Top 7 Free Fitness Applications to Keep You Healthy While Gyms Remain Closed
In the U.S., many states have begun to reopen. As we go through this process, some places may be slower to open their doors than others.
Based on the type of venue or business, various establishments will likely take more time to reopen as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of the public. In fact, many gyms across the country remain closed, which is why we have created a resource guide to help you stay active during this difficult period.
You should never give up on your fitness goals. There are numerous benefits that come with regular physical activity, such as managing your weight, lowering your cholesterol, and strengthening your bones, muscles, and joints.
If you’d like to focus on your health but don’t know where to start, continue reading to learn about our favorite fitness apps that are currently free!
1. Zombies, Run!
Best for Teenagers
What Is Zombies, Run!?
Zombies, Run! is a unique running app that allows you to walk, jog, or run anywhere in the world. Not only does it track your progress, but the app uses a narrative game to keep you invested in your new cardio routine. After you download the app, you’ll learn about the zombie storyline that includes “missions” (a.k.a. walks, jogs, or runs). If the app tells you zombies are approaching, you’ll need to speed up!
Some bonuses include:
- Zombie Chases. “Get your heart racing.”
- 200 Missions. “You’ll never run out of motivation.”
- Award-Winning Story. “So good you’ll want to play every day.”
- Sync Online. “Track your runs and share your progress.”
- Interval Training. “Create your own missions.”
- 1 Million Players. “The biggest smartphone fitness game, ever.”
Zombies, Run! Cost
In 2015, Zombies, Run! became free to play. New players were allowed unlimited access to the first four missions. Every week, they could also unlock one additional mission.
If you’d like more perks, a paid membership is offered in the form of an Abel Runner’s Club ($5.99 per month or $34.99 per year).
Zombies, Run! Reviews
Here are what some reviewers had to say about Zombies, Run!:
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “I love this app. I’ve been using it for years, and after some time off running I started using it again, in addition to the 5k training app. This makes running fun and enjoyable, and the range of setting means that even getting back into running as an asthmatic is easy. The 5k app is great as well, but this original app makes it easy to adjust your intervals or just use the chases. I would and have highly recommend this app to anyone.”—Cheryl S.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “I absolutely love this app. I hated running when I first started and needed something to make it more interesting. This makes you feel like you are playing a videogame and is very successful at being engaging… I 100% recommend.”— Kiara Kloss
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Its only day one, but I actually sincerely love this app so far. It pauses tour music by itself and you don’t have to look at it at all as you run. I like the randomized zombie option that encourages you to speed up, too, and the story has me excited for my next run! The best thing about this app is that it allows me not to focus on running and just do it, so when my mind wonders from my music, I’m thinking about the story! Really loving it 🙂”—Mikey Cyrus
How Do I Get Started with Zombies, Run!?
Website: Click here to visit the Zombies, Run! website.
Android App: Click here to download the Zombies, Run! app on Google Play.
iPhone/iPad Users: Click here to download the Zombies, Run! app on the App Store.
2. C25K 5K Trainer
Best for New Runners
What Is C25K 5K Trainer?
This is a fantastic app for new runners. According to Clark.com, “You won’t be asked to fill out an initial survey indicating your goals and you won’t find a library of workouts.”
Instead, the app will provide you with cardio workouts that change on a weekly basis. If you follow the app’s schedule, you’ll complete 30-minute cardio workouts three times a week for eight weeks.
C25K 5K Trainer Cost
Like some of the other apps on our list, C25K 5K Trainer is a free app that also offers a paid membership with more perks. This is called the Zen Power Playlist subscription ($4.99 per month or $49.99 per year).
