10 Cheap Fitness Apps to Replace Your Gym MembershipWith these top fitness apps, you can stay in shape without having to spend a dime on a gym or ClassPass membership.

10 Cheap Fitness Apps to Replace Your Gym Membership

The No. 1 barrier to joining a gym is cost, according to a report conducted by the International Health & Racquet Sports Association. For people who don’t want to spend money on a gym membership, fitness apps can be an excellent alternative.

The fitness apps available today offer ways to help you push yourself: challenging workouts, customized routines and even personal training. Whatever kind of exercise you enjoy — running, biking, or yoga, for example — there’s an app that can help you meet your fitness goals for very little or no money at all.

Check out 10 fitness apps that are convenient, effective — and best of all, under $5 — ranked in order of their popularity and versatility.

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The Best Workout Apps to Download to Your Smart Device

The table below shows the 10 best mobile apps that will help you get a workout — without ever having to hit the gym. Users rave about the following apps for their convenience and the results they deliver — with some apps requiring no equipment at all. To quickly decide which app might be right for your fitness goals, take a look at the stats for each of the mobile apps reviewed here.

Mobile App Cost to Download Number of Downloads (Google Play) Google Play Rating iTunes App Store Rating
Workout Trainer Free 10,000,000 – 50,000,000 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars
Daily Workouts Free 5,000,000 – 10,000,000 4.3 out of 5 stars 4.5 out of 5 stars
Sworkit Free 1,000,000 – 5,000,000 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars
Strava Free 5,000,000 – 10,000,000 4.6 out of 5 stars 3.5 out of 5 stars
Calorie Counter – My Fitness Pal Free 10,000,000 – 50,000,000 4.6 out of 5 stars 4.5 out of 5 stars
FitStar Personal Trainer Free 100,000 – 500,000 4.6 out of 5 stars 4.5 out of 5 stars
The Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout Free 100,000 – 500,000 4.3 out of 5 stars 4.5 out of 5 stars
Carrot Fit $2.99 N/A N/A 4.5 out of 5 stars
Human Free 10,000 – 50,000 3.8 out of 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars
Hot5 Fitness Free N/A N/A 4.5 out of 5 stars

Free or low-price fitness apps can help get you through your fitness needs when the cost of your gym or paid fitness services like ClassPass skyrocket. With the recent ClassPass price increase, the cost of the service has surged about 34 percent since the last rate hike. The company announced that ClassPass memberships are now $175 to $200 per month, depending on your area — twice as much as its 2013 debut price of $99, and much more than you’d spend on a fitness app.

If you’re looking for a ClassPass alternative while you decide to whether to continue your membership, these 10 cheap fitness apps might be the answer for keeping you on track to meet your fitness goals. You might even find that you prefer to keep using fitness apps over a pricey gym or ClassPass membership.

Workout Trainer


Workout Trainer by SkimbleWorkout Trainer


Cost: Free

Where available: Google PlayiTunes App Store

Google Play rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars

iTunes App Store rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Number of downloads: 10,000,000 – 50,000,000 in Google Play

Best for: people who like variety

Best feature: more than 1,000 free videos

The free Workout Trainer app by Skimble is one of the top exercise apps for a good reason: Users have access to thousands of free video workouts with helpful instructions. You can choose fitness routines that suit your goals and interests, including:

  • Weight loss
  • Yoga
  • Running
  • Weightlifting

The app earns high ratings and glowing reviews from both iPhone and Android users. “This app is amazing, and the workouts sure do work,” one iTunes App Store reviewer wrote. “I recommend this app to anybody who wants to be motivated to workout.” Users have the option to share their workouts via email, Facebook, and Twitter, and can also connect with the Skimble community at Skimble.com.

In addition to a vast number of videos, Workout Trainer also offers:

  • Free virtual fitness assessment
  • Fresh content updated regularly
  • “Workout of the Week” challenges

Workout Trainer offers the option to upgrade to PRO+ membership for $6.99 per month. The upgrade includes perks like more exercise routines and no ads.

Daily Workouts

Daily WorkoutsDaily Workouts

Cost: Free

Where available: Google PlayiTunes App Store

Google Play rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

iTunes App Store rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Number of downloads: 5,000,000 – 10,000,000

Best for: people who like variety and instruction

Best feature: targeted workouts

Daily Workouts offers 10 different workouts, lasting five to 10 minutes each, for targeted body areas or overall cardio. Users also have access to 10- to 30-minute full-body workouts and more than 95 other exercises.

“I really like this app,” an iTunes App Store reviewer wrote. “I just started back working out and I like how it gets my individual needs.”

