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Sometimes our own motivation isn’t enough to catapult our yearly fitness goals into reality. And for most of us, the traditional option of enlisting the help of a personal trainer isn’t feasible — either by cost, commitment, or a reluctance to "jump right in."
Somewhere in between doing it all yourself and hiring a professional is the world of fitness apps.
There are many, and you might be right in assuming that, generally, they might not be great enough to actually inspire consistent use. Unless, of course, they can remove your own personal fitness roadblocks for a price that — all in all — is actually worth the subscription or download cost.
For instance, do you get sick of your workout playlist but lack the time (or interest) to log hours on Soundcloud finding enough music you actually like to create a new one every week? You might rather spend $3 a month on FitRadio.
Do you stop working out because you can't afford classes but need the external motivation? You might want to invest in an app that offers audio instruction, like hype-worthy Aaptiv.
Or, are you totally motivated and ready, but lack the evidence-backed know-how on how best to lose weight or gain muscle? You might find that a Vida Health coach with the proper certifications is worth $15 a week more than eating lunch out is.
Below are 5 fitness apps actually worth buying, depending on your needs:
Aaptiv has caused quite a buzz as the #1 audio fitness app. It allows you unlimited access to over 2,5000 audio-based, music-driven fitness classes led by certified personal trainers. Choose everything from seven-minute workouts to complete training programs in running, cycling and elliptical, stretching, yoga, strength training, and more.
If you won't have Wi-Fi, you can download classes to listen to offline.
Couch to 5KiTunes
Go from couch potato to 5K runner in just nine weeks. The app is designed for complete beginners and you only have to spend between 20-30 minutes three times per week to get ready.
You can choose between different motivating virtual coaches and hear human audio cues to guide you through each workout, and you can log your workouts and share your progress on Facebook if you wish. If you're using a treadmill, you can manually enter workouts.
The app also tracks your progress with total distance and average pace and generates graphs for workouts to compare the two.
Thanks to its versatility, Yoga Studio has something for everybody. You can participate in classes for every level: beginner, intermediate, and advanced, in lengths of 10-60 minutes.
Users can take advantage of 80+ ready-made yoga and meditation classes with HD video as well as customize their own with the help of Yoga Studio's video stitch technology.
The app allows you to schedule classes, which automatically sync with your calendar and automatically keeps track of your class history, so you can find your most recently played as well as your most frequently.
Featured by Apple in "Best of 2017", "New and Noteworthy", "What's Hot", "Get in Shape" Essential App Collections and current Editors' Choice.
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