Can’t Afford A Trainer? These Are The Best Workout Apps

Hiring a personal trainer can be a major investment. The average cost for one is $50 per hour, according to WebMD, and oftentimes they are much more expensive than that. But if you're a fitness lover looking for an optimized workout with specific instructions, don't fret — you have plenty of cheaper options.
Thankfully, it's 2017 and shelling out cash to meet one-on-one with a certified personal trainer isn't always necessary when you're equipped with a smartphone. Lots of inspiring trainers on Instagram may get you excited to work out. But when you're ready to create a personalized fitness plan, you're going to want to use an app (or many apps!) to focus your workouts, track your successes, and plan your goals.
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Whether you're a gym rat, an at-home workout obsessive, or training for a race, there's an app out there to help you exercise better and more effectively. Ahead, we've rounded up the best workout apps to spare you the expense of a personal trainer and keep your workouts interesting. Ready, set, download.
(We'll be adding more of our favorites, so check back when you're ready to add another workout app to your fitness routine.)
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Pocket Yoga
Price: $2.99

There are 27 full yoga classes, complete with soothing voiceover instructions that tell you exactly when to breathe and move, along with calming music. You can preview the list of poses that you'll be doing during a workout, which might be helpful if you tend to have trouble following along. You can also choose a "setting" for your yoga practice, and it'll show the cartoon avatar on a mountain or in the desert.
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Sworkit
Price: Free

Following along with virtual trainers in workout videos can be sort of hard. In a 2015 study, exercise scientists from the University of Florida determined that Sworkit (which stands for "simply work it") was the closest aligned to the American College of Sports Medicine's training guidelines. In other words, the workout advice is very legit compared to the 30 other apps on the market that were studied. You can mix and match your own "playlist" of body weight exercises to build a workout with exercises you love, so you don't have to endure the ones you hate (hi, burpees).
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Daily Butt Workout
Price: Free

This app is like taking a daily vitamin for your butt. As the name suggests, every day you can choose a 5- or 10-minute butt workout with 10 different exercises. There's a video to go with each move and detailed written instructions that include exactly where you should feel the exercise in your body.
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Qinetic
Price: Free

Quit your ClassPass membership — this app lets you stream a wide variety of fitness classes, ranging from morning yoga routines to fast-paced 10-minute HIIT workouts to personal training sessions that will build up your gym technique. If you’re interested in a mix of fitness styles, this free app won’t bore you with its wide range of fitness classes.
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7 Minute Workout
Price: Free

For those too busy to hire a personal trainer, this 7-minute personal training app is your key to an effective workout regimen — seriously! Daily workouts combine strength and cardio training and track your progress to keep challenging you and making your daily 7-minute training sessions even more intense.
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My Virtual Mission
Price: Free, $2.99 subscription after first mission

Have you always wanted to run from Canada to California or the length of the Great Wall in China? There’s an app for that. My Virtual Mission lets you plan Sims-style fitness missions across the globe, tracking your mileage and pace as you run wherever your imagination takes you. Plan solo missions running, cycling, and swimming, or invite friends to create a group challenge and compare stats on the leadership board. You can send digital postcards of landmarks and sites you’ve virtually visited to keep up motivation and also raise funds for charity via mission sponsorships.
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Yoga Studio
Price: $3.99

Dozens of yoga classes for less than the cost of a single in-studio class? Sign us up! Yoga Studio offers easy to follow, instructor-led 30-minute yoga classes, as well as tutorials so you can master the poses. If you’re a yoga procrastinator, use the app’s calendaring feature to schedule your next yoga session.
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Blogilates Official App
Price: Free, $0.99 in-app purchases

Beloved fitness blogger and YouTube star Cassey Ho’s app puts your digital best friend (who happens to be a trainer) in your pocket for fun, effective workouts whenever you’re in the mood to exercise. A calendar lets you schedule your future fitness routines and stick to it. Other fun features — like a fitness forum and healthy recipes list — make this app almost as addicting to check as Instagram. Almost.
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