The best workout apps can take your fitness to the next level, allowing you to exercise when it's most convenient for you as well as helping you easily track your progress. Many options to download offer expert guidance and support, and are personalized to your health and fitness goals, for really effective results from the comfort of your own space.
Whether you want to break a sweat during a HIIT session, build strength via weight training or wind down with yoga, then you'll be able to find something to suit among the best workout apps for women. The key to choosing the right one is to consider what you want to get out of your workouts. If you're keen to switch up your exercise routine day by day, then you'll want to sign up for an offering with lots of different options in terms of workout type, intensity and length. All you need is to grab your best fitness tracker as well as your best running shoes for women, and get moving...
The best workout apps for women
To help you find a workout app that's right for you, we've rounded up 19 of the best out there right now for you to access at the tap of a screen. From budget-friendly free options to more premium personalized subscription-based services, get ready to take your at-home workouts to a whole new level.
Cost: From $19.99/month (From £18.99/month) | Available on: App Store and Google Play
8Fit (opens in new tab) is a workout and meal-planner app that streams live classes every Monday and has a bank of pre-recorded workouts to follow along yourself. You need little-to-no equipment for workouts, although a yoga mat might come in handy to support your body during yoga and Pilates routines. As well as whole-body workouts, the app offers nutrition tips and personalized weekly meal plans full of healthy recipes to whip up at home.
Cost: From $9.99/month (From £7.99/month) | Available on: App Store and Google Play
Aaptiv (opens in new tab) is a great workout app for variety and flexibility, with personalized workouts for every fitness goal. You can access live and pre-recorded audio and video training from experts, and take part in strength training, stretching, meditation, treadmill, elliptical, indoor cycling, yoga, and outdoor running. Some workouts require equipment, such as kettlebells, dumbbells, treadmills and ellipticals – so it's a good app to take to the gym. However, lots of workouts can be done without equipment.
3. Apple Fitness+
Cost: $9.99/month or $79.99/year (£9.99/month or £79.99/year) | Available on: App Store
Apple Fitness+ (opens in new tab) is best for Apple Watch users to experience the full benefits of this workout and fitness tracking app. New workout routines are added every week in a range of formats, including live classes, pre-recorded videos and written workouts. Access expert fitness training in dance, running, strength training, yoga and more, and track your progress on your watch and on the app.
- Try Apple Fitness+ (opens in new tab) on Apple App Store
Cost: $22.99/month or $199.99/year (£21.49/month or £189.99/year) | Available on: App Store and Google Play
With YogaGlo (opens in new tab), you no longer have to weigh up yoga vs Pilates (opens in new tab) because you can do both. It's one of the best workout apps as it promotes strengthening the body and mind, with Pilates, yoga and meditation routines. Set your own goals and received personalized fitness plans to help you achieve them. No equipment is required, but a thick yoga mat (opens in new tab) is recommended to support your body as you work out.
Cost: $9.99/month or $59.99/year (£9.49/ month or £54.99/year) | Available on: App Store and Google Play
Fitbod (opens in new tab) workouts are designed to target all the muscle groups, through strength training (opens in new tab), cardio, and stretching. What sets this app apart from others is its training algorithm that uses your past workout data to improve your current and future workouts and keep you motivated. Workouts are displayed through images and texts, rather than videos or audio. Some workouts require dumbbells, while others can be done equipment-free.
6. Female Fitness Workout PRO
Cost: $8.49 one-time payment (£7.99 one-time payment) | Available on: Google Play
On the Female Fitness Workout PRO (opens in new tab) app you can access home workouts with videos, animations and written explanations to help you nail your technique at home. It's one of the best workout apps if building muscle and toning up are your fitness goals. You won't need any equipment for these short and effective workouts, which have been designed by a professional fitness and bodybuilding trainer.
- Try Female Fitness Workout PRO (opens in new tab) on Google Play
7. 15 Minute Workout
Cost: $3.99 one-time payment (£2.49 one-time payment) | Available on: Google Play
15 Minute Workout (opens in new tab) has a range of easy-to-follow workouts for all fitness levels. No equipment is required—all you need to do is just follow along with the routines displayed as images and animations. If you're time-poor but want to tone up or lose weight, this is one of the best workout apps out there.