C25K 5K Trainer Reviews
Here are what some reviewers had to say about C25K 5K Trainer:
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “The app makes it easy to share to social media so that my friends and family can cheer me on and keep me accountable, while giving me pride in seeing what I’ve accomplished. There’s a community area of other people using the program, and even a place on the app to locate local 5K runs to sign up for so you have a goal to push towards! I’m excited about continuing my journey, and happily surprised at how easy it is. I recommend setting up a playlist on your music since the app chooses the same series of songs otherwise. Just trust yourself to get the first few steps out of the door and let the app do the rest! HAPPY RUNNING!”—JuliaJoyJackson
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “If I can keep going so can you. I am about halfway through; I think I am on week five. It has been decades since I was physically active on a regular basis. I have never been a runner; I still do not like running. But I keep going with the help of this app, for three reasons: 1. The pacing is just right. I have been surprised how quickly my endurance is building up, and I’ve not yet once felt like it pushed me too hard; 2. I’ve noticed running gives me better clarity and brain function the rest of the day, no doubt because I am feeding my oxygen-starved brain; 3. Each workout begins with a little inspiring quote to remind me of the mindset I am establishing through this new habit.”—Proverbs3118
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “I heard about this app and decided to download it while eating a bowl of chips. I was going to start tomorrow. And I did. I’m on week 3 and I gotta say, now I can run down the street, around the block, to the corner, without bending over. It’s a great feeling. If you’re a new runner and don’t know where to begin, this is hands down the best app to download (from my experience).”—Ashley Arug
How Do I Get Started with C25K 5K Trainer?
Website: Click here to visit the C25K 5K Trainer website.
Android App: Click here to download the C25K 5K Trainer app on Google Play.
iPhone/iPad Users: Click here to download the C25K 5K Trainer app on the App Store.
3. Nike Run Club
Best for Runners Overall
What Is Nike Run Club?
Nike Run Club could be your perfect running partner. It allows you to track your runs, receive personalized coaching, and compete with your friends. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, this app can help improve your overall running experience.
When you download the app, try the “Quick Start” feature to track a run or choose from a number of guided runs. For instance, you could choose from a “Getting Started” group, short or long runs, speed runs, treadmill runs, marathon training, and more.
Nike Run Club Cost
It’s completely free!
Nike Run Club Reviews
Here are what some reviewers had to say about Nike Run Club:
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “I have used this app to keep up my activity, I watch the videos from the trainers/coaches, but mostly I love the tracking/mileage when I walk, not in the run stage yet. Just FYI, I’m over 300lbs. And this works for me. Currently in a 5k challenge; lets me know where I stand among others and that motivates me even if I move up a couple of spots. LOVE THE APP!”—Lynn West
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Great app. Unlike other apps, this is free and without any advertisements. I have been using this for past three months and loving it more and more. It has good set of different guided running sessions for all level and lengths and running plans for all levels of runners… It helps you to create a fitness plan that’s perfect for you.”—Alok Nag
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “This is an incredibly good running app. The guided sessions are phenomenal. For those of us who struggle to get motivated, the sessions truly work. Most running apps just track you. This one does that AND offers high production value mental coaching. I did my first run with the app and I just ran farther and faster than I have in a very long time. I found myself getting into a Zen state instead of the usual whining, complaining, and giving up that I usually do. Really worth a try!”—Ahmed Haque
How Do I Get Started with Nike Run Club?
Website: Click here to visit the Nike Run Club website.
Android App: Click here to download the Nike Run Club app on Google Play.
iPhone/iPad Users: Click here to download the Nike Run Club app on the App Store.
4. Map My Run
Best for Tech Challenged Runners
What Is Map My Run?
Map My Run is our final recommendation for running apps. Last but certainly not least, this one is very user-friendly and simple to use. It allows you to track your runs, check your weekly progress, and join challenges with other runners. You can also record your workouts or try preloaded routines.
Map My Run Cost
You can download the app for free, but there is an optional premium subscription called MVP that costs $5.99 per month or $29.99 per year.
New subscribers are given the option to begin a 14-day free trial of MVP, which includes features such as live tracking, training plans, and audio coaching.
