Fitness Apps to Help You Get the Best Results While Working out at Home

Most gym owners will fervently argue about how and why working out in a gym trumps working out from home. While they have valid points, I believe the 6 benefits of working out at home mentioned below cannot be scoffed at.

Benefits of working out from home

  1. It’s cheaper at the end of the day: Sure you might spend a sizable sum stocking up your home gym. But once you’ve purchased the equipment, it’s yours for life to do whatever you want with. Unlike at a gym where you pay yearly or monthly depending on what you signed for. Point is, your home gym’s equipment is a great one-time investment that’s eventually cheaper than the recurrent cost of a gym membership. You can also save cost on home gym equipment by buying it second-hand.
  2. It’s more convenient: You can choose to workout whenever you want, instead of working out whenever you are chanced to visit the gym. All the time put towards commuting between the gym and your home can be put to better use.
  3. Higher levels of commitment to exercising: All the excuses you formerly had for not being able to make it to the gym all go out the window. No longer can you claim it’s too cold or it’s too late in the day to make the trip to the gym. That is, with your home gym, you have less external factors barring you from working out.
  4. No more shyness: Going to the gym can be a shy and even intimidating experience for some people, especially first-timers. You might feel other gym members are watching you, or you might be the one watching other gym members and feel inadequate because you feel they are putting in more effort than you are. With your home gym, this stops being a problem as it’s just you, your equipment and your goals.
  5. Safety and hygiene: Working out at home, you don’t have to worry about falling prey to any of the bugs you could pick up at a gym with large traffic. You are the only one using your equipment so you don’t have to worry about what germs the last user might have slathered over the equipment.

Also, if you have a treadmill at home and like listening to music while you run, you don’t have to worry about getting run over or mugged unlike when jogging outside.

  1. Freedom of expression: In your home gym, you are king and everything you do is at your discretion. You can run on the treadmill without worrying about the 20 minute cap that has been placed on its usage by gym management. You can sing and squeal at the top of your lungs while you powerlift. The only rules you are bound by while working out at home are safety rules and any other rules you feel like obeying.

With the right equipment in your home, such as; Adaptive Motion Trainer, elliptical, weights, rower, spin bike, or a portable treadmill like the Horizon Elite T7 Folding Treadmill, you are well equipped and set to attain any fitness goal you can dream of.

But some might then argue that personal trainers are much more affordable and available at a gym. This is a very good point, especially since personal trainers can be very useful help while working out.

Fortunately, the apps below have already been developed to serve as your own personal trainer whenever and wherever you need their uncompromising service. Best part, some of them are absolutely free.

  1. Sworkit: This app is available on Android and iOS. It coaches you with workout routines that’ll help you attain your fitness goals, no matter what they are. Sworkit also includes a music feature that lets you stream music directly from Spotify.
  2. Runtastic Six Pack Abs: Available on Android and iOS, this app’s purpose is to give you abs of steel. It coaches you on ab exercises in a human voice in a language of your preference. There’s even an avatar that shows you the appropriate way to perform your ab exercises.
  3. C25K/Couch to 5K: This Android fitness app’s goal is to turn you from a sedentary creature into a 5K running machine. It also features 0k to 10K, 5K to 10K, as well as a half marathon training program.
  4. Endomondo: Available on Android, Blackberry, Windows and iOS, this app is celebrated as one of the best fitness apps available. Tracking fitness and performance is made super easy with this app. You can build a personalized training plan, monitor your heart rate, and record pep talks to motivate your friends.
  5. Google Fit: You can trust Google to deliver a fitness app with high functionality. Among its interesting features, the most notable is probably its total integration with all Android Wear such as your smartwatch. On top of that, it is completely free.
  6. JEFIT: This app has been developed to be your expert personal trainer and it does a pretty good job. It comes with over 1300 unique workouts and animations that show you how to do them. There’s also fitness tracking to monitor your progress.
  7. Pocket Yoga: If you are into Yoga, which by the way is a great way to stay in shape, then this app’s usefulness will shock you. Over 200 poses as well as voice instructions are available to guide you towards becoming a super fit yoga guru.
  8. Touchfit GSP: Available on iOS, this app has Georges St-Pierre, MMA World Champion, guiding you as your personal trainer. I wonder what titles your local gym’s personal trainer has.
  9. Pear Personal Coach: This iOS app guides you with a real human voice through your at-home workouts, runs, and yoga. It’s also available on Android, but as Pear Interactive Coach.
  10. StrongLifts 5×5: If your goal is to build muscles, then this iOS/Android app can help you do just that. It keeps track of your reps, rest time, and lets you know if you are on track with your fitness goals.

Well there you have it. 10 apps that can render a human personal trainer redundant. So download your pick and get to becoming fit right from the comfort of your home.