The 7 Best FREE Workout Apps to Try in 2021

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Looking for the best workout apps that are free?!

With New Year’s ringing at the door, we’re helping you find the best fitness apps to kick start your New Year’s resolutions! And while we’ve already shared apps that will actually pay you to work out, these apps I’m sharing today are FREE and allow you to be your own gym so you can work out anywhere… anytime, and reach all your goals this year.

Here are the best free workout apps:

1. Map My Fitness by Under Armour

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Do you love a sense of community? Then you’re going to love this app. Not only is it free, but you can interact with other members, share completed workouts, and receive/give encouragement from people on similar fitness journeys. Plus, you can join challenges and compete with other members.

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Other features we’re loving:

    • It’s free!
    • Easily track and log workouts.
    • Build your own workout routine with access to over 800 workouts and share your routines with others.
    • Discover new workout routines created by Under Armour trainers.
    • Connect with 400+ devices to import and analyze all your data in one place.
    • Ability to connect Under Armour connected shoes to the app for a premium experience.
    • Sync with the latest apps and most wearables including Google Fit, Android Wear, Garmin, Fitbit, Jawbone, and more.
    • Ability to connect to MyFitnessPal.
    • Premium features available:
      • Share live tracking when running, set higher goals, monitor & analyze heart rate, plus more
      • Annual and monthly memberships available for either $5.99/mo or $29.99 annually

“This is such a great app! It keeps me on track and focused on my health/fitness goals. Since getting the app, I have seen positive improvements in my body composition and eating habits.” – Amy ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

2. 7 Minute Workout

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Only have 7 minutes a day to get it in? This workout app is just what you need and best of all, it’s totally free and so easy to get started. You’ll get to choose from your favorite workouts and each routine will even come with a video tutorial and step by step instructions so you know you’ll be nailing all your forms perfectly.

Workout anywhere, anytime, and with no equipment necessary! We think the only thing easier than the 7-minute workouts is the app itself – perfectly laid out and totally user-friendly!

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Other features we’re loving:

    • It’s 100% free!
    • Professionally designed workouts
      • They’re all short and effective
    • Workouts can be done anywhere
    • No need for any equipment
    • Voice and video instructions for every workout
    • Workouts for everyone including beginners
    • Ability to customize your workouts
    • Compatible with Apple Health to track your workouts and calories burned

“I sat around for weeks and told myself I was going to start going on daily walks outside/around my neighborhood. Every day I would have the same excuse – that I didn’t have enough time. Finally, I started downloading a bunch of different ‘workout from home’ apps hoping that would motivate me. I found that so many trick you into paying for a subscription to even access half of the workouts or they aren’t very easy to navigate.

Most of the other workout apps are either 1) not free 2) too hard to do 3) don’t explain how to do them well enough 4) don’t focus on the areas you specifically want to improve or all of the above. 7minutes is by far the best workout app and so useful! It’s completely free, it targets what areas you want to work on, and lets you choose what fitness level experience you are.

Within the first few days, my legs and abs were burning because the workouts were so effective! The app is so descriptive in what to do and easy to use. Best of all, it’s only seven minutes.” – Liz ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

3. Freeletics

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Customize your daily workouts and decide how you’d like to achieve your goals whether it’s with gym equipment or using your own body weight. This free app allows you to have access to and download free HIIT routines which you can even monitor through your Apple watch. After creating a profile, you can start your journey working out wherever, whenever!

Want more from the app? You can subscribe to a monthly membership and get access to customized coaching, mindset audio coaching, and even training journeys that track your progress.

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Other features we’re loving:

    • It’s free!
    • No gym required.
    • Get access to digital fitness coaching.
    • Tailored workouts to suit your lifestyle and needs.
    • You can be apart of a motivating community.
    • Premium subscriptions are available for a deeper dive into your journey and even more involved coaching and training, starting at $34.99.

“I really like this app. I use to do CrossFit and the fact that there are some set workouts where you can save your scores is really motivating. I love that there is pretty much everything you would do without bars or equipment and it does have the muscle up/pull up option which is cool.” – Max  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


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Already a gym member? This is the best app to track your current workouts or start new ones. After creating a free account, the app will get to know you by asking questions such as what time of day you prefer to work out and your preferred fitness goals.

Then they’ll share the best plans to meet your goals. Some will require an “Elite” membership, but others are free to use. You can even keep track of progress photos while achieving your goals!

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Other features we’re loving:

    • It’s free!
    • 1300+ weight training exercises available.
    • Workout routine database with community-created daily workout routines and fitness plans.
    • Track your workouts and save your best record for each exercise.
    • Create your own fitness routines.
    • View your body and lifting progress.
    • Fully customizable routines and exercises to create daily workout programs.
    • Sync with Apple Health.
    • Connect with and add friends to help stay motivated along with engaging with a supportive community.
    • Elite subscription available:
      • Deeper Training analytics, 1100+ HD training demonstration videos, and premium training routines created by experts and more
      • The subscription fee is $39.99/year

“I really enjoy the ability to use other people’s uploaded workouts and customize them to my own specifications. Tracking my progress and the visual illustrations for new exercises make the experience far more educational as well.” – Alex ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

5. ClassPass

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Love working out at home or on your own? This app allows you to listen or steam workouts based on what you’d like to do. From abs to arms, you can do it all—for free! And if you’d like to upgrade to a monthly plan, you can explore local classes like barre, yoga, and so much more, plus even book a class through the app!

