The best workouts to prepare you for the end of lockdown

Gym workouts to prepare you for post-lokdown life. Pic: Getty Images

It’s certainly not unsurprising to read that gym workouts are on trend right now, mere weeks after gyms and outdoor workout spaces opening their doors once more. A good workout session can be the underpinning of a great day – especially when you’ve been out of the gym for a year.

On that topic, we thought we’d round up the best sweat sessions currently available, from your favourite PT’s and studios. These are not just one-off workouts. The majority are gym programmes or fitness apps that promise to give you weekly, monthly and even yearly structure to your sweat sessions. Simply download said app and go from there.

If you are one for a one-off workout, you can find them on most apps.

Best gym workouts to try

Eliminate gym anxiety for good by arming yourself with a workout plan semi-tailored to you and your needs. Within this round up, there’s gym workouts for everyone. From beginners who want to get their heart rate up, to apps designed for the more experienced to help you reach those strength training goals.

Feeling not so keen on heading back to the gym? That’s totally understandable. It won’t be for everyone as many will just want to do home workouts now. The future of fitness looks completely different to pre-COVID. Just remember to do whatever works best for you.

Courtney Black Fitness

Courtney Black is fast becoming a household name. Between her app, live workouts and open attitude to sharing highs and lows with her followers, she’s a rising star amongst the fitness community. Her following grew more than ever during the pandemic when everyone was forced inside and currently has 884k followers on Instagram.

The Courtney Black Fitness app is centred around health and fitness to help you reach your goals with Courtney as your personal trainer from your phone. You’ll be sure to fall in love with her wide range of workouts. Your workout schedule is split into phases which change every two weeks to keep you progressing. You choose from either weight loss, toning / keeping fit or muscle gain as your main goal. The programs are mainly weight training with HIIT workouts, circuits and bodyweight mixed in. No workout is ever boring!

You can choose whether to pay £15.99 per month, £39.99 for three months, £64.99 for six months or a yearly rate of £119.99. It can be purchased from the App Store or Google Play Store.

Download Courtney Black Fitness app now


The FIIT app really does offer it all – if you’re after a workout programme from some of the UK’s best personal trainers, then this would be right up your street. Prepare to get a sweat on with Gabi Dawn Allen, learn all the latest tricks of the CrossFit trade with Gus Vaz Tostes from WIT or choose to improve your Pilates and yoga positions with Cat Meffan. You’ll be sure to find a workout you love.

The app offers hundreds of training plans, classes and group workouts on offer. Plus, you can challenge your own personal bests, track metrics and schedule workouts with others that have the app, so you really do get your money’s worth.

In terms of the pricing, it costs around £20 monthly, £15 quarterly or £120 annually. Although, if you’re not ready to commit straight away there is a 14-day free trial. The app can be purchased on the App Store and Google Play Store.

Download FIIT app now


Instagram influencer Grace Beverley is the founder of the workout app SHREDDY. It follows the success of her ‘Get Shreddy’ fitness guides and promises to provide tailored workouts and meal plans to suit each of your individual goals. This fitness app offers a little bit of everything from recipes, workout classes to scaled workout programmes to suit your needs. SHREDDY is generally strength focused but offers yoga and cardio options.

It’s easy to see the appeal. The app’s sky blue and pastel yellow logo has clearly been designed with an insta-generation in mind. Also, with its latest update this January the app offers all new guides for you to kickstart your new fitness journey, just in time for post-lockdown life.

This app will cost you £9.99 per month, £24.99 quarterly or just £74.99 for a year. It can be downloaded from the App Store, Google Play Store or directly from the SHREDDY website.

Download SHREDDY app now

The Body Coach

British fitness coach, Joe Wicks launched his health and fitness app, The Body Coach, in December 2020. While he’s known for his at-home HIIT sessions, his app includes a whole variety of gym workouts. He originally found fame through his 90-day plan program, which is now available in app form and guides you through a three-month gym and nutrition plan.

5the aim of the app is to help get people feeling healthier, fitter and happier no matter where you are on your fitness journey. Think kettlebell and dumbbell sets tailored to help you lose fat and build up your strength.

Prices start from £14.99 a month, £37.99 quarterly and £89.99 annually. However, to get you started there is a seven-day free trial available to offer you a taster of the experience. The app is available to download from the App Store or head over to The Body Coach website for more information.

