The Best Apps For Setting & Reaching Your Fitness Goals

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Most of us mentally set lots of fitness goals ("I want to take one workout class a week!" "I want to run a race!" "I want to start lifting!"), and then forget all about them immediately after voicing them to the world. It's honestly difficult to adhere to an exercise routine, especially when you're trying something brand new. But that doesn't mean you should dismiss your goals altogether or beat yourself up for not following through — you just have to find new ways to stay accountable.
If you don't have a personal trainer or a motivating exercise buddy, then having a workout app can help. Whether you want to be able to hold a plank in 30 days, just want to move daily, or don't even know where to begin, there's a workout app that can help you solidify your goals and stay accountable.
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Ahead, we found the best workout challenge apps that you may want to download — and actually use — next.
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30 Day Ab Challenges

Doing ab workouts everyday in a month might sound like a tough challenge to take on, but the cool thing about this app is it'll tailor the ab exercises to your fitness level. So, whether you're a Pilates pro or can barely hold a plank, there are easy-to-follow workout plans that will strengthen and test your core strength.

Price: Free
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7-Minute Workout Challenge

You've probably heard that seven minutes is the sweet spot for accomplishing an effective workout, which is good news for those of us who have zero time. This app includes a variety of seven-minute workouts, and also has a calendar so you can keep track of the days when you worked out. And if you need more incentive, you can unlock virtual "awards" as you consistently use the app.

Price: $2.99
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30 Day Squat Challenge

The gist of this app is pretty simple: You do a different squat workout for 30 days, so you can build glute and leg strength. While that sounds like a lot of squats, they provide 13 different variations on the move, so you won't get bored. There's also a calendar that helps you mark your progress throughout the month.

Price: Free
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500 Bodyweight Challenge

If counting repetitions helps you measure your progress, you'll be into this bodyweight challenge app. The goal is to see how long it takes you to perform a certain number of reps of an exercise. Each time you do a workout, it records your time, so you can see how you improve. Of course, getting stronger is not necessarily about being faster, but the time can give you a tangible sense of how you're improving.

Price: Free
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30 Day Plank Challenge

Planks are tough, but by the end of this 30-day challenge, you will probably hate them less. Each day, you're prompted to do a different plank workout, and the moves get harder as you progress. And whether you're a beast at ab work or cannot hold a plank at all, there are six different levels to choose from, so you can ensure your starting point makes sense for your level.

Price: Free
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