Personal trainer apps guide people during workouts, similar to a real-life personal trainer, except the guidance is from a smartphone or tablet. Some apps focus on specific physical activities, such as running or yoga.

As these apps are more affordable than a personal trainer, they could help people who are on a budget to stay healthy and remain physically active.

In this article, we will discuss how personal trainer apps work, their health benefits, and some of the personal training apps available for different exercises.

Personal trainer apps aim to bring the same experience of having a physical personal training session at home through a smartphone instead of going to the gym and working around a personal trainer’s schedule.

Most apps tend to have a progress tracker, and some may also include meal plans and tips for healthful eating.

Usually, these apps do not require much home gym equipment, and they have variable workout lengths and intensities, meaning people can simply pick up their phone and work out when they have the time.

The cost of personal trainer apps varies depending on how much detail and input a person requires. There are some free apps, but most require a monthly or yearly subscription.

Personal trainer apps can be less expensive than a gym subscription or a personal training session.

Please note that no one at Medical News Today, including the writer, has tried these personal training apps. All information is research-based.

Personal trainer apps encourage people to lead a more active lifestyle and can help people reach their fitness goals.

People who do regular physical activity have a lower risk of:

Regular exercise may also alleviate the symptoms of other conditions or help stop them from progressing.

Diabetes and cardiovascular health

A 2017 review found that moderate to vigorous aerobic exercises, such as jogging and cycling, increased maximal oxygen consumption, which reduced the risk of cardiovascular problems in people with type 2 diabetes.

The reviewers also note that strength training helped improve bone and mineral density and insulin sensitivity.

People with diabetes who struggle to find the time to visit a gym or research workouts may find a personal trainer app more convenient to use.

Learn more about diabetes here.


A 2017 systematic review found that aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercises helped ease painful symptoms of fibromyalgia and improved overall well-being.

Due to the chronic pain people experience with fibromyalgia, committing to a gym membership could be costly, especially during a flare-up. A personal trainer app may help people exercise from home when they feel better but do not have the energy to visit a gym.

Learn more about fibromyalgia here.


According to a 2017 study, mild physical activity — when possible — is safe during cancer therapy and may improve a person’s quality of life during and after treatment.

However, if a person is receiving chemotherapy or any other cancer therapies, they should check with a doctor whether it is safe for them to increase their activity levels. They should also, with a doctor’s help, develop an exercise plan customized to their specific needs.

A personal trainer app may benefit people receiving cancer treatment as they can take part in guided exercises from home.

Learn more about cancer here.

Yoga is a mind and body practice that gently contributes to physical agility. While people can go to a yoga class or have a one-on-one session with a personal trainer, there are many apps that offer similar benefits from the comfort of a person’s home.

Down Dog

Down Dog is a yoga app that provides people with a brand-new yoga practice each time they log in. Down Dog do not use prerecorded videos, and their workouts have over 60,000 different configurations, so people can build a yoga routine to suit their preferences.

The app has the following features:

  • multiple practice types, such as Vinyasa yoga, restorative yoga, and Sun Salutation
  • a paid feature to focus on back pain
  • six different yoga teachers
  • dynamic accompanying music
  • offline yoga practice
  • available in nine different languages

The app offers a free 3-day introduction to the yoga series, as well as paid boost features that unlock the rest of the app.

Down Dog is available for purchase on iOS and Android.

Personal trainer apps for cycling can help people who want to train for a specific goal or those who want a structured workout.

Most apps are suitable for people who want to train indoors on an exercise bike or outdoors on a traditional bicycle.


TrainerRoad is an app that helps people plan a workout for on- and off-road cycling, a triathlon, or custom events.

The app has the following features:

  • structured, power-based interval training
  • workouts for indoors, outdoors, and groups
  • cross-platform cycle training
  • tracks training stress
  • measures personal records

TrainerRoad is available for purchase on iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows.

Personal training apps that focus on running include features that enable people to track their progress. This may include measuring how far they have run and how long it took them to cover a particular distance.

Couch to 5K

This app is suitable for people who are new to running. They can choose their own fitness coach and join the running community on social media. According to the app website, people can finish a 5K race after 9 weeks.

The app has the following features:

  • four different motivating virtual coaches
  • human audio cues to guide people through their workout
  • in-app music player
  • map routes
  • support from the running community
  • repeat workouts
  • best performance tracking
  • treadmill support
  • graphs and averages to track progress

Once people have completed the Couch to 5K, the same company offer a 5K to 10K app so that a person can continue building on their physical fitness.

Couch to 5K app is available for purchase on iOS and Android.

People who are pregnant may have specific exercises that they can or cannot do depending on their stage of pregnancy. Some personal training apps specialize in specific workouts that are safe to follow throughout different stages of pregnancy.

If a person is pregnant, they should always speak with their doctor before starting new workouts.

Tone It Up

This personal training app is suitable for people who are pregnant and those who want to continue reaching their fitness goals at home.

This app is free to download, and new customers have access to a free trial period. Premium features, such as workout classes and on-demand videos, are available when people commit to a monthly or yearly subscription.

The app has the following features:

  • pregnancy and postnatal exercise programs
  • 500+ on-demand workouts for every goal and fitness level
  • full-length, follow-along videos demonstrating proper exercise technique
  • class reminders and progress tracking
  • tips and guidelines from experts for eating healthful meals
  • recipes, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options
  • an online community

Tone It Up is available for purchase on iOS and Android.

There are several apps available that can help people build up their strength and overall fitness from the comfort of their own home.

Workout Trainer

This app offers both free and premium features. People can use this app to discover at-home body weight workouts, with or without any gym equipment.

This app has the following features:

  • thousands of free workouts and custom training programs
  • certified trainers that provide step-by-step audio, photo, and video instruction
  • adjustable difficulty levels
  • paid access to over 100 multi-week training programs
  • option to hire dedicated coaches for 1:1 Online Personal Training

Workout Trainer is available for purchase on iOS and Android.

Exercise can reduce the risk of developing certain conditions, such as depression and stroke, and ease the pain of chronic conditions, including arthritis and fibromyalgia.

While people may not be in a position to use a gym or hire a personal trainer, there are affordable personal trainer apps that can help people reach their fitness goals.