The best apps and platforms for building your body in the new year.
By Amanda Burrill, MS
No matter what kind of motivation or daily prodding you prefer to inspire you to meet your fitness goals, there’s an online aide to push you in the right direction. Pu-push it real good, whether you work out at home, at a designated gym, or all over the world.
MINDBODY Cost: FreeAvailable on: iTunes and Google PlayBest for: Those who like variety, travel often, and have hectic schedules
MINDBODY, named one of Apple’s “Best New Apps of 2016,” has over four million registered users around the world, and the app gives them easy access to local fitness and wellness classes. Furthermore, you can use the app to find places to work out and read others’ review of the facility—perfect for when you’re comparing several gyms trying to figure out which to join. MINDBODY also recently partnered with the folks at Under Armour and Myfitnesspal. Can you say empire?
ClassPassCost: App is free; plans from $40/monthWhere to buy: iTunes, Google PlayBest for: Those who like variety, travel often, and have hectic schedules
ClassPass is a monthly membership that connects users to more than 8,000 fitness facilities in 39 cities worldwide. You establish your initial membership by entering your own zip code. For example, in Los Angeles a base membership costs $60 and gets you five classes. Not feeling up for a circuit class or organized yoga? Just book an hour of gym time instead! The app gets to “know you” and will recommend classes and gyms it thinks you will like.
StrongLifts Cost: Free; $10 power pack unlocks more featuresAvailable on: iTunes, Google PlayBest for: Weight lifters who want a trainer on the cheap
StrongLifts is a straightforward strength- and muscle-building app for folks who want an athletic body with functional strength—which