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Best At-Home Workout Apps of 2021

Serious about working out and improving your fitness even if you can’t make it to the gym right now? We tested the best fitness apps to help you keep on top of your fitness, wherever you are. 

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Paid fitness apps are a great way to workout and can be an excellent option if you can’t make it to the gym. We tested 10 of the best apps on the market to see which one provided the best value for the cost. 

We determined that the premium subscription for the app Les Mills was the best value at $14.99/month. We also have our favorite for music lovers and the best app to help you get strong. Here’s why we chose these apps:

Our Pick

The gold standard of group exercise

  • On demand workouts from LES MILLS
    4.8 Ratings 14K+ Reviews 100K+ Downloads
    Free Feature Rich
    Free
    Free

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Les Mills is a market leader in group exercise that’s been delivering programs since 1990. With their On-Demand App, you can get their latest releases to follow along and keep working on your fitness from the comfort of your own home.

Why we chose Les Mills:

  • Access to world-renowned exercise classes that are performed in 100 countries around the world.
  • Everything is expertly choreographed, and each class is designed to give you the ultimate workout experience.
  • The classes and instructors are high-energy, which is great for keeping you motivated and working hard in your sessions.
  • Classes are pre-recorded but the instructors talk as though you’re in the room.
  • They even offer ways to make the workouts easier or harder.
  • Unique soundtracks and routines are created for each class to give you an amazing boost of energy with every workout.
  • Hundreds of classes are available to complete on the app whenever you want.
  • It's a steal for $14.99/month, given the quality.

After testing all of the apps, we were convinced that Les Mills was the perfect option for working out at home. These are the same programs that are delivered in gyms and studios around the world, and you have an exercise class available for every goal, whether you want to focus on strength, yoga, or bodyweight training.

Read Les Mills' Full Review
Runner Up

A high-energy workout option for music lovers

We’ve heard a lot about Peloton and were excited to try out their app. It stood out to us from the beginning as we saw the clean design and the huge list of all the classes on offer. You can go straight to the workout of your choosing, whether it’s strength, cardio, yoga, or meditation, and enjoy a fun class that wouldn’t look out of place in the gym.

Why we chose Peloton:

  • Has 11 different fitness classes to choose from, covering all your bases when it comes to looking after your health.
  • Includes a mix of live and pre-recorded classes that allow you to join in with your favorite trainers regularly.
  • Can enjoy a personal exercise experience as the trainers call on you by name and even congratulate you on your workout milestones.
  • Great music and high energy classes replicate the experience you would get in a high-end studio.
  • The app is super simple to use.
  • Costs $39 a month.

Similar to Les Mills, Peloton has a range of group exercise options that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. If you don’t have any equipment, don’t worry, as you can filter through the classes to meet your needs. Once you do, there’s a big range of live and pre-recorded classes for you to enjoy. The price is a little more than Les Mills, although still cheaper than most gyms, and with so many classes on offer, you won’t ever get bored of working out with Peleton.

Read Peloton's Full Review
Also Groovy

The ultimate app to help you get strong

  • Best gym workout tracker & planner. 4.9 rating, 89k reviews, featured by Google.
    4.9 Ratings 164K+ Reviews 1M+ Downloads
    Free Feature Rich Fresh In App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases

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Designed to help the user get stronger, we loved how simple the app was to use and how easy it makes lifting weights. We were surprised by just how much we loved it, but when you see progress so quickly, it’s hard not to fall in love.

Why we chose StrongLifts 5x5:

  • A perfect strength-based program for anyone interested in lifting weights, whatever your starting point.
  • Makes calculating your weights, and knowing how to load up your bar extra simple.
  • Tells you exactly when to move your weights up and lift heavier, making it easier for you to make progress.
  • Easy to use timing system ensures your workouts run smoothly as you get the right amount of rest in-between each set.
  • Helps you to get better at the essential complex lifts.
  • Free to use but the pro option costs $4.99/month.

StrongLifts 5x5 is a fantastic option if you’re looking to get strong. The downside is that you do need a squat rack and weights, but once you have the right equipment, it’s a great app to help you make rapid progress in your strength training.

Read Stronglifts 5x5's Full Review

Everything We Recommend

  • Our Pick

    Les Mills on Demand

    4.8 Ratings 14K+ Reviews 100K+ Downloads
    The LES MILLS On Demand app can be used with LES MILLS+ and your subscription. This app is best for enjoying our workout videos in German, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese.

    LES MILLS+: Stream Cardio, Strength, HIIT, Core, Flexibility workouts at-home or on-the-go!

    Online workouts from LES MILLS, the world leaders in group fitness.
    Get unlimited access to 12 different fitness programs and hundreds of high-energy, effective workouts with LES MILLS+.

