feature

Get fit for free with these fitness apps

Information verified correct on December 4th, 2016

Sweat sessions courtesy of your smartphone are the future of fitness, these are the best apps to download asap.

Right now we live in a highly connected world glued to our smartphone round the clock to the point of addiction. (Heck, I'll be the first to admit I'm a total phone addict.) And while our unhealthy phone behaviour probably needs a little reality check here and there, the irony is that there's a truckload of apps out there designed to keep on top of your health and wellbeing (read: how to kick ass everyday.), giving us a completely guilt free reason to pick up that beloved device.

I've always been into gym classes and smashing out the latest fitness craze. Kayla Itsine's Bikini Body Guide? Tick. Sydney's notoriously badass 6 Weeks 2 Sexy program? Yep, nailed it. F45? Every.damn.day. But those classes and programs can come with a hefty price, what if you could spend a couple of bucks downloading an app (or better yet, get it for free) and let the smartphone you already own help you achieve your fitness goals?

Smartphone apps are tailored to track and monitor things like our calories, distance, heart rate, speed, keep track of time, even talk to us directly to keep up the motivation while storing the results and data aiding to improve your overall fitness and wellbeing. It takes some self motivation but they won't cost you a small fortune to get your fitness in order. Fact.

Our top pick for right now? Pokémon Go. Yes, seriously. The newly released and insanely popular augmented reality app that's already trumped Tinder downloads is a phenomenon that's blitzing the scene and is the ideal accomplice to boost your daily physical activity in a fun and friendly environment. (Dear Nintendo: we love you!)

Read on for a list of the top apps keeping us fit this season and whipping our butts into serious shape. It's health in your hands, literally.

Feature image source: Nike Instagram 

The top free fitness apps to download right now

pGo

Pokémon Go

Use it for: Fun fitness

Cost: Free, in-App purchases

Available on: iOS, Android

What else? 

  • Location based augmented reality app
  • Over 8 million downloads
  • Fun fact: More downloads than Tinder!

Download the app on iTunes here


myfitnesspal

MyFitnessPal

Use it for: Calorie tracker, diet and exercise journal

Available on: iOS, Android, Windows Phone

Cost: Free to download. Premium service available for AU$14.99 a month, AU$79.99 a year giving you access to additional features.

What else?

  • Over 5 million foods in the database
  • Tracks calories burnt with your exercise
  • Compatible with fitness trackers.
  • Featured on Huffington Post, Men's Health, SELF, Mashable

Download the app on iTunes here


J&J

The John and Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout App

Use it for: Quick, high intensity cardio workouts

Available on: iOS, Android

Cost: Free

What else?

  • Compatible with Apple Watch
  • Smart Workout gauges your fitness levels to design a personalised workout regime
  • 72 exercises and 22 additional workouts
  • Customise and modify workouts to suit you and your fitness levels
  • High intensity interval training (HIIT)
  • Over 1.5 million downloads

Download the app on iTunes here


c25k

C25K: Go from couch potato to running the 5km

Use it for: Running 

Available on:

Cost: Free with in-App purchases

What else? 

  • 8 week long running plan
  • 30-40 minutes sessions
  • Tailored to first time runners
  • Seamless integration with MyFitnessPal
  • Audio coach
  • Add in your own music

Download the app on iTunes here


strava

Strava

Use it for: Running and cycling

Available on: iOS, Android

Cost: Free

What else? 

  • Track and analyses runs, rides and cross training
  • Social network for athletes
  • Fun fact: Strava means "Strive" in Swedish

Download the app on iTunes here


zombies

Zombies, Run!

Use it for: Fun fitness

Available on: iOS, Android

Cost: Free with in-App purchases

What else? 

  • A gamified app combining fitness and fun
  • Get lost in a world of Zombie missions
  • Compatible with Apple Watch

Download the app on iTunes here


nike

Nike+ Running and Nike+ Training Apps

Use it for: Running, training

Available on: iOS, Android

Cost: Free

What else?

