Between spin classes that cost $36-a-pop, three-figure monthly gym memberships, and personal training sessions that are on par, price-wise, with your Sephora obsession, it can be easy to forget fitness doesn’t have to equal dollar signs. Especially if you have an arsenal of the best free workout apps.
The sheer volume of free or low-cost fitness apps options is pretty awesome—but also kinda overwhelming. From HIIT-centric programs and running-themed apps to at-home bodyweight workouts, yoga and meditation sessions, we did the sifting for you to find the best free workout apps. These 33 apps will help you add more activity and wellness to your life—no credit card debt required.
1. Nike Training Club
This Nike-branded app bills itself as your “ultimate personal trainer,” and with a library of more than 185 free workouts—from strength and endurance-based routines to mobility and yoga sessions—all featuring virtual guidance from Nike Master Trainers, their tagline is pretty damn convincing. Overwhelmed by all the options? The app provides daily recommendations, and the more workouts you log, the more personalized these picks become.
2. Daily Workouts Fitness Trainer
Ideal for exercise introverts who prefer to break a sweat at home, this app leads users through 100+ simple exercises you can do sans gym, like tap out planks, donkey kicks, and bicycle crunches. You can pick between ten different 5 to 10-minute targeted workouts, or, if you’re #feelingit, opt for a 10 to 30-minute randomized full body workout.
Stuck in a fitness rut? Aaptiv is your new boredom buster BFF. The audio-based app offers 2,500 trainer-led, music-based workouts in a variety of categories, like running, elliptical, rowing, strength training, stretching, yoga, and more. Oh, and if that weren’t enough, 30 new workouts are added each week. Later, stale gym routine!
4. Zombies, Run!
Award-winning novelist Naomi Alderman co-created this fitness-meets-gaming app that allows users to live out their “very own zombie adventure story” while also completing a run or walk (#casual). As you log steps, you’ll hear a zombie-themed audio drama (imagine: guttural breathing, rattling groans) that miiiight just inspire you to pick up the pace.
5. 7 Minute Workout
This app is a solution to the classic “I want to work out, but I feel like I just don’t have the time” conundrum. With 7-minute, no-equipment sweat sessions designed to deliver maximum benefit in the shortest time possible, you can quickly and effectively break a sweat—and then get on with the rest of your day.
Your core is essentially the powerhouse of your body, and with this core-centric app, you can show your midsection the love it deserves. Pick between three different workouts types, each with a slightly different focus (back, abs, and overall core), and follow along as personal trainers give video demos of each move.
7. Daily Yoga
Yoga newbies, advanced practitioners, and everyone in between can find their flow with Daily Yoga. The app offers an impressive volume of content—50+ class plans and workouts, 500+ poses, and 200+ classes with HD video—that span all fitness levels. Another plus of the free app: the flexibility of workout length—options range from 5-minute quickies to longer 70-minute sessions.
For folks who prefer to get their sweat on in the Great Outdoors, AllTrails provides serious inspo. The app offers more than 100,000 (!!) hiking, mountain biking, and trail running maps alongside reviews and photos crowdsourced from millions of users. You can search for raved-about trails near you using nifty filters like “dog-friendly,” “kid-friendly,” and “wheelchair-friendly.”
9. Yoga for Beginners
Want to get into yoga but feeling intimidated or otherwise overwhelmed? Consider this beginner-friendly app, which is specifically designed for newbies—no crazy flexibility required. Learn basic poses and stretch yourself (both literally and figuratively) with quick and simple yoga workouts.
10. Yoga Down Dog
Yoga Down Dog’s tagline is “never get the same class twice,” and with more than 30,000 different workout configurations offered through the app, they’re not exaggerating. Customization is a key component of the app: Users can choose between yoga practice types (like vinyasa, hatha, restorative, yin, ashtanga, and more), and 6-plus different instructor voices.
Famous personal trainers aren’t just for famous people. At least that’s the concept behind FitOn, which promises regular folks access to workouts from some of today’s top trainers, including Jeanette Jenkins (who’s worked with Pink, Alicia Keys, and Mindy Kaling), Cassey Ho of Blogilates, and Katie Dunlop of Love Sweat Fitness. Pick your workout du jour from categories like cardio, strength, HIIT, dance, yoga, Pilates, and Barre workouts.
12. Lotus Yoga & Workout
Lotus lets yoga enthusiasts browse more than 450 yoga poses, each with an accompanying illustration, safety notes, and description of its benefits. Creative types can combine poses together to create their own flow, or, if you’d really rather just follow someone else’s lead, you can do just that with 100+ guided yoga workouts and meditation sessions.
13. 8fit Workouts
Looking to crush a specific goal? As a fitness and nutrition-focused app, 8fit allows you to first enter an objective and measure your current fitness level; then, it gives you a customized plan to get from point A to B. The workouts, which can be tackled at home sans fancy equipment, are relatively short (15 to 20 minutes), but vary in focus—from endurance training and HIIT to strength training and bodyweight exercises.
14. J&J Official 7-Minute Workout
Perhaps surprisingly, Johnson & Johnson (yup, the pharma company) created a fitness app. It’s well-reviewed (current rating in the Apple store: 4.7 stars out of 5). Designed by Chris Jordan, director of exercise physiology at J&J’s Human Performance Institute, the app boasts 72 different exercises and 22 workouts, with options ranging in both duration (7 to 32 minutes) and intensity.
15. Adidas Training by Runtastic
You don’t need much time—or any equipment—to break a sweat with Adidas. This app offers 7 to 45-minute-long workouts, 180+ standalone exercises (high side plank, anyone?), and a “workout creator” that generates custom sweat sessions designed to fit your specific #fitnessgoals.
