5 Fitness Apps That Let You Skip the Gym


The smartphone is a tiny wonder that can create hours of sedentary sitting, staring at a screen. But, it can also be a great motivator to get you up and going. These five apps let you do just that—no gym required.

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Whether you have your own spin bike at home, or are at the gym or a hotel, cycling enthusiasts anywhere can participate in classes from Peloton’s flagship spin studio in Chelsea, Manhattan (both live and on-demand). The app is free to download and offers access to all live and on-demand rides, for a limited time. 

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Work out like a pro with this iOS-only workout app created by former NFL player Tony Gonzalez. With both a Personal Trainer and Yoga option (that one is led by celeb favorite Tara Stiles), FitStar creates tailored workouts according to your fitness level with a special focus on helping people get over the “plateau.” It’s pretty much as close as you can get to having a personal trainer without actually hiring one.

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It’s not launching for a few more weeks, but Jennifer Lopez’s BodyLab app will be available for download just in time as spring—and your desire to get in beach-body shape—swings into full gear. The free app offers a personalized diet and fitness plan, recipes (including some of J.Lo’s favorites), guilt-free meal locater and personal progress tracker.

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Find yourself working out more when you have a bit of friendly competition? Nudge does just that by helping you creating a single health score, the Nudge Factor, which you can compare with your friends, family and coworkers. No matter which fitness app and/or tracker they use, you can all link up and lose weight—while being in some head-to-head rivalry—together.  

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Perfect for those of us who feel like a full-hour workout is too daunting, Hot5 focuses on short, supereffective workouts (based on the principles of high-intensity circuit training) where variety is king. Whether you want to start small with five minutes at the end of a work day or do some full-on 50-minute muscle-burning, you can fine-tune the exercises, which are totally doable for pretty much everyone. 

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