The best fitness and workout apps

Dodge zombies, go one-on-one with a UFC champion or speed it up with a seven minute workout with these fitness apps
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By Huang Junyi and Kristie Teo |
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While many of us would love to get into the habit of going to the gym frequently, life somehow always gets in the way. Well there's no more excuses when you have these fitness apps that will help to ease you into it and get you motivated to workout everyday. From yoga to a quick seven minute HIIT sesh, there's a workout for everyone. 

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Johnson and Johnson Official 7 minute workout
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The Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout

No time to hit the gym? Don’t fret. This app packs efficiency with a variety of workouts crafted to improve your strength. The exercises – jumping jacks, push-ups, abdominal crunches and planks – are easy to follow. Once you’re comfortable with the standard sevenminute trainings, move on to the moderate and advanced sets. 

The superhero workout involves challenging drills including the Spider-Man push-up and bicycle crunch that are repeated in three cycles within 24 minutes, rest periods included. Workouts can also be customised to your preferences. The Smart Workout function uses feedback related to your fitness and motivation level to recommend suitable exercise combinations. 

Available for free download on the App Store and Google Play. 7minuteworkout.jnj.com.

Jefit
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Jefit

Comprising more than 1,300 gym exercises, the content of this well-stocked app can be overwhelming. Workouts range from bodybuilding to ab-shaping to lacrosse strength training. For novices who have never laid a finger on a gym machine, this app can confuse. Most instructions are laid out in text, which makes it taxing to follow. Another major drawback is that the app doesn’t show newbies how to train with weights.

Depending on your goal – strengthening or toning – the weights used and number of reps performed will affect your performance. So even though the app allows you to customise your workout, only users who have knowledge about effective weight training can benefit. On the bright side, JEFIT’s extensive exercise list offers myriad ways to strengthen each muscle group, with a small portion of these including movements that can be performed outside of the gym. 

Available for free download on the App Store and Google Play. www.jefit.com.

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Sweat Deck

Sweat Deck

Sweat Deck is a unique app puts a twist to daily-workout apps and spice it up with shuffling a deck of cards. Get random curated workouts from the shuffle with clear video teachings and instructions. Push things up a notch with the Joker card for higher intensity challenge yourself to see if you have what it takes to complete the whole deck. 

Available for free download on the App Store.

Strava Training: Run & Ride

Strava Training: Run & Ride

Regardless of whether you're running, riding or just walking, turn on this app and get an exclusive view of the distance walked, calories burnt and new routes around the bend. Strava will keep track of your records to ensure improvements are made. Challenge yourself with Strava's community and run with your friends to reach your goals. 

Available for free download on the App Store and Google Play. 

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8fit

8fit

8fit is a custom workout program and meal planner all in one application that helps you to achieve that dream bod with just five to 15 minutes each day. Whether your goals are to lose weight, get toned, or bulk up, workouts are HIIT-focused and you can customise your weekly plans according to where your fitness level stands. The app is free so but if you wish to amp it up more, opt for the PRO plan. It has a 14-day free trial, a lot more quick intense exercise routines and over 800 nutritional recipes (even meal prep ideas).

Available for free download on the App Store and Google Play

Yoga Studio

Yoga Studio

Try out a yoga class from the comfort of your home with Yoga Studio. Perfect for both beginners and advanced yogis, it offers over 100 easy-to-follow video classes that are categorized according to your needs such as Yoga for Back Pain, Yoga for Runners, Yoga for Mental Health, and many more. Personalised your own experience by simply selecting your level of difficulty, 15, 30, or 60 minutes duration, and objective to focus on – be it strength training, relaxation or balance, and you’re all ready to begin your yogi journey.

 Available for free download on the App Store and Google Play

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Nike+ Training Club

Nike+ Training Club

Get down to work quick and easy with this all-in Nike app. With 100 over workouts tailored-made for your body coupled with clear audios and visual guidance, this Nike app is your virtual personal trainer in action. Sync your activities into the app and get a personalised workout just for you. Get close and personal as it pushes you to pass your boundary with the new intense workout you will be in shape before you know it. 

