Online personal trainer apps and exercise apps have never been better.
Today, you can enjoy a diverse selection of exercise apps and personal training apps guaranteed to make you more active.
But with so many apps from which to choose, how do you know which one is best for you? Let’s find out today as we pick our top 5 best exercise apps for 2016:
Nike Training Club
The Nike+ Training Club is a free personal trainer for your phone. It offers over 100 free workouts and is available for iOS and Android.
Exercises vary widely in intensity and type of workout. There’s yoga and pilates, for example, as well as high intensity interval training (HIIT).
Each workout comes with a video guide. You can track your progress over time, choose your level (Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced), and watch yourself get in better shape over time.
If you have friends who use Nike+, then you can add them and compare your progress with one another.
Download Nike+ Training Club for Android here.
UP by Jawbone
There are two versions of this app, and one requires you to use an UP device.
The app that doesn’t require you to use the device is called UP by Jawbone. It works using only your phone.
That app is surprisingly good at tracking your, well, everything. It can track your activity, sleep, and eating habits, for example (if you input the data yourself).
You can also enjoy access to a built-in virtual coach who learns your habits and helps you push past your barriers.
UP by Jawbone tracks all your workouts and then watches your progress and provides recommendations based on your progress. Along the way, you can analyze yourself using easy-to-read workout logs, sleep logs, food logs, and even mood reports.
The app is totally free for Android and can be downloaded here (although you do need to sign up for a free Jawbone account to use it).
Google Fit is the default fitness app for Android. It does everything you’d expect it to do, including tracking your activity, setting fitness goals, and receiving personalized recommendations based on your activity and goals.
If you use an Android Wear device, then you’ll also find that it syncs smoothly to Google Fit.
Another thing we like about Google Fit is that it doesn’t discriminate against rivals. For example, you can add data from apps like Nike+, Runkeeper, Strava, and MyFitnessPal to make sure Google Fit knows as much as possible about you.
Download Google Fit for free here.
7 Minute Workout
7 Minute Workout gives you a daily workout routine that lasts – you guessed it – 7 minutes each.
Those routines can include things like jumping jacks, wall sits, push-ups, abdominal crunches, step-ups onto chairs, squats, triceps dips with chairs, planks, high knees, lunges, side planks…you get the picture. These are straightforward exercises anyone can do at home.
If you have 7 spare minutes per day, then you can use the 7 Minute Workout app to get in shape.
You also get to pick your workout for the day – like whether it’s a 7 minute “Classic” workout or a 7 minute Abs workout. There are full body workouts and workouts that concentrate on specific parts of your body.
Download 7 Minute Workout for free here.
Arguably the best running app in the world today, Zombies, Run! is a story-based adventure running app.
What exactly does that mean? It means that when you use the app, you turn your run into a game of survival. You start the app, plug in your headphones, then listen as the zombies get closer and closer. Your job is to survive through a disaster scenario. Every once in a while, you’ll be told to sprint. If you’re too slow, the zombies will catch you and you’ll lose your supplies.
There are a bunch of different missions available and it’s handled entirely over audio – so you don’t need to look at your Android while you run.
The app was initially a paid app but is now free. However, you can buy new zombie scenarios in-app if you grow tired of the default scenarios.
Download Zombies, Run for free here.