Workout apps

12 Best Workout Apps of 2023, According to Fitness Experts


What’s the best automated workout app?

I’ve been using the Strong app for so many years, with nearly at 1000 workouts on there. It’s a great app and has served me well, but I’m getting bored of my routines and tired of making templates and plans on there.

I’ve seen a ton of app recommendations throughout this sub, but am somewhat overwhelmed by the options. I’m looking for an app that will do the planning for me — what exercises I’m doing, how many sets, etc. Of course, some customization would be nice. For example, I enjoy doing a PPL split and would like an app that can follow a program like this

I’ve seen apps like Fitbod and Fitness AI recommended, but I am curious to know if any others do what I want and aren’t as plain as Strong.

Ideally, a free app is always better, but I’m open to any paid apps — no particular budget.

UPDATE: I decided to try out Alpha Progression — pretty much does everything I wanted it to. It makes my programs (including PPL), has hundreds of workout options with videos showing them, and also encourages progressive overload. Offers monthly plans ($10/mo) and annual plans ($60/yr).

So far, only thing about the app is that I wish I had:

– I want to put set information quicker — it sends me to a scroll wheel to select the weight I did and sets which is just a bit slower
– I want add or remove sets quicker, including warmups, dropsets, and supersets.
– I want to have an alarm/bell notification when my rest time is up

12 Best Workout Apps of 2023, According to Fitness Experts

Stream the most motivating workout classes right on your phone.

Best Workout Apps

Though it’s not always easy to find the time to make it to the gym, that doesn’t mean you have to give up on the idea of working out altogether. By downloading one of the best workout apps straight to your tablet or phone, you can choose from a variety of workout classes and activities – including yoga, HIIT, strength training, stretching and more. Best of all, workout apps make it possible to squeeze in a quick 10-minute ab session from the comfort of your home. Though these services typically have subscription fees associated, some are totally free so there’s really an app out there for every budget and style.

Our top picks:

The personal trainers, fitness enthusiasts and product analysts at the Good Housekeeping Institute test everything from the most engaging YouTube Workout Channels to must-have home gym equipment and buzzy workout mirrors. In the past year alone, our pros have put more than 20 workout apps to the test, evaluating each one for its intuitiveness, variety of exercise options and price. We also considered feedback from real testers on their experience using apps, including how challenging the workout felt, the class quality and more. According to our pros, these are the best fitness apps of 2023 to get your heart pumping.

After our top picks, continue reading to find out what makes the best workout app.

Best Overall: Apple Fitness+

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Apple Fitness+ has been growing in popularity over the past few years for its robust library of studio-style workouts, with new classes added every week. Previously the service was exclusive to Apple Watch users, but the brand has since expanded access to anyone with a compatible iPhone, Apple TV or iPad. From HIIT to core and yoga, Fitness+ offers a wide variety of classes and rounds it out by tracking metrics through your Apple Watch. “I loved that this service tracked and displayed your pulse throughout the whole workout and gave you feedback about how your rate recovered after the workout,” one tester says.

Our experts who tested Apple Fitness+ found instructors skilled and energetic, and we appreciate that there are always two to four trainers per class to show easy exercise modifications to suit all fitness levels. Plus, the production quality of classes is top-notch and paired with fantastic playlists that keep you motivated.

Cost: $10/month or $80/year (and three months free with most new iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad and Apple TV purchases)
Multiple trainers in each class provide tons of modifications for all levels
Take Note:
Only available on compatible Apple devices
Available on iOS

Best for Men: Centr by Chris Hemsworth

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Centr is a comprehensive fitness and wellness app created by Chris Hemsworth and his hand-selected team of health professionals. Not only does the app deliver effective workouts ranging from HIIT to strength and Pilates, but the program is complete with nutrition guidance, meal plans and healthy recipes curated by chefs to help you achieve your wellness goals. It’s a great choice for anyone seeking a lifestyle change. “I liked the approach with this app and having a section for workout, meditation and food recipes,” one tester says. Our experts also appreciate that many of the specialized programs help you build strength and stay motivated, like the 13-week muscle-building program, Centr Power.

