The 5 best beginner workout apps of 2021, including live classes and 7-minute workouts

December 28, 2021 by INSIDER

If you're new to working out or getting back into it, it's crucial to take it easy in order to avoid both injury and motivation burnout. In other words, resist jumping into the high-intensity routines your friends rave about or the CrossFit classes you went to before.

What's more, if you're anything like me, your head starts swimming at the question of where to even start.

"The most important thing for someone to look for in any workout regimen, whether it's with a coach, a class, or within an app, is something they enjoy doing and will be inclined to stick to," Rena Eleázar, PT, DPT, CSCS, a New York City-based physical therapist and trainer, told Insider.

This is good advice for me, a self-proclaimed perpetual beginner exerciser. I've tried all sorts of workouts but never made exercise a pillar of my routine. So, I decided to find the best apps for fitness newbies like myself.

In total, I tested 14 different workout apps that cover almost every approach to fitness. At the end of this guide, I've outlined more advice from Eleázar on what to look for in an exercise app, as well as how I tested each of the apps.

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