Available for free download on the App Store and Google Play

MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal

Getting fit isn’t just about working out and breaking a sweat, MyFitnessPal helps you track and keep to your necessary daily nutrients intake to achieve your goals. You can also access recipes online through the application, where you can save your go-to recipes for easy reference.

With a majority of food brands and various individual food nutrients information in the database, simply scan the product's barcode to take note of what you’ve had or manually key in what you’ve made and include the nutrition information stated. You can also take note of your workout exercises by entering it into the exercise database and recording the number of calories burned.

Available for free download on the App Store and Google Play. 

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Kayla Itsines

Sweat: Kayla Itsines

Probably one of the most sought-after personal trainer, fitness programs, Kayla Itsines has a following of over 20 million women all over the globe, testifying for its success and how far they've come. All workouts are an intense 28 minutes long, and you can choose to do it at home or in the gym.

If you're not convinced yet, try their seven-day free trial to gain access to exclusive workout tips, recipes and motivations, and see if it works for you. It's time to get that bikini body you've been vying for, join the #BBG community today and become a stronger and more confident version of yourself.

Available for download for free on the App Store and Google Play. 

Sworkit: Workouts & Plans

Sworkit: Workouts & Plans

Over 25 million users, Sworkit brings the workout to your home. Get access to a plethora of unique workouts and work your way towards your goal. For those people who are stretched with work and activities, Sworkit is here to help with customising workouts that can be done between breaks and basically anywhere. With clear instructions and visuals, Sworkit is the to-go app. 

Available for free download on the App Store and Google Play.

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Zombie Run
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Zombies, Run!

Unlike the excitement you would expect from The Walking Dead, Zombies, Run! sounds more interesting than it actually is. If you have a vivid imagination and enjoy gameplay, however, try this out. The app puts you in the shoes of survivor Jolly Alpha Five Runner from Abel Township. The storyline – written by award-winning novelist Naomi Alderman – is fed directly to your headphones. 

Over the course of eight weeks, you’ll participate in 25 workout programmes disguised as missions to collect supplies and rebuild your ailing town. These come into your possession as you progress through the storyline. The narration can be draggy and the instructions can be slightly monotonous. Perhaps this is why the app allows you to play your own music concurrently. It’s also available in a Walk version for the beginner athlete or chronically injured.

Available for download at $3.98 on the App Store and $5.15 on Google Play. www.zombiesrungame.com.

Touchfit
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Touchfit: GSP

Improve your strength, endurance and flexibility with this programme put together by Canadian mixed martial artist and UFC world champ, Georges St-Pierre. The app comes loaded with 526 workout videos with drills like push-ups, tuck-sits, lunges, downward dogs and single bent reverse flyes that you can quite easily execute at home with an exercise mat and elastic resistance bands. 

Workouts are designed for bursts of ten, 20, 40 and 60 minutes. Choose sets that focus on the upper body, lower body, or both. There's audio guidance in the videos, so you can gloss over the appended written instructions if you have trouble keeping your heart rate up. The workouts are pretty challenging and best suited for athletes with an above-average level of physical fitness so if you're ready to level up...

Available for download at $5.98 on the App Store. http://touchfit.com/

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Pocket Yoga
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Pocket Yoga

This popular discipline has studios popping up around Singapore, but if you’re tight on budget, this app is your yoga guru. There are five practices (Ocean, Desert, Mountain, Sun Salutation A and B) to tap on, each targeting different muscle groups in sessions of 30, 45 and 60 minutes. 

One big upside is having an audio-visual instructor guide you – with soothing music, no less – through the workout. Close your eyes and it almost feels like an actual studio. You can view all the poses within each practice and adjust their difficulty levels. For a challenge, try the Ocean practice set at the toughest level. This high-intensity interval training works out your whole body with movements such as chaturanga and warrior poses. 

Available for download at $3.98 on the App Store and $3.75 on Google Play. www.pocketyoga.com.

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