Cost: $30/month, $60/three months or $90/year
Excellent strength training workout selection
Take Note: Unable to download workouts beforehand
Available on Android or iOS

Best for Personal Training: FUTURE

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You’ll get the best of both worlds with this workout app that combines personal training with the convenience of working out at home on your own schedule. Start by matching with a human trainer based on your goals and fitness level, and you train all month for the price of what one personal training session would typically cost at a high-end gym. Just note that although you have a live call at first, you won’t physically see your trainer during every session. Instead, you’ll be able to interact with them via the app’s messaging platform to share any feedback or request adjustments to your fitness program. Our experts love that each weekly training plan and workout is customized to your goals and includes audio and video guides for every movement. We also appreciate Future’s emphasis on tracking your progress so you can see real improvements and stay accountable.

Cost: $199/month
Personalized workouts and weekly training programs created just for you
Take Note:
You won’t see your trainer during every session
Available on Android or iOS

Best for Barre: Alo Moves

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Alo Moves

Featuring barre, Pilates, yoga, HIIT, meditation, quick ab workouts and more than 3,000 classes, it’s hard not to love this 2023 Good Housekeeping Fitness Awards Winner. The app is easy to navigate so you can find the right workout for you, and new classes are added on a regular basis so you never have to take the same one twice. Our pros love the impressive production quality of each class, not to mention the quality of the content as well as Alo’s engaging instructors. Testers especially like being able to find easy-to-follow, accessible and motivating workouts for all fitness levels. Another perk: You can download workouts straight to your phone so you can do things like practice yoga outside, even if there’s no WiFi connection!

• Cost: $13/month, $129/year
• Pros:
Fantastic class content and instructors
• Take Note:
Limited filters when searching in the app
Available on iOS

Best for Group Fitness: Obe Fitness

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Obe Fitness

Known for its neon-colored workout videos and upbeat instructors, this motivating app features 20+ types of workout classes from sculpting and barre to HIIT and cardio boxing. You can stream live classes six days a week or choose one of over 10,000 on-demand classes. When testing the app, our pros liked the app’s easy-to-use interface as well the wide variety of class types, which were lively, engaging and fun. We also love that you can download up to 30 classes in the app so you can keep up with your fitness routine when you’re on vacation and WiFi access is limited. While equipment isn’t required for many of Obe’s high-energy classes, you can increase the intensity by adding light weights and resistance bands.

Cost: $25/month, $170/year
Fun and engaging fitness content for all levels, including live classes
Take Note:
iOS app is easier to use than Android version
Available on Android or iOS

Best for Free Workouts: Nike Training Club

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The Nike Training Club app has fantastic classes and doesn’t put a price on health and fitness. With an intuitive interface, the app lets you browse routines by workout type, muscle group or equipment. It even features useful nutrition and wellness tips. Our testers loved the range of workouts offered and noted that there were programs suited for varying fitness levels, including those for workout novices as well as more advanced athletes. “There were different programs for different ability levels, which is great for everyone!” one tester raves. Our fitness experts also appreciate that classes are efficient and easy to follow and that the app offers big workouts for small spaces, making it a great choice for anyone seeking apartment-friendly fitness. “This service was very easy to use and perfect for a quick at-home workouts,” another tester shares.

Cost: Free
Pros: Caters to all fitness levels and offers a wide variety of workouts
Take Note:
Can take up quite a bit of space on your smartphone
Available on Android or iOS

Best for Variety: Peloton App

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Peloton is not just for those with the brand’s bike, treadmill or rower. In fact, you don’t need anything to benefit from the Peloton app’s seemingly endless class options (both live and on-demand), including spin and running but also yoga, barre, HIIT classes, strength training, stretching and more. Testers loved the varied workout categories, duration of classes, motivational trainers and the general sense of community the app encourages. “It was quick and simple to find whatever type of class you were in the mood for, and for however long you’d like the class to be,” one tester says. Others were wowed by the feeling that they were right in the studio — some instructors even spoke to them with their leaderboard name!

