apps and programs, videos and tools allow them to be efficient
with their time and their bodies," she said.
gym membership isnít needed, either. "If you have a
body, you have a gym," Cohen said.
there arenít as many new fitness apps being created because
of the rise of wearable fitness devices like Fitbit, which
create their own motivations and experiences for users,
fitness trainers picked their favorite new and established
apps to help anyone with a smartphone get exercising.
This new subscription-based app has videos of certified
trainers leading classes. Many of the classes focus on
flexibility and strengthening exercises like yoga and Pilates,
but it also has weightlifting and nutrition classes, with
single classes and series available. Cohen is especially
pleased the videos show trainers with varied body types, and
the videos are accessible to people of all fitness levels.
also have body-weight workouts that are accessible to anyone
no matter where they are," she said.
One of the easiest ways to start a new fitness regime is to
simply walk more. Dr. Bridget Scott, of Scott Chiropractic,
recommended a new walking game app from the founders of
DietBet called StepBet. Users bet against themselves on
personalized targets, and they can win money when they reach
their goals. The competition angle can be a catalyst to get
sedentary people moving, she said.
thereís money and competition involved, thereís
motivation. And you canít cheat because the Fitbit tracks
your progress," Scott said.
Cohen and Scott said Sworkitís videos are good for
beginners, although theyíre accessible to anyone with
fitness goals. Scott said itís her favorite recent app.
"Itís free, simple and can be customized to your body
type and specific needs. I love the variety of strength,
stretching, cardio, Pilates and yoga options, all with no gym
or necessary equipment. It also syncs with MyFitnessPal and
Google Fit, among others." Scott said. Free and
subscription versions are available.
Running. The music app Spotify has been around for a while,
but recently it added a section devoted to runners. It uses an
algorithm to create special playlists based on the userís
movement. Tracy Chudnow, chief sweat officer at WheelPower
Studio, swears by it.
app measures your running pace and then finds songs with a
beats-per-minute to match it. For me, itís all about being
on the beat and losing myself in the music. This app helps
with that," she said. Free or subscription versions are
Run! Need some distraction while exercising? Christian Koshaba,
owner of Three60fit Gym, says this interactive game app is fun
and offers a high-intensity workout. Users listen to a story
and pick from 200 "missions" or create their own
interval training. "(Users) gather supplies, plot rescues
and survive in the end times while getting in a great
workout," he said.
Workouts Free. For beginners who donít know where to start
and arenít ready to commit funds, Lisa Payne, a personal
trainer who works with private and corporate clients, likes
Daily Workouts Free, a no-frills app. "Itís just 10
workouts and covers the basics. Itís very short. Itís
great for people who want to get up early in the morning and
get something in," she said.
Buddy. For people who want to know the "why" behind
their exercise, Payne recommended subscription-based app
Fitness Buddy. Not only does it have a multitude of exercises,
it shows users the muscle groups being worked and other
exercises to compliment the moves, making it very educational.
Plus thereís a community where users can discuss what theyíve
may tell you how to do a squat, but also the biomechanics
behind it and what I need to improve on, and it gives proper
form. Form is really huge, so people donít get injured. Itís
like having a personal trainer in your house without having to
hire one," Payne said.