Developed by a certified personal trainer, Daily Workouts also features on-screen instruction and a timer. An upgraded version of the app is available for $4.99 and provides workouts and exercises for:

  • Pilates
  • Kettlebells and balls
  • Stretching



Cost: Free

Where available: Google PlayiTunes App Store

Google Play rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars

iTunes App Store rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Number of downloads: 1,000,000 – 5,000,000

Best for: people who want a little bit of everything

Best feature: build-your-own custom workouts

Sworkit offers workouts that can be done anywhere without equipment. The app offers more than 200 fitness workouts. Options include:

  • Strength
  • Cardio
  • Yoga
  • Stretching

Sworkit is convenient because it offers a range of workout lengths: Choose a program that lasts as few as five minutes or one that pushes you for an hour. Sworkit users also have the option to create a custom workout routine by adding workouts to a list.

“I have been working out on my own for some months, but this app is a nice way to break up my routine and give it some variation,” one Android user wrote. “I like that I can focus on different things, and it helps me specifically work towards my goals.”

For even more convenience, the free Sworkit app syncs with:

  • Apple Health
  • MyFitnessPal
  • Fitbit
  • RunKeeper
  • Jawbone
  • Strava
  • MapMyFitness
  • Azumio
  • DailyMile
  • Garmin
  • Misfit
  • Moves
  • Striiv
  • Withings

Sworkit Premium costs $4.99 monthly or $39.99 yearly and features perks such as:

  • No ads
  • Exclusive workouts for beginners and older adults
  • Customizable exercise intervals
  • Ability to save unlimited custom workouts
  • “Ask a trainer” feature



Cost: Free

Where available: Google PlayiTunes App Store

Google Play rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars

iTunes App Store rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Number of downloads: 5,000,000 – 10,000,000

Best for: runners and cyclists

Best features: GPS tracking of runs and rides; option to set up challenges with friends

Strava is the best fitness tracker for runners and cyclists who want an outdoor fitness experience with a social aspect. Strava lets you track your route, time, rate and elevation gain. You can analyze and compare your activity with local users, friends, and even professional athletes, or set up challenges with other users. Strava users can give and receive support to and from friends, pros, and other workout buddies, and they have the option to share their activity on Facebook or Twitter. 

Outside the free app, Strava also offers web-only features including route building and group activities. Upgrading to Strava Premium costs $5.99 per month or $59.99 annually and provides perks such as:

  • Personalized coaching
  • Live performance feedback
  • Exclusive and detailed analysis after every activity

Calorie Counter — MyFitnessPal

Calorie Counter - My Fitness PalCalorie Counter -- MyFitnessPal

Cost: Free

Where available: Amazon, Google Play and iTunes App Store

Amazon: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Google Play rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars

iTunes App Store rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Number of downloads: 10,000,000 – 50,000,000

Best for: people who want to track the details of what they consume; people who want to lose weight

Best feature: easily tracks calories, diet and exercise

Calorie Counter by MyFitnessPal is a food diary app to accompany workout routines. The free app includes a step counter and a growing database of over 5 million foods so you can log what you eat and note your calorie intake. Calorie Counter even offers an option to import recipes so you can easily track dishes you eat often.

“I never downloaded any nutrition apps because I used to calculate all that myself because most apps don’t go that in depth,” a Google Play reviewer wrote. “But in order to really understand which foods are good and which are bad, you have to see the whole complete picture, and this app does it.”

Calorie Counter offers several helpful features, including the ability to:

  • Create a personalized diet and exercise program.
  • Receive personalized goals.
  • Get feedback on your calorie and nutrient intake.
  • Use the in-app barcode scanner to scan packaged food.
  • Share with friends to motivate each other.
  • Connect with others in the MyFitnessPal community.

The premium version of Calorie Counter costs $9.99 per month or $49.99 per year and offers the options to:

  • Enjoy an ad-free experience.
  • Receive VIP customer support.
  • Gain exclusive access to original recipes, meal plans, and nutrition tips created by the MyFitnessPal in-house nutrition and coaching team.

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FitStar Personal Trainer

FitStar Personal TrainerFitStar Personal Trainer

Cost: Free

Where available: Google PlayiTunes App Store

Google Play rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars

iTunes App Store rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Number of downloads: 100,000 – 500,000

Best for: people who want to work out with guided instruction outside the gym

Best feature: customized workouts

FitStar Personal Trainer is like a gym membership in your back pocket. The free app periodically delivers new workout moves to challenge users and keep them engaged. FitStar Personal Trainer allows you to adjust workouts to suit your goals and fitness level and gives you the option to match up with other users for some friendly fitness competition.

For $7.99 a month or $39.99 a year, you can get access to premium features, including:

  • HD videos that show how to do the moves and provide step-by-step coaching, motivation and tips
  • Routines that last between seven and 60 minutes
  • Ability to sync with Google Fit, Fitbit, MyFitnessPal and Strava
  • Coaching tips from football legend Tony Gonzalez
  • Custom audio tracks and streaming music support

“As a stay-at-home mom, this is awesome,” an iTunes App Store reviewer wrote. “I can fit in my daily workout around my kids’ busy schedule, pause when needed, and track my progress over time. I can also take my workout anywhere with me.”

The Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout

The Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute WorkoutThe Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout

Cost: Free

Where available: Google PlayiTunes App Store

Google Play rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

iTunes App Store rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Number of downloads: 100,000 – 500,000

Best for: people who like variety

Best feature: over 1,000 workouts with more than 20 intensity levels

If you have seven minutes, you have enough time to get in a workout with this app. Whether you’re new to exercise or consider yourself a fitness buff, the free Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout could be a helpful app to use in your workout regimen. The app features videos that guide users through exercises with varying intensity. The app’s Smart Workout feature acts as a personal trainer, and users have the option to share workouts and progress with friends.

“I am not one for exercise, and this app is great for showing me each step as you go thru [sic] the work out and allows you to pause at anytime,” one Google Play reviewer wrote. “It was free and comes with lots of options where other apps just give you one workout and make you pay for more.”

The Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout app offers helpful features such as:

  • Post-workout assessments
  • Customization of workout routine
  • Personalized challenge levels

Carrot Fit

Carrot FitThe Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout


Cost: $2.99

Where available: iTunes App Store

iTunes App Store rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Best for: people who want a tough, drill-sergeant type to whip them into shape

Best feature: snarky commentary that comes with interval training

If you need a drill sergeant rather than a cheerleader to push you during a workout, then Carrot Fit could be the ideal app for you. The app’s instructor, Carrot, declares herself the “fitness overlord.” Instead of words of encouragement, you’ll be threatened, ridiculed and bribed into getting fit. And when you meet fitness goals, you’ll unlock app upgrades and other rewards.

One of the more unique fitness apps on the market, Carrot Fit features “7 Minutes in Hell” workouts built around exercises with novelty names, such as “Dragon Mating Dances” and “Celebrity Face Punches.”

The app costs $2.99 and also features:

  • Weight log
  • BMI calculator
  • Workout reminders
  • Rewards, including app upgrades and “permission to watch your friend eat a bag of potato chips”

“Lots of snark and nerdy allusions,” one iTunes App Store reviewer wrote. “I immediately thought of the video game Portal, as a reviewer below also alludes to. It’s also amazing to me that the calories from my workout from this auto sync into the health app which then auto syncs with my Lose It app, meaning I don’t have to log the workout myself.”



Cost: Free

Where available: Google PlayiTunes App Store

Google Play rating: 3.7 out of 5 stars

iTunes App Store rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Number of downloads: 10,000 to 50,000

Best for: people who want a fitness tracker that motivates

Best feature: counts active minutes, not steps

The Human app offers a straightforward workout approach with some motivation. The free app encourages you to reach a “Daily 30” (30 minutes of physical activity) and lets you send or receive nudges and high-fives from other users. Human tracks your movements and lets you know when you’ve hit your goal. You can view your daily activity on a map and see how you compare with people in your city or neighborhood.

“I can’t lie; my life has changed from using Human,” an iTunes App Store customer wrote. “It’s an incredible app, they keep adding new features which make it more appealing — it’s awesome! Try it for a week and see the results.”

Upgrade to premium membership for $2.99 a month and enjoy perks such as:

  • A premium Human badge on your profile
  • Ability to view 90 days of workout history and compare activity
  • Priority support and first access to new premium features as they’re released

Hot5 Fitness

Hot5 FitnessHot5 Fitness

Where available: iTunes App Store

iTunes App Store rating: 4.5 stars

Best for: people looking for a total workout or an add-on to their existing regimen

Best feature: videos that are well-designed and easy to follow

Jump right into fitness training with this free download created by Weight Watchers. You can get a full-body workout or focus on a particular area with Hot5 Fitness workouts. Whether you’re looking for five minutes of core work at the end of an intense run or a 45-minute, full-body workout, this app can deliver it. The free version is limited to the five-minute workouts, but Weight Watchers members enjoy premium access for free.

The app earns strong ratings and favorable reviews from users: “I love that it makes it easy for me to fit in a quality workout, even on a busy day,” wrote one iTunes App Store reviewer.

Perks of the premium version of Hot5 Fitness include:

  • Full video access with different levels of intensity
  • Option to build custom workout playlists
  • Ability to track Weight Watchers FitPoints earned from workouts

If you aren’t a Weight Watchers member, you can access the app’s premium features at prices that vary from $1.99 to $14.99, depending on your area.

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  • Matt Perkins

    FatSecret is not even a top 3 weight loss app. FatSecret is a dumbed down version of MyFitnessPal. It’s basically MyFitnessPal with a smaller food database, worse scanner and less information. The best weight loss apps are 1. Lose It 2. MyFitnessPal and 3. Noom. Lose it is best for those who don’t like to exercise and who do daily weigh-ins. MyFitnessPal is for those who exercise more (you don’t get enough calories with MFP if you don’t exercise) and for those who don’t wanna manually enter food. While Noom lets you know how healthy the food you eat is. FatSecret at best is top 10. Fooducate is better than FatSecret and Fooducate is more about shopping for healthier alternatives not losing weight.

  • James

    MY Fitness pal is where it’s at. That thing is really comprehensive… I can set weight loss goals, track my food journal and everything without spending a dime. only thing I wish it had was calories burned on strength training, but that’s really hard to lock a figure down for.

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