3 Best Aesthetic Workout Fitness Apps for Android & iPhone

There’s so much conflicting workout advice on the internet, especially when your aesthetic goals include an ultra-wide V-taper, bulging triceps, chiseled pecs, and a rock-hard core. You can spend an entire afternoon scrolling through the Bodybuilding.com forums or r/weightlifting on Reddit, only to walk away empty-handed and more confused than ever. That search ends today!
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There’s so much conflicting workout advice on the internet, especially when your aesthetic goals include an ultra-wide V-taper, bulging triceps, chiseled pecs, and a rock-hard core.

You can spend an entire afternoon scrolling through the Bodybuilding.com forums or r/weightlifting on Reddit, only to walk away empty-handed and more confused than ever.

That search ends today!

Here are our three favorite aesthetic workout apps — for both Android & iPhone devices — that can help you enter shredded, ripped, lean, or even the goofy-sounding “yolked” territory:

In a Rush? Here’s Our Top Pick!

Editor’s Choice: BodyFit by Bodybuilding.com

  • The app allows you to track your sets, reps, weight, and effort scale for every exercise.
  • You can follow along with the most popular faces in the fitness industry, including Steve Cook and Jay Cutler.
  • It features over 3,000 exercises in a well-organized database.
  • Most routines come with easy-to-follow and insightful eating and nutritional plans.

Things to Consider When Buying Aesthetic Fitness Apps

In 2019, there were more than 31,143 health-related apps on the Google Play Store. That collection includes everything from water reminders to pedometers to at-home workout apps.

But even when you narrow that list down to just the exercise-related ones, quite a few have over 10 million downloads, 4.5-star reviews or higher, and raving feedback from satisfied fitness geeks!

Before you test drive hundreds (or thousands) of aesthetic workout apps, look for those with:

In-App Progress Trackers

Old-school bodybuilders lugged notebooks, pencils, and stopwatches around the gym to record everything from rest times and weight used to sets and reps.

In the digital age, your entire routine is at your fingertips. The best workout apps require nothing more than your handy-dandy smartphone (and maybe sweatpants with secure pockets).

Download an app with in-app progress features like:

  • A place to log your sets, reps, RPE, and weight used for each exercise
  • An automatic calculation of your 1RM (some even chart your growth on a line graph)
  • A rest timer
  • A meal, food, or calorie tracker (that might be asking for too much; apps like LifeSum and MyFitnessPal can handle the nutritional edge off things)
  • A log for personal records, weight loss, and muscle measurements

Don’t settle for an app that’s simply a collection of workout videos and news articles. You can find all of that online without spending a single dime!

Workout Variety

Not to get all philosophical, but what is an “aesthetic physique” anyway?

Is it Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth (or all the Marvel Chrises, for that matter)? Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dorian Yates? Adam Levine and Bruce Lee (an unlikely pairing, sure)?

Your idea of “aesthetic” could change with each bulk/cut cycle! 

That’s exactly why workout variety in a fitness app matters so much. 

Focus on the apps with hundreds or even thousands of pre-planned programs for every possible fitness goal — weight loss, hypertrophy, strength, power, agility, or even general health.

(With 1,000+ routines available to you from building aesthetic arms to calisthenics, you’ll also guarantee the most bang for your buck! Some solo routines from big names in the industry cost $50, $100 apiece!)

Other Tips & Tricks

If you’re torn between two quality apps, the extra tips and tricks they offer might only sweeten the deal. Check for in-app articles, videos, or blurbs about:

  • Recipes and meal prep
  • Supplements
  • Workout, nutrition, and physique tips
  • Newly launched routines
  • Replacement exercises
  • The hottest gym equipment

It might be a workout app, but that doesn’t mean it’s just a workout app!

Free Trials

Some workout app subscriptions can cost as much as a monthly Planet Fitness or Gold’s Gym membership (but still far lower than the average monthly gym fee — which is a startling $58).

When you’re investing in a paid app, always agree to the free trial.

A 7, 14, or even 30-day test-drive offers first-hand experience that even over-hyped App Store descriptions can’t hide. These trials reveal the good, the bad, and the ugly:

  • Types of workouts available
  • Unique features (forums, messaging, videos, tips, and tricks)
  • Software bugs
  • Hidden costs to download exclusive content

Most apps will bill you one day after your trial ends. Don’t forget to cancel before then if the app isn’t a good fit unless you really like arguing with customer service reps over the phone.

3 Best Aesthetic Workout Apps for Android & iPhone

1. Editor’s Choice: BodyFit by Bodybuilding.com

What started as the basic Bodybuilding.com website back in 1999 has since evolved into a digital fitness enterprise. 

In early 2020, the platform launched the long-awaited BodyFit Workout App, home to thousands of workouts and exercises designed by elites like Jim Stoppani, Jay Cutler, and Steve Cook.

This app is a nice blend of user-friendly tech and program variety (with a touch of Statistics 101, for those who love to track their 1RMs and weight loss progress).

Now, everything you need is just a few taps away!

Use the “Find a Workout Plan” tool to narrow down the 1,000+ routines/exercises by program length, goal (muscle, strength, fat loss), difficulty, and equipment needed.

Or, you can swap in alternative stretching, plyometric, and Strongman exercises with BodyFit’s 3,000-exercise database!