16. SWEAT: Kayla Itsines Fitness
Australian fitness influencer Kayla Itsines built a wildly popular exercise program—and a community of devout followers—with a series of 28-minute high-intensity workouts. Access several iterations of Itsines’s much beloved BBG program—plus workouts from other fitness influences, like Kelsey Wells, Stephanie Stanzo, and Chontel Duncan—on this app. Other perks of downloading include meal planning help and the option to participate in exercise challenges with women around the globe.
17. Kettlebell Workouts by Fitify
The kettlebell can be a great strength training tool, but to reap its benefits (and stay safe in the process), you need to know how to wield it correctly. This app offers 45+ kettlebell exercises and five workout programs with a voice coach and high-def video demos to guide you along the way.
18. SHRED: Gym Workout & Tracker
If variety is what motivates you, check out SHRED’s impressive content library of thousands of workouts covering a range of styles and duration. Pick between circuit-based gym workouts, bodyweight sessions, cardio and weight-training combos, HIIT offerings, kettlebell and dumbbell-centric routines, and frankly, too many other workouts to list in this article.
Available on iOS; 7-day free trial; monthly subscription for $12.99.
As its name might suggest, this app offers a variety of suspension training workouts led by virtual coaches. But that’s just the start—users can also access sessions centered on running, functional training, yoga, cycling and more, plus personalized workout programs.
20. Burpee Workout
In the fitness world, burpees are a pretty divisive move. People seem to either really love this total-body exercise—or absolutely hate it. If you’re pro burpee, this app is for you. It’s entirely centered on the classic bodyweight move, offering burpee challenges of varying length and difficulty. And if you’re in the burpees-are-terrible camp? Well, just keep scrolling, please.
Available on Android; free with option for in-app purchases.
21. Nike Run Club
Training for your first 5K? Hoping to smash your half marathon PR? Whatever your running goals, take ‘em to the next level with Nike Run Club. The app offers features that are both v cool and v useful, like GPS tracking, distance challenges, customized coaching plans, and auditory encouragement in the form of runs narrated by Nike trainers, athletes, and entertainers (think Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah and actor Kevin Hart).
22. Glo Yoga and Meditation
Strengthen your bod and your mind with Glo’s guided yoga, pilates, and meditation sessions, all led by “globally renowned” teachers. Class options run the wellness gamut, from stress-reducing breathwork and guided meditation to yoga flow, cardio fusion workouts, and more.
23. C25K 5K Trainer
Never-before runners can ease into the sport and train for a 5K (that’s 3.1 miles) with this app’s gentle, 8-week program. You’ll start with a mix of running and walking and gradually build your fitness. Curated music from top DJs will entertain and motivate you with every step.
Yes, Peloton is a fancy at-home bike trainer, but Peloton the app is much more than that. It’s an online portal allowing virtual access to thousands of classes taught by dozens of instructors, including workouts that are live streamed from Peloton’s NYC and London studios (think treadmill running, indoor cycling, HIIT, meditation, yoga, walking, and more). You can also work towards specific fitness goals with the help of guided, 4 to 18-week-long programs (examples: “Crush Your Core” and “Road to Your 26.2”).
25. Asana Rebel
Work towards all of your wellness goals with one app: Asana offers do-anywhere workouts (from yoga to HIIT), sleep assistance, moving meditation, and playlists designed to boost your productivity. Win-win-win-win!
26. Daily Butt Workout
Your butt is the largest muscle in your body and a major source of power for many of your movements. With Daily Butt Workout, you can strengthen this mighty muscle through 5 to 10-minute daily workouts that target your lower-half. Another big perk? All of the moves (like donkey kicks, single-leg glute bridges, and plank heel lifts) can be done at home.
27. 30 Day Squat Challenge
All hail the squat! This app offers a simple, month-long exercise plan centered on the classic bodyweight move. Users will tackle a certain number of squat variations every day (the app includes 13 total squat variations incorporated into six different workouts) with rest days interspersed throughout. Along the way, the intensity gradually increases with day 30 promising to “test anyone.” Intriguing, right?
Available on iOS; free.
28. Shine: Calm Anxiety and Stress
Your mind is a muscle that deserves just as much (and tbh, probably more) care as the rest of your body. Give it the TLC it warrants with Shine’s personalized programs that deliver daily messages of affirmation, self-care advice, and a podcast-meets-meditation that tackles a new wellness topic every day. On top of that, you can also access sleep-inducing bedtime stories, soothing music, gratitude exercises, and over 500 guided meditations.
Billed as “the #1 AI app,” Volt aims to overhaul boring gym routines with AI-driven workout plans that evolve week to week. One especially cool feature: the app’s structured workout plans designed for more than 40 different sports and activities—from cycling and half marathons to tennis, soccer, snowboarding, swimming, and more.
Wellness is about taking care of your body—and your mind. Focus on the latter with this AI-driven journal app that uses positive psychology, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy to help you sort through negative emotions, understand how you’re feeling, and channel feel-good vibes (in the form of empathy, kindness, and gratitude) towards all areas of your life.
31. FitBod Weight Lifting Workout
By evaluating your past workouts, current strength-training abilities, and available gym equipment, FitBod develops a custom fitness plan that can help you work towards—and eventually crush—your goals. Strength-focused workouts come in a variety of formats—from general conditioning to bodybuilding, powerlifting, Olympic weightlifting, and more.
Available on iOS; free with option for in-app purchases.
Originally Appeared on Glamour