11 Amazing Apps You Can Use Instead Of Splurging On A Personal Trainer
Because we aren't all Kardashian rich...
Having a full-time personal trainer that'll whip you into shape is the actual dream in life. But unfortunately our money has to go on boring things like rent and food. Eugh. Why do bad things happen to good people?
So if you’re short on the old cash dollar and don’t feel like being kicked out of your flat, then check out these incredible apps that will legit make you feel like there’s a IRL human shouting in your ear or will hook you up with the best workout spots nearby. And who could want anything more?
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It calls itself the Netflix of fitness apps and tbh it’s got a point. But it’s not just another app that gives you workout classes to follow. It comes with a heart-strap wearable tracker and fitness mat so it can track your progress as you workout, giving you stats, offering you "fitness points" depending on the effort you made and showing your personal best goals to beat.
Free on IOS with in-app purchases.
2. Perfect Squat Challenge
The world’s first AI-powered app launched this year to rave reviews and we can see why – but only if you’re a squat lover (which, who isn’t?). Meet your virtual personal trainer, Kaia, who talks you through a bunch of different squat exercises. The app tracks 16 points on the your body so you can match your pose and form to the trainer’s. It also provides audio feedback and video instructions so it literally could not be more simple to get it right. Win.
Free on IOS
The first thing this app does is assess you by getting you to shadow the model on the screen so it really gets to grips with your ability and fitness levels. Then it tailors a routine to your individual needs. Plus it has a whole bunch of other benefits like nutrition tips, recipes and a FizzUp community.
If you’re a lover of gym classes but hate the added cost, then this will be life-changing. For a small subscription fee it gives you access to over 2500 classes with 30 new ones being added every week. From spin to yoga, you can pick and choose what your Wednesday eve workout looks like complete with an instructor in your ear.
5. Fitbit Coach
Former NFL player Tony Gonzalez hung up his football boots and developed a brilliant app when you’re in dire need of a trainer. After every move it tells you to complete, it asks you how many reps you did and tells you to rate the difficulty so it knows how to adjust your workout when you’re getting fitter. Smart AF.
If you’re short on money and time then this app will be your saving grace. It lets you pick your time limit and parts of the body you want to work out so you can squeeze in 15 minutes of arms on your lunch break.
This app is an actual personal trainer, as in a human that you talk to, but real talk, you do have to pay for the services. However it’s at a fraction of the cost of an in-person one. The app lets you video chat with a trainer that you picked from a list that were recommended due to your needs.
8. CARROT Fit
If you want a sassy AF virtual personal trainer that will make you lol as much as sweat then this baby is for you. It saves your weigh ins, tracks your progress and gives you exercises to complete, all while shouting in your ear.
£3.99 on IOS
Love the idea of boutique gyms but hate the prices? YOU'RE IN LUCK. ESquared is an app that teams up with boutique studios across London, including Define, Digme and Sweat It to offer you access to their epic classes with reduced fees. Amazing.
10. Beachbody On Demand
You may have heard of Shaun T before - he's the athlete and PT behind Insanity, the infamously hard (yet effective) at-home workout programme. Now you can get access to Insanity and a bunch more incredible workouts, such as Pilates, yoga and dance cardio on the Beachbody On Demand app. Basically like having a full team of gym instructors in your phone.
For days when you want to run or cycle but can't face going outside, Zwift is your best friend. You can access virtual worlds to run or ride through, and link up the treadmill, bike or cycling power meter to the system to track your stats. The app comes packed with workouts and training plans you can use, or put yourself through your own workout.
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