Map My Run Reviews
Here are what some reviewers had to say about Map My Run:
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Really helpful app! I’ve had it for a couple months and it’s works great and it has surprisingly accurate mileage tracking! I like that it’s does not have many adds and it is easy to use in tracking your fitness activities. It has been fun to share my workouts with friends and overall I’ve had a great experience with it.”—Alice Williams
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Great for a beginner runner like me. No pushy ads. Tracks your walk/run accurately and your times. Also provides routes, distances, and times based on others in your area using the same app. That is great for competition or if you are just starting out and have no idea how long it should take you per mile etc.”—Anthony Hill
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “It is a brilliant app to use whilst you are on a run! It tells you how far you ran, for how long, at what speed/pace (including your average speed) and the calories you burnt! Definitely recommend if you are looking to start running!”—Mia Byrne-Staff
How Do I Get Started with Map My Run?
Website: Click here to visit the Map My Run website.
Android App: Click here to download the Map My Run app on Google Play.
iPhone/iPad Users: Click here to download the Map My Run app on the App Store.
5. Gold’s AMP
Best for Gym Lovers
What Is Gold’s AMP?
Looking for gym-style workouts? This app offers more than 600 cardio and strength workouts. These include audio as well as video guidance. If you don’t have a treadmill, elliptical, or exercise bike at home, they also provide a section with bodyweight-only workouts. There are even options for stretching or meditation.
Gold’s AMP Cost
Typically, this app is free for gym members and $10 each month for non-members. Earlier in the pandemic, however, they made it free for everyone through May 31, 2020. Check their website to learn more.
Gold’s AMP Reviews
Here are what some reviewers had to say about Gold’s AMP:
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “I’ve been using this during the gym shutdown, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how much I like it! I usually do group fitness because I like just being told what to do (and for free—not by a trainer I’ve paid to stand next to me), and this is definitely meeting that need. I’ve been getting in some serious workouts in my living room, even with no equipment, and I can stack workouts however I want.”—ButtercupDC
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “This app has helped me lose weight and build muscle quickly! So much cheaper and way more convenient than a gym membership. Don’t hesitate. Just subscribe. You WILL NOT be let down. Think of it this way…. Is it day 1 or is it 1 day? You decide that.”—Mat Vance
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Very easy to use and the workouts are phenomenal. Best to keep you on track during this quarantine.”—Anne Bonaparte
How Do I Get Started with Gold’s AMP?
Website: Click here to visit the Gold’s AMP website.
Android App: Click here to download the Gold’s AMP app on Google Play.
iPhone/iPad Users: Click here to download the Gold’s AMP app on the App Store.
6. Daily Burn
Best for Personalized Workout Plans
What Is Daily Burn?
This cool app has cultivated a wide range of workouts. They offer dumbbell strength training, HIIT, barre, yoga, kickboxing, and more. All you have to do is answer some questions after you download the app (think current fitness level and goals). Then, the app will provide you with a workout strategy to help you track and meet your goals.
Daily Burn Cost
Earlier in the pandemic, Daily Burn offered 60 free days of their app. It usually costs $20 each month. Depending on when you read this, you should check their website to get the latest information.
Daily Burn Reviews
Here are what some reviewers had to say about Daily Burn:
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “True Beginner Loving DB! Tried a 60-day membership with Groupon and I just completed my 46th workout. As an overweight user with back and joint issues I’ve had trouble finding the right plan to challenge myself without an injury week 1. I haven’t been this consistent in a decade and I feel strong and motivated to continue my wellness and fitness journey.”—Breanne Boston
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “This is the best program I have found to workout at home. Basically it allows you to workout how you want to. The videos vary in length so even if you only have 7 minutes you can get a workout in, plus they have a variety of class types from strength to cardio to dance to barre. You can workout how you want and when you want. It has been amazing for me trying to workout with small children!!! Highly recommend to anyone!!!!”—Tasha Glasman
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Daily Burn has such a great variety of workouts, no matter what stage you’re in on your fitness journey. The trainers are amazing and uplifting, and I appreciate just how inspiring this team is. Daily Burn has helped me form a routine and get my health back on track.”—Sarah Buel
How Do I Get Started with Daily Burn?
