Top 5 Personal Trainer Apps

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There is no denying that most of us love a good app. Whether it is one that entertains, enables, instructs or informs – there is pretty much an app for everything and fitness is no exception. The digital sea of health-related apps can serve your every need, whether you want to find a gym near you, track weight loss, train for a triathlon or learn new yoga poses. And all can be done from your smartphone, an increasingly handy personal trainer that never leaves your side.

Apps can tell you pretty much everything you need to know as they monitor your daily activity, from your max running speed to calories burnt to hills climbed. The information provided can encourage healthy living, as the benefits of an active lifestyle become understandable facts, easy to digest. They’re also useful incentives, building in competitive elements that prevent boredom and capitalise on the fact that fitness can be addictive! Here are our favourite five personal trainer apps that we hope will help you catch the fitness bug:

1.    Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout App (Android/iOS), free

This app can be appreciated by all, regardless of fitness level or experience. It is a simple and scientifically proven body-weight workout that requires nothing more than a wall, a chair and a little bit of floor space. There are over 20 intensity levels, post-workout assessments and opportunities to personalise your workout at each stage. With audio and visual instruction, it’s impossible to go wrong. This app receives top marks for user-friendliness!

2.    Runtastic Six Pack Abs (Androis, iOS), free

This app encourages you to follow the lead of Runtastic male and female avatars through HD videos of customised and complete core workouts design to sculpt the perfect set of abs. Along with the 10 weeks Six Pack plan, there are other predefined workouts such as Insanity and Shape Up. Only drawback? The music is a little cheesy…

3.    Fitocracy Macros (Android, iOS), free

The USP of this app is to encourage people to stay motivated by joining the Fitocracy community and meeting other fitness-minded folks. It turns fitness into a game as you enter the details of your workout into its enormous database and receive awarded points accordingly. If you’ve got a competitive streak, this app will do you wonders…it’s essentially a social network for those who will thrive under peer pressure to exercise harder.

4.    MyFitnessPal (Android, iOS), free

Both a calorie counter and an exercise tracker, this app is perfect for monitoring weight. You can enter the activity you’ve done, the kind of exercise it is as well as what you’ve eaten,  and it will adjust your goals accordingly. You can also programme your goals at the beginning and find out how many calories you should consume daily in order to achieve those.

5.    Yoga Studio (Android, iOS), £2.49

With the emphasis on recovery set to rise with 2015, an app that helps hard-worked muscles stretch can only be a good thing. This widely recommended app provides 65 ready-made yoga and meditation classes and also permits you to customize your own. Classes range from 10 to 60 minutes, catering for all levels of ability as the poses are well explained and demonstrated.


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