17 JAN, 2021  

The Best Fitness Apps To Maximise Your Workout Goals in 2021

 The Best Fitness Apps For 2021

Wouldn’t it be great if you could achieve your fitness goals through Instagram finger swipes alone? We’d all be Olympians!

The Amino team thought we’d create a 2021 list of the best apps for your training, nutrition and mindset to keep you on track to crush all of your workout goals and feel those healthy, happy vibes.

Your training

For home workouts:

1.Nike Training Club - If you’re short on time, Nike Training Club is a great choice for short, sharp workouts which need little-to-no equipment. You can choose to target certain body areas and switch up the difficulty level depending on how much you’re looking to challenge yourself. 185 free workout videos make this one of the best free fitness apps around.
Free on iOS and Android.

2.Peloton - A fab pick for community-focussed workouts and those looking to diversify their training schedule and/or add in some recovery classes. Peloton initially gained popularity for its on-demand spin classes, has loads of options which range from cycling, running, bootcamps, outdoor, HIIT and yoga workouts. Classes ranging from five to 60 minutes. The best part? You don't need to have their spin bike installed to use it.
£12.99/month (2-month free trial) on iOS and Android.

3.Les Mills - Perfect choice if you’re missing some of your favourite gym-based workouts, like BodyPump, BodyCombat, and BodyFlow, right into your home. There are 13 different programs available, spanning types like strength, cardio, dance, and flexibility—adding up to over 1,000+ workouts overall. With videos ranging from 15 to 55 minutes, you have your pick of length, so you can choose a duration that fits your schedule.
£11.95/month (30-day free trial) on iOS, Android, Roku and Amazon.

4.SWEAT - If you love a bit of “girl power” then insta-famous Kayla Itsines' elite female-run workout app is aimed at motivating you to become more active. There are HIIT, lifting, muscle-building and even post-pregnancy programmes with different intensities so that you can choose the style of workout you do, whether that's in your living room or the weight room. On top of this, the nutrition guide can be adapted to your dietary needs, and you can track your progress with the easy-to-use interface.
£14.99/month (7-day free trial) on iOS and Android.

For LOW IMPACT workouts:

5.Asana Rebel - One of team Aminos’ favourites for yoga-inspired workouts that have guided yoga flows alongside "regular" workouts, which still have some yoga elements in them. This is one of the best free workout apps around (although you can buy additional classes through the app).
Free (with an optional premium £58.99/year) on iOS and Android.

6.Barre by Down Dog - This app is great for those curious about barre, a ballet-inspired workout. Since you can do it right at home—the only prop you need is a chair. The same developers behind the popular yoga app Down Dog. The app provides total-body, low-impact, high-rep workouts with clear, guided instruction that really breaks down each movement. Don’t be fooled by the words “low impact” Barre is still a muscle-shaking challenge.
£7.99/month, (Free for January 2021) iOS and Android.

7.Glo - Great for anyone looking to develop a regular (more traditional) yoga practice but doesn’t have 90 minutes to spare posing to pan pipes. Glo offers thousands of yoga, Pilates and meditation sessions, promising to improve your mental state, posture and mobility. You can tailor your practice to suit your preferred style and goals, all from the comfort of your own home.
£21.49/month, (7-day free trial) iOS and Android.

8.Romwod (Range of Motion Workout of the Day) - A must-have app if you want to make your cooldowns and stretching a bit more interesting. This app focuses on improving your mobility and recovery which is a great add-on post a tough workout. Cooldowns are essential to recovery, and this app can help you through it. With over 1,500 flexibility routines and new ones added weekly. These routines are also relatively quick, averaging about 20 minutes.
£13.95/month, (7 day free trial) iOS and Android.

For runners:

9.One You, Couch to 5K - “Everyones a runner, it’s just that some people don’t run...yet.” This app is ideal for those trying running for the first time or those making a running comeback. Essentially, you want to run a 5K, but need some help getting started. Starting with run-walk sessions, the app will help you build up to a 5K race in nine weeks via three, 30-minute sessions per week. It also tracks your time and distance with GPS, and has a virtual coach providing workout cues and guidance along the way to help you get to that goal. You also have the option to log your data on after each run.
Free on iOS and Android.

10. Strava: Ride and Run - Great for runners both beginners and seasoned pros alike, Strava is a favourite of runners and cyclists to track their training and connect with other users. The Strava app records distance, speed, routes, and pace, so your stats are always a touch away—it syncs with a bunch of different GPS smartwatches, heart rate monitors, and power meters to gather your data. It also has a social aspect, so you can compare and share your workouts with fellow Strava warriors.
Free with optional in-app purchases on iOS and Android.

11.Nike Run Club - Plenty of runners including team Amino think this is one of the best running apps available. It’s packed with motivating audio-based workouts from Nike coaches (as well as track run necessities, like pace, location, distance, elevation, heart rate, and mile splits). As an added bonus, you can integrate it with Spotify and have the Nike coaches’ cues lay over your favourite tunes. And on the days you’re feeling mentally scattered, you can choose an easy, guided recovery run with Headspace to make sure you’re taking care of your body and mind. One of our faves is the guided “I don't want to run, run”.
Free on iOS and Android.

12.Charity Miles - Need a bigger reason than yourself to run more? The app Charity Miles allows you to raise money for over 40 charitable organizations like the ASPCA, Stand Up to Cancer, Habitat for Humanity, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, with every mile you move, whether it’s by running, walking, dancing, or biking. The money comes from the app’s corporate sponsor pool (which includes companies like Johnson & Johnson, Del Monte Fresh, and Brooks Running), or you can get your friends to sponsor you, too. You can connect the app to Strava to make sure all your activity from your fitness tracker gets counted.
Free on iOS and Android.