    Everything from cardio, strength, high intensity interval training (HIIT), core toning to flexibility, whatever your age, fitness level or goal. Whether you're a beginner starting off your fitness journey or an expert looking to optimize your routine, you will find workouts that suit you.
    Choose from a variety of classes, 30 – 55 minute workouts to fit your schedule.

    Great for working out on the go. Stream to your favorite device at home, at work, when you’re travelling or at the gym or club facility.

    Build strength, burn calories, increase flexibility or just shake off your stress – on your time, anywhere!

    LES MILLS+ also offers safe and fun-packed workouts for kids and teens (4 to 16 years-old).

    SELECTED FEATURES:

    1. Move with the best.
    Our inspiring, motivating team of expert instructors around the world will lead, push and challenge you in every work out. Their expert advice will help you improve your technique and get your fit, healthy and strong.

    2. Experience the latest in fitness research
    With over 35 years’ experience in the industry, we will set you up for success. All workouts are safe, effective, and scientifically proven.

    3. Go harder and push higher with unbeatable fitness music.
    Chart-topping tunes that make each workout the most motivating and inspiring experience.

    4. More than workouts
    LES MILLS+ makes you part of a worldwide online community. Connect with other fitness fans all over the globe for support, tips and motivation. Access workout plans and routines to help you smash your fitness goals!

    5. Weekly Updates
    New releases added weekly to bring variety to your weekly fitness and training routine. You’ll never get bored doing the same old thing.

    Get access to:

    - LES MILLS BODYPUMP™
    - LES MILLS BODYCOMBAT™
    - LES MILLS BODYFLOW® (US)
    - LES MILLS BODYBALANCE™ (UK/EU/NZ)
    - LES MILLS BODYATTACK™
    - LES MILLS BODYSTEP™
    - LES MILLS GRIT™ Cardio
    - LES MILLS GRIT™ Strength
    - LES MILLS GRIT™ Plyo
    - LES MILLS RPM™
    - LES MILLS SH’BAM™
    - LES MILLS CXWORX™
    - and more…
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    No
    No
  • Runner Up
    Transform your fitness routine at home or on-the-go with thousands of live and on-demand classes taught by one of our 30+ world-class instructors who encourage you along the way.

    Discover all the workouts you need to fulfill your personal fitness goals, including strength training, indoor and outdoor running, cycling, yoga, HIIT, meditation, stretching and more via your Android phone, tablet, or TV. Get our App on compatible Android TVs or cast workouts to your TV via Chromecast to easily follow along to every class from the biggest screen in your home. With new content and killer music to inspire you, Peloton can turn any space or any equipment into your own private fitness studio with our guided workouts.

    HOW TO JOIN & ACCESS THE PELOTON APP

    1. New to Peloton? Download the app and get started with a 30-day free trial. Afterward, subscribe to our App Membership for at $12.99/mo (exclusive of taxes), which will auto-renew monthly until you cancel.

    2. Already a Peloton Member? Access to the Peloton App is free with your membership. Just log in to your account on the app for access.
    From HIIT to stretching, stream classes, work toward your own fitness goals and get access to game-changing studio-quality workouts.

    FEATURES:

    A DIVERSE RANGE OF LIVE AND ON-DEMAND FITNESS CLASSES: Stream classes from Peloton’s NYC and London studios, including our most popular classes:
    Strength Training & Toning
    Treadmill Running
    Outdoor Running (audio)
    Indoor Cycling
    Yoga
    HIIT
    Treadmill and Indoor Bike Bootcamps
    Meditation
    Stretching
    Cardio Workout
    Walking

    WORLD-CLASS INSTRUCTORS: Get motivation from our instructor team, bringing unique teaching styles and killer playlists to every class to motivate you to get the most from your workout.

    LIVE AND ON-DEMAND CLASSES: Join our live classes for a studio fitness experience wherever you are. Or, explore our library of thousands of instructor-led workouts to get moving whenever you’re ready to sweat.

    VARIETY TO STAY INSPIRED: Get the mix of cardio and strength you need to hit your fitness goals, at any skill level. Pick the best fitness classes for you by filtering for length, time and your favorite music.

    TREADMILL & OUTDOOR RUNNING: Go farther than you would on your own by running with guided outdoor running classes led by our expert instructors to help you build speed and endurance.

    MUSIC THAT MOVES YOU: Move to the music with our library of thousands of songs, classes dedicated to your favorite artists and curated playlists for every class. Filter classes to your favorite genre so you never have to queue songs for your workouts again.

    YOUR FITNESS PROFILE: Track your active days and workouts in your profile to stay on top of your progress.

