The Best Fitness Apps of 2022

Written by: BestApp.com App Testing Team - Updated: Jan 27, 2022

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For users searching for a fitness app to help them get into and stay in shape, we recommend Peloton for its wide variety of both live and on-demand exercise classes. But if Peloton doesn’t offer what you’re looking for, we found nine other great apps to help you stay fit. Here are the 10 best fitness apps on iOS and Android.

Top 10 Fitness Apps to Try

How We Chose the Best Fitness Apps

We based our selection of the 10 best fitness apps on a handful of important features that make it easy for users to create a personalized fitness experience and stay motivated. The best fitness apps should feature customizable workouts and exercises, personal coaching, music, and built-in calorie counters to help you track your progress. We also made sure to note which of these apps require subscriptions to unlock additional features and workouts.

Choose the fitness app that’s right for you

To find the right fitness app for you, it’s important to consider what your goals are. If you’re focused on strength training, JEFIT is the app for you, whereas apps like Strava and Peloton focus mostly on cardio and endurance. Because all of the apps on our list offer either a free version or a free trial, we recommend testing out several of them to find the one that best suits your needs.

Focus on form

To avoid injury, it’s important to carefully pay attention to demonstration videos and learn how to perform exercises with proper form before pushing yourself too hard. In addition to avoiding injury, achieving the proper form will also help intensify your workouts.

Our Fitness App Reviews

Peloton — Top Pick

Peloton App feature

Download: Android | iOS

We selected Peloton as the best fitness app because of the exceptional quality of this service’s exercise courses. While the Peloton app is designed to be paired with Peloton devices, it has plenty to offer for users who don’t own a Peloton treadmill or bike. For $12.99 per month, Peloton gives users access to both live and on-demand classes. While many of the classes are focused on indoor cardio, the app also includes strength training and outdoor classes to give users more variety. Most classes are taught via video, though outdoor classes are audio-only, and users can join multi-week guided programs. Uniquely, Peloton also offers a companion app for the Apple Watch so that you can view distance metrics and your heart rate during indoor runs.

Notable features:

  • Free version not available
  • Subscription plan: Digital Membership: $12.99/month
  • Support available: Help Center, Telephone Call, Live Chat
Peloton Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Live and on-demand classes No free version
Great class variety No calorie counter
Companion app for Apple Watch  

Couch to 5K — Best Free Option

Couch to 5K App feature

Download: Android | iOS

Couch to 5K is a fitness and training app designed to get users from beginner-level to 5K-ready.  The app’s program features three 30-minute workouts per week for eight weeks, and by the end of this program, you should be ready to complete your first 5K. For every run, the app maps your route, calculates your distance, and tells you how many calories you burned. Couch to 5K is compatible with the Apple Watch, Samsung smartwatches, and FitBit, making it easy for you to sync your health data across devices. Couch to 5K offers a great free version, giving users access to its full training program, podcast clips, Health app integration, and social media integration. For $5.99 per month, you can subscribe to unlock curated music and gain premium access to the company’s other fitness apps, including 10K Trainer by C25K.

Notable features:

  • Free version available
  • Subscription plans: Zen Unlimited Pass: $4.99/month or $49.99/year
  • Support available: Email, Forums
Couch to 5K Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Feature-rich free version Not customizable
Calculates distance and calories burned No strength training exercises

Strava — Best Community Features

Strava App feature

Download: Android | iOS

Strava is a popular fitness app that lets users track fitness activities like running, biking, and swimming. By tracking your activities, you can view key stats like distance, pace, speed, elevation gained, and calories burned. If you want to mix up your daily workouts, you can browse the app to find new running and biking routes. What sets Strava apart from other apps on our list is its great community features, like its challenges, which allow users to compete with other Strava users for the top spot on the leaderboard. You can also follow your friends to view their activities and share your own activities. By upgrading to Strava Summit, you can access customizable training programs, set training goals, and get live feedback to improve your workouts.

