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Best At-Home Workout Apps 2021: Money-Saving Review

Health & Fitness

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. 

Anton Mark Writer
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Best At-Home Workout Apps 2021: Money-Saving Review

Introduction

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

  • LES MILLS™ ON DEMAND: Online workouts from the world leaders in group fitness.

    4.8 Ratings 12K+ Reviews 100K+ Downloads
    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

  • Strength training log, weight lifting tracker, gym workout planner & more!

    4.9 Ratings 158K+ Reviews 1M+ Downloads
    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 - at home fitness

    4.8 Ratings 12K+ Reviews 100K+ Downloads
    LES MILLS™ ON DEMAND: Stream Cardio, Strength, HIIT, Core, Flexibility Classes

    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 On Demand.

    Everything from cardio, strength, high intensity interval training (HIIT), core toning to flexibility, whatever your age, fitness level or goal.
    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!


    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 On Demand makes you part of a worldwide online community. Connect with other fitness fans all over the globe for support, tips and motivation.

    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. You will not be charged, and the plan will not auto-renew. Afterward, subscribe to our Digital 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 Digital 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
    The most effective gym workout planner, exercise timer, weight lifting log & tracker to get stronger and build muscle. Simple, effective workout program for beginners new to lifting … and bodybuilders new to powerlifting-style routines. Log your lifts, let the app plan your workouts, and crush your gym goals with Stronglifts 5x5!

    Three exercises, three times a week, 45 minutes per workout. Over 1 million people use StrongLifts 5x5 workout app to get stronger and build muscle... without weight training more than three times a week.

    The StrongLifts 5x5 workout app is like having a personal strength training and weightlifting
 coach in your pocket. The app guides you through each StrongLifts 5x5 workout. It 
shows you which exercise to do each workout, with how much weight, how long to rest
 between sets and more. StrongLifts takes the guess work out of your weight training by picking the right gym workout plan so you focus on weight lifting!

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    WHY GET STRONG WITH STRONGLIFTS 5X5?
    
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    ✔ FREE DOWNLOAD
    
✔ Simple, easy and intuitive design

    ✔ Interactive workout planner, timer and tracker

    ✔ Integrates the StrongLifts 5x5 workout used by millions worldwide
    
✔ Records weights, sets and reps - no more pen and paper!
    
✔ Know which exercise to do and how much to lift each workout

    ✔ Weight lifting programs for beginners and bodybuilders new to powerlifting
    ✔ Auto-alternate workout A/B, switch manually anytime from the menu

    ✔ Auto-add weight each workout plan, set increments/microload in settings

    ✔ Auto-deload/repeat the weight if you missed reps or hit a plateau 

    ✔ Intuitive timer suggests how long to rest between sets based on the last set

    ✔ Graphs & tracker to view your progression of all the lifts and for body-weight

    ✔ Calendar for weekly and monthly overviews of your workouts

    ✔ Notes for tracking assistance exercises or how a workout went

    ✔ Kg/lb – set this on first use, switch anytime in settings
    
✔ Bar setting: set the weight of your barbell in settings

    ✔ Auto-backup workouts to cloud, sync to any device

    ✔ Videos of workouts and exercises

    ✔ Log from Android Wear!

    ✔ Ad-free!

    Get Even Better Gym Results with The StrongLifts Pro!
    Download StrongLifts and try our free workout plan. Upgrade to Pro for even better 
results with warmups, plate calculator, assistance exercises and more.

    StrongLifts Pro can be purchased for three months or yearly. Payment is charged
 to your Google Play account during purchase confirmation. Subscriptions
 automatically renew at the end of the period for the same price. You can turn off auto renewal
 at any time up until 24-hours before the end of the subscription period in your
 Account Settings. When you cancel the auto-renewal, access to the Pro features will not
 expire immediately, you will have access until the end of the current payment period.

    About StrongLifts 5x5
    StrongLifts 5x5 is the simplest, most effective workout to get stronger and build muscle. 3 full body compound exercises exercises, 3x/week, 45 mins per workout. The first workout A you Squat, Bench and Barbell Row. After one day rest, you do workout B – Squat, Overhead Press and Deadlift. Start light to focus on form and build confidence under the bar, then add weight each workout.

    The StrongLifts 5x5 app does all the thinking for you so you can focus on lifting. More info about our workout at https://stronglifts.com/5x5/

    Permissions
    - Internet to send crash reports so we improve app
    - Photos/media/files to backup your workouts
    - Vibrator for rest timer alarm between sets
    - In-app purchases to unlock pro features

    Support
    - FAQ https://support.stronglifts.com
    - Contact us from the app - menu - help

    Like StrongLifts 5x5?
    If you like this StrongLifts 5x5 app, rate it 5-star so more people find it.
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $1.99 - $99.99 per item
    $4.99 - $99.99 per item

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