There’s nothing worse than the sound of the alarm clock blasting you, unwillingly, into consciousness on another dark morning (kudos if you’re using a Philips Wake-Up Light, at least you can pretend the sun has risen by 6 a.m.). Despite your best intentions to get up early and drag yourself to the gym, most of us can’t be blamed for hitting snooze. And breaking a sweat after work, when your friends are urging you to come out for a drink? The odds are slim. But there is one tiny but powerful item you already own that can help you get fit and fierce. Your smartphone.
Today there are literally thousands of fitness apps that can provide motivation, nutrition, and programming for every lifestyle. We’ve rounded up six of our condo-friendly favourites. So flip on Netflix, grab your phone, and get to it. No more excuses. Time to get fit.
500 Bodyweight Challenge
Created by internationally-renowned trainer Greg Brookes, 500 Bodyweight Challenge combines natural bodyweight exercises and the challenge of a limited time session to see how fast and fierce you can get. The program is designed to work your whole body with zero equipment. As you progress, the challenges get harder and you get stronger. Win-win.
Freeletics Bodyweight is another amazing app packed with bodyweight exercises. After completing an initial fitness test, the app creates a customized weekly workout plan tailored to your body type, current fitness level, and physical needs. The app even has a special “2×2 mode” with workouts that fit a 2 metre x 2 metre space.
Like everything on this list, Sworkit workouts can be done anywhere, any time, no equipment necessary. Plus the wide array of activities (yoga, cardio, strength training, and stretching) mean there’s something to suit every taste. Bonus: in a 2015 study, Sworkit was ranked as the fitness app that came the closest to the American College of Sports Medicine’s training guidelines so you know you’re getting healthy in a healthy way.
If aligning your chakras and connecting with your inner self is more your thing then try Daily Yoga. This app puts 500+ asanas, 200+ guided classes, and 50+ workout plans in the palm of your hand, plus meditation classes when you need to de-stress.
30 Day Squat Challenge
As you might have guessed, the 30 Day Squat Challenge is all squats, all the time. But that doesn’t mean it lacks variety – the app offers 13 different squat variations and six different workouts to keep things fresh throughout the month. And when you’re tired of working your buns, you can check out the other 30-day challenges for abs, plank, pushups, cardio, and more.
You Are Your Own Gym
As the only paid app on our list you may be tempted to skip the spend, but this app is still a bargain compared to a gym membership you rarely use. YAYOG comes loaded with 200 different bodyweight exercises, options to scale for all fitness levels, and workouts that run anywhere from two minutes to 36 minutes. So whether or not you have enough time for a full episode of New Girl or the time it takes to cook your eggs, you’ll find something that works for you.