18 of the Best Health and Fitness Apps to Help You Get Stronger and Fitter

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The best fitness apps are like having a PT in your pocket, always on hand to keep you on the straight and narrow (in health terms, at least) with fitness tips and nutrition advice. From humble beginnings, they have grown over the years to offer a cornucopia of live classes, longer-term programmes and much, much more, keeping you fighting fit whether you train at home, in the gym or on the go.

The conundrum lies in picking just one. Hop on to the app store and you’ll be met with thousands to choose from, and it’s hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. So, we’ve done it for you. You’re welcome.

Read on to find out the results of our MH Lab team’s tests, which aimed to uncover the best fitness apps for helping you subscribe to a healthier way of life.

What Do Fitness Apps Do?

Nowadays, the more prevalent question is: “What don’t fitness apps do?”.

Whether you’re after lung-busting live classes, nutrition tips, a 12-week plan to build strength and sizzle fat, or even an introduction to the wonderful world of yoga, there’s an app that can do just that.

However, while some apps like Peloton and Les Mills+ offer a one-stop shop for all things fitness, others opt to specialise in certain areas like mobility or, in the unique case of the TRX App, suspension training.

So, before pledging your allegiance to an app, always make sure it fits with your fitness ethos first.

Do Fitness Apps Work?

OK, so you’ll have to do a little more than hit download before your biceps start bulging. But, if you follow the advice of a top fitness app (and make sure you’re making appropriate nutritional choices) then it can help you leap towards your fitness goals.

If you’re looking to lose weight, intense classes can crush calories in a one-hour (or less) window, helping you hit a calorie deficit. Or, if you’re keen to pack on muscle, longer-term plans can help you take a practical and periodised approach to making gains.

Ultimately, though, you get out what you put in. So, all that’s left to do is find a quality app that suits your goals, lace up your trainers and trust the process.

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