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Other features we’re loving:

    • It’s FREE for streaming workouts from the app!
    • You can score a free 2-week trial to take advantage of local studio classes and gyms.
    • Stream unlimited audio or video workouts when you can’t make it to class.
    • Search, find and book fitness activities near you from over 25,000 studios and gyms, including yoga, boxing, spinning, Pilates, barre, running, dance, martial arts, strength training, HIIT, bodybuilding, open gym time and more.
    • Connect with HealthKit to show your average heart rate and how many calories you burn in class.
    • Connect with your friends on ClassPass to plan workouts together.
    • Try classes recommended just for you based on your interests, location, and schedule.
    • Reviews and class ratings are visible from other ClassPassers so you know what to expect.
    • Pause, stop, or change your plan at any time.
    • Monthly memberships start at $9/mo after free-trial.

“I have a monthly subscription with this app and it’s amazing! I’m able to choose from a variety of workouts throughout the city and it has excellent scheduling capabilities as well. With this great option, I was able to try classes I have been eyeing for a while, but could never afford the expensive gym subscriptions to each one.” – Dana ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

6. Nike Training Club

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Whether you’re new to working out or a stud in the gym already, you can explore up to 185 free workouts with this app that covers everything from boxing and yoga to strength training and improving your mobility and endurance. Each session is also narrated by top-notch Nike trainers.

Want even more from this app? You can sign up for their monthly subscription and get access to new workouts and even nutrition tips from professional trainers that even work with Nike athletes!

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Other features we’re loving:

    • It’s free!
    • Extensive Nike Training Club workout library:
      • Body-part focused workouts targeting your abs, arms, shoulders, glutes, and legs
      • Strength, endurance, yoga, and mobility workouts
      • Work out times ranging from 15-45 Minutes
      • Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels
      • Low, Moderate, and High Intensity
      • Bodyweight only, Light, and Full Equipment
      • Time-based and Rep-based options
    • Daily personalize workout recommendations.
    • Ability to connect to Apple Watch and Apple Health.
    • Enter and record other activities you do.
    • Premium subscriptions are available starting at $14.99/mo or $119.99 annually.

“This app is PERFECT! It shows you exactly what to do and adjusts your plan to your lifestyle. Plus it helps you keep your workout goal and push yourself. It motivates me to work out and gives me checking points on my personal workout – this is just what I needed to turn my workout goals into a habit. I also love that it speaks aloud so you don’t have to constantly look down at your phone. This app has been life-changing.” – Marcie ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

7. FitOn

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Want to get your blood pumping with Julianne Hough or Jonathan Van Ness? FitOn is the #1 free fitness app and for good reason. It not only gives you unlimited access to some of the best workouts from celebrity trainers, but it gives you a wide variety of different types of exercise so you can choose your personal preferences.

A woman sitting on a yoga mat after a home workout

Other features we’re loving:

    • It’s FREE for streaming unlimited workouts!
    • Create a personalized fitness plan to suit your needs.
    • Video meditations and mindfulness tips.
    • Access a variety of workouts including yoga, cardio, strength, HIIT, toning, stretch, no equipment, pilates, and more.
    • Connect your Apple Watch, Fitbit, or Garmin to FitOn to track your health metrics.
    • Get fitness and nutrition advice and tips from expert trainers.
    • Add friends to FitOn to share photos, workouts, and motivation.
    • Participate in ongoing health and fitness challenges.
    • Select workouts based on target areas.
    • Choose the length and intensity of each workout.
    • Access workout experiences including Orangetheory Fitness, Kingry, Zumba, and more.

“Hands down this is the absolute best, free fitness app out there! FitOn is what I always wished I could find in a fitness app: the freedom to get in shape at home on my time frame. I LOVE how I feel like I am in an actual one-on-one training session with an honest to goodness knowledgeable trainer! I love being able to pick workout videos from a variety of intensities and genres (goodbye boredom).” -GirlyKid22 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Comments 9

  1. Christi + S

    Thank you so much for this list! With my gym closed it is so hard to find the motivation to workout from home, but now I have some new apps to try! Thank you 🙂

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re SO welcome! Glad this list was helpful!

  2. julie

    I loved and used ClassPass when we weren’t in a pandemic. It allowed me to have a variety of work outs and ‘try out’ new places. I actually had forgotten I had the membership as I had stopped going. Luckily I was only being charged their lowest membership cost at the time.

  3. Denise

    I have been using the Female Fitness App – its free -and I really like it -I feel like it is totally maneable – what I really like is that I can skip the rest time if I need to.. then I can complete the workouts faster… I am doing the beginner ab workout and the Full body 28 day challenge – just another app idea 🙂

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks so much for the helpful suggestion, Denise!

  4. ashleybrown

    Love,love,love the Nike workouts. The ones I am doing right now are fast and fun! There is even an option for kids!

  5. peachcraze

    FitOn for the win! 🙌 I have been using this for 1.5 years now. I love the workouts and being able to find exactly what kind of workout I’m wanting based on time, intensity and target area. It’s fantastic!

    • Aleshia

      Yes, me too!! I just started this. I stumbled on it on Instagram as an ad. I was going to share it if she didn’t mention it. I love how well organized it is. I get so overwhelmed by other workout apps that you have to pay for. I even downloaded this to my ROKU in order to workout using my TV.

  6. Gigi

    I LOVE Sydney Cummings workouts.! There is a new one every day and they are free!

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