- Try 15 Minute Workout (opens in new tab) on Google Play
8. 100 Office Workouts Champion
Cost: $0.99 one-time payment (£1.19 one-time payment) | Available on: Google Play
100 Office Workouts Champion (opens in new tab) is one of the best workout apps as it helps you stay active, even if you spend most of the day sitting at a desk. Follow the picture-based workouts, which include chair-bound routines, 60 Seconds HIIT circuits and lunch break exercises. Routines include yoga, meditation, stretching and cardio, and you won't need any equipment apart from a chair.
- Try 100 Office Workouts Champion (opens in new tab) on Google Play
9. Nike Training Club
Cost: Free | Available on: App Store and Google Play
For anyone looking to build strength, tone up and take their cardio endurance to the next level, the Nike Training Club (opens in new tab) app is a must-have. The app offers everything from HIIT workouts to yoga for beginners (opens in new tab). Weights aren't essential to complete the workouts but are recommended—so it could be worth checking out our best dumbbells (opens in new tab) guide.
- Try Nike Training Club (opens in new tab) on Apple App Store
- Try Nike Training Club (opens in new tab) on Google Play
Cost: Free | Available on: App Store and Google Play
Under Armour's MapMyRun (opens in new tab) tracks and records your activity, as well as offering local run information to help you find great running routes near you. The app is free to download, but offers in-app purchases for live tracking, audio coaching, and personalized training plans. Just make sure you're all kitted out with the best running gear (opens in new tab).
11. 7 Minute Workout
Cost: Free | Available on: App Store and Google Play
The 7 Minute Workout app (opens in new tab) is ideal if you only have a few minutes to exercise. The animated guides offer high-intensity circuit training, to give you a super cardio session in a short period of time. You don't need any equipment, so can fit these workouts in any time, anywhere. Great for beginners.
- Try 7 Minute Workout (opens in new tab) on Apple App Store
- Try 7 Minute Workout (opens in new tab) on Google Play
Cost: Free | Available on: Google Play
The Kettlebell (opens in new tab) app has over 45 kettlebell workouts and exercise programs to kick off your strength-training fitness routine. Animated exercise guides and an audio coach guide you through the programs. All you need is a kettlebell.
- Try Kettlebell (opens in new tab) on Google Play
13. Aerobic Dance Workout
Cost: Free | Available on: Google Play
Fed up of your usual workout routine? It's time to try the Aerobic Dance Workout (opens in new tab) app. A fun way to lose weight and challenge yourself at the same time. You'll be dancing along to video classes with experienced trainers, and can start with beginners' classes before trying more advanced routines.
- Try Aerobic Dance Workout (opens in new tab) on Apple App Store
14. Peloton Digital
Cost: From $12.99/ month (£12.99/month) | Available on: App Store, Google Play, Amazon Appstore and Roku
Peloton Digital (opens in new tab) is one of the best workout apps as it offers a wide range of workouts so you'll never be short of something new to try. There are equipment-based workouts for treadmills and spin bikes. But it also features no-equipment routines such as yoga, Pilates, HIIT and strength training.
- Try Peloton (opens in new tab) on Apple App Store
- Try Peloton (opens in new tab) on Google Play
- Try Peloton (opens in new tab) on Amazon Appstore
- Try Peloton (opens in new tab) on Roku
15. FLY LDN
Cost: £9.99/ month | Available on: App Store, Google Play
FLY LDN (opens in new tab) is one of the coolest fitness studios around—and now you can access its effective array of workouts in sleek app form. Tune in wherever you are to yoga and Pilates, as well as barre and low-impact HIIT. You can also choose between live or pre-recorded classes depending on your schedule, and there's plenty of pre- and post-natal options too.
Cost: £14.99/ month | Available on: App Store, Google Play
Sweat (opens in new tab) was created by PT and Instagram fitness star Kayla Itsines and is one of the most popular exercise apps for women of its kind. You'll find plenty of strength training, as well as high-intensity sessions. Choose to move from 10 minutes up to 25 minutes, and you'll find something suitable for all abilities.
17. Couch to 5k
Cost: Free | Available on: App Store, Google Play
Couch To 5k (opens in new tab) is an app you can't really go wrong with. It does exactly what it says on the tin, slowly building up your fitness to eventually help you run a distance of 5k. It was created by the good old NHS, and has been designed for total beginners. You start with lots of achievable run-walk sessions, but will be jogging continuously in no time.