Cost: $13/month, $129/year
Top industry instructors, huge workout community and class library
Take Note:
You won’t be able to take advantage of certain metrics if you don’t have Peloton equipment
Available on Android or iOS

Best for Community: BODi

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BODi (formerly Beachbody On Demand) has consistently impressed our experts with its lively, invigorating classes and programs led by high-quality instructors. It has a community feel that we love, and testers gave it top scores thanks to a wide variety of classes and activities offered, ranging from challenging boot camps to Pilates. The app itself is easy to navigate, and you’re able to search for classes and programs based on your needs and interests. Get started by choosing from a variety of programs, like a six-week cardio plan or a two-month hip-hop program that focuses on ab work, that you can stream from your living room.

Cost: $90/three months, $179/year
Pros: Huge selection of class and workout programs, motivating instructors
Take Note:
Minimum three-month membership required
on Android or iOS

Best for Women: SWEAT

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SWEAT is a workout app designed specifically for women by women. Sessions are led by female fitness professionals who are considered some of the best in the industry. The High-Intensity Zero Equipment sessions led by Kayla Itsines feature high-intensity circuit training that’s suitable for all levels and a great option for beginners looking to make a fitness transformation. The post-pregnancy program from Kelsey Wells is another standout on this app. The community is vast, the content is effective and user-friendly, and our testers found the app and instructors very motivating. Our Lab experts appreciated that you’re able to preview each workout before getting started, and they found the majority of exercises easy to follow.

Cost: $20/month or $120/year
All female instructors, dynamic workouts designed for women at all phases of life
Take Note:
Most workouts require you to interact with the screen after each set
Available on Android or iOS

Best for Yoga: Glo

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Whether you’re a dedicated yogi or a downward dog beginner, Glo’s 5,000 classes (and counting!) make it the ultimate pick for practitioners at every level. Download the app, grab your yoga mat and take a quiz to get personalized recommendations, then search for and follow your favorite teachers. We especially love that you can download sessions to do later — perfect when you won’t have access to WiFi. You can enjoy live classes with other Glo members, and you’re able to search based on class duration, practice, instructor, body part, intensity level and more. Testers also appreciate that the app offers meditation content.

Cost: $30/month, $245/year
Content available for all levels
Take Note:
Specializes primarily in yoga and Pilates classes
Available on Android or iOS

Best for Toning: Tone It Up

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Tone It Up

From trainers Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott, Tone It Up offers tons of incredible fitness classes, from toning and sculpting to pregnancy and postnatal content. You’ll also find great strength training, dance, kickboxing and barre programs, all available at a variety of levels and intensities. A favorite of our fitness experts, we appreciate that many workouts are beginner-friendly for those looking to tone and sculpt and that a lot of the content incorporates resistance bands for an added challenge. We’re also grateful that you can schedule workouts in the app and receive reminders before it’s time to start.

Cost: $15/month or $100/year
Pros: Great low-impact workouts available, large supportive community of over 1 million TIU members
Take Note:
Most content behind a paywall
Available o
n Android or iOS

Best for Runners and Cyclists: Strava

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Yoga and barre not your thing? Strava is a workout app made for all the runners, cyclists and hikers out there. It tracks important stats (like speed, pace, elevation and more) so you can improve your performance over time. Plus, it offers monthly challenges and competitions to help keep you on your toes. You’ll also be able to connect with the Strava community, as well as your contacts and Facebook friends. If you opt for the premium Strava Summit membership, you’ll get a more detailed analysis of your performance and access to a safety feature that shares your location with designated contacts while you run.

Cost: Free
Easy and free way to track your stats and find new routes
Take Note:
Does not offer fitness classes
Available on Android or iOS