If your phone is anything like ours, you’re likely to get lost through the plethora of apps you’ve amassed over the years. Perhaps through obsession, usefulness, loyalty, or just because it gives your screen a bit of sparkle. You click off the black mirror and you realise you’ve created your own digitalised mosaic, with more colours than the rainbow, after being coerced to ‘just simply’ click and downloaded by an eager brand. But when it comes to fitness, you don’t want to mess around. Time is precious, and time with workouts and reps even more so.
Following on from the Three Fitness Apps that we chose to help you get that ‘Thor’ look, The Sportsman has dipped its - now admittedly hench - toes into this wild world again to make you consciously couple with the right fitness workouts for you, and make your phone hopefully a little less cluttered by forgoing the arduous try-and-test route.
Not everything has to be all-so-serious. If you fancy a bit of fun with your fitness, then this app is 24-carat gold. ‘CARROT’ is your instructor, a little tubby avatar that will make you extremely less body-conscious (think Baymax from Big Hero 6). Appearances can be deceptive though, CARROT will make you pay.
She threatens and insults and occasionally bribes you to get into shape. CARROT will train you personally on exercises like Mt. Doom Climbs, Celebrity Face Punches, and Dragon Mating Dances. You get 30 seconds for each of the 12 punishing exercises, with 10 seconds of rest in between ‘just in case you need to hydrate, catch your breath, or vomit into a bucket’. You can participate any time, any place, just be wary of who’s around you, in case you resort to tears after CARROT goes full Full Metal Jacket.
Download on App Store | £3.99
Best For: Having A Laugh, Whenever You Want!
Peloton. Peloton. PELOTON! You’ll have no doubt seen that one word blaring out from your television or computer screens, because, if you haven’t guessed it already, Peloton is IN. The ability to enjoy the benefits of the gym from the comfort (or occasional discomfort, remember no pain, no gain) of your own home. But wait? It’s that really expensive one where you have to burn through a few tonne before a few calories, right? Wrong. You don’t need those £££ Peloton bikes that those pedal pushers demonstrate so aptly on TV, in order to use the app. Peloton has a variety of exercises without the need for expensive equipment, including strength workouts, audio guided runs, yoga and meditation classes. You can try it all for free for 30 days.
Best For: Penny Pinchers of the Peloton Persuasion
Download from onepeloton.co.uk | Download on App Store or Google Play | £12.99 per month
PEAR Personal Fitness
OK, you might like that more personal touch, that’s fair enough, so let’s keep that bit of humanity in the equation. With a free 14-day trial, PEAR provides real human coaching without the robots throughout an array of unique workouts that include running, HIIT, treadmill, elliptical, spin, strength, yoga, and more. Even more brilliantly, PEAR offers real-time personal training from Olympians and World Champions.
Specially curated workout packages to take the guesswork out of your fitness routine, with each workout adapting to your performance, telling you when to speed up and when to slow down. PEAR is the health and fitness software platform that delivers smarter digital coaching solutions, with their accompanying app (ranked extremely highly by users) presenting on-demand workouts that can be performed whenever and wherever you want. Catering for all fitness levels and body types and allowing you to meet your goals in the quickest way possible with unmatched tracking technology and workout recommendations, PEAR is pretty much perfect for your personal regime.
Best For: Wanting To Push For That Premium Experience
Download on App Store | From £2.99