Finding time to get to the gym can be a problem for many of us. Between work, home, kids and/or pets, there’s always something to do. Plus, the gym and group classes can be intimidating, even without a pandemic going on. Throw in working from home and/or virtual schooling, and our schedules can be up in the air from day to day.
Fitness apps can help with all of these things! You can work out on your own time, in the privacy of your home with top notch instruction. This post will cover three of the best fitness apps for busy people everywhere based on ease of use, versatility, and customization.
More than just a bike, more than just live spin sessions, the Peloton app can help you with nearly any fitness goal. A subscription to the app gains you access to thousands of on demand and live fitness classes. Bootcamp styles classes, yoga, strength, classes and workouts are all available when you want. You can also use their cycling and running classes on whatever bike you have or even outdoors.
Peloton enthusiast and Ponya Bands customer Tara Jo Thomas is a busy mom of two young children and military wife who helps run her husband’s woodworking business. She has to make the most of her time.
“The number one thing to me is convenience,” said Tara Jo, explaining why she loves the Peloton app. “You have live and on demand fitness classes (strength, HIIT, yoga, stretching, guided audio power walks and guided audio runs) wherever you go. The next best thing is it has a program geared towards family- even little ones. 5 minute ‘brain breaks’ for example. And you can also stream these from your phone to your television using Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku etc... it’s amazing!”
If you want one app that can do it all, this is the one. And for just $12.99 a month, it’s easy to fit in your budget. Available on Apple and Android devices, it can go with you wherever you can find the time.
Standing for “Simply Work It,” the Sworkit app helps you do just that. It offers over 400 workouts with over 800 exercises, including strength, cardio, yoga, and stretching. It also gives you the option of picking from their already built workouts to creating your own, giving you control over your workout.
Sworkit wants to make everyone healthier to create “a long lasting, multi-generational impact.” Their Kids program helps children create healthy fitness habits that can last a lifetime. These classes, free at no cost, can help busy parents and teachers get kids moving after and during virtual learning.
Ponya customer and busy mom of two, soon to be three, Corrine Burmeister raves about Sworkit. “It’s awesome for making strength training interesting. I’m super bad at doing it,” admitted Corrine. “This helps keep me focused and interested. You can design your own workouts or do their premade ones, and they switch up the order so you never get too bored. They also have good music in the app, as well as options for using your own music with your workout.
Sworkit makes fitness easy. As we all know, the best fitness program is the one you stick with it, and they make it simple. It works across Apple, Android, and Google devices/ platforms. And with a variety of monthly and annual plans, starting at $4.99 a month, there is an option for every budget.
Focusing on strength workouts with a side of cardio, the Fitbod app offers the ultimate in training customization. It has workouts for resistance and weight training, bodyweight only and limited equipment, cardio and circuit training as well as warmups, cool downs, and stretching.
It analyzes your past workout data to tailor your workouts to your specific needs and abilities. Then, it fills in sets, reps, and weight based on best practices. It’s the next best thing to your own personal trainer with detailed instructions for each exercise.
Lori Covington loves the ease of the app. "I love how customizable it is," said Lori. "It allows me to select what gym equipment I have available each workout (all the way down to exactly what sets of dumbbells I have, 5 lbs, 8 lbs, etc), which is great because I can change it depending on whether I’m at home or at the gym. I love that one option it has is that it will suggest exercises based on what muscles should be most recovered from the last workout. It’s really easy to use!"
Like the best personal trainer, it also pushes you harder each workout as you get stronger and fitter. It designs workouts that challenge you in just the right ways. Its monthly and annual plans start at $9.99 with a variety of features, and it works on Apple and Android devices.
Use the free trial option on each of the apps to find which suits you best. Fitness is always personal. Do what works for you. And no matter how you decide to fit exercise in your life, there’s a Ponya Band for it.
What’s your favorite fitness app to keep active? Tell us in the comments below. Let’s all stay healthy, active, and do great things!