10 Best Fitness Apps for 2020 to Keep You on Top of Your Training
Is 2020 your year to get fit and healthy? Mobile devices, apps and wearable smart technology have transformed the fitness and healthcare industry. Whether you are trying to lose weight, gain muscle, pound some pavement or increase your flexibility, there is now a fitness app that can be tailored to your personal needs.
However, in an endless sea of fitness applications, which are the ones that will help you meet your salubrious new year’s resolutions? Read on to learn about the top 10 best fitness apps to download in 2020.
MyFitnessPal was launched by celebrity trainer Jilian Michael and has remained a top performer on both the Android and IOS platforms for four years running. This app is a complete fitness tool that integrates with more than 50 other applications and devices, including Fitbit, Garmin and Apple Health.
You can access over 350 exercises, log additional training sessions, track your steps and set customised fitness goals. It is also a nutrition app with a database of over six million foods. It allows you to record your calorie and water intake, import recipes and scan barcodes to receive detailed nutritional information. An introductory version of MyFitnessPal is free to download; however, there are in-app purchases, and an upgrade to the premium service will require a subscription.
MyFitnessPal is available on IOS and Android
8fit is like having a personal trainer and a nutrition expert in your pocket. This app is perfect for time-poor people with each workout taking approximately 15-20 minutes; it requires no special equipment and can be actioned anywhere. This app contains Scientifically-backed workout programs that include bodyweight exercises, muscle-building HIIT workouts and dynamic strength training, all supported by interactive videos explaining proper exercise form and activity progressions.
8fit is also a complete nutrition coach offering a healthy meal planner with dietary filters like keto, paleo, vegan or vegetarian. It also contains many other features, including tools like calorie counters. This app is free to download on both IOS and Android but does include in-app purchases to unlock its full potential.
3. Couch to 5K
This free app will keep you on your toes. Perfect for new runners, the Couch to 5K running program is designed to get you off the couch and running five kilometres in just nine-weeks. This program features a gentle introduction that starts you walking and running, and incrementally takes you through more advanced running sessions as you progress.
You have human audio cues guiding you through each workout, and you can take your pick of four different virtual motivational coaches, Johnny Dead, Constance, Billie or Sergeant Block.
4. Google Fit
Google fit remains one of the top-rated fitness apps in 2020. It acts as an activity tracker that collects data while you perform exercises like walking, cycling, and swimming. Google fit allows you to track your workouts from your phone or smartwatch, monitor your progress and get customised coaching assistance to help you reach your fitness goals. The best part about Google Fit is that it is completely free on both IOS and Android.
This one is for all you heavy lifters. JEFIT has over eight-million users over Google Play and IOS and is an award-winning weight lifting routine tracker. It contains over 1300 weight training exercises with detailed instructions and animations, allows you to create fully customised fitness routines, and helps you to track your progress easily.
The app is free to download; however, you can upgrade to JEFIT Elite which offers more advanced features like in-depth training analytics, more than 1100 additional training videos, and expert-designed training routines.
Centr is a customisable health and fitness app co-designed by movie star Chris Hemsworth (of Marvel’s Thor fame). With the aid of Chris’s diverse team of personal trainers, Centr is more of a complete lifestyle coach rather than just a fitness app. It offers daily workout videos drawing from disciplines like HIIT, boxing, strength, MMA, HIRT, functional training, Pilates and yoga.
It also contains healthy step by step meal plans, as well as meditation and mindfulness activities. This app is free to download on Android and IOS and also offers a range of in-app purchases if you wish to unlock its full features.
Centr was co-designed by actor Chris Hemsworth
If you are looking for a good app for the whole family, try Sworkit. It is rated number one by a scientific collegiate study assessing fitness apps based on guidelines set by the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine). Sworkit can get you started on a six-week program to get you leaner, fitter and healthier, whether you are at a beginner, intermediate or advanced fitness level.
There are over 800 body weight and small equipment exercises, plus more than 400 customisable workouts. As with most fitness apps, it is free to download, and there are in-app purchases available if you wish to unlock more features.
Fitocracy is your on-call personal trainer. It was named app of the year by Men’s Journal and was the winner of Mashable’s top innovation in health & fitness award. The app is free to use and has the unique benefit of allowing you to hire an online personal trainer for as little one dollar a day. Fitocracy is a robust app offering fitness assessments, workouts and nutritional guides. Hiring an online coach can provide added motivation and promote accountability, helping you stay on track, and smash your fitness goals.
Workout any place, anytime with the assistance of your own full-time personal coach. Freeletics provides short HIIT workouts tailored to your unique fitness requirements, so you see fast results. You can strengthen your body and set your focus with 360° fitness, nutritional aids and mindset coaching. You can also gain added support and motivation by joining an online community of over 40 million Freeletics users. After downloading the free app, there is a range of subscription options allowing you to tailor the content to your personal preferences.
If you are looking to increase flexibility, and calm the mind in 2020, the Glo yoga, meditation and pilates app is your full-time personal yogi. This online yoga school will help you achieve a balance of mind and body by giving you access to some of the worlds best teachers. You can track your progress via a smartwatch, download classes to take on the go, create customised collections and join guided classes. A basic version is free to download, but there is a very reasonable monthly subscription if you wish to take your yoga practice to the next level.
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