10 Free Fitness Apps For When Hiring A Personal Trainer Is Just Too Expensive

by Georgina Berbari

When you get into that glorious gym groove, the results you see from your hard work are seriously so, so satisfying.

But too often, after you've been rocking the same routine for awhile, that pesky plateau creeps up, and you realize need some serious new inspo.

In an ideal world, everyone could get a personal trainer to guide them and help achieve their personal #FitnessGoals.

But, as my dad has permanently ingrained into my mind, money does not grow on trees. And a single NYC training sesh can set you back literally hundreds of dollars.

Don't give up on the gains just yet, though.

Here are 10 amazing fitness apps that will turn your plateau into a peak.

Oh, and did I mention they're free?

Your wallet's going to thank you for this one.

1. Sworkit


Sworkit lets you follow guided plans, adjust workouts to your own fitness levels, and even interact with personal trainers.

Oh, and the app reminds you to schedule your next workout from the "congrats" screen when you finish.


2. 8fit


This app will give you major fitness motivation and provide you with muscle-building HIIT workouts and interactive videos to help you along the way.

8fit is also completely customizable, and it even lets you upload pictures to track your progress, if that's your jam.

3. Zombies, Run!

Zombies, Run!

Don't worry, I was just as confused as you are right now when I first saw this name, too.

If you tend to loathe cardio, Zombies, Run! might be the perfect app for you, because it turns running into a fun little game (that is, if you consider being chased by zombies fun).

Every run becomes a mission in which you're the hero running to pulse-pumping tunes and sweating it out.

I'm totally intrigued, TBH.

4. RackMath


The word "math" might be a turn-off, but this app is gold, I promise.

RackMath actually decreases the amount of math you have to do in real life (phew) by calculating the amount of weight you have to put on the bar for you.

Gains, here we come.

5. Strong Workout Tracker

Strong Workout Tracker

Sweet, simple, and effective, Strong Workout Tracker totally eliminates the need for paper workout journals by guiding you through an intuitive exercise routine.

Making your life easier at the gym and saving trees?

BRB, heading to the app store.

6. Fitness Blender

Fitness Blender

Fitness Blender is basically a community of people sharing their love for fitness and cheering each other on.

From GIFs to workout videos, this interactive app might even make burpees seem fun.

(I said "might," OK?)

7. Pact


Pact gives you incentive to get in the gym by literally paying you for working out.

Say no more. I think I'm in love.

Earn cash for staying active, and pay up if you don't.

It's seriously the ultimate accountability app.

8. Nike+ Training Club

Nike+ Training Club

The workouts within Nike+ Training Club range all the way from yoga, to strength, to endurance, and even mobility workouts.

And if that's not tempting enough, the training inspo on the app is taken directly from awesome athletes like Serena Williams.

Sweating like Serena? Sign me up.

9. Workout Plan

Workout Plan

This kickass app lets you download pre-made workout plans that are professionally designed by strength and conditioning coaches.

Sorry, pricey personal trainer, but you may have been replaced.

10. Down Dog

Down Dog

Last but not least, if you're really in the mood for a nice yoga flow, Down Dog has got you covered.

This awesome app provides a studio-like yoga experience without needing to reach for your cash.

I'm so down, dog (#SorryNotSorry).