Personal trainers are great motivators when you’re in need of a good butt kicking. They are knowledgeable, having an endless list of exercises to keep your body guessing and your mind boggled. Unfortunately, personal trainers are less helpful if you’re traveling. They aren’t always easily accessible to give you a workout plan when you want it, where you want it.

If you’re looking for an alternative to a personal trainer, whether that’s due to convenience or cost, smartphone and tablet apps are about to be your new best friend. The industry is ripe with fitness apps that aim to help you achieve the results you’re looking for, but not all of them are good. It’s important to use a program that provides clear instruction—especially when you’re not exactly sure what a “Push Up to Single Leg Squat” is supposed to look like. Here are a few top fitness apps that can provide you with a solid workout, wherever you may need it.

Nike Training Club 

Nike Training Club App

For IOS and Android — Free  

If it’s something the fitness giant has a hand in, you know it’s going to be good. This app provides workouts from Nike Master Trainers in a variety of styles. Whether you’re looking to “Get Lean,” “Get Toned,” “Get Strong,” or “Get Focused,” the app has an extensive library of step-by-step, timed exercises to choose from. You can even find a workout based on difficulty, making the app perfect for both beginners and advanced gym rats. NTC can even develop a 4-week schedule of workouts for you, based on your goals. Best of all, if you come to an exercise and aren’t sure how it is performed, simply click on the image. The timer will be paused and you can watch one of Nike’s elite fitness gurus do it in a video.





Sworkit Sworkit

For IOS and Android — Free with option to upgrade

Fitness routines on Sworkit are anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour, and you can choose from HIIT challenges to stretching and yoga. The free version provides 20+ workout options—all of which are perfect for your hotel room because they don’t need equipment. If you want more customization, spring for the premium version. In addition to not having ads, you can design your own workouts, choosing from more than 170 exercises. It’s like making your own music playlist—but for your body. The minds behind the app also understand our love for apps like MyFitnessPal and allow you to sync the two programs together.




FitStar Fitstar

For IOS and Android — $7.99/month or $39.99/year

FitStar boasts workouts that need no equipment and–even better—little space. This gives you no excuse to try a workout while traveling. The app features NFL All Star Tony Gonzalez, and rather than just listing an exercise, the trainer does it along with you. What makes this app different, though, is how the exercise regimen continuously adapts to how you perform based on your feedback. For example, after a set of crunches, it may ask “How long did you keep up?” as well as “How hard was that?” The app will take your response and the next workout will reflect your progress.


 *Main image photo credit: Nike


Author: Allison Klibanoff