Breaking Down Eight Of The Best At-Home Workout Apps

Don’t Sweat, I’ve Got You Covered

The last thing you have time for in your busy schedule is yourself. Let alone your health and fitness. I try to carve out at least a little bit of time several days a week to work out. And, the STRUGGLE is real. Especially now that we’re all stuck at home. You’d think that being quarantined means having more time to work out…not so much! One thing that helps me is… having a workout option I can pull up on my phone or laptop. I simply do not have time to go to a class or the gym every day (and now we can’t!). I thought it would be helpful to share some of the most popular workout apps. You can do all of these from home, and most of them require very little equipment.

P.Volve workout app


Since I’ve tried Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide (BBG) and Tracy Anderson, I wanted to try something new. After researching a bunch of exercise programs, I decided to try P.volve. The workouts range from 15 to 60 minutes, requires minimal equipment, and…the Victoria Secret models swear by these workouts! If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me. 😉 This program focuses on elongating your muscles and builds strength without bulk. The movements are based on your everyday movements. I just started so the jury is out. I’ll keep you posted.

P.volve price

The first 15 days are free. Then it’s $30 for the monthly plan, $150 for the six-month plan, and $300 for the yearly plan. You can get access to over 150 workouts. When you first download the app there is also a free workout for you to try.

Shop P.volve equipment here.


Body by Simone BBS app

Body By Simone or BBS

The BBS app is cool because it combines celebrity trainer Simone De La Rue and celebrity nutritionist Kelly LeVeque. This is great if you need help with workouts and nutrition. The underlying technique and the movements derive from dance. You use body weight and light weights to develop long lean muscles. You can also customize your workout by choosing what kind of workout and the time you want to workout. In the app, you can stream live classes, track your progress with photos, weight, and measurements, AND you get three meals to try per day!

BBS price

It’s $20 a month and charges the card you have on your iTunes account.


Tracy Anderson Method app

Tracy Anderson Method

With the Tracy Anderson app you can only view class schedules, sign-up for classes, view ongoing promotions, as well as view the studio’s location and contact information. So if you’re a Tracy Anderson lover and live near a studio, this app is great for you. If not, you can still do Tracy Anderson at home by buying the DVDs or watching on YouTube. I started Tracy Anderson after I had Gage and it really helped me get back into shape after pregnancy and my c-section. I loved that I could do the workouts in 30 minutes. The moves focus on longer leaner muscles, kind of similar to Pilates or barre, but definitely unique. I suggest trying some of the free YouTube videos out there to see if you like it first.

Tracy Anderson price

You can buy Tracy Anderson DVDs on Amazon here.
Or stream on Youtube for free!

For more info on the Tracy Anderson Method, read my review posts:

 Tracy Anderson: The Post Pregnancy Magician
Tracy Anderson Update & Review
Tracy Anderson Continuity Review video


Sweat Kayla Itsines BBG app

Sweat: Kayla Itsines Fitness

The Bikini Body Guide (BBG) or Sweat With Kayla is a very challenging, high-intensity workout routine. Each workout is 28 minutes and you do those three days. Two days of the week are reserved for some form of cardio training, and one day is for a stretch/rehabilitation session. If you want a rocking body and can stay on a disciplined workout schedule, then this is the one for you. But it can be hard on your joints and got a little repetitive after a while. Another thing I didn’t like was that it kept adding more equipment. You can read more about BBG in this post on surviving week one of BBG. And, I gave my review after completing a 12-week BBG program in this post. I also did a video review on BBG here.

Sweat by Kayla Itsines price

It is $20 monthly or $120 yearly.


Workout apps, Kait Hurley app

Kait Hurley: Move + Meditate

This is the perfect app if you’re looking for a good workout but want something a bit more mellow or less intense. All of the workout videos are organized by class including restorative, high intensity, meditation, and more. But each class has at least a little bit of meditation at the end of each workout. It’s a really soothing and mindful cooldown that truly helps you relax. Workouts range from 30-60 minutes and you can choose what length and type.

Kait Hurley: Move + Meditate price

You get the first 15 days free and then it’s $20 per month. Or you can do a plan of $120 for the year billed annually, which breaks down to $10 per month.


Workout apps, Tone it Up app

Studio Tone It Up: Workouts

Tone It Up is lead by its two founders, Katrina and Karena. They used to have a TV show called Toned Up and it’s now evolved into a workout app. One advantage of this app is that you don’t need a ton of equipment. I’d say about 90% of the time you only need dumbbells and a mat. Workouts are categorized (legs & cardio, arms, abs, etc.) but you can customize your workout completely and it never gets boring!

Another thing I like about it is that there you get a real sense of community from this app. So if you’re the kind of person who likes to attend classes but doesn’t have the time, this is similar to actually going workout classes. You can’t pause them, they go on without you, you have someone telling you exactly what to do, and other people are doing the workouts at the same time you are.

