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Looking for the best workouts at the gym but find it a little overwhelming? We don’t blame you. There are 162,000,000 Google searches on gym training for women alone – many of which are not even from qualified PTs or experts.
That’s where our guide comes in – full of sweat sessions from our favorite qualified pros. All of the experts below have trained for years and done some testing to be able to give the advice below, so you can trust that they know what they’re talking about.
Whether you’re looking for a one-off session, a four-week fitness boost or a year-round structure to your sweat sessions, there’s something for every ability and fitness level. Weight Training? Reform Pilates? High-intensity interval training? Keep scrolling.
Meet your experts
- Personal trainer Grace Beverlyfounder of Shreddy and Speak
- FIIT trainer included Gus Vaz Toste’s, Adrienne Herbert and Cat Meffan
- Personal trainer Lucy Mountainfounder of NOBS
- Personal trainer Izzy Georgeco-founder of Grundhouse
- Personal trainer Krissy Celaco-founder of Develop Yourself
- Peloton trainer Suzie Chan, Joslyn Thompson rule, Ally Loveand more
- Personal trainer Kayla Itsinesfounder of SWEAT
- Personal trainer Joe Wicks MBE, founder of The body coach
- Nike sneakers Maria Wada and more
- Personal trainer Jillian Michaelsfounder of The Jillian Michaels App.
Not in the mood to go to the gym? What works for you will not be the same as your best friend. Don’t miss our home workout guides and the easiest no-kit home workouts, as well as our favorite celebrity workouts (without the celebrity price tag), while you’re here.
200+ gym sessions to try now
What? Grace Beverley’s workout app SHREDDY offers a little bit of everything—recipes, classes, and scaled workouts to fit your needs, too. It is primarily strength-focused, but also offers cardio and yoga options.
Grace herself is known to train from one of her own guides and often shares progress as she does so. Fun Fact: SHREDDY users have completed a total of 1,482,132+ workouts to date. Not bad.
Craving strength training without downloading the SHREDDY app? Give these weightlifting exercises a try, or read our guide to what weight to start lifting here.
What? FIIT really has it all – if you’re looking for a training program from some of the UK’s best personal trainers, this is it. Work up a sweat with Adriene Herbert, learn the tricks of the crossfit trade with Gus Vaz Tostes from WIT or improve your pilates and yoga poses with Cat Meffan.
There are hundreds of classes, group training and training plans to choose from, plus you can track metrics, challenge your own personal bests and schedule workouts with others, so you really get your money’s worth.
What? Lucy Mountain’s brand new “no bullshit” workout app. This app offers the perfect gym workout for strength training beginners who want to master the basics and build from there.
Buy to strengthen twelve week programs designed to help you improve your strength, tone your muscles and build your confidence too. And don’t worry, there’s not a burpee in sight, but the app offers healthy recipes and daily positivity affirmations, similar to the Mind app (read our guide to the best mental health apps, here) but, well, more news-y.
What? Grndhouse was first launched in March 2020 to offer regular gym-goers a strength-based home option. But it’s actually quite good and perfect for those of you who want to strength train at home or at the gym, regardless of your ability. Let their PT list take your training to the next level.
Award? From £20 per month. Check out Grundhouse website now.
What? Known as the PT behind the best glute workout ever, personal trainer Krissy Cela has over 400 home and gym workouts—mostly glute-focused—available on her EvolveYou app. Don’t worry if you’re new to the gym or haven’t been to the gym in years—there are workouts for tons of different fitness abilities, as well as meal plans, qualified nutrition advice, a user community, motivational challenges, and more.
What? Sure, the Peloton app may be designed with an actual Peloton bike in mind, but what’s to say you can’t use it at your local leisure center on one of their spin bikes? Plus, it’s not just spin classes they offer—they have over ten different types of live-streamed workouts, from breathing exercises, to stretching, to running, and more. Want to know how to run faster? You heard it here first—their interval workouts are spicy.
What? Kayla Itsines, the queen of strength training and high-intensity interval training, has designed an entire app to make gym sessions a little less intimidating—and it’s Good. Again, you can either choose a home or gym-based plan, but there are tons of options—5,000 different sweat sessions, to be exact. There are a whole lot of gym sessions to choose from. Happy sweating.
Not so keen on downloading the app? Try an exclusive Itsines approved workout for beginners here.
8. The body coach
What? You’ve all heard of Joe Wicks, and while he’s known for his free YouTube workouts that you can do from home, his app also includes a variety of workouts. He actually originally became famous for his 90-day plan, which is now available in app form and guides you through a three-month gym and diet plan as well.
Consider dumbbell and kettlebell sets that are tailored to help you lose fat and increase your strength as well.
9. Nike Training App
What? Want to customize your plan to make sure it works for you? The Nike app can help with that, offering a range of four- to six-week training plans focused on progression and power. There are also home options, but their weight training and gym plans will offer you easy – and free! – strength gains. Win win.
10. Jillian Michaels: The fitness app
What? She is one of the biggest names in fitness and, unsurprisingly, her app has 4.7 out of 5 stars in the app store as well. Choose from over 800 workouts and tailor your selection based on the kit available at your gym (or at home, if you’d rather train there).
Plus, she’s just launched a brilliant prenatal offer, making it easy for mums-to-be to stay fit.
Award? A subscription costs £5.16 a month for 12 months – that’s £61.99 a year. You can try a seven-day trial for free, if you’re on the fence. jillianmichaels.com
Not so keen on downloading an app? Try our expert-approved bodyweight leg workout, lower body dumbbell workout, or round up the best full body workouts instead.