Oh, the gym. You elusive devil, you. All relationships are tough to maintain in life, but the on-again-off-again relationship we all have with staying in shape and going to the gym is perhaps the most enduring. Whether you’ve got fluctuating weight or a fluctuating work schedule, no matter the excuse – fortunately (or unfortunately) for us, our smartphones make it hard to give a good reason to not stay in shape. With an app market that is littered with ways to monitor or motivate good health, we as smartphone users now have the ability to get creative in the way we stay vigilant about staying in shape. Check out the following collection of apps that turn your phone into a fitness instructor.

I. Nike Training Club

Photo Credit: www.kikilab.it

Photo Credit: www.kikilab.it

Nike Training Club brings a ton to the table. Aside from the brand recognition that comes along with Nike from the get-go, it’s got a bunch of different paths for you to take towards fitness from within the app itself via different goals you’re allowed to choose. If that’s not enough, you get to earn points to unlock celebrity workouts, so that you can stay motivated by the tinsel-town residents you want to look like in the first place.

Platform: iOS and Android

Price: Free

II. FitStar Personal Trainer

Photo Credit: Fitstar.com

Photo Credit: Fitstar.com

This app is great for Apple junkies. Download this app for free (you could also unlock Premium for a nominal fee) and gain access to intensive workout sessions that are coached by legendary American football tight end Tony Gonzalez. FitStar Personal Trainer is compatible with your native Health app on the iPhone, as well as your Apple TV, which brings your training to the big screen.

Platform: iOS

Price: Free

III. 7-Minute Workout

Photo Credit: Google Play Store

Photo Credit: Google Play Store

For all you no nonsense, bada-bing bada-boom types out there who just don’t have enough time in the day – this is the application for you. With 12 high intensity, hard hitting workouts with short burst exercises you control the duration of, the 7-Minute Workout app offers users of all platforms to be guided through routines seamlessly and effectively.

Platform: iOS and Android

Price: Free

 IV. Diet Assistant

Photo Credit: moderndiabetes.com

Photo Credit: moderndiabetes.com

This app is sworn by by most of its users – and there’s over two million of them at this point – so if you haven’t downloaded Diet Assistant for either iOS or Android, you’re pretty much late to the party. Once you get there, however, you’ll find that Diet Assistant is definitely one of the go to apps in terms of apps to help you stay in shape. After plugging in your current weight, target weight, and motivation for the losing of that weight, the app takes over by concocting meals and recipes that fit within your goal. If that’s not enough, you’ve also got a Fitness and Exercise section, as well as an active community forum to partake in.

Platform: iOS and Android

Price: Free

 V. Daily Ab Workout

Photo Credit: orbitnutrition.com

Photo Credit: orbitnutrition.com

This app is right to the point, getting at what’s on everybody’s mind – getting that washboard stomach with a nice sleek six pack. Daily Ab Workout provides instructional videos accompanying a plethora of ab exercises that together create a succinct and worthy workout.

Platform: iOS and Android

Price: Free

So strap on those spandex and get to workin’! There’s no excuse now that you’ve got the top five.

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