Are you watching the FIFA World Cup and contemplating whether to join a gym to achieve the same level of fitness as these soccer players? Well, we feel you. Good news! In this digital age, gone are the days where you have to pay for a gym membership you hardly utilise. Here are 10 free-to-download apps that you can use to achieve your #fitspo dreams:
If you’re a beginner runner, this app is made for you. With its structured 8-weeks running programme, you will be able to reach the 5km mark with ease! This app even has a built-in music library that has curated music from top DJs, giving you literally, the best mix of music to increase your motivation while you run towards your goal (P/S do note that this comes at a small subscription fee of $4.99/month).
Promising Review: “I have always hated running. Running for even a minute straight was tough. I laughed when I saw some of the workouts throughout the weeks…me running 5 minutes straight? Several times a workout? Hah! Well, after reading other reviews and people with similar background achieving success, I decided to give it a try. It’s like the app puts a finger up to your lips and says “Shhh…just trust me.” You nod your head in silence and reluctantly jump on board. Somehow, some way, you get through the workouts. Each week they get a little harder, but somehow you find yourself being able to sustain. Next thing you know you are running for the longest you’ve ever run in your life!! It’s a miracle! You feel great and your confidence is through the roof!” – gopipsqueaky
1. Remove Ads $1.99
2. Go To Pro $4.99
3. Zen Power Playlist 1 Month $4.99
4. Zen Power Playlist 3 Months $9.99
5. Zen Power Playlist One Year $49.99
7 Minute Workout
Are you the kind of person that constantly makes excuses when somebody jios you out to exercise? If you’re nodding your head, then it’s time for you to try out this app that’s built for the procrastinator busy bee. With 12 intense 7-minute workout routines, you will be able to get fit and healthy in no time!
Promising Review: “Getting started was the hardest part. I downloaded the app but didn’t use it for three days. Just being lazy I guess. But once I got started, I looked forward to using it every day. It has enough exercises that you could almost eliminate going to the gym!” – Redhorn8
Who says you need to hit the gym to get fit? With 8fit, you can workout in the comfort of your own home, without the need for equipment. Whether you’re looking to lose those extra pounds, tone up your body, increase your stamina or eat healthily, there’s an exercise plan that’s customised for you because the team at 8fit understands that fitness isn’t one-size-fits-all. (P/S if you’re looking to commit, you can get the Pro edition that includes customisable meal plans and complete workout programme!)
Promising Review: “My main issues with staying fit are keeping to a schedule and this app has easy layouts to keep everything on track. Really love the meal options to exclude certain foods because I’m a picky eater. My favourite feature is the app’s function that displays the calories you typically burn during an exercise. I find that really pushed me to keep going.” – Jessica
1. 8fit Pro – Workouts & Meals (Annual Plan) $7.08/ month
2. 8fit Pro – Workouts & Meals (3-month Plan) $14.99/ month
Nike Training Club
With more than 175 free workouts, ranging from strength and endurance to mobility and yoga, this is your Ultimate Personal Trainer. Not enough time? No worries, because this app even includes workouts that last as short as 5 minutes!
Promising Review: “This app is amazing! I am very interested in working out/strength training but am always overwhelmed with where to start. This app creates workout plans based on your goals and has dozens of videos showing you how to do each workout. It’s truly like having a personal trainer on your phone!” – Ally
If you have a running goal to meet, this is another app you should consider getting to help you reach the goal in a measurable and attainable way. Whenever you’re starting a run, simply launch the app and it will automatically record your activity with its GPS function. At the end of each run, the app will log your stats to show you how you’re progressing against your running goals. That’s not all! It’s also integrated with iTunes and Spotify, so that you can listen to your favourite playlist while you run. (P/S If you do need motivation, you can also choose from six different motivating voices that you can customise to relay your current average pace, distance and time too!)
