Ditch the Gym With These Money-Saving Fitness Apps


Personal Training

The cost of a personal trainer can range anywhere from $50-$300 depending on your location. Having a trainer come to your home is obviously more costly than working out with one at your gym, but even at $50 per session, it adds up. Here are three apps you that will train you in the comfort of your own home or at the gym for FREE.

GAIN Fitness Cross Trainer - This app takes world-class trainers and places them right in your pocket.

  • voice commands from trainers
  • modify/share workouts
  • track every rep, set, weight and rest time
  • schedule a calendar of routines

Nike Training Club - Have your own personal trainer. Anytime. Anywhere.

  • over 100 custom-built workouts
  • full-body workouts for 30 or 45 minutes
  • targeted and professional athlete workouts for 15 mins
  • drills for strength, cardio, interval and core training
  • workouts from famous trainers

JEFIT - Winner of the Best Fitness and Workout app in 2012. This app is for workout and bodybuilding.

  • set fitness goals
  • offers the largest exercise and routine database on the web

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Having a nutritionist help you with your diet would be fantastic, but who has the time to meet with someone or the money to spare? The average cost to have a nutritionist for just three months is $600! You can learn about food, calories and how it impacts your body by using numerous apps.

Fooducate - 1st prize winner of U.S. Surgeon Healthy App Challenge.

  • grades food, explains what’s in it and offers healthy alternatives
  • largest database of UPC-based nutrition information
  • helps you eat healthy, educates and teaches

Slim Down Shopping List - You’ll always be buying healthy at the supermarket with this app.

  • search for foods that promote weight loss, build muscle, fight cancer, fight heart disease, build bone

Restaurant Nutrition - Know about your food wherever you go.

  • accurate nutrition to track calories, carbs, protein, fat and more
  • shows allergens
  • set diet goals
  • search for food based on nutrition values within restaurants

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Keeping Track of Your Food

Recording everything you eat can help tremendously in the process of losing weight and staying fit, but nowadays are we really going to carry a “diary” around with us? We’re always on-the-go and have enough to remember as it is. With the following apps, you can keep track of everything you eat, in detail, wherever you are.

MyFitnessPal - PC Magazine Editor's Choice Selection.Wired Magazine's Editor's Pick for Lifestyle Apps.

  • the fastest and easiest-to-use calorie counter
  • largest food database
  • Diet with your friends -- add friends while easily tracking and supporting each other's progress
  • barcode scanner

Lose It! - This app allows you to track your food, calories and exercise

  • easy-to-set goals
  • calorie counter so you stay within your daily budget

GoMeals - Whether you have a health restriction or just want to watch what you eat, this app can help you eat right and track your food.

  • food, activitiy and glucose tracker
  • restaurant locator

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Motivation is huge when it comes to completing a successful workout. Personal trainers can be great motivators and so can working out in a gym, being alongside other active people. If you don’t want to pay for either of those things, fortunately, there’s an app for that. No matter where you go to workout, you can have something or someone in your ear pushing you further.

Couch-to-5K - winner of the 2012 Appy Award for best Healthcare & Fitness App

  • training plan designed by Active.com trainers
  • Hear real-human audio cues to guide you through each workout.
  • Choose from 5 different motivating virtual coaches -- Johnny Dead, Constance, Billie, Sergeant Block, and our lovely dog Pumpkin.

OptumizeMe - OptumizeMe gets you healthier by letting you set challenges with family, friends and strangers.

  • Create your own health challenges based on your personal interests.
  • pick from their list of existing health challenges
  • friends, family or the entire state to be a part of your challenge

Map My Ride - If you’re a biker, track and brag about your workout with this app.

  • auto-stops when you're held up by a light
  • Compete on local courses -- receive automatic achievements and overall rank on leaderboards for popular local runs and rides.
  • voice prompts give you updates on your progress as you go

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Fitness Classes

Fitness classes can be a great alternative and/or addition to your usual workout routine. You learn new exercises and work muscles you normally wouldn’t or may not even know how to do. They also offer an element of structure that your regular workout lacks.

Finding a free fitness class isn’t impossible, but it’s definitely rare.

HardFox SixPack - With this app, you can have an ab workout wherever you are.

  • Help you strength your abdominal muscles and improve their sculptures
  • 42 days training was based on "Aerobic Weider Six"

Yoga Trainer -  Yoga Trainer brings easy and simple explanation of Asana’s established by Saint Patanjali.

Daily Workout - provides great 5 to 10 daily workouts so you can always switch it up

  • demonstrated by personal trainers
  • targets all major muscles

(These apps are for Windows phones only)

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