By Maria Buoni | Photo courtesy of Sworkit
Sworkit is a fitness app that combines the convenience of at-home workouts with the detail and support of a personal trainer. And unlike video workouts, your Sworkit workout can change every time to prevent boredom for your mind and your muscles!
My introduction to Sworkit came in physical therapy a year ago. As I was recovering from an injury, the physical therapist brought out the app for me to follow. He mentioned that he found out about the app through a study conducted at the University of Florida in which Sworkit was rated the No.1 fitness app by the American College of Sports Medicine’s physical activity guidelines.
The base app is free for both Apple and Android, and each session follows the same format. When you begin a workout, you choose how long you would like to exercise. Sessions can be as short as 5 minutes or as long as 60. After choosing the length, your selected workout begins. The screen shows a person demonstrating the exercise, and all you do is follow along! Each exercise only lasts for 30 seconds, then the on-screen guide will automatically switch to the next. After a few exercises, the app will give you a 30 second break before continuing the workout.
The main categories of workouts include strength, cardio, yoga and stretching. Then there are more specific workouts like “Fit in 5 Minutes,” “Simple Daily Stretch,” and “Beach Confident Abs.” There are additional sections with a variety of workouts for beginners, sports conditioning, older adults, etc. If you choose to pay for the premium version of the app, you will have access to six-week training schedules.
Overall, Sworkit makes it easy to choose a workout and stick with it. Even if you only have 5–10 minutes, you can take that time to follow the app and get active. All exercises can be done with only your body weight, so you don’t even need any equipment! You can roll out of bed and work out without wondering what exercises to do, or take some time on your lunch break to Sworkit with some stretches.