…and not a calorie counter in sight.

1. Lorna Jane.

Images via LJ App.
Images via LJ App.

Lorna Jane is, hands down, the cutest and most useful free fitness app there is. This highly-stylish app features an activity log to track your every movement, (from walking to cycling to Crossfit classes,) and provides inspirational unlocakable badges to celebrate activity achievements. The reason to download it, though, is that, in tune with LJ’s signature Move Nourish Believe philosophy, it’s holistic. A click on the “Nourish” section of the app directs users to recipes and food info from the MNB blog, and the “Believe” section features a myriad of gorgeous inspiring images and quotes.

Price: Free. Availability: iPhone, Android.

2. POPSUGAR Active.

Via POPSUGAR Active.
Via POPSUGAR Active.

 Looking for actual workout routines to complete instead of simply monitoring the exercise you do? POPSUGAR Active is a must-download. The free app comes pre-loaded with content, including workout videos, photo tutorials, and treadmill workouts designed to be used by girls on the go. Videos can be streamed or downloaded for offline viewing, and users can create their own playlist of workouts to make custom fitness routines and schedule workout reminders within the app. Boom, killer content AND accountability.

Price: Free. Availability: iPhone, Android.

3. barre3.

Via barre3.
Via barre3.

If you like barre workouts, you’ll LOVE barre3’s companion mobile app. Stocked with daily tips, foundational podcasts, a catalog of recipes, and a studio finder that allows users to schedule in-person classes, the app is incredibly useful and user-friendly. These features aside, however, the best aspect of the barre3 app is the access to free workouts it provides. The one-time $5 investment in the app gives you a streaming library of short barre3 routines, categorized by type–stretching, cardio, total body, lower body, etc. From here, users can create a playlist of favorites, and can even select their own music to be played under the narration of the in-app videos.

Price: $4.99. Availability: iPhone.

4. The Nike Suite.

Via Nike Training Club.
Via Nike Training Club.

When it comes to Nike, the more apps the better. Seriously though–they offer Nike Training Club, which is perfect for do-anywhere workouts and guided fitness programs, Nike Running for tracking runs and setting goals, and the Nike Fuelband app for those who are addicted to their Fuelband fitness tracker. Why download all three? Because they’re all completely different. Nike Training Club, for example, is focused on virtual training (thus the name), hitting performance goals, and increasing users’ fitness levels. The app allows users to specific training plans including options, Get Lean, Get Toned, and Get Strong, that provide 15 – 45 minute guided workouts created by professional personal trainers. You are also able to earn trophies and share achievements through social media. The Nike Running app focuses exclusively on running–users can track their runs (both indoor and outdoor!), monitor speed, and set run-specific goals for time, distance, or speed. There’s also a community ‘Challenge’ feature that allows users to compete and check in with one another, and for runners looking to improve performance or train for a race, a ‘Coach’ feature provides planning and coaching based on users’ skill-level and goals. Finally, for Fuelband owners, the Nike Fuelband app allows on-the-go tracking, encouragement, and access to daily and long-term data like calories burned, steps walked, and hours won.

Price: Free. Availability: iPhone, Android.

5. TwoGrand.

Via TwoGrand.
Via TwoGrand.

Think of TwoGrand as the Instagram of weight loss and fitness apps. Instead of searching a  digital database for nutritional information, TwoGrand members use photos to visually log and track their meals and to compare their habits to the routines of other users. It’s long been held  that logging your food intake is one of the best ways to lose weight, and TwoGrand takes out all of the effort involved in traditional/manual journaling–simply snap a photo and hit save. Since you know your eats will be shared, not only will your playing and presentation skills improve immensely, but you’ll likely WANT to make fresher, healthier dietary choices…whether that’s due to saving face or showing off is your prerogative 😉 It’s a new take on food journaling with a side of social media.

Price: Free. Availability: iOS, Android.

Ready, set, download!

xx,

Liza

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