DIY Exercise

7 fitness apps for stellar at-home workouts.



At-home fitness, now bolstered by a bevy of mobile apps designed to take aggravation out of exercise, is more effective than ever. From full training routines to quick but targeted workouts, these DIY platforms turn living rooms into gymnasiums with very little to no equipment whatsoever.

“With resistance training in particular, workouts do not require weights or machines to be effective. You can get a great workout using nothing but your bodyweight,” says Dom Calpe, Certified Personal Trainer at BeFIT Health Studio in Lake Mary.  Another bonus: never having to wait for machines or weights.  “This means your workout can be done in a very time-efficient manner,” Calpe says.

Nike Training Club
This women-centric app offers more than 100 workouts in varying lengths and challenge levels to achieve goals such as “get strong” or “get lean.” It’s like having a personal trainer. Free (Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android)
The Walk
Turn a typical walk into an undercover mission with this app’s audio storytelling element featuring 51 episodes, 14 challenges and more than 800 minutes of audio content. $2.99 (Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android)
7-Minute Quick Fit
Scientists have touted the benefits of short, high-intensity bursts of exercise like the routine housed in this app, which features 12 exercises done for 30 seconds each. $1.99 (Available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch)
Couch-to-5K
Be race ready in nine weeks thanks to this app, which calculates distance and gauges your pace inside a 30 minutes/day training regimen. $1.99 (Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android)
Yoga Studio
With 30 classes ranging from 15 to 60 minutes each,  yogis can choose beginner to advanced sessions or customize a class by selecting from a library of nearly 300 poses. $2.99 (Available for iPhone and iPad)
Kettlebell F.I.T.
Enthusiasts and newbies alike can do the 15- to 45-minute video workouts featuring more than 225 unique exercises utilizing just one kettlebell. $3.99 (Available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch)
Runtastic Six Pack
Target core muscles during this 10-minute routine that uses lifelike animation and audio coaching to make over your midsection in just 10 weeks. Free with $4.99 in-app purchase (Available for iPhone, iPad and Android)

 

Equipment Basics - What You’ll Need

 

Marcy 5 lb. - 50 lb. Kettlebell Set, $99.99, Dick’s Sporting Goods, dickssportinggoods.com

Tone Fitness Dumbbell Set, $54.99, Sports Authority, sportsauthority.com

The “Big” Yoga Mat, $88, Lululemon, The Mall at Millenia, lululemon.com 

 

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