When I go to the gym, I don’t like to have to think about what exercises or routines I will do. In a perfect world–a world where I have a ton of money in the bank–I would probably always have a personal trainer ready at my beck and call. Alas, it is not a perfect world. What’s the next best thing to having a trainer ons retainer? Smartphone apps. There are a ton of them out there, some of them better than others. Here are a few that I’ve been using for a while and really enjoy. FYI, I have an iPhone, so by default, all of these are iOS apps. I apologize to my Android friends.
Nike Training Club
This one’s been around for a while, but still a favorite. Nike training Club is a free iPhone app that provides you about 60+ workouts that range between 15-45 minutes. The exercises are time based–typically you will do an exercise for a minute, and then move on to the next one. Let me tell you, the workouts will kick your butt. Also, the time you spend in the app is tracked, and once you hit a certain amount of time in it, you unlock rewards, which can be anything from recipes to more workouts. My favorite workout is the 15-minute Jeannette Jenkins’ Ultimate Hollywood Workout which is only unlocked after you’ve spent 1500 minutes within the app. It’s well worth it. This routine will blast your abs!
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Skimble Workout Trainer
Workout Trainer by Skimble is a lot like Nike Training Club. It offers a ton of body-weight exercise routines to get you moving, even if you only have a few minutes. Routines are anywhere from 10 to 40 minutes. There are so many routines available–you can purchase some “pro-level routines”, or you can make your own. The sheer number of quick workouts is appealing, especially if your time is limited–I suspect I’m not the only person that doesn’t have the time to spend 2 hours in the gym…
lolo Easy Abs
Looking for a core workout and only have 5 minutes? lolo Easy Abs is the app for you. Easy Abs gives you a new ab routine every time you open it up. You start by telling the app how long you want to workout (3, 5, or 8 minutes), your fitness level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced), and the equipment you have available (barbells, bench, etc.), and then it builds a custom routine. The app is very well put together, and it simply offers another way to quickly get some ab work in. If you like lolo Easy Abs, you should check out some of their other apps like lolo Easy Arms and lolo Easy Legs.
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I don’t want to say too much about this app as we are doing a full review later on this week. Teemo is a team-challenge app that gives you and your teammates quick, body-weight exercises to do. Needless to say, Teemo has become a favorite around The RUNiverse, and I can’t recommend it enough. Get it today.
Are there any apps you would recommend? What are some of your favorites?
Category: Cross Training