Download The Body Coach app now

Tone & Sculpt

Choose from over 400 workouts and train at home or in the gym with world renowned personal trainers, Krissy Cela and Danyele Wilson to keep you motivated in your fitness journey. Build your strength and confidence by choosing a workout plan to suit you, whether you have 25 minutes, no equipment or love training at the gym! There is a training plan for every woman.

Don’t worry if you’re a beginner or haven’t been to the gym for yonks – there are workouts for loads of different fitness abilities, as well as meal plans, qualified nutritional advice, a user community, motivational challenges, and more.

Costs start at £13.99 monthly or £84.99 a year. But before signing up to a paid plan you should certainly take advantage of their 14-day free trial. Tone & Sculpt is available on the App Store and Google Play Store. Head to the Tone & Sculpt website for more.

Download Tone & Sculpt app now


Start your fitness journey through Sweat on their new program Low Impact with the queen of strength training and HIIT workouts, Kayla Itsines. Build a fitness foundation with workouts you can do anywhere, anytime! Kayla co-founded a whole app to make gym workouts just that little bit less intimidating. With this app you can opt for a home or gym-based plan, there’s many to choose from – five thousand different sweat sessions to be precise. So, more than enough to choose from. Happy sweating.

Work out at home with the largest fitness community of women worldwide! Get the fitness motivation you need with Sweat, the personal training app featuring elite female personal trainers.

Joining this app will cost you £14 a month, although there is a seven-day free trial you can join first. Sweat can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play Store.

Download Sweat app now


Grndhouse was originally launched last March to offer regular gym goers a strength-based home option. But it’s really rather good, and also suited to the gyms, now they’re open again. Let their roster of PT’s take your training to the next level.

Designed to build stability, endurance, confidence and power, each workout class offers a specific goal-based focus to assist you to progress and enhance not just your physical health but also your mental health.

The prices range from £20 per month to £25 per month depending on the type of membership you’re after. You can purchase your plan from the Grndhouse website

Download Grndhouse plan now


Personal trainer, Lucy Mountain, has founded a brand new ‘no bullshit’ workout app that offers the perfect gym workouts for strength training newbies keen to master the basics and build from there.

Are you bored of being made to feel like you need to follow body transformations in order to be doing ‘fitness’. Well, not with this app. The Nobs app is designed for you to workout at your own pace, slotting into your lifestyle without tearing it apart. Their science-based twelve-week programs will help you build strength, muscle tone and confidence. Don’t worry, there’s not a burpee in sight, but the app does offer nutritious recipes and daily positivity affirmations. 

Prices begin at £11.99 per month, £31.99 every three months or £119.99 per year. The app is available to download from the App Store or Google Play Store.

Download Nobs app now


Change can start right here if you’re ready. 8fit is the leading fitness app and your mobile personal trainer. Enjoy quick workout routines combined with a simple healthy meal planner tailored for you. Whether your goal is to lose weight, get fit or gain weight, join millions of 8fitters getting results and living a sustainable, happy, healthy lifestyle.

Work out anywhere, anytime: at home or at the gym. No equipment is required. This app allows you to use your own bodyweight to build muscle strength, increase endurance, improve your fitness and lose weight. The HIIT workout is a favourite as it’s fast and more effective than traditional cardio workouts. 8fit’s workouts only take 5-20 minutes. This makes it so much easier to burn more calories and get results even on a busy schedule!

The app allows you to try limited free workouts, however if you’re after the Pro edition there is a fee. The Pro edition includes customised meal plans and complete workout programs, targeted to your fitness level. The prices are dependent on the plan that suits your needs. You can find this out on the sign-up questionnaire on the 8fit website. you can download the app through the App Store or Google Play Store.

Download 8fit app now

Nike Training Club

Are you keen to personalise your plan to make sure it works for you? Well then, the Nike Training Club app can help with that. The app offers a range of four to six week training workout plans focused on progression and power. These workouts include HIIT, invigorating yoga classes, bodyweight workouts you can do with minimum to no equipment and cardio that gets your heart rate pounding.

So why not switch it up with over 185 free expertly designed workouts from our world-class Nike Master Trainers, for athletes of all levels? There are also workout collections that help you get specific results but are still flexible enough to fit into your routine. There are also home options, but their strength training and gym plans will offer you simple – and free! Win, win.

The Nike Training Club app is completely free and available to download on iPhone through the App Store and on Android through the Google Play Store.

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