THE FITNESS 5
We could all use a little motivation to work on our fitness game, and your phone can actually help with that. Fitness apps that feature step-by-step exercise routines, expert advice, activity logging, and more have been all the rage in recent years, making narrowing down your options the hardest part! Below, personal trainer Jillian Dawson shares her five favorite fitness apps for a healthier lifestyle – and they’re only a download away.
Jillian Dawson, Chattanooga, TN
1. Fit Radio
“I LOVE this app! It has playlists already made for you that have been designed by fitness instructors. You can choose music by genre, activity, BPM, etc. They also have Fit Radio coaches who will talk you through cardio and strength sessions. This app is very affordable and worth every penny.”
2. Active by POPSUGAR
“This app is great because it has single-time challenges or 30-day challenges. The challenges have videos that break down each exercise with details. Then you can add the videos to your in-app schedule.”
3. ATHLEAN-X 6 Pack Promise
“This app is insane. Designed for all levels, it has tons of convenient, fast abdominal workouts, ranging from four to eight minutes. It also includes video demonstrations of all the ab-crushing exercises by celebrity pro trainer Jeff Cavaliere.”
4. Flex Timer
“It’s great for interval training workouts like CrossFit, HIIT, Bootcamps, Intensity, MMA, boxing, and many others. You can even hook up your Bluetooth heart rate monitor and track your heart rate as you work out, or you can set up zones to let you know whether your pace is appropriate.”
5. Centr by Chris Hemsworth
“This app has a weekly planner with meal plans and snacks you’ll actually enjoy eating, workouts and programs you’ll look forward to, and practical techniques to keep your head in the game. You’ll have access to new workouts, recipes, and life hacks every week. It’s simple to use and easy to follow!”
Jillian Dawson has been a personal trainer for over 12 years. When she’s not teaching classes at Sportsbarn or Barre One, Jillian is busy being a wife and mom of a very active 7-year-old boy.