With smartphone fitness apps becoming more sophisticated by the day, you can find some excellent (and FREE!) personal training apps to help boost your fitness activity. Fitness apps are pretty handy to have on your phone, to keep you motivated and training hard. Some will not only give you handy tips and advice, but also act as digital personal trainers. Here are some of the best apps to use and recommend to your friends:
Cardio Trainer (FREE)
This is great for cardio workouts because it records your progress, heart rate and the calories burned, there is also a music player to help keep you motivated. There are a number of different interval training programs (more on the Pro version) and other cool technologies that will keep you focused. It is GPS-enabled showing you the details of any exercise with voice feedback so you don't have to check your phone every minute.
FitnessBuilder Plus gives you the option of selecting a live-streamed personal trainer to guide you through any of over 750 workouts or you can use any of the over 5,600 workouts to create your own routine. A number of the plans extend over a period of time to help you reach long-term goals.
StrongLifts 5x5 (FREE)
Tracking your workouts is super easy with this app. It can tell you how much weight to lift, keep track of your body weight, view your past workouts and more. A great way to mark your progress, this app does all the thinking for you, so you can focus on the lifting!
Skimble Workout Trainer (FREE)
The Workout Trainer can help you lose weight, tone up, run faster or lift more with the help of real-life personal trainers. You'll be walked through each exercise with step-by-step audio, images and video. Don't have a lot of time? You can also select a random workout using the "Shakerciser" that offers brief workouts too!
Couch to 5K
Creating a running plan isn't the easiest thing for a beginner, but with the Couch-to-5K you can get ready for a 5k run in just nine weeks. Select your motivating coach to guide you throughout your workouts, share your progress with friends and track your distance.
Music while you work out is always a great motivator - improving your endurance, speed and overall enjoyment of your workout, but creating the perfect playlist for your exercise routine can be tricky. With Podrunner you can search, sort, view, download and play any beat and create your own playlist. You can change the speed to suit your workout!
GAIN Fitness Cross Trainer (FREE)
Personal trainers share customizable routines that you match to your goals. The plans are varied to suit your preferred exercise style. The app is also complete with audio instructions and motivation. Keep track of your workouts on the app's calendar, which you can even program to remind you when it's to break a sweat.