If you’re looking to mix up your training routine or trying to get into better shape and improve your health, fitness apps are a cheap, easy, and fun way to improve your physical fitness. Whether you're trying to find time for a workout in between classes or trying to stay in shape while on vacation without your gym equipment, here’s a list of the best fitness apps that are perfect for college students.
Available on the App Store and Google Play for free. Strong is great for keeping track of your workouts and progress you’ve made in the gym. You can log how many workouts you do a week to help measure your progression. If you don’t know where to start, the app provides example routines for legs, chest and triceps, back and biceps, or a mixed full-body workout.
If you’re looking for something more individualized, the app allows you to create a custom workout where you can add specific exercises of your choice. The app gives you the ability to select exercises based on categories like machine, cardio, bodyweight, and more, or you can select exercises based on body parts like core, arms, back, and chest for example.
What’s nice about the exercises you can choose from is the app gives you step by step instructions on how to safely and properly perform the exercise along with a video that demonstrates how it’s supposed to be done.
There’s also a feature where you can log the weight and reps from each exercise, so you don’t forget the next time you go to the gym.
Although this app doesn’t have a lot of cardio options, I’d highly recommend it if you’re trying to bulk or hit the gym more. It’s a great way to learn new weight lifting exercises while keeping track of your progress.
Available on the App Store and Google Play for free. This app is fantastic for travel or if you don’t have a lot of time to go to the gym regularly. You don’t need any gym equipment -- all you need is a wall and a chair for bodyweight exercises. The 7 Minute Workout consists of 12 high intensity bodyweight exercises that each last for 30 seconds with 10 seconds of rest in between.
The timer runs itself, so there’s no need to stop and start to restart your phone timer. Exercises consist of jumping jacks, wall sits, push-ups, crunches, squats, tricep dips on a chair, planks, high knees running in place, lunges, push-ups and rotations, and side planks to get your whole body moving.
There’s also a Glamour Magazine edition created by celebrity trainer Ngo Okafor. You can also unlock an alternative 7 minute workout or a 7 minute pilates workout for an additional dollar.
What’s great about this workout is all it takes is 7 minutes of motivation in the morning or whenever you have time during the day to squeeze in some time for fitness. Alternatively, you could repeat the workout to create an intense 30 minute workout if you’re looking for something more.
Nike Training Club
Available on the App Store and Google Play for free. This is by far the best fitness app I’ve used. With over 100 workouts, you definitely don’t get bored of doing the same thing over and over again. You can select a workout based on intensity and duration. Everything is already laid out and timed, so you don’t have to focus on anything but your workout. There’s a trainer that guides you through the entire workout on a video, and sometimes they have guest trainers like Olympic Medalist Allyson Felix which makes it super fun.
This app is great for beginners who are looking to get into shape or athletes who are looking to step their training up. What’s great about this app is the variety of workouts it offers. If you take it to the gym, you’ll never wander around asking yourself “Hmm I wonder what I should do next?”
The ab workouts are killer. I woke up the next day after a 30 minute workout, and my legs and abdominal muscles were super sore. It’s a great way to jumpstart your fitness plan without having to spend money on a trainer.