Promising Review: “It does a great job of keeping track of mileage, average pace and the number of runs or other exercise activities you’ve completed. The reminders to run are also great for keeping you motivated. Using the average pace is better than having it notify you of current pace at intervals, which seems more unreliable as it gave me wild variations throughout my runs. It also has a training schedule if you need one to train for a marathon. Overall, the perfect app for a novice or avid runner.” – NoGforme
1. Runkeeper Go Monthly $9.99
2. Runkeeper Go Yearly $39.99
3. Runkeeper Go Quarterly $19.99
Sweat: Kayla Itsines Fitness
Summer might be nearly over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start on your #bikinibodgoals! With Kayla’s iconic BBG programme, you will be on the fast track to Bikini Body Confidence. Whether you’re at the gym or at home, Kayla has workouts that last just 28 minutes, ranging from basic cardio to resistance training. There is also a Sweat Community in-app that allows you to stay accountable to each other because we all know how easy it is to stray away from our fitness plans *guilty*
Promising Review: “I have always struggled with motivation to work out consistently. I would exercise 6 days a week for a month or two, then lose drive and stop. My weight and motivation have yo-yo’ed for the better part of my adulthood. I started BBG workouts at home and finished the 12-week program. I felt great and was in better shape than I’d ever been, but wanted to start lifting and toning with weights. Now, I lift 6 days a week thanks to the PWR program and feel confident and good in the gym because I no longer feel like I have no idea what I’m doing there! It’s comprehensive, challenging, but doable and has made me feel 1000 times better about myself and my abilities. If you’re on the fence about it, get it! I can’t recommend it enough for beginners!” – marysaka
1. Sweat with Kayla Subscription $19.99
2. Sweat Monthly Subscription $13.99
3. Sweat Yearly Subscription $119.99
5. Sweat Quarterly Subscription $54.99
If you’re a fan of YouTube Fitness Star, Cassey Ho, you’ll definitely know all about Blogilates. And unless you’re living under a rock, you’ll know that she has an app now, so that you can finally carry her all workouts in your pocket. This app even has a video sorter so that you can choose from Cassey’s top picks like POP Pilates, POP HIITs, POP-Challenge and even her Cheap Clean Eats videos. If this isn’t tempting enough, Cassey will even release 1 Secret Workout Video every month in-app ONLY for all members to download and keep on your device!
Promising Review: “Thanks Cassey! Your workouts are great and I love how you plan it out into a calendar for us, it makes everything so intentional and purposeful. I have been on it for 2 months now and I am really feeling the difference. Your positivity is truly infectious and your workout videos make me more fit than I’ve ever been. Thanks! Love this app!” – Jayjaet
1. Calendar S$1.48
2. Timer S$2.98
3. Beginners Calendar S$1.48
4. Beginners 2.0 Calendar S$1.48
5. 5 Minute Slim Thighs S$1.48
6. Slim Arms and Sexy Back Workout S$1.48
7. Sexy Toned Arms S$1.48
8. Spring Morning Workout Routine S$1.48
9. Total body toner S$1.48
10. Fat Incinerator Cardio S$1.48
Losing weight is not just about exercising. You definitely have to start eating clean to lose weight and get healthy. And we know that counting calories is no easy chore, which is why you will need MyFitnessPal. It is essentially an app that helps to keep tabs on your meal so you will know how much calories you are consuming every day. It even has a useful recipe tool that allows you to view nutritional information for various recipes and store these recipes in the MyFitnessPal recipe box for future use. Besides logging your meals, MyFitnessPal also allows you to keep track of your exercise and steps, making it truly, the all-encompassing app!
Promising Review: “Easy to use. Easy to upload recipes to determine calories per serving. Like the reminders to log meals. Been using for many years and like that the product has kept improving. Yes, I have lost weight and feel great and more importantly healthy!” – Terry Yost
1. MyFitnessPal Monthly Premium $9.99
2. MyFitnessPal Yearly Premium $49.99
If achieving your fitness goal is not enough to motivate you and you need more motivation to run, well, this is for you. When you run or even ride a bike to the NTUC near your home, you are essentially giving back to the community. With over 30 established charities to choose from, you’ll surely find a cause that is worth exercising and running for!
Promising Review: “I’m really thankful and happy to find this app. It motivated me to exercise because I really want to help to do more for those in need, but it’s hard for me to do so now since I don’t have much money. Plus it really encourages me to exercise which is truly my weakness. I have purchased several treadmills in the past and rarely used it. But I already walked several miles after joined charity miles. This is one of the best apps ever!!!” – Yu Huei Chen
If helping a social cause isn’t enough to motivate you to start exercising, perhaps money will do just the trick?;) The crew at DietBet clearly knows what makes the world go round and that is why they have created an app that will reward you when you work out and reach your goal at the end of the challenge. Once you sign up, you will have to join either one of the two categories- Kickstarter (you need to bet USD30) or Transformer (you need to bet USD25 per month or USD125 upfront). After placing your bets, you will have to start exercising and once you’ve reached your goal, the total pool of money in each category will be divided among the winners. Ka-ching!
Promising Review: “I love it!! It keeps me accountable for my food choices and it has been a huge help with my binge eating because I have a stronger need to win the DietBet than I do to eat something. So! It’s been awesome 😊” – ashley krause
Which will YOU be trying out today? Let us know in the comments below!
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