts, such as yoga, cardio, weight training and more.
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