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10 Fitness Apps That Will Surely Spice Up Your Workouts

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The moment smartphones started to make our lives even more convenient by introducing downloadable apps we knew that fitness apps wouldn’t be too far behind. Below are some of the best apps to help you stay on top of your fitness routine and go as far as you can go for fitness.

Nike+ Training Club

Free for iOS and Android

This app is like having a hundred personal fitness trainers in your pocket. You can download routines from a library of over a hundred different workouts. If you want something more measurable, you can follow any of their 4-week training programs. This way you don’t get decision making burnout by trying to figure out what you want to do everyday of the week. Plus the interface is beautiful and the app is quite easy to use.

Sworkit

Free for iOS and Android

One of the most convenient and accessible workout forms is body weight strength training. You literally have all the equipment you need anywhere you go. Sworkit is an app made for people who talk about being too busy to workout. The routines can last anywhere from an hour to only 5 minutes. You can choose from any of the yoga, strength training, stretching and cardio exercises that are already in the app or you could customize one for yourself. High quality videos and a countdown timer make this app very user friendly.

StrongLifts 5X5

Free for iOS and Android

Hitting the weights can be a challenge when you have no idea what you’re doing. StrongLifts 5X5 can provide basic form and weightlifting instructions from a fitness coach by providing you guidance about which weightlifting exercises to do at the gym each day. The app prompts you to do 3 workouts of 5 sets for 5 reps each, hence the 5X5. If you follow the app regularly, you’ll see results in no time.

PumpUp

Free for iOS and Android

Sites like Buzzfeed and Elite Daily are full of articles about how people are annoying with their fitness posts. This puts you in a weird position because these fitness posts are honestly part of how you get motivated to get fit. PumpUp, a social networking app for the fitness community, is here to solve all your problems. The social media platform allows you to post gym selfies and fitspos while tracking your weight loss progress. Best of all, the community is incredibly positive and supportive about the positive effort you are making towards a healthier lifestyle.

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Spring

Free for iOS

It’s nearly impossible to go hard at your workout and go through the last few kilometers of a run without a motivating high tempo beat blaring from your earphones. Spring is an app that understands that. DJs curate songs that have a similar number of beats per minute to create rhythm between the music and your movement. All you have to do is open the app, put your earphones on and push hard.

C25K

Free for iOS and Android

Probably THE best app for anybody at any fitness level, C25K promises a couch-to-5K transformation in just 8 weeks. The app starts you out with walking and will gradually introduce running and harder workouts as the program progresses. The step-by-step program in this app, plus the audio coach that motivates you to work harder can get you running your first marathon in no time.

Charity Miles

Free for iOS and Android

What if we told you that you could contribute to your favorite charities just by running? That’s right. The corporate sponsors from this app will donate 10 cents for every mile biked and 25 cents for every mile walked or ran. It might not seem like a lot but as the miles add up (and as your waistline gets smaller!) you may be making a bigger impact than you think.

Gympact

Free for iOS and Android

Let’s face it, nothing is as effective a motivator as cold, hard cash. Gympact will require you to commit to a number of visits to the gym each week. You will be fined for skipping workouts and earn money by reaching your goals. At the end of the week the fine is distributed among those who reached their goals for the week.

WOD Deck of Cards

Free for iOS and Android

WOD Deck of Cards is perfect for any CrossFit nut. First off, you choose the workouts you want to focus on for the day. You must pick four exercises, one for each suit. Afterwards you just “draw” cards like you would from an ordinary deck of cards and prepare to do whatever the card you’ve drawn dictates. You just keep drawing cards until you’re done or have reached a complete state of exhaustion. The best thing about this app is that WOD feels new every single time, leaving no room for progress plateaus.

MyFitnessPal

Free for iOS and Android

MyFitnessPal is not exactly a workout app, although it does track workouts. We felt it was important to include an app that allowed you to track your food intake because in the very beginning you will be seeing the most results from healthy food choices, not so much from your workouts. One of the greatest things about this app is the barcode reader. The fact that this app has 5 million foods in its database should be reason enough to download it as this makes counting calories easier than ever.

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