- Try Couch to 5k (opens in new tab) on Apple App Store
- Try Couch to 5k (opens in new tab) on Google Play
Cost: £10/ per month | Available on: App Store, Google Play
Fiit (opens in new tab)has so many enticing workouts you'll always be motivated to train. There's strength, cardio and HIIT, as well as Pilates and yoga, while sessions—both live and pre-recorded—run from 10 to 60 minutes. Break a sweat with some of the biggest names in the fitness world, including Gabby Allen, Adrienne Herbert and Fearne Cotton.
Cost: From £32.99/ per three months | Available on: App Store, Google Play
Freeletics (opens in new tab) keeps things really simple by getting you to use your bodyweight rather than have to faff around with lots of equipment. It incorporates HIIT into 30-minute sessions, and there are over 1000 workout variations to choose from. At the beginning, you're asked to fill out a quick questionnaire to establish your goals, and then you'll be given a handy plan to follow for up to 12 weeks.
- Try Freeletics (opens in new tab) on Apple App Store
- Try Freeletics (opens in new tab) on Google Play
How to choose the best workout app?
"The best apps are often those that strike a good balance between simplicity and being informative," says James Brady, personal trainer at OriGym Centre of Excellence. "You should look for features that allow you to gradually increase intensity or difficulty—this helps you improve your training and avoids the risk of you becoming bored. Additionally, having the ability to compete alongside others virtually can be great for workout motivation."
If you're wondering whether to opt for a free app or subscribe to a payment plan, know that the best value option is the one that works for you. "The amount you spend on an app does not correlate to how good it is," says Sarah Campus, personal trainer and founder of LDN MUMS FITNESS. "The most important thing is that the content is relevant to you—is it specific to your goals? Will it keep you consistent and motivated? At the end of the day, it’s an investment in you, and you need to think about what features are important to your needs."
It's helpful to know that there are two categories of fitness apps to choose between: supported or unsupported. "The former will provide you with a program specific to your goals and provide you with accountability," explains Matthew Jones, performance coach for P3RFORM. "The latter provides more of a generic, one-size-fits-all workout, and can be a great starting point." He adds that it's useful to be able to check what you did previously so you can track progress, as well as have the option to adjust exercises or choose different ones to meet your equipment requirements.
How to get the most out your best workout app?
- Get equipment—"If you’re training from home or in a park, some basic workout equipment can be beneficial," says David Wiener, training specialist at Freeletics. "I’d suggest resistance bands and a couple of dumbbells or kettlebells to begin with." Why not check out our guides to the best resistance bands and best dumbbells. He adds: "I’d also advise a decent quality workout mat if you’re working out from home—it will be more comfortable and can prevent injury from slipping."
- Progress up—"Adjustable dumbbells are a great way to increase the challenge," says Jones. "But if they aren't an option, then resistance bands come in a wide variety of strengths, so you can scale the intensity up or down depending on your level or the exercises that you are using them with." He adds that a swiss ball and sliders can be a great way to upgrade core and lower body exercises.
- Swap screens—"I’d definitely recommend having the ability to put the app streamed through your TV," recommends personal trainer Aimee Victoria Long. "This can help you maintain correct form and lower the risk of injury. It can also make you feel like you're there in person in a class, and can reduce the risk of distractions through your phone."
- Tweak position—"If you have to use your phone or laptop to view a workout, be sure it is at eye level," advises Campus. "So if you are doing a workout on the floor then have it closer to the floor, or if you are exercising standing then avoid having to bend down to see the device."
- Face it—Make sure you are facing the screen too. "You don’t want to be turning your head to the side—or rotating your torso—to view a screen whilst performing an exercise as this can have a large impact on your form," warns Jones.
w&h thanks Sarah Campus, personal trainer and founder of LDN MUMS FITNESS (opens in new tab), James Brady, personal trainer at OriGym Centre of Excellence (opens in new tab), David Wiener, training specialist at Freeletics (opens in new tab), personal trainer Aimee Victoria Long (opens in new tab), Matthew Jones, performance coach for P3RFORM (opens in new tab), for their time and expertise.