Website: Click here to visit the Daily Burn website.
Android App: Click here to download the Daily Burn app on Google Play.
iPhone/iPad Users: Click here to download the Daily Burn app on the App Store.
7. Yoga for Beginners | Down Dog
Best for Yogi Newbies
What Is Yoga for Beginners?
Yoga for Beginners offers exactly what their name implies; it provides a great starting point for Yoga novices. The workouts are separated into three different types of yoga: vinyasa, hatha, and restorative. In addition, each video will guide you through the poses and breath work to help you develop.
Yoga for Beginners Cost
Good news: It’s free!
Yoga for Beginners Reviews
Here are what some reviewers had to say about Yoga for Beginners:
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “I just cannot say enough about how absolutely perfect I feel this yoga app is! You pick your practice, set how much time you want to spend on it, it’s a video with a moving person, and a voice guiding you through what you are supposed to be doing. It’s exactly what I have been looking for! It’s just wonderful!”—SF SF
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “I’m a beginner, and this app seems to be targeted to all levels. You can customize it to exactly what fits your mood and ability. The fact that the developers have made it free during the quarantine is awesome as well. They even give you an opportunity to use the app, if you can’t afford it by sending an explanation and they will try to find a way to accommodate you. I haven’t found any downside yet.”—Rebecca Peterson
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Personally use this as a 15-30min workout/stretch session in the morning to wake up. The app is easy to work with, all the options are easy to understand and you can tailor the workout to fit you… You can choose how much verbal guidance you want through the session and you’ll have a video that’s guiding you through the entire session. From a beginner’s standpoint, this app is really fun and simple to use!”—Jonathan Nilsen
How Do I Get Started with Yoga for Beginners?
Website: Click here to visit the Yoga for Beginners website.
Android App: Click here to download the Yoga for Beginners app on Google Play.
iPhone/iPad Users: Click here to download the Yoga for Beginners app on the App Store.
Some Honorable Mentions
Here are a few additional apps that can help you reach your goals!
- Tone It Up: “This app lets you choose from hundreds of workouts (many of which are bodyweight-only), or you can follow a specific program built around specific goals. They’ve even got some postnatal content that’s great for new parents.”
- 7 Minute Workout: “If you’re looking for a way to fit in quick workouts during long days at home, this app has you covered. You don’t need any equipment, and there’s also an option to compete with friends.”
- FitOn: “FitOn gives you access to workout classes from celebrity trainers—like Cassey Ho of Blogilates, Jeanette Jenkins, and more. You can even work out with some special guests: Gabrielle Union and Jonathan Van Ness.”
- Peloton: “The platform has both live-streamed and on-demand workouts taught by a roster of popular trainers. You can find a mix of running, strength, cycling, and yoga workouts. Plus, there are even some meditation practices.”
- Adidas Training by Runtastic: “This app has a variety of workouts and training plans, but the best part for those of us working out at home? The 180-plus bodyweight workout videos. You can also choose workouts of different lengths, depending on what you need, and you’ll get helpful reminders.”
Why You Should Keep Moving
Some consider health and fitness to be a lifelong journey. In fact, an article by Healthline has identified even more reasons to habitually exercise. According to their research, the following are just some health benefits associated with regular movement:
- It Can Make You Feel Happier
- It Can Increase Your Energy Levels
- It Can Reduce Your Risk of Chronic Disease
- It Can Help Skin Health
- It Can Help Your Brain Health and Memory
- It Can Help with Relaxation and Sleep Quality
- It Can Reduce Pain
Needless to say, the correlation between physical activity and overall health is evident. Reap the rewards of improved wellness with the help of apps like the ones we covered today.
Remember: It’s never too late to start!