  • Over 100 guided workout videos
  • 4 week training programs available
  • Weekly featured workouts
  • Personalised training plans
  • Personal audio coach for Nike+ Running

Download the app on iTunes here


endomondo

Endomondo

Use it for: Running and walking

Available on: iOS, Android

Cost: Free with in-App purchases

What else?

  • Personal audio feedback
  • Tracks and analyses your fitness activity
  • Tracks activity with GPS
  • Logs pace, speed and distance on every workout

Download the app on iTunes here


pact

PACT

Use it for: Sticking to your fitness goals

Available on: iOS, Android

Cost: Free

What else? 

  • Pact uses cash stakes to help you achieve your health goals; gym pact, food logging pact, veggie pact
  • Featured on: The NY Times, CNN, Lifehacker, TechCrunch, Men's Health
  • Download it on iTunes here
  • Make money while you exercise

Download the app on iTunes here


Charity Miles

Charity Miles

Use it for: Earning money for charity while running

Available on: iOS, Android

Cost: Free

What else?

  • Over $2M raised for charity so far
  • Featured on: Mashable
  • Move with purpose and make money for charity

Download the app on iTunes here


Blogilates

Blogilates Official App

Use it for: Pilates

Available on: iOS, Android

Cost: Free with in-App purchases

What else?

  • Developed by Youtube star Cassey Ho
  • Specific training plans
  • Access to training calendar

Download the app on iTunes here


dailyyoga

Daily Yoga

Use it for: Yoga

Available on: iOS, Android

Cost: Free with in-App purchases

What else? 

  • Scheduled plans from experts
  • Relaxing music
  • Voted "Best Yoga App" by Healthline
  • Featured by Apple in: "New and noteworthy", "For Yogis", and "What's Hot" Essential App Collection
  • Awarded by EveningStandard as the Best Apps for Londoners, along with Uber

Download the app on iTunes


freeletics

Freeletics

Use it for: High intensity training workouts 

Available on: iOS, Android

Cost: Free with in-App purchases

What else?

  • Short workouts developed by sports scientists
  • built in psychological mechanisms
  • Compatible with Apple Watch

Download the app on iTunes here


lornajane

Lorna Jane

Use it for: Tracking fitness activity, finding healthy recipes and inspiration

Available on: iOS, Android

Cost: Free 

What else?

  • Voice cues from founder Lorna Jane
  • Track all workouts, from yoga to running
  • Earn rewards from kicking your goals
  • Inspirational and motivational content
  • Share your successes on social media from the app
  • Nourishing recipes
  • Compare your activity to friends and the Lorna Jane network

Download the app on iTunes here


classpass

ClassPass

Use it for: Everything!

Cost: The app is free to download and you allows you to purchase a monthly subscription

What else?

This is by far my favourite fitness app, ClassPass connects you to hundreds of the best fitness studios and gyms around the globe under a single monthly subscription fee. While it's not available in Australia right now, word on the street is that it's coming to us very soon. Keep your eyes peeled and prepared to be seriously addicted.


Image source: iTunes

Doone Roisin

Doone Roisin is the social media butterfly and Fashion Editor at finder.com.au. She's an online shopping enthusiast ready to show you what to buy and how to wear it, the best sales around town and insider tips to make note of.

Was this content helpful to you? No  Yes

Related Posts

Ask a Question

You are about to post a question on finder.com.au

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com.au is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Disclaimer: At finder.com.au we provide factual information and general advice. Before you make any decision about a product read the Product Disclosure Statement and consider your own circumstances to decide whether it is appropriate for you.
Rates and fees mentioned in comments are correct at the time of publication.
By submitting this question you agree to the finder.com.au privacy policy, receive follow up emails related to finder.com.au and to create a user account where further replies to your questions will be sent.

Ask a question
feedback