The Best Workout Programs & Apps (Reviews & Comparisons)

What workout program is best for me?

What workout should I do?

What are the best workout programs and fitness apps?

Going to the gym and working out hard becomes so much easier when you have a plan. You’ll only get so far goofing around on the treadmill and wandering aimlessly around the free weights.

You need a real workout program. (Or at least an app or a group fitness class to follow along!)

The only problem is… there are literally thousands of them. Which workout program is best for you?

Here’s a quick list of all my top recommended exercise programs and who they’re meant for, along with full reviews.

Workout Program Reviews

Looking for a specific program to start right away?

Check out my list below.

Free workout plans – For everyone

I spent hours and hours scouring the web for the best free workout plans you can start right now, whether you need a good program for the elliptical, a HIIT workout at home, or want to start lifting heavy weights in the gym. These aren’t one-off workout videos from YouTube, rather they’re (mostly) full plans to take you from 0 to hero!

Losing fat and gaining muscle – For men

The Kinobody Warrior Shredding Program is the perfect protocol for men who are looking for the lean, shredded physique. It’s a great cutting program to get ready for summer and the beach. You’ll drop body fat, get stronger on key lifts, and get those abs you’ve been dying for.

Gaining muscle and staying lean – For men

The Kinobody Greek God Program is for guys who want to start packing on serious muscle. It’s best for those who are already somewhat lean, and will help you keep bodyfat low while getting crazy strong and building the body of a, well, greek god.

Aggressive fat loss – For men and women

If you’re looking to drop some serious pounds, the Kinobody Aggressive Fat Loss program is for you. Using a combination of flexible dieting, smart snacking, Intermittent Fasting, and low volume weight lifting, you’ll start to drop the flab and sculpt your body perfectly.

Fat loss and muscle tone – For women

For ladies who want to get ready for the pool and beach, the Goddess Toning Program is the perfect fit. Designed to put you in a moderate calorie deficit while you lift heavy weights, you’ll drop body fat and get the lean, toned body you’ve always wanted.

Packing on serious muscle – For men

For dudes who are lean and have some solid muscle mass, but want to take things to the next level (and look like Thor or Superman!), the Superhero Bulking Program is the way to go. Learn new training techniques and specialization routines to make your shoulders, upper chest, and back explode.

Cardio, abs & mobility – For everyone

If you’re looking for a different approach to cardio, look no further than Cardio, Abs & Mobility. In this program from Kinobody, you’ll challenge yourself with short bursts of brisk walking, jump rope, and sprints, along with brutal ab work and difficult mobility drills. A great add-on to any lifting routine.

Bodyweight mastery – For everyone

Don’t have time to get to the gym? Like, REALLY don’t have time? Ever dreamed of mastering the one-armed push up, multiple one-armed pull-ups, back bridges, muscle ups, and L-sits? The Kinobody Bodyweight Mastery Program is the one for you. No gym time, workout wherever and whenever, and still build an amazing physique.

Build an amazing butt – For women

For women, if you’re already lean it can be tough to know where to go in terms of working out. Do you want to pack on a ton of muscle, for a bulky aesthetic? Probably not! But the KinoBooty Program can help you put some muscle on in the right places (like your butt!) for that Instagram model look you secretly want. If you’ve got some fat to lose, this program can help you do that, too. Check it out.

Workout Style Comparisons

Let’s take a look at how some popular and similar workout philosophies, programs, workout classes, etc. stack up to one another.

Orangetheory vs CrossFit

These two high-intensity, group-based classes are extremely popular ways of getting into shape. And they are pretty similar in the way they borrow and blend elements of different disciplines together. But which one is right for you? Check out my full breakdown and comparison.

Tai Chi vs Yoga

These two couldn’t seem more different at a glance, but they actually have a ton in common. They both nurture the mind, body, and spirit through movement and coordinated breathing. But which one is right for you? Here’s my full comparison.

Beachbody P90X vs CrossFit

What’s the difference between P90X and CrossFit? And what does Beachbody have to do with anything? Check out my complete explainer and comparison here.

 

Fitness Class Reviews & Comparisons

Looking to take a class with other people? They’re great for staying energized and motivated to workout!

Here are all the ones I’ve tried, reviewed, and compared side by side.

CycleBar (Spin Class & Arm Workout)

CycleBar is the newest name in spin classes, but with a twist. The weighted bar gives your upper body a killer workout, too! Here’s a hands-on review of these spin studios and what to expect at your first class.

Flywheel Spin Class

Very similar to CycleBar, Flywheel boasts a killer cardio workout along with an arm burn for the ages using weighted bars attached to your bike. We checked one out in person to give you our honest thoughts and review.

Burn Boot Camp

For a full-body calorie scorcher, I definitely recommend checking out Burn Boot Camp. It’s a little pricey to just pop in, but a full membership gets you free childcare AND access to a trainer/nutritionist. How can you beat that? Check out what I thought after my first class.

Cyclebar vs. Flywheel

Two of the most popular spin classes. Brutal arm workouts. Crazy calorie burns. But which one is right for you? I tried both and put together a detailed comparison to help you choose.

Cyclebar vs Soulcycle

The battel of the spin classes continue! Check out my thoughts on how the ultra-competitive Cyclebar compares to the more spiritual Soulcycle experience.

Burn Bootcamp vs Orangetheory

These two are pretty different, in practice, but on the surface they can seem like sort of the same thing. Well I’ve tried both and can break it all down for you! Check out my comparison here.


The Best Fitness Apps (Reviews & Comparisons)

All of my favorite streaming workout services, on-demand fitness apps, and video or audio guided workouts, at your fingertips.

Beachbody on Demand Review

I joined the BOD streaming service and checked out the workouts and eating plans. Is it a scam? Is it worth the money? Read my full review!

Aaptiv Review

This workout app gives you audio-guided workouts for strength, yoga, treadmills, ellipticals, and more! Is it worth the price?

Fit Radio Review

Want audio-guided workouts, strength programs, and absolutely amazing exercise playlists? Check out Fit Radio. It’s affordable and really well-designed.

Jillian Michaels My Fitness App Review

You know her from The Biggest Loser. Is her workout video and nutrition app any good?

Beachbody vs Aaptiv

Two streaming fitness apps, two totally different experiences. Check out how the video-based Beachbody compares to the audio workouts on Aaptiv.

Jillian Michaels vs Beachbody

Hard to say who’s more popular here. Jillian Michaels, uber famous celebrity trainer. Or Beachbody, the social media darling! One thing’s for sure: they both have great workout apps. But which one is the right choice for you?


I’m always adding more workout programs, fitness apps, and group fitness classes to my list, so stay tuned!