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This is the best app for working out at home

I downloaded the FitOn app and immediately found that it lives up to its claim.

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Full disclosure: I've never been a big fan of exercise.

I mean, I want rock hard abs and toned arms as much as the next girl, but all the sweating and panting never seemed worth it. There's a reason it's called WORKing out, after all. So, for many years, my only form of exercise was the walk I took to and from my favorite lunch spot.

But when you reach a certain age you come to understand that the purpose of fitness is to, well, stay fit. Although toned abs and arms are a great byproduct of exercise, they aren't really the point. Enhanced energy, better sleep, less anxiety, and decreased risk of chronic illness (including stroke, diabetes, and cancer, to name a few) are all pretty good reasons to take on a regular routine.

Once I realized I had to do more than just take a stroll now and then, I looked into ways to get in shape. I started by using Jillian Michaels DVDs, which familiarized me with basic moves and good form. But soon I got bored and wanted more variety. I tried Michaels' app, which I still occasionally use, but found over time that it, too, was too repetitive. Then I discovered the best workout app.

What is FitOn app?

FitOn claims to offer "unlimited access to the world's best workouts from celebrity trainers." I learned of it on Instagram, after seeing a plug by Jeanette Jenkins, health coach and trainer to a few artists you may have heard of (among them, P!nk, Alicia Keys, and Shonda Rhimes). I downloaded the app and immediately found that it lives up to its claim.

The app offers workouts led by 24 professional trainers and four celebrities (Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness, actress Gabrielle Union, Dancing with the Stars' Julianne Hough, and a DJ/production duo known as The Chainsmokers).

Every type of workout is available—yoga, HIIT, stretching, strength training, circuit training, cardio, toning, Pilates, kickboxing, dance, barre, and KINRGY—as well as meditation and mindfulness. The workouts range from three minutes to an hour and can be accessed from a smartphone (Android and iOS), iPad, desktop computer, Apple TV, Apple Watch, Roku, and a variety of smart TVs.

The app is free, but with a paid subscription to FitOn PRO ($99/year) you get a number of great features, including a personalized meal plan, exclusive recipes, premium music options, offline downloads of any workout, and the ability to connect a fitness wearable to track your heart rate. I signed up for the PRO plan after a few weeks of using the app and have really loved the extra offerings (particularly the FitOn-approved recipes for various chocolate treats, which allow me to indulge in a healthier way).

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I have no excuses to skip a workout

Now, here's one thing I learned about FitOn: Once you download it, you literally have no excuse not to work out.

  • "My apartment is tiny. I don't have the room." Well, FitOn has more than 20 "Small Space" workouts available.

  • "I'm pregnant." Good for you! Now, go do one of FitOn's many prenatal programs.

  • "I have a baby, so..." Gabrielle Union's "Baby and Me" workout literally requires a baby!

  • "I don't own any equipment." That's ok! The app has a ton of "No Equipment" workouts where you can just use your own body weight.

  • "I only like to exercise with other people." Technically, you can. Invite a friend to use the app and do the workout together. The in-app chat feature lets you keep in touch and motivate one another.

  • "I, uh, hurt my wrist while playing Animal Crossing." Well, lucky for you there's a "Rest Your Wrists" workout that should have you back to your best form in no time.

See? No excuses!

My favorite FitOn workouts

I've been using the app for three months now, working out 3 to 5 times a week on average. I've become a big fan of a few specific trainers: Kenta Seki is who I turn to when I want my arms to burn like hell after strength training. Jeanette Jenkins is my girl for anything butt, abs, and thigh related. Breann Mitchell's HIIT workouts are perfect for when I want to get my heart pumping. And Christine Bullock's "Upper Body Stretch" and "Lower Body Stretch" help me get out the kinks in my neck and hips.

But these are just a few of my regulars. Thanks to FitOn I've worked every part of my body, using only dumbbells and a mat. (If you have them, there are also options for using chairs, bands, and benches.)

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Though I haven't lost significant weight or gained major muscle, since starting with FitOn I've noticed a difference in how I feel—energized, less achy, and more flexible. My chronic migraines are less frequent when I stick with a regular regimen and I find that I sleep better at night. And if nothing else, it's cool to tell people that I use the same fitness trainer as P!nk.

Sandra Ebejer lives in upstate New York with her husband, son, and two cats who haven't figured out how to get along. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Shondaland, and others. Read more at sandraebejer.com.