Updated: Jan 21
I found Workout for Women app accidentally when scrolling through the App Store seeking my next app to review. Straight away I noticed that it has more than 240k reviews, a great number of downloads and generally good rating (4.8 out of 5 in App Store). The best part was that it’s entirely for free with no hidden cost. Naturally, I had to give it a go and surprisingly enough I had found the best free workout app for beginners out there!
Workout for Women Fitness App is built from various workouts so no food plan is included (if you're looking for a food plan then check out the 30-Day Fitness Challenge App). They have combined 70 different workout sessions where:
35 of them are for beginners;
The duration of each workout varies from 4 to 26 minutes long. Most beginner workouts are 7 to 10 minutes in length which makes them great for a quick and effective morning routine before work. Workouts are divided into various categories to choose from such as Fat Loss, Butt, Abs, High-Intensity, No jumping and more. All in all, a great selection of workouts that you can pick from whatever you feel that day.
Workout for Women Review: Pros
The app has put emphasis on beginner workouts which are suited for women that are new to fitness;
You can integrate your Apple Health and sync your workout data with Apple Tracker;
You can see real-life demos and read up on every move from that particular workout – this is important for correct form and execution;
Has cool-downs and stretching;
All workouts are body-weight only making it inexpensive and accessible to everyone (also, I think that the moves are quite creative in style);
The workouts are built around modern workout methods like HIIT (high-intensity interval training) that are effective for weight-loss and overall endurance;
Easy to incorporate in real life as no equipment is needed, only a small corner at home and preferably an exercise mat is really what you need (nothing too fancy, a simple and cheap one like this will do just fine);
An interactive and user-friendly app that gives estimated calorie burn, has a rest timer countdowns, workout scheduling, progress tracker and trainer’s voice during actual the workout;
It gives you the opportunity to progress. After completing all beginner workouts, you can move over to the intermediate and advanced level;
Seems that they are also adjusting the app based on various demands and requests from women so it's updating.
Workout for Women Review: Cons
Random ads popping up before workouts;
No warm-up included;
Looks & sounds a bit robotic;
It doesn’t have a food plan or any educational element, only pure workouts.
Simple Design That Gives You What You Need
After writing this Workout for Women review, I’m absolutely in love with their simple design that’s super easy to navigate through. I have tried many paid workout apps with way too many confusing options. This one really is about moving yourself in a simple and effective way.
Here you have a simple workout interface that’s free to use and gives you what you need. What more does a beginner need, really? Yes, you might go with a branded app like Jillian Michaels or Centr that charges you money for workouts & food. But think about it.. As I talk in my blog – sometimes it's better to start with just getting used to the movement first before changing your entire routine that you’re so used to only for quicker results (a good idea is to keep a fitness journal like the cute one below).
Trust me, I have been there myself so I can tell you that you will feel like a zombie if you do that. It will be just a matter of time when you’re going to quit everything. But this is not the way to go. With Workout for Women app, you can start feeling your body first before making any drastic changes to your diet. Afterwards, start adjusting your food habits and see how tremendously effective this approach is towards sustainability.
After writing this Workout for Women review, I’m absolutely in love with their simple design that’s super easy to navigate through.
In my opinion, it’s the best free workout app out there so I recommend this to women who are short on time, don’t like weights and are new to fitness. All moves are bodyweight only that can be done at home. If you want to make it harder, add a resistance band - you can get one for like 3 USD. You'll burn way more calories just by adding this to your workout.
There’s no need for over-complicated exercises because the beginners most probably won’t carry out the move correctly anyway. Here all exercises are quite simple and familiar.
Practical Tips if you go with Workout for Women app:
Remember to keep a straight back every time when carrying out a move (this will decrease the injury risk and improve your form);
Don’t underestimate warms-ups and cool-downs. Try warming up at least 4 minutes before starting a routine. It will prepare your muscles and get your heartbeat up so you could go all-in on your workout. Also, this applies to your cool-down. Your muscles are going to be sore the next day and it will take a longer time to recover if you won’t stretch after the session. Alternatively, there are plenty of massage tools that helps you recover faster;
Don’t forget to breathe throughout the workout (breathe in when it’s easy, breath out when you’re working for that particular muscle group);
If you will think about the muscle when carrying out the move, then you’ll contract it more which for you means faster results;
Put on some weights if you want to challenge yourself (like water bottles when doing lunches). Adjustable dumbbells are something I always recommend for better results;
When you feel ready and energetic, try pushing yourself and do two workouts in a row. Just be careful with this and don’t overdo it (listen to your body).
A very similar workout app to Workout for Women is Sworkit! They have a great selection of workouts and you can adjust the duration yourself so you might wanna check it out as well! As from me - stay positive and see you next time :)