Personal trainer in your pocket

Losing enthusiasm for staying active is common. Sometimes we all need a little inspiration or kick up the proverbial behind. Check out these apps – just like having a personal trainer in your pocket. 

This ‘mobile marketplace’ allows you to access the latest real-time workouts (and top tips) from your favourite trainers, social media influencers and athletes. And, if your biggest fitness inspiration isn’t ‘on the market’, you can let Playbook know, and they’ll do their best to bring them on board. Plus, there’s no limit on how many trainers you can pair up with.

PEAR Personal Coach
Who says you have to shell out for a personal trainer in human form to reach peak fitness? Whether you’re a fitness fresher or a seasoned exerciser, you’ll find one in series interactive audio workouts to suit, all delivered by a bunch of professional coaches, including a few famous faces. App also monitors your cardiovascular fitness, so progress is tracked too. 

iOS  & Android, FREE
This is a great one for the gym-shy, fitness newbies or those simply short on time. Pick a work-out and how long you’d like to do it for (from five minutes to 60 minutes). Sworkit was rated No1 (based on parameters for safety, stretching and progression) by the American College of Sports Medicine, and once you’re in the swing of this app and your fitness levels increase, you can pick your favourite moves and create your own workouts.  

Pocket Yoga
iOS, £2.99 
Again, this is ideal for those with busy schedules but who still want to slot in some quality (and de-stressing) exercise. For a low price, access an entire library of moves (even for beginners), which, thanks to illustrations and descriptions by experts, make following them easy peasy. Progress can be logged and tracked, and new moves are unlocked as you improve. 

iOS & Android, FREE 
Cardio-tastic HIIT is a great way to get fit and this app ticks all the boxes if you’re seeking a quick, effective fix. The workouts are not for the uninitiated and last between seven and 20 minutes, and you’re recommended to complete three a week. Some workouts need equipment, others don’t, so this is both home and gym-friendly.