Notable features:

  • Free version available
  • Subscription plans: Strava Summit: $5/month or $59.99/year
  • Support available: Help & Support Center
Strava Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Community challenges Doesn’t include music
Tracks key training statistics  
Share fitness activities with friends  

8fit — Best for Diet & Exercise

8fit App feature

Download: Android | iOS

8fit is a comprehensive fitness solution that helps users manage their exercise routines and maintain a healthy diet. Users can access custom workout and diet plans that are tailored to their long-term fitness goals. Workouts typically range from five to 20 minutes and focus on bodyweight training, so don’t worry if you don’t have your own equipment. Whether you want to gain weight, maintain your weight, or lose weight, 8fit provides meal plans and easy-to-follow recipes to help you achieve your goals — and for more guidance, you can read the in-app nutrition tips and guides. 8fit offers a selection of free workouts, but to unlock all workouts and meal plans, you’ll have to subscribe for $25 per month or $80 per year.

Notable features:

  • Free version
  • Subscription plans: Pro Plan: $80/year; $60 for 6 months; $25/month
  • Support available: Help Center
8fit Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Custom meal plans and recipes No built-in calorie counter
Personalized fitness plans Meal plans require subscription
Apple Health integration  

JEFIT — Best for Strength Training

JEFIT App feature

Download: Android | iOS

If strength training is your priority, then JEFIT is your best bet. With the free version of the app, you can access over 1,300 weight training exercises to plan your workouts, and you can use the in-app training log to track your weights, sets, and reps. The log also helps you keep track of other key metrics, like your body fat percentage and weight. If you don’t want to create your own routines, you can choose from a selection of preset workouts and training plans, which can be edited to accommodate your needs and preferences. Unlike other apps, JEFIT also helps you recover by showing you recovery rates and times for different muscle groups. Most of JEFIT’s core features are included for free, but by subscribing you can get an ad-free experience, view demonstration videos, and more.

Notable features:

  • Free version available
  • Subscription plans: Elite: $6.99/month or $39.99/year
  • Support available: Forum
JEFIT Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Customizable strength training routines Doesn’t count calories
Training log to track workout and body stats Not ideal for endurance or cardio
Feature-rich free version  

Nike Training Club — Best Workout Library

Nike Training Club App feature

Download: Android | iOS

The Nike Training Club app offers an incredible library of workouts and fitness plans that are curated by Nike and taught by professional instructors and trainers. Workouts range from five to 60+ minutes, and there are workouts for all experience levels, from beginner to advanced. You can browse standalone workouts or join one of the app’s fitness programs for more guidance. Nike Training Club also features healthy recipes, nutrition tips, fitness tips, and recovery tips to help users get the most out of their workouts. Best of all, Nike Training Club is the only app on our list to offer all of this great content for free — no in-app purchases or subscriptions required.

Notable features:

  • Free version available
  • Subscription plans: None
  • Support available: Customer Service, Get Help with Returns, Ordering & Products
Nike Training Club Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
All workouts and fitness programs are free Workouts must be downloaded individually
Features healthy recipes  
Includes nutrition, fitness, and recovery tips  

Sworkit — Best for Families

Sworkit App feature

Download: Android | iOS

Sworkit is a great fitness plan for families to use together as it is the only app on our list that includes a full library of workouts designed specifically for kids. When you first start with the app, you can choose whether you want to get leaner, fitter, or stronger, and then you can join a six-week program tailored to your personal fitness goals. You can also create your own exercise routines with over 800 body weight and small equipment exercises, and users can get one-on-one guidance from certified personal trainers. Sworkit also integrates with MyFitnessPal and Strava to help you track your fitness data. All of the app’s kids’ workouts are completely free, but for everything else, you’ll have to subscribe for $9.99 per month or $59.99 per year.

Notable features:

  • Free version available
  • Subscription plans: $9.99/month or $59.99/year
  • Support available: Help Center
Sworkit Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Kid-friendly workouts Doesn’t include a calorie counter
Fitness programs and customizable workouts Only kids’ workouts included in free version
Includes one-on-one coaching  

Aaptiv — Best for Audio-Based Workouts

Aaptiv App feature

Download: Android | iOS

Aaptiv is an audio-only fitness app with a large library of workout classes and fitness programs. Users can choose from over 2,500 workouts in a variety of categories, including running, elliptical, race training, strength training, stretching, yoga, and more. You can also join motivating group challenges, participate in personalized fitness programs, and receive personalized daily fitness plans, which include meditations, nutrition tips, and more. Unlike other apps, every week, Aaptiv recommends a selection of workouts that are tailored to your personal goals and preferences. Aaptiv also features music playlists and progress-tracking features to enhance your workouts.

