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The best workout apps in 2022

The best workout apps help save you money and wave goodbye to restrictive gym memberships. And having health and fitness at your fingertips has never been so easy, as most of your favorite home gym equipment now comes with a handy partner app.

But how do you choose the best workout app for you in a world of choice? Well, however you prefer to train, there’s likely an app to help. The secret? Find one that aligns with your goals. For example, if you want to learn how to train for a marathon, your focus will be on running apps like Strava.

If you’re still unsure, we’ve tried and tested some of the best workout apps to use in 2022, rounding them up for you to flick through in your own time. Those boasting the best exercise bikes or best treadmills can find plenty of endurance and HIIT-style classes to get stuck into, and we’ve also found options for mindfulness and recovery.

Bear in mind that some apps (like Peloton) require a monthly subscription, while others are completely free or at least offer free trials. It’s time to find out which is the best workout app for you. We’ve detailed the pros, cons and landmark features of each one so that you can make an informed decision on your health. Here are the best workout apps to use right now.

1. Apple Fitness Plus

Apple Fitness Plus is one of the best workout apps for Apple users. With HIIT, strength, core, yoga, Pilates, and meditation classes amongst others, there’s a huge variety of workouts to choose from, taught by a range of different trainers. During testing, we also liked the fact there were two instructors in the background during classes, showing modifications for beginners, or those looking to push themselves harder this is particularly handy as there’s no option to filter classes by difficulty.

The app can feel a little overwhelming at a first glance, but classes can be filtered by trainer, time, and the music you prefer to work out to. You can also add classes to your library, which lets you select classes you’ve taken before, or plan on taking in the future, at a glance.

During a workout, if you’re wearing one of the best Apple Watches, you’ll be able to see stats from your Apple Watch on the screen. Following an update in 2022, you don’t need to wear an Apple Watch to be able to access Apple Fitness Plus classes, however, and even without wearing a watch, you’ll still get access to thousands of fitness classes you can do at home or in the gym.

The Apple Fitness Plus app won our best fitness app/subscription award in our 2022 Tom’s Guide Fitness awards because of the huge variety of workouts on offer, and for its seamless integration for connecting with the iPhone and Apple Watch. We were also impressed with how often Apple adds new workouts to the platform to help prevent users from getting bored.

2. Nike Training Club

In March 2020, Nike made its Nike Training Club app content completely free for 90 days, to help people keep fit while they stayed at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, the app has been completely free for users, and unlike others on this list, there’s no paid version anymore.

However, with the update, Nike removed some of their training programs, which used to be a popular feature of the app. Instead, you now have the option to filter workouts by muscle group abs and core, arms and shoulders, or glutes and legs, workout focus endurance, mobility, strength, and yoga, and by equipment. There is also the option to filter by duration, level, and intensity.

During testing, we found the instructor-led workouts to be engaging and motivating, and also enjoyed the whiteboard workouts, which show you the entire workout so you can follow at your own pace. There’s also the option to connect the workout to your Apple Music. It’s not perfect, but for a free app, there’s plenty to keep you moving here.

Download Nike Training Club: Android, iOS.


If you can’t afford a Peloton exercise bike or Tread to stay in shape, the Peloton workout app is the next best thing. There are thousands of interactive classes to take that’ll help you strengthen, sculpt, and get that post-Peloton buzz. The instructors stand out from the crowd in terms of their enthusiasm, and there’s also the option to join live classes, and compete with friends.

From strength to yoga, to HIIT cardio, when testing this app, we found it difficult to get bored. The option to stack classes is great, and lets you add multiple classes together so you can seamlessly add a cool-down or stretch to your workout. The classes are easy to follow on a phone or tablet, but to get a real Peloton experience, we’d recommend streaming the workouts on the TV.

The Peloton programs give you a longer schedule of classes to help you reach your goal, whether that be to get stronger, or to “crush your core” in four weeks. There are also different collections of workouts, which make it easier to find a range of workouts by type, for example, strength for runners, resistance band training, or Pilates classes.

Of course, to get the most out of Peloton, it’s worth having access to one of the best exercise bikes, or the best treadmills to take the bike and tread classes, but even without, this is a great workout app with some of the most motivating instructors around. Newbies can get 30-days free to see whether the app is for them.

Download Peloton now: Android, iOS


The brainchild of Australian personal trainer Kayla Itsines, Sweat started as a series of downloadable “Bikini Body Guides” in 2015 and has now grown into an extensive training app with a number of different programs and recipes to help you reach your goals. There’s a structured program for every woman from the new mom taking her first steps into post-baby fitness, to the girl looking to gain more confidence in the weights room at the gym.

Trainers include Kayla herself, as well as the likes of Kelsey Wells, Chontel Duncan, Britany Williams, and Stephanie Sanzo. You can switch your program easily and take on-demand classes if you feel like adding the odd barre session to your planner. The workouts are also compatible with Apple Watch. There’s no free version of the app, although newbies can sign up for a 7-day free trial.

During testing, we loved the range of workouts but found it a little irritating having to bend down and manually skip between exercises, although it wasn’t enough to put us off using the app regularly. We’d also say this app is definitely aimed at women, but there’s no reason why guys couldn’t follow the training plans.

Download Sweat: Android, iOS


If you’re someone who likes to mix up your workouts, alternating between cardio or weights, Pilates or HIIT, the gym, or workouts in your living room, EvolveYou is a workout app worth considering. Designed for women by personal trainer Krissy Cela, the app has six different trainers on board, all of whom have a number of different workout plans to choose from.

During testing, we found the app was easy to navigate around, although we did find it a little glitchy now and again. The workouts were simple and extremely easy to follow, making the app well suited to complete newbies, and more experienced gym-goers alike. There’s also the option to play your own music or listen to a podcast while working out, as you don’t have to follow along with a video, which we appreciated.

The app has a 14-day free trial, which allows you to access all areas and give the workouts a try before subscribing.

Download Evolve You: iOS, Android

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