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10 good fitness apps for beginners

10 good fitness apps for beginners
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If you want to get fit and have internet access, you now have the option of taking advantage of some good fitness apps for beginners. Fitness apps allow you to stream classes using your smartphone, tablet or smart TV.

You can exercise at a time and place that fits in with your schedule. You can also put together a timetable that suits you, since the apps offer a range of classes lasting from 20 to 60 minutes.

Choosing your app

If you are just starting out, then its best to try different types of exercise to see what suits you. Good fitness apps for beginners are ones that offer a selection of different classes that incorporate cardio, strength and flexibility training.

While many featured classes require equipment such as weights, don’t let that put you off. All of the apps featured here have a good selection of classes that don’t require any equipment other than an exercise mat.

With this in mind, here are 10 good fitness apps for beginners.

1. Fiit

The Fiit app features classes categorised in terms of strength, cardio or rebalance (yoga and pilates). You can select classes using several different criteria, including fitness level (beginner, intermediate or advanced), trainer or type of class.

Membership options include £20 per month, £45 every three months or £120 per year.

2. Centr

Promoted by Chris Hemsworth (Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films), Centr is a good fitness app for beginners looking for an all-in-one healthy eating and fitness regime. It offers 493 recipes, 137 mindfulness exercises and almost 1,000 workouts ranging from HIIT to yoga.

Membership options include £22.99 per month, £44.99 every three months or £93.99 per year.

3. Freeletics

Freeletics provides healthy eating plans and more than 700 workouts. This is a good fitness app for beginners with limited funds, since the app is free to download and offers free access to a selection of signature workouts and runs.

Membership options include £25.99 for three months, £44.99 for six months or £59.99 for 12 months.

4. Peloton

You don’t need the special exercise bike to benefit from the Peloton app. If you have an Apple iPhone or iPad, you can benefit from the variety of workouts including bootcamp, cardio sessions and yoga. Membership is available for £12.99 per month.

5. Nike Training Club

The Nike Training Club app is on our list of good fitness apps for beginners becuase it suits those seeking to combine running with classes. You can use this app in combination with the Nike Running app to develop a schedule that incorporates running and workout sessions. The app is free, but there is a premium version available for £13.49 per month.

6. Gymcube

Gymcube offers access to 12 exercise programmes and more than 700 workouts. The app also offers advice on nutrition and healthy meal plans. You can select classes by duration, calorie usage and trainer. You pay £47 for a lifetime membership.

7. Adidas Training by Runtastic

The Adidas Training app allows you to plan your routine exercise-by-exercise. This is on our list of good fitness apps for beginners because it has a free version with everything you need if you are just starting out. The premium membership costs £7.99 per month or £39.99 per year.

8. Fitbit Coach

You don’t need a Fitbit device to benefit from the Fitbit Coach app, but if you do have one, connection is easier because you can do it using the device. The app also offers audio workouts for running or walking. This app is free, though a premium version is available for £7.99 per month.

9. Aaptiv

Aaptiv is on our list of good fitness apps for beginners as it’s ideal for those who are already confident about their form and position while exercising. This is because this is a mainly an audio based fitness app. This app also allows you to download classes and listen offline.

Membership costs £10.60 per month, £70.67 per year or £282.72 for lifetime membership.

10. Sworkit

The Sworkit app offers access to more than 800 exercises, complete with instructions. The free version of the app includes features such as a daily schedule you can use to develop your own fitness program.

Premium membership costs £7.63 per month or £45.80 per year.


All of the apps featured offer free trials, but you may need to register your credit card details to access them. Make sure you fully understand what to do if you decide not to continue with the service at the end of the free trial.

It’s best to consult your doctor if you have any pre-existing conditions and you are planning to start a new exercise plan after a long break.

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