The Best Travel Workout Apps
Apps have revolutionized our lives, including how we workout. These are our picks for the best fitness apps for travelers.
Apps have become the cornerstone of our digital lives. From how we communicate to how we navigate, apps are instrumental in how we live and operate day-to-day.
Staying fit is no exception and apps come even more in handy when we're taken out of our normal at-home routines and are faced with busy schedules, airports, and hotels.
If you're trying to get yourself in shape, especially while traveling, an app could be the perfect companion for the road. Instead of hiring a coach or personal trainer, you can download an app that will give you workouts, keep you accountable, and track your progress.
Here are our picks for the best workout apps for travelers.
Best for Bodyweight Training
There are a few different apps that make up the Freeletics package - Bodyweight (the most popular one), Gym, Nutrition, and Running. Within each one, there's a free version and a paid version.
The Bodyweight app might be the best option for travelers looking for quick, effective workouts that they can do anywhere. The free version is a fitness training program with 10-30 minute bodyweight workouts that require no equipment. There are over 900 workout variations and they cover all of your major muscle groups. It comes with tutorial videos to help you with exercises you don't know and to get the right form on them.
The paid version is called "The Coach" and is a personalized digital trainer. It's a program developed for you based on your age, weight, goals, abilities, and availability.
Training and nutrition costs $3.35 a week, while training only costs $2.30 a week. With the purchase of either one, you'll get access to personalized training plans in the Bodyweight, Gym, and Running apps.
Read our in-depth review of Freeletics here.
Best for Running and Cycling
For many runners and cyclists, finding the time to run or cycle while traveling is just as essential as a morning cup of coffee. Things just aren't right without logging a few miles, no matter how busy your travel has you.
That's why Strava can be an essential travel companion. Strava will let you track your run, map your cycling route, analyze your training, and let you upload and share your stats - all for free. Think social network for athletes - specifically runners and cyclists.
And it's great for traveling. Strava allows travelers to see which routes are most popular and where the good stops are along the way. With Strava Local, travelers can see a guide to major cities around the world with data sourced from a pool of millions of users.
Best for Hotel Gyms
Nike Training Club is basically a digital personal trainer that will travel anywhere in the world with you. Get fit on the go with 160+ free workouts full of everything from yoga to strength training.
Nike Training Club is more ideal for anyone with access to a decent hotel gym. The app is not limited to bodyweight training - there's a fair amount of dumbbell exercises. That's great, as long as you have them accessible. If you do, NTC is a great app - you'll get an actual workout plan, rather than just a list of workouts.
Most workouts are between 15 and 45 minutes long and you can choose between low, medium, and high intensity. The workouts offer variety and are well thought out - you know you'll get a good workout with NTC.
Best for Burning Calories
BeachBody on Demand has brought us some amazing workout programs, including Insanity, P90X, and 21 Day Fix. Creator Shaun T is joined by a team of talented trainers to bring you workouts that will torch calories and build your strength on the way to achieving that body you've always wanted.
The best thing about BeachBody on Demand is how it can be streamed on your iPhone, iPad, laptop, Fire TV, Roku, Chromecast, or Apple TV. This instant streaming makes it a perfect choice for anyone who travels frequently or wants to workout at home. The workouts are legit. The results are real.
*Fittest Travel is an affiliate partner to BeachBody on Demand.
Best for Quick Workouts
Want a fitness app that makes working out fun and easy? Give Sworkit a shot. Fun workout names, good music, and quick but effective workouts make Sworkit the perfect app for a busy traveler.
Recently voted number one by the ACSM study by Florida University on instructional exercise standards, Sworkit will give you a hard-hitting workout in as little as five minutes. Use guided video workouts, personalize workouts based on your goals, squeeze them in amidst your busy schedule, and get truly fit with this well-designed and fun to use app.
The free version is great. There's a large library of exercises, it's easy to navigate, and it's great for traveling. If you want to try the paid version of the app, it's $29.99 for a three-month subscription or $79.99 for an annual subscription.
Best for Yoga, Pilates, and Barre
Grokker is a subscription health and fitness video company with over 3,700 expert-led video classes available anytime, anywhere, and on any device.
Whether you have five or fifty minutes, Grokker is great for traveling. You'll find workout routines in practices ranging from yoga and Pilates to Barre and HIIT. You'll get a calendar, email reminders, challenges, programs, recipes, and mediation classes. Everything you need to stay on track while you travel.
The one downside to Grokker is that it's not free. You get a two week free trial, but after that it's $14.95 a month with a month-to-month agreement or $9.99 a month with an annual subscription.
Best for Trainer-Guided Workouts
Aaptiv is an on-demand fitness app that gives you access to almost 3,000 trainer-guided and musically-charged workouts developed by certified personal trainers. And new workouts are being added weekly.
Called the “Spotify of fitness,” Aaptiv covers a wide variety of fitness regimens, including running, yoga, cycling, boxing, meditation, and stretching. When you join, you’ll answer questions about your fitness goals and experience level. Aaptiv will then give you day-to-day classes to complete, guided audibly by their team of trainers. Unlike Freeletics, there are no video demonstrations of exercises.
Aaptiv costs $14.99 per month or $99 for the year, and you can try a free 30-day trial here.
If you're looking for a way to get fit while you travel, consider one of these apps. They make a great travel companion and digital personal trainer that will go with you on the road and keep you on track. There's no excuse for not maintaining a fitness routine while you travel and apps are one of the best ways to ensure that you get your workouts in.