    HEART RATE MONITOR SUPPORT: Connect your Bluetooth-enabled heart rate monitor to view your live metrics whenever you are in class.

    ON MOBILE AND TV: Work out with our App on compatible Android TVs or cast using Chromecast. Take your strength and yoga classes to the biggest screen in your home for an immersive workout experience.

    Download Peloton to run, cycle or stretch, and get the thrill of a live workout class in the comfort of your own home.
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    By completing your purchase, you certify that you are at least 18 years old and that you understand and agree to the Terms of Service (https://www.onepeloton.com/terms-of-service) and Privacy Policy (https://www.onepeloton.com/privacy-policy). By subscribing to our App Membership at $12.99/mo (exclusive of taxes), you will be automatically charged monthly until you cancel. Auto-renewal may be turned off in your Account Setting in Play store after purchase. No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during an active subscription period. A user that cancels during a subscription month will not be charged for the following month.
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $12.99 per item
    $12.99 per item
  • Also Groovy
    StrongLifts is the simplest weight lifting tracker to get stronger. Follow our free strength training program, or make your own routine. Just download the app and log your workouts to get results.

    Here's what StrongLifters say:
    ▸ ""Best fitness app I have used (and yes, I tried most of them)""
    ▸ ""Much more user friendly than other apps that complicate things""
    ▸ ""I love this app because it does all the thinking for me so I can focus on lifting""
    ▸ ""Simple, easy-to-use. Least amounts of tapping necessary to log your workouts""
    ▸ ""So Helpful. We use it every time we lift at home. We'd be lost without this app!!""
    ▸ ""Been using for years. Simple and effective. I’ve gotten stronger and much better at my form.""
    ▸ ""Best app for making strength gains. Super simple to use. Delete your other apps this is it!""
    ▸ ""Using this for 4 years. Tried other apps but can never stick to it like I do with StrongLifts""
    ▸ ""Built to be used easily. Just download and check it out and you will understand!""

    Simple and Easy to Use
    √ Clean and intuitive interface
    √ Minimal amount of taps to log workouts
    √ Quickly log reps and sets in the gym without typing
    √ Not complicated and bloated like most workout apps
    √ Created by a powerlifter who understands lifting

    All Thinking, Tracking and Planning Done for You
    √ Keeps track of progress for you
    √ Tells you what to do next workout
    √ Auto-increases the weights for you
    √ Takes all thinking out of going to the gym
    √ Just follow what StrongLifts says
    √ Focus more on your workout

    Real Results
    √ Proven principles of Progressive Overload
    √ Automatic weight increases so you push yourself
    √ Free StrongLifts 5x5 Strength Training Program
    √ Videos and instructions to improve your form
    √ Easy to stick to and stay on track

    Free Features
    √ Simple, easy to use, clean interface
    √ Free StrongLifts 5x5 Strength Training Program
    √ Automatic weight increases to push yourself
    √ Automatic deload to help you break plateaus
    √ Automatic deload after time off lifting
    √ Automatic rest-timer to stay focused
    √ Workout scheduler to plan workouts
    √ History to review your progress
    √ Graphs to stay motivated
    √ Notes to remember things to work on
    √ Sync workouts with Google Fit
    √ Support for lb and kg weight units
    √ Automatic backup of workout data

    Pro Features
    √ Log any strength training and weight lifting routine
    √ Create your own workouts, exercises, and sets/reps
    √ +100 exercises to pick from - barbell, body-weight, dumbbell, etc
    √ +100 exercise videos with instructions to learn proper form
    √ Warmup calculator: how much weight to warmup with
    √ Plate calculator: which plates to put on the bar
    √ Ramp sets, pyramid sets, top/back off sets, etc
    √ Pay a monthly or yearly subscription. Or pay once for lifetime access.

    The Best Weight Lifting App
    √ Featured by Google many times, including in TV ads
    √ Best-rated weight lifting tracker - 4.9 stars, +89k reviews
    √ 3.4+ million lifters started their strength journey with StrongLIfts
    √ 191+ billion pounds lifted by StrongLifters since 2011

    Support
    ▸ Guide: https://stronglifts.com/5x5/
    ▸ Help: http://support.stronglifts.com
    ▸ Contact: support@stronglifts.com
    ▸ Privacy: https://stronglifts.com/mobile-privacy-policy/
    ▸ Terms: https://stronglifts.com/terms/

    Download Now
    ▸ Download StrongLifts today
    ▸ Enter your profile, schedule and strength level
    ▸ StrongLifts will calculate your starting weights for you
    ▸ Then log your workouts, and start getting results!
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $1.99 - $99.99 per item
    $4.99 - $149.99 per item
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