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The gyms are shut and we can't work out with our friends in classes. Staying motivated with your fitness is a mammoth challenge at the best of times – let alone during a pandemic.
But with modern technology, you can still achieve your goals and targets. Fitness apps are all the rage, easily accessible, and they're generally good value too.
Former Love Island star Amber Gill recently lost a stone using her app.
The 23 year old, who recently said her weight loss made her feel "so much better", opened up on her transformation during an exclusive chat with OK! online about her fitness app Amber FLEXX.
But here are some other apps which all allow you to exercise anywhere. Consistency and discipline are your buzzwords and will help you stick with a routine long enough to reap the benefits.
Find the right app for your needs, and it will act as your virtual personal trainer or enthusiastic buddy, keeping you firmly on track, whatever your health goals in 2021 are.
All the following are available on Android and iOS – so get downloading…
ZERO GRAVITY – BEST FOR CELEB SPOTTING
Fancy working up a sweat with the likes of Lisa Snowdon, Kate Ferdinand, Rochelle Humes and Kimberley Walsh? No other app gets this up-close and personal with celebrities.
And don’t be fooled into thinking Pilates is just a fancy word for stretching – these high-octane workouts of 30 or 45 mins can burn up 700 calories a class leaving you seriously sculpted. The only equipment you need is a yoga matt.
Charming and passionate founders Chris Watson and Chris Richardson also go into famous peoples homes for workouts, healthy cooking sessions and a good old gossip.
Zero Gravity TV, £6.99 a month (https://tv.zerogravitypilates.co.uk/)
BARREWORKS – BEST FOR LOW IMPACT WORKOUTS
With their grace, poise and perfect posture, who doesn’t lust after the physique of a ballerina? Barreworks is London’s original barre and ballet workout studio, that have now expanded into online.
With origins in Lotte Berk and New York City Ballet Methods, their 15, 30 and 50 min classes give you a low impact workout (ideal for anyone worried about knees, backs or pelvic floor). There’s live and on demand classes and curated challenges to deliver fast results. We can’t promise you’ll look like Dame Darcey Bussell, but you will be more toned.
Barreworks, the live stream membership starts at £25 a month (https://www.barreworks.co.uk/)
ACTIV5 – BEST FOR TIGHT SCHEDULES
How often have you put off working out because you haven’t got the time? Dubbed as a ‘pocket gym’, Activ5 is geared up for those who want to do five-minute bursts of activity anytime, anywhere. There are 100 workouts, from both sitting and standing positions, all calibrated to your individual strength level.
They use your own body as resistance too so there’s no need for equipment and all results are tracked – great for that motivational boost. It comes with a phone stand and special hand held device, which is why it’s pricer than other apps.
Activ5, £129.99, from Amazon and Harrods (https://activ5.co.uk/)
HANNAH BARRETT YOGA -BEST FOR YOGIS
Leading yoga instructor and influencer Hannah Barrett launched her easy to follow debut app last year. Whether you’re an experienced yogi or only vaguely familiar with a downward dog, it’s been designed to help every user achieve their goals. With gorgeous inspirational pics, there’s various categories of flows to follow.
The Strength and Power section will build core and full-body strength, while the Meditate and Breathe uses guided meditation to anchor users in the present moment. Whether you want to start the day on the right foot or wind down before sleeping, yoga can help. Chanting ‘om’ is optional. Namaste!
Hannah Barrett Yoga, from £19.99, a month, a complimentary trial is available (www.hannahbarrettyoga.com/app)
AURO – BEST FOR MOTIVATION
If you need a little help getting out of bed and into your fitness gear (who doesn’t?), then Auro has plenty of motivational audio workouts that are sure to do the trick.
A personal trainer everyday used to be reserved for the rich and famous, but now you can have one that lives in your phone to guide you through hundreds of workouts for every ability, which can be completed pretty much anywhere (bonus: the virtual version can’t tell you off for having a takeaway).
They’ve also just launched an in-app running feature, which tells users exactly what effort percentage they are running at, making sure your biggest competition is always yourself!
Available from App stores for £11.99 a month or £59.99 annual subscription (https://www.auro.fit/)
COURTNEY BLACK FITNESS – BEST FOR VARIETY
Essex-based PT Courtney Black kept thousands of people fit during lockdown thanks to her Instagram live workouts, and saw her follower count rise to over 700k. Now she’s developed an app, which features daily uploads of her new exercise classes – there is no chance of getting bored of her content!
There’s also her famous 28 day challenges, which takes her ‘warriors’ through the ultimate transformations. Just a week of her hardcore custom plans, which include recipes, and you’ll already feel the difference. It won’t be easy though!
Courtney Black Fitness, £15.99 a month, or £119 for the year (https://www.courtneyblack.co.uk/)
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