Notable features:

  • Free version not available
  • Subscription plans: $14.99/month or $99.99/year
  • Support available: Help Center
Aaptiv Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Audio-based workouts and training programs No free version
Group workout challenges  
Personalized fitness plans  

Apple Fitness+ — Best for Apple Users

Apple Fitness+ App feature

Download: iOS

Apple Fitness+ is an optional subscription service offered through the free Apple Fitness app that gives users access to a variety of expert-led workout classes covering everything from HIIT and strength training to yoga and pilates. Apple Fitness+ even features guided meditations to give users more variety. Unlike other apps on our list, the app is designed to work seamlessly with the Apple Watch. While working out, you can view real-time information, like your heart rate and calories burned, on your Apple Watch. Workouts range from five to 45 minutes, and with SharePlay, you and up to 32 other people can work out together to help keep each other motivated.

Notable features:

  • Free version not available
  • Subscription plans: $9.99/month or $79.99/year
  • Support available: Help Center
Apple Fitness+ Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Great class variety Not available on Android
Apple Watch integration No free version
Group workouts with SharePlay Doesn’t include coaching

Sweat — Best for Women

Sweat App feature

Download: Android | iOS

Sweat is the only app on our list that is designed specifically for women. Sweat offers a wide range of challenging workouts designed to be completed at home or at the gym, and all classes are led by expert female fitness trainers. Users can stay motivated by participating in virtual community challenges, and you can share post-workout selfies with your friends and other community members. Sweat includes programs for users of all experience levels, from beginner to advanced, and there are plenty of equipment-free workouts to make the app more accessible. All exercises feature video demonstrations and optional substitutions if the workout is too difficult. To track your progress, you can log your workouts, weights, sets, and reps, and the app features daily step and hydration trackers as well.

Notable features:

  • Free version not available
  • Subscription plans: $19.99/month or $119.94/year
  • Support available: Help Center
Sweat Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Great community features No calorie counter
Programs for all experience levels No free version
Personalized meal recommendations  

Fitness Apps: Features Summary Table

Fitness Apps Comparison Table
App Subscription Fees or In-App Purchases Features
Peloton — Top Pick Monthly Digital Membership: $12.99 Customizable
Coaching
Music
X Calorie Counter
Subscription
Couch to 5K — Best Free Option Zen Unlimited Pass Monthly: $4.99
Zen Unlimited Pass Annual: $49.99
X Customizable
Coaching
Music
Calorie Counter
Subscription
Strava — Best Community Features Strava Summit: $5/month or $59.99/year Customizable
Coaching
X Music
Calorie Counter
Subscription
8fit — Best for Diet & Exercise Pro Plan: $80/year; $60 for 6 months; $25/month Customizable
Coaching
Music
X Calorie Counter
Subscription
JEFIT — Best for Strength Training Elite: $6.99/month or $39.99/year Customizable
Coaching
Music
X Calorie Counter
Subscription
Nike Training Club — Best Workout Library None Customizable
Coaching
Music
Calorie Counter
X Subscription
Sworkit — Best for Families Monthly: $9.99
Annual: $59.99
Customizable
Coaching
Music
X Calorie Counter
Subscription
Aaptiv — Best for Audio-Based Workouts Monthly: $14.99
Yearly: $99.99
Customizable
Coaching
Music
Calorie Counter
Subscription
Apple Fitness+ — Best for Apple Users Monthly: $9.99
Yearly: $79.99
Customizable
X Coaching
Music
X Calorie Counter
Subscription
Sweat — Best for Women Monthly: $19.99
Yearly: $119.94
Customizable
Coaching
Music
X Calorie Counter
Subscription