The best free exercise apps – A fresh start to 2019

So that’s it for another year. The tree is gradually turning brown in the corner, the recycling bin is overflowing with seasonal empties and the grind of going back to work really kicks in. But with the New Year comes fresh starts, and what better way to do it than by getting in shape?

Then the thought hits you: with all the splurging at Christmas, it’s time to get back in the gym and work on that gym bod. But if the thought of going to the gym leaves you reaching for remote to binge watch more TV and bury your head in the sand for another day, don’t forget that the gym isn’t the only way to get fit. All you need is a little help to keep you motivated and on track with a fitness plan. Luckily, there are plenty of free exercise apps out there that can help sculpt you into the best shape of your life in 2019. Let’s have a look at a few of them.


Despite the name, this app supports you to get fit in any way you like. It keeps track of your workouts and helps you to set goals. The built-in GPS also records your routes in real time and shares your success with friends. It can also sync with Apple Music so you can create motivating playlists.

MyTraining Workout

MyTraining offers you loads of free workout videos, a routine chart and a calendar to help you keep on track with your workout programmes. Plus, you get support from world class coaches, which is something that really can be priceless. Simply open a chat window and speak to a qualified coach about your issue.

My Virtual Mission

Need some inspiration to get you going? Then use this app to create a virtual fitness route that works for you. If you have a desired route in mind, use the app to plan it and set realistic goals. Once completed, you can send virtual postcards to your friends and family to show off about it.

Couch to 5k runner

As you probably know, the hardest part about any exercise is taking that first step. This app has been designed to get you started, with all the support you need to encourage you to get out there, even if you haven’t exercised for years. It’s supported by the NHS and aims to get you off the couch and running 5k within weeks. Plus, each workout is guided by a voiceover from a professional athlete such as former Olympian Michael Johnson.


If you want your body to be rippling with muscles by the time your summer holiday comes around, then try Fitbod. This is a trainer designed to help you lift weights and sculpt your body, with step by step programmes for working on certain areas of the body. Tailor your workouts to suit your needs and start lifting today.

So, if a gym membership is not your cup of tea, then why not try getting fit with any of the above apps? You’ll have that holiday weight off in no time.