Your nutrition

13.MyFitnessPal - You’ll definitely have heard of MyFitnessPal, and for good reason - we talk about it a lot as it’s one of the best nutrition and fitness tracking apps out there, and it’s been going strong for 13 years. If you’re looking to monitor what you’re putting into your body, warts and all, it’s a solid choice. The database contains the calories and nutrients of more than six million foods, from homemade protein bars to packaged snacks and takeaway coffees. You can set diet goals and track your macros, and the community feature allows you to connect with other users. A handy barcode scanner means you don’t have to trek through various food products to log your daily allowance.
Free on iOS and Android.

14.Lifesum - If you need a little more structure to your nutrition tracking app then the Sweedish Lifesum app may be the one for you because it encompasses all aspects of a healthy lifestyle. You can learn how your diet integrates with other habits to ultimately help you reach your health and fitness goals. It’s also incredibly flexible and supports macronutrient and net carb tracking, perfect for those following a specific diet like keto or other low-carb diets. If you’re ever stuck for meal ideas, browse Lifesum’s database of hundreds of recipes. Take the quiz to find recipes best suited to your goals. There are millions of different food items with this app, so no excuses for not logging that extra chocolate bar you had at lunch. It also helps you vary portion sizes to suit you and any diet, from keto to paleo to high protein, or you can choose to start with a three-week weight loss kickstarter plan. The premium version, syncs seamlessly with several other health apps and devices, including Apple Health, Fitbit, Google Fit, Withings, and more.
Free (in-app upgrades) on Android and iOS.

15.Noom - Great if you want a nutrition tracker with a more personalised nutrition or fat loss plan based on your goals, age, gender, weight and a series of psychological factors. It's designed specifically for you and your body, offering an alternative to the more universal, eat-this-not-that diets. The experts behind Noom promise to change your relationship with food, rid you of any subconscious negative associations you may have with weight loss and inspire real, psychology-based behavioural change in the form of a new, healthier lifestyle. It may all sound a little complicated, but in short, Noom uses behavioural therapy to suss out how your brain works, plus which approach to weight loss will best help you achieve your goals. While it encourages you to track what you're eating, your blood pressure, blood sugar levels and how you're moving daily similar to other calorie counting apps like My Fitness Pal, it's different and slight more advanced in that it offers a personalised meal-planning service for you as well, hence the cost.
£40.99/month (14-day free trial) on Android and iOS.

16.Calorie Counter + by NutraCheck - A more UK focussed app which prides itself on archiving all UK foods, so you’ll never have to worry about not being able to track down what you had for dinner. A member’s forum allows you to interact with and ask advice from other users.
Free on Android and iOS.

Your mindset

17.Calm - You can’t smash your workout goals in the morning if you don’t sleep well the night before. Health encompasses more than just workouts, making Calm one of the best fitness apps on the market all-around good starting point for meditation. It has guided meditations, music and courses that promote a sense of calm and relaxation. Famous for their hallmark nature sounds, music, and meditation retreat vibe. Plus, they have star-studded adult bedtime stories which are designed to get you to snooze off quickly, you can choose from a number of celebs to guide you into slumber, including Harry Styles, Stephen Fry and Joanna Lumley.
£28.99/year (7-day free trial) on Android and iOS.

18.Headspace - Highly recommended by therapists. It’s not difficult to see why; Headspace has guided meditations for just about every mood or goal. Truly, it’s hard to sum up the offerings. If you have a mental health goal or struggle, Headspace probably has a themed meditation for it.
£9.99/month (free for 7 days) on Android and iOS.

19.Happify - Meant to address stress and increase happiness, Happify is full of daily quizzes, games, and activities. You can choose one or more “tracks” to tailor your experience, including goals like conquering negative thoughts, building self-confidence, and achieving career success.
Free (or £13.49/month for premium access) on Android and iOS.

20.Insight Timer - While other leading meditation apps can get pretty pricy, Insight Timer stands out for its expansive free library (like, we’re talking 55,000 free meditations and music tracks).
Free (or £55.99/year for premium access) on Android and iOS.

21.Sleep Cycle - How we wake up is an important part of sleep too. Smart alarm clock app Sleep Cycle aims to analyze your sleep in order to wake you up at the best time—meaning during a light sleep phase so waking up feels as gentle and easy as possible.
Free (or £24.99/year for an optional premium subscription) on Android and iOS.

OTHERS to watch

Here are a few others a little less mainstream but may be of interest:

22.FitrWomen - "Women are not small men."  Your gender has a massive impact on nutritional needs for training and recovery. FitrWoman is a great app that helps women to better understand their bodies and use their hormones and menstrual cycle as a positive performance aid rather than an obstacle. FitrWoman helps you track your menstrual cycle and provides personalized training and nutritional suggestions tailored to the changing hormone levels throughout your cycle. No matter what your sport and no matter what your goal, FitrWoman takes the guesswork out of training.
Free on Android and iOS.

23.Wims Hof - A new app that the Amino team are currently trying out as we've been curious about the Wim Hof method for a while. His method claims to boost your metabolism, activate the brown fat in your body, and lose excess weight. The Wim Hof method essentially aims to teach the body to be exposed to a cold environment providing a powerful natural training tool that addresses both the under-stimulation of the body and the over-stimulation of the mind. There is a lot of information online about his techniques that maybe doesn't warrant an app but we're liking how this app makes accessing it all much simpler making it easier to work it into your daily routine. 
Free with a £34.99/year for premium option on Android and iOS.

24.Magic Mountain - Our friends at Magic Mountain are gamifying community focussed fitness. In the absence of being able to physically connect with others we think it’s a great way to get together with your friends and set yourself calorie and movement challenges! Share your success, support each other, with a bit of healthy fun competition.
Free on Android and iOS.

Samantha M

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