Since I am currently on vacation, I try to keep my workout as simple as possible. Among other things, I want my workouts to be quick and not require any equipment or special facility, since having access to a gym is not always possible. As you may already have guessed from my previous posts, tabata Training is my workout of choice, but to be perfectly honest, sometimes I just could not be bothered to create my own workout. This is where training apps are super useful. Not only for the traveller, but also for beginners just as much as gym rats.
The benefits of such apps is, of course, and especially for beginners, a great way of getting started. You don’t need to think of what exercises you should do, in which order or for how long. Often times, these apps ask you to enter information about your fitness level, which will then help select workouts for you to do. Even if you don’t know anything about fitness, these apps are tremendous help to get you started. And for those who are more advanced, these apps are also a great help when you need workout inspiration.
So today, I will share with you some of my favourite apps. I don’t use training apps very often, to be honest, as I usually do my own workouts or train with a trainer. However, I almost always rely on training apps when I’m travelling or can’t get to a gym.
Nike Training App
This is one of my all time favourite that I actually recommend to a lot of friends because among all the apps I’ve tried throughout the years, I found this to include the best workouts, and it’s easily customizable to your own needs. You can filter by level of fitness, level of intensity, strength, endurance or mobility training, duration, equipment, and either time-based or rep-based training. The app is well-built, easy to browse and fast, and above all, is free!
Workout Trainer: Personal Fitness Coach (by Skimble)
This one is actually quite similar to the Nike Training App, but on top of all the filters the Nike Training app offers, this one also lets you filter by what body part you want to work on. You can choose between glutes, legs, core, arms, etc. which is a great plus. The only downside to the app is that the “trainers” that you follow along on the app are not as good as the Nike Training app. The instructions can sometimes be unclear, which can be problematic for someone who is new to working out and maybe don’t know every exercise in the book. Therefore, if this is the case for you, I would suggest you check out youtube videos of whatever you’re not sure of. Also, although the app is free for the most part, there are some features that are payable, such as less robotic sounding trainers and certain exclusive workouts. Otherwise, it is all free as well.
This isn’t so much a training app as such, but I wanted to include it anyway because it is a great running app, and running is training, so we’re good! With this app, you can track your running, cycling, walking and hiking among many other things. It keeps track of your distance, speed and route. I found it was a great help to be able to view my progress. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I am not a great runner and slowly working towards improving that, and this app has been very useful to me.
So here you go! Those are my favourite training apps. If you have any suggestions of other things I should try, let me know