Getting exercise is one of the best things you can do for yourself. However, with so much going on in our day-to-day lives, it can be hard to squeeze out enough time to go to the gym. So, instead of paying for a pricey gym membership you won’t use, why not do some quick and effective exercises at home? Although I know a few basic exercises, I do need some help in the workout planning department. So, I decided to find the best apps to plan and track workout routines I can do anywhere, anytime. After spending some time on Google, I found a pretty nifty site called AppGrooves that has a top 10 list of the supposedly the best workout planning apps. They say the following on their site:
AppGrooves has filtered the best 10 apps for “Workout Planner” in Health & Fitness from 1,230 apps. Check it out!
I certainly didn’t plan on going through 1,230 apps, so it was great to find a narrowed down selection of the best ones. I check out some of the apps and reviewed my top 3 favorites.
Seven – Rating: 4.6, Downloads: 1M+
Seven is my first pick. I found this to be a great choice for both beginners and professionals. I liked that you can set your goals and fitness level to obtain a personalized workout plan. What I found really convenient is that the routines are only 7-minutes long, which is great if you only have a few minutes to spare. Don’t be fooled by the length of the workouts. I tried a couple of ab workouts and shoulder workouts and you really break a sweat!
Looking for longer workout routines? While the exercises are limited to seven minutes, you can configure several in a row for a more challenging circuit. Although I have only tried the free version, which includes a limited amount of exercises, you can also access more than 200 routines with a monthly subscription. So far, I’m happy with the variety and the level of difficulty of the exercises I’ve found.
Pros: 7-minute workouts, personalized fitness plan, great for beginners and professionals
Cons: Subscription required to unlock more exercises, doesn’t include longer workouts
Overall: Great for finding quick and effective workouts, but look elsewhere if you want longer exercise routines
8fit Workouts & Meal Planner – Rating: 4.7, Downloads: 10M+
My second pick is 8fit Workouts & Meal Planner. Like Seven, you can set your own goals to obtain a tailored fitness plan, whether you want to gain muscle, lose or maintain weight. You can even do a strength test to measure your fitness level and check your progress. What I really like about it, is that you also get a personalized meal plan to help you reach those goals. Eating right is the second part of the equation to getting fit, so it is great to have everything conveniently mapped out in one place. Supposedly there are more than 400 healthy recipes. I haven’t had time to try many of the recipes, but one I did make was delicious!
The ability to track both meals and workouts is great for keeping all your fitness information organized. However, I didn’t find an option to enter customized recipes to keep track of meals outside of the built-in recipe library. But with hundreds of workouts and recipes at your fingertips, you have more than you need to start shedding those pounds.
Pros: Track workouts and meals, personalized meal plan, healthy recipes library
Cons: Meal tracker could be improved, need internet for workout videos
Overall: Great for planning your workouts and meals in one place, but the meal tracker could be improved
Gym Workout Tracker – Rating: 4.8, Downloads: 1M+
Finally, my third pick is Gym Workout Tracker. As the name implies, I found it to be a great choice for tracking workouts. The database supposedly includes over 3,000 exercise variations. With such a huge selection, you won’t have any trouble keeping a log of all your workouts. If you are looking for the best pre-workouts, muscle-focused exercises or full-body workouts, then you will find everything you need and more. I liked that you can easily search for exercises if you want to focus on a specific muscle group, or you can also go for a pre-programmed workout that is tailored to your fitness level. Another plus I found is the detailed videos and explanations for each exercise, which are great for ensuring you achieve proper form.
The only drawback I found is that there currently isn’t an option to transfer your history if you are switching between iOS and Android platforms. Hopefully, they can resolve this issue soon. However, the interface is so easy to use, that you can easily start fresh without missing a beat! If you want other options for workout trackers, then I recommend you check out this article I found on AppGrooves:
However, with its vast library of exercises, Gym Workout Tracker easily earns its place as one of my top picks!
Pros: Thousands of exercises, pre-programmed and customized workouts, workout tracker
Cons: No option to transfer history between iOS and Android
Overall: Easily track your workouts using a database of thousands of exercises but beware if you are switching over between iOS and Android devices
So, these are my top 3 picks for planning your workouts. My first pick, Seven is great for keeping exercises short, if you barely have time on your hands. On the other hand, Gym Workout Tracker is great for finding thousands of exercises and workout programs to fit your needs. My personal favorite is 8fit Workouts & Meal Planner for helping me keep my diet on track! I hope you find these apps as great as I do. Happy workouts!