Tone It Up price

Some workouts on the app are completely free (they call them Daily Toning Moves) but you get tired of those after a while so you’ll want to upgrade to get more classes. It’s $13 per month for the premium which includes Daily Toning Moves, Studio Tone it Up classes and On-Demand workouts. They have studio classes you can sign up for that last about 30 minutes and begin about every 30-45 minutes. So if you miss the 6 pm class, there will be another at 6:30 pm!

Workout Apps, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of sharing the best fitness apps for at-home workouts including Melissa Wood Health

Melissa Wood Health

I’ve recently tried the Melissa Wood Health app. I love that it’s more controlled, low impact movements. It combines yoga and Pilates styles so if those are the classes you went to before, you should try this app! The exercises help with and focus on strengthening long lean muscles throughout your entire body. They release an exclusive new workout every Monday but have unlimited access to 50+ workouts int eh library. They also have pre and postnatal workouts, treadmill workouts, and meditations!

Melissa Wood Health Price

The first 7 days are free! It’s $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year and it charges the card set up with your iTunes account.

Workout Apps, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of sharing the best fitness apps for at-home workouts including OpenFit


This app has fitness and nutrition rolled into one. You can stream live classes and have access to hundreds more! And it has personalized nutrition programs with daily meal plans and tracking, monthly exercise challenges, and a virtual fitness community. The workouts have everything from running, barre, HIIT, weightlifting, yoga, Pilates, walking, cardio, Tabata routines, and more! I love the XB Pilates…it’s a great workout!

OpenFit Price

You get a 14-day free trial! Then it’s $14.99/month, $39.99/quarter, $99.99/year.


Daily Water app

Bonus App: Daily Water

Sometimes it’s hard to remember to drink water…but it’s SO important! Two-thirds of our body is made up of water! You should be drinking water all day, every day…not just when you’re thirsty! This is a do as I say, not as I do scenario since I personally need to drink WAY more water. I’m excited to try this app that lets you set reminders to drink water throughout the day.

Which App Is Right For YOU?

P.volve is good for working with your body and has pilates style movements. Body by Simone is perfect for someone who wants help with workouts and nutrition. Tracy Anderson creates long, lean muscles. Sweat with Kayla or BBG gets major results, but can be hard on your joints.  Kait with Kait Hurley has great workouts meshed with meditation. Tone It Up has a very wide variety of workouts. My favorites right now are P.volve, Sweat, and Tone It Up.

What is your favorite workout app? Have you seen great results…? Please share in the comments below. Keep scrolling to see some of my cool workout gear picks.

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19 thoughts on “Breaking Down Eight Of The Best At-Home Workout Apps

  1. Great suggestions! I have been streaming workouts from for about 3 years and i lOve that its a different trainer every day and the workouts are 30min. Lots of posItive messages and a great supportive community on facebook Too!

  2. This is great erin…I am lucky enough to have my own fitness guru…my daughter. as she is out of a formal job right now due to the cv effect, she is offering digital fitness training to individuals and groups. the resources you have shared here are great however, and i forwarded the newsletter to her for her input. once she is back at it in the real world, i might not have access to her! if you might be interested in her story, you can find her on instagram @abbymoskal. yes it’s a shameless plug for my daughter’s business but it got me thinking that you, as such a wonderful influencer, and looking for ways to enhance your contributions in this unusual time, might think about looking for stories like hers…for women who are getting creative and trying to make lemons out of lemonade right now…women empowering other women. You have such a wonderful platform, and i have been inspired by everything i’ve seen you do! you’re a class act, lady…thanks you for sharing your work with us!

  3. Erin,

    THANK YOU! THIS IS JUST WHAT I NEEDED TODAY. YESTERDAY I TRIED A COUPLE OF YOUTUBE WORKOUT VIDEOS THAT WERE SO UNSATISFYING. TA IS too jarring for me. melissa wood’s sounds right up my alley. Thank you so much!

  4. There are some really great youtube fitness programs: Fitness blender, sydney cummings and heather robertson. All are free and all are excellent. Two are smaller creators who could benefit from a plug from a fellow creator. Thanks for everything erin. Melisa

  5. Hey! I do tracy anderson too. I was doing beach body for the last couple years bt the jumping and squatting…was getting hard on my old lady knees! Timely post!

  6. HAve you checked Out daily burn? They do a new 30 min workout every day at 9 and then it is aVailable on demand for 24 hours. They also have lots of programs that you can do any time. Great community!

    1. Thanks for a nice variety. I subscribe to two sisters based in London Lisa Marie and Theresa. You’ll need Some equipment or gym membership if you really want to do most of the workouts – i love them and their workouts wHich can be intense but fun- you can always modify. The also have free video on youtube.

  7. This is a great past … and timely. I was thinking about cancelling my gym membership. Do you have any Recommendations for a good yoga/pilates app?

  8. Very comprehensive post. Thank you so much. Love the leggings in picture. Might need to get those!

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