Top 5 Fitness Apps to Take Your Workouts to the Next Level

This year, these apps won't let your fitness level plateau.

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Hitting that fitness wall happens to the best of us: suddenly you’re no longer dropping the pounds like you used to, or seeing a difference in muscle tone, or inspired to keep your meals new and fulfilling. It’s human nature to get discouraged by a lack of noticeable change, but luckily these 5 fitness apps are here to help you take your workouts to the next level.

How to Choose Your Fitness Apps?

With the vast array of fitness apps currently on the market, choosing one that fits your budget and schedule has never been easier.

Whether you’re a complete beginner or fitness pro, finding a fitness app that checks off the boxes of nutrition, exercise inspo, activity-tracking, and motivation can be daunting. We’ve narrowed down our top 5 tried-and-true fitness apps that you need to try this year.

8fit

First out of the gate is 8fit, a comprehensive and customized app that aims to be an on-the-go dietician and fitness instructor. By filling out personal information like your height, weight, gender, age, body type, and weight goals, 8fit generates a personalized meal and fitness plan that orbits around long-term health rather than quick weight-loss. In the words of 8fit coach Marife Sanvictores: “8fit was designed to be the simplest, most custom way to achieve healthy habits for life.”

With a variety of different workout levels—all geared towards short, intense HIIT workouts that replace long hours of cardio— and meal plan alterations that can be keto, paleo, vegan, gluten-free, pescatarian, and allergen-inclusive for no extra charge, 8fit is perfect for fitness-lovers at all stages who are looking for on-the-go structure.

 

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BeachBody on Demand

Are you already at a high level of fitness and are looking to take your workouts to the next level? Then BeachBody may be the app for you.

A “one-stop shop” for workout inspiration, BeachBody on Demand is an inexpensive and result-oriented fitness streaming service. While it provides workout calendars, progress trackers, fitness guides, and suggested nutrition plans, its main draw is its 1,1000 high-intensity programs, which are available to stream on mobile, TV, and computer.

MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal is a food intake and fitness-tracking app that has been around since 2005. It attributes its longevity to its attention to calorie, nutrient, and vitamin-tracking and its collaborative exercise diary.

One of the major perks? MyFitnessPal is completely free, making it the most budget-friendly app on this list.

 

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So you think you’re fit … but then you walk up a flight of stairs and realize you’re completely out of breath. Wait, what? 😓 Don’t worry – it’s not your imagination and you’re certainly not the only one this happens to. Even if you exercise every day, climbing the stairs could have you seriously reconsidering your perceived fitness levels. You can thank good ol’ gravity for the increase in resistance and effort, requiring much more energy to complete one step up versus one step forward. One way to make it easier? Turn stair-climbing into a workout! Click the link in our profile to learn more about why stairclimbing is such a great workout, and then get to stepping! . . . #mfp #myfitnesspal #fitness #fitspo #fitspiration #fitfam #fittips #takethestairs #thesweatlife

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Aaptiv

Let’s face it: most of us don’t like to work out without our music, and Aaptiv optimizes that. By providing thousands of downloadable music-driven running, cycling, elliptical, yoga, and strength training classes, Aaptiv ups your effort with its tailorable playlists and adds a staggering 30+ classes per week.

Rarely have WiFi? Not a problem. Classes can be downloaded and enjoyed even when offline. Looking for variety? Aaptiv’s workouts range from a mere 7 minutes to full training programs. The result? The flexibility you’ve been looking for in a fitness app.

 

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Freeletics Bodyweight

Freeletics Bodyweight is an app that promises to build your body tone: hailed as a bodyweight training program that can be utilized anywhere (including cramped apartments), Freeletics Bodyweight learns your needs via a preliminary fitness test and from there builds a trackable fitness plan that encompasses over 900 variations.

 

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Equipped with tutorial videos, leadership boards for those of us with a competitive streak, “2×2” mode for apartment-dwellers, and the option to go equipment-free, Freeletics Bodyweight’s versatility and a motivational atmosphere is guaranteed to take your fitness to the next level.

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Emma Sloan
Emma Sloan is a content writer, columnist, and published poet with 100+ works across 10+ publications.