The 8 Best Weight Lifting Apps of 2020

Get your strong on with these muscle accelerator apps

Weight lifting without a personal trainer can be difficult and overwhelming. The top weight training apps are made for all genders, offer a gallery of exercises, guide you on correct form, and take you through progressive loads if you stick to the routines.

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Best for Experienced Weight Lifters: Strong Workout Tracker Gym Log

Strong Workout Tracker Gym Log
What We Like
  • A user-friendly clutter less interface.

  • Ideal for both beginner and advanced weight lifters.

  • Tools like warm up, 1RM, and plate calculators, and an automatic rest timer. 

What We Don't Like
  • The free version limits you to only three exercise routines.

  • No time based HIIT exercises.

  • Small choice of Kettlebell exercises.

Strong isn’t just an exercise logger. It is a full-featured app with a huge library of weight lifting workouts plus you can add your own routines too. You will find it easy to follow along as each exercise comes with animated videos and instructional steps.

The app focusses just as much on warm up routines too with a Warm Up Calculator as a good warm up is a big part of staying injury free.

Track your progress with colorful graphs, benchmark your progress with Volume and 1RM progression measurements. Also, you can sync the data with Apple Watch and Google Fit. It does everything you want a good weight lifting app to do.

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Best App with a Workout Community: JEFIT Workout Tracker

JEFIT Workout Tracker
What We Like
  • More than 1,300 exercises to choose from.

  • The community of fitness enthusiasts.

  • Time-based interval training routines and exercises with limited equipment.

What We Don't Like
  • The exercise videos are not full screen. 

  • The option to change pounds to kilograms in buried in the Settings screen.

  • The sheer number of workout plans can be difficult to wade through.

JEFIT will help you set up a personalized workout plan around your goals. Later, you can tailor your own exercise routine with the help of 1300 exercise videos and instructions.

The app also features exercise routines from its community of users. The occasional workout contests can give you an extra push. Once you start exercising, you can manage your progress by tracking your weight sets and reps, your best lifting record, and more.

Try it out with the free version first which is ad-supported. 

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Best for Simple Weight Lifting Method: StrongLifts 5x5 Weight Lifting

StrongLifts 5x5 Weight Lifting
What We Like
  • Videos of StrongLifts 5×5 Workout A & B and exercises.

  • Support for other equipment if you don’t have barbells.

What We Don't Like
  • Only for users who want to follow the 5x5 program.

  • Basic features like warmup and plate calculator are behind a subscription.

The 5x5 workout is simple in theory. You lift only three times a week and do five sets of five reps for three compound movements. The rest days are for giving your body time to recover. There are two workouts involved (called Workout A and Workout B) and other specific rules on the incremental weights you should lift.

The StrongLifts 5x5 Weight Lifting app guides you through these workouts. It calculates your starting weight and keeps track of progressive loads as you alternate between the workouts.

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Best for Weight Lifting Beginners: Fitbod Workout & Fitness Plans

Fitbod Workout & Fitness Plans
What We Like
  • Beautiful design.

  • The AI guide makes it intuitive to use.

  • It builds on earlier workouts to suggest new ones.

What We Don't Like
  • The AI can suggest wrong weights.

  • Lack of detailed instructions to guide proper form. 

  • Too simple for intermediate or experienced lifters.

Use an algorithm to build your personalized weight lifting plan. The Fitbod algorithm guides your strength training, so you don’t have to spend time on weights and reps. It adjusts as you build your ability to handle heavier weights.

The sheer variety of exercises is enough to keep you engaged at the gym or at home.

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Best One-Stop Fitness Solution: BodyFit

BodyFit From Bodybuilding.com
What We Like
  • Good choice of workout plans.

  • Plans cover shredding, cutting, and bulking workouts.

  • HD video guides from professional trainers.

What We Don't Like
  • Most plans need a full gym.

  • Lack of plans for beginners.

  • 7-Day free trial but you need to choose a subscription plan first.

This strength training app comes from the well-known Bodybuilding.com website. Two unique features that make it stand apart are the meal planning and supplement information. You get more than 60 training plans to choose from.

Learn each exercise with clear instructions and videos. Use the weight lifting tracker to follow your progress as you log each session into it. 

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Best for Advanced Training Algorithms: FitnessAI

FitnessAI Workouts
What We Like
  • Simple and user-friendly.

  • AI recommendations help you start quickly.

  • Log your workouts with a single tap on the set icons.

What We Don't Like
  • iOS only.

  • AI may not be always accurate.

FitnessAI is like Fitbod as it also uses AI to offer personalized workouts. It will tell you how long to rest and the progressive loads for your next workouts. The developers say that the algorithm is based on 5.9M workouts.

A polite AI bot introduces you to the program and helps you set up your workout.

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Best for Multilingual Support: Fitness Point Home & Gym

Fitness Point Home & Gym
What We Like
  • A full screen workout and rest timer. 

  • 400+ exercises described with animations. 

  • Supports 16 languages.

What We Don't Like
  • No training videos.

  • Limited logs in the free version. 

  • Free version is limited, and ad supported.

When English isn't your first language, then try this app. Choose from the 16 languages on offer in the Settings. Then start building an exercise regimen that targets different muscle groups. Neat illustrations and animations help you understand the correct form. It also uses AI to suggest the best exercises.

Use the app as a weight lifting tracker and export the data as a CSV file if you want to analyze your performance. The app also integrates with Apple Watch.

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Best for Comparing Your Routine With Friends : Hevy

Hevy log workouts and compare with friends
What We Like
  • Excellent 200+ video tutorials.

  • Analyze workout sessions with muscle group graphs.

  • Add exercise notes. 

What We Don't Like
  • Occassional server errors.

You can pick this app for the many unique features it offers. You can add supersets, set warmup routines, and log drop and failure set. The collection of 250+ exercises cover a range of strength training options, even resistance bands, and suspension bands.

Want to stay motivated at home or in the gym? Compare your sessions with friends with a face-off and even add their routines to yours. You can comment on each other’s workouts and push yourself to do better. 

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