5 ways tech can help you ax your gym membership

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We all know that we should  actually use that gym membership that we blindly pay for every month, but it can be easy to let traffic, long work hours, or bad weather stop us from working out.

There is a wide range of smartphone and smartwatch apps that can help you exercise at home. Many of these apps don’t even require any gym equipment, allowing you to rely on your own body weight instead.

What follows are five of our favorite home workout apps:

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1. Aaptiv

This audio-base app contains over 2,500 training sessions narrated by certified fitness instructors and adds 30 new classes every week. These sessions can be downloaded for offline listening and are designed to be accessible for workout novices. In addition, Aaptiv includes licensed music rather than the same old royalty-free tracks that some programs use.

The app’s workouts include running, strength training, yoga and other exercises. Its shortest sessions are just seven minutes long. Additionally, the app comes with training programs that are designed to help users complete 5km runs, 10km runs, half marathons and full marathons.

New users can give Aaptiv a free 30-day trial. The app typically costs $14.99 per month or $99.99 annually, but new customers can get 60 percent off the monthly rate. Alternatively, customers can submit a single lifetime membership payment of $399.99.

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2. 8fit

Like Aaptiv, 8fit helps you train at home without any equipment. Available in six languages, 8fit workouts rely on video tutorials and take between 15 and 20 minutes to complete.

These workouts’ difficulty range from beginner to fitness fanatic. Users can also review workouts and tailor the app to suit their fitness goals. The app comes with exercise plans for  losing weight, gaining muscle, or upping your general fitness levels. Paying subscribers can also access a comprehensive nutrition guide and weekly meal planr, making 8fit a one-stop-shop for health and fitness.

Many of 8fit’s workout sessions are free, while the rest — and the meal plans — are part of a $25-per-quarter or $60-per-year subscription

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3. Freeletics Bodyweight

This app allows users to exercise with nothing but their own body weight. It comes packed with 900 workouts that all follow the HIIT format.

Freeletics sessions last between 10 and 30 minutes and utilize video tutorials to help everyone from fitness newbs to the pros. Many of these routines can help you work out a specific muscle group or exercise in small spaces.

Freeletics provides these videos free of charge, but paying subscribers can access a virtual coach that provides a weekly fitness plan. Subscriptions start at $34.99 per quarter for a personal coaching plan, or $89.99 for six months of coaching and a nutrition plan.

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4. Sworkit

Sworkit offers workouts that range from five to 60 minutes in length. The app also lets you build your own program to train your way. Each exercise includes a video demonstration, and users can also determine how intense each session is.

Sworkit can help amateurs get started with a six-week program that can be adjusted to suit their individual fitness goals. Once you have the basics down, you can create custom workouts that hone in on your workout targets. The app includes over 100 workouts that together comprise 300 exercises.

Sworkit costs $29.99 per quarter or $79.99 annually. Both plans come with a 30-day free trial that can be canceled at any time, effectively giving you the first month for free.

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5. Daily Yoga

While some fitness apps include yoga workouts, Daily Yoga focuses on little else. The app includes over 500 postures (each with its own video tutorial), 200 guided classes for yoga, pilates and meditation, and over 50 workout plans for yogis of any experience level.

Whether it’s tone, mindfulness or increasing overall health, you can pick whatever you want to get out of the app. The program begins with a two-week course aimed at yoga beginners and offers a Q&A function in case you get stuck. Competitive users can compare their progress with that of their friends and use an in-app reward system.

Subscription costs range from $9.99 per month to $69.99 per year. Users can also access lifetime membership for a one-time fee of $399.99. We liked that users can access the two-week beginner’s course for free and with no commitment. Additionally, you can access the entire app for free and for a week if you commit to a $5.99 monthly subscription.

This article originally appeared on GearBrain and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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