When you’re ready, just click “Start Plan” in the top-right corner to kick off an 8+ week-long fitness journey. As you log each workout, you can also:

  • Record your sets, reps, weight, and effort scale (in an RPE-like format)
  • Watch exercise demonstration videos
  • Time your treadmill, elliptical, or bike sessions
  • Automatically calculate your total weight lifted
  • Launch a rest-period countdown timer after logging every set

Yet, your opinion of the app depends on just one thing: which program you choose. Each program creator can upload videos and nutrition/supplement plans to guarantee an aesthetic physique.

Pros:

  • The app allows you to track your sets, reps, weight, and effort scale for every exercise.
  • You can follow along with the most popular faces in the fitness industry, including Steve Cook and Jay Cutler.
  • It features over 3,000 exercises in a well-organized database.
  • Most routines come with easy-to-follow and insightful eating and nutritional plans.

Cons:

  • Not all workouts have a paired video, which could be a turn-off if you need the motivation.
  • There’s a bit less variety and fewer options than BOD and JEFIT.

2. Premium Option: Beachbody On Demand

The classic Beachbody brand dates back to the pre-Y2K era (1998), later releasing the Beachbody On Demand platform in 2015 after decades of surging success.

Known for its globally popular programs like P90X, T25, and Body Beast, a monthly BOD subscription provides you complete access to nearly every BB program ever!

That includes the works of Shaun T, Sagi Kalev, Joel Freeman, and none other than Tony Horton.

The platform features an impressive 1,500 workouts in total.

Yet, if you’re not up for an endless all-night scrolling session, just choose from one of the dozen featured categories to narrow the hunt— cardio, yoga, weight loss, and even “lean and sculpted.”

Beachbody On Demand’s logging features need some modernizing. Recording meals means literally snapping photos of them, and each program’s PDF files aren’t smartphone-friendly.

But the platform does spotlight a few features worth mentioning, like:

  • Access to a Beachbody “coach” for advice
  • The opportunity to download videos (or audio) to the apps “Downloads” folder
  • A default picture-in-picture setting if you venture away from the video
  • Adjustable video quality — up to 1080p Full HD
  • A “MOD” setting that streams a modified version of every exercise
  • Additional nutritional plans, though they do come with a price tag

For a reasonable price, you’re saving tons on programs that wow millions of Beachbody On Demand users each year. We’d say it’s well worth it, regardless of your fitness goals.

Pros:

  • For one flat monthly fee, you gain access to Beachbody’s entire collection (totaling huge savings if you were purchasing the DVD sets instead!).
  • A subscription earns you access to a Beachbody coach and platform groups.
  • There’s an option to download videos for offline viewing.
  • You’ll gain access to programs from Shaun T, Tony Horton, and more!
  • It offers plenty of variety, from yoga and dance to hypertrophy and fat loss.

Cons:

  • Although the name recognition and unlimited access to programs like Hammer & Chisel make it worth it, it’s quite a bit pricier than similar apps.
  • The water, meal, and supplement logging tools seem a bit too barebones; it doesn’t compare to in-depth nutritional apps like MyFitnessPal.
  • Most program materials are all in PDF form, making them mostly uneditable unless you save it to your Google Drive and log progress through there.

3. Budget Option: JEFIT

Budget option: jefit image

With over 50,000 5-star reviews on the Google Play Store and lauded as one of the best fitness apps by Men’s Health, JEFIT is our #1 budget option for those craving aesthetic gains.

The platform gives you near-unlimited access to 1,400+ user-made programs. And, with complete access to the exercise database, you can create and share your own routine with the community.

All that’s left is searching for the right program!

You can plug in your favorite routines to see if they’ve been uploaded. That includes the hottest strength and mass programs like StrongLifts 5×5, 5/3/1, and even GreySkull LP.

Or, choose a program that matches your goals (sport-specific, cutting) and weekly availability.

While you will hit a paywall to access JEFIT’s “Elite” programs, you will gather Iron Points for every workout you log, which you can then redeem for that coveted Elite access.

JEFIT is also the rare FREE goldmine if charts and graphs pique your interest. In addition to nifty features like exercise GIFs and automatically triggered rest timers, it’ll also calculate:

  • How much weight you lifted (total)
  • What percentage of your weekly workouts you dedicated to each muscle group
  • Muscle recovery rates for each grouping (know how much longer until your quads, shoulders, and other muscles return to 100%)
  • 1RM tracking for every exercise you finish
  • Body measurements, from weight and body fat to neck and calves

For a $0 app that lets you DIY your own workout and log some of your faves, JEFIT is definitely worth the storage space!

Pros:

  • You can track your 1RM and “weight lifted” progress on a weekly or monthly basis, allowing you to use these figures to adjust your routine as you see fit.
  • Unlike other platforms, you can design and share your own program (from your signature chest routine or your aesthetic trap workout).
  • There’s a muscle recovery tracker to guarantee you’re 100% by your next session.
  • It offers free access to the programs you know and love, like Phraks Greyskull LP.

Cons:

  • Anyone can upload a workout to the platform, so you’ll see quite a few doubles for routines like Greyskull LP or StrongLifts 5×5.
  • It doesn’t have the same star power as BodyFit or BOD.
  • In-depth analysis charts and personalized training plans are behind a paywall (though you can earn Iron Points to redeem an Elite membership).
  • There’s no nutritional focus whatsoever.

Top Picks for the Best Aesthetic Workout Apps

Editor’s Choice: BodyFit by Bodybuilding.com

  • The app allows you to track your sets, reps, weight, and effort scale for every exercise.
  • You can follow along with the most popular faces in the fitness industry, including Steve Cook and Jay Cutler.
  • It features over 3,000 exercises in a well-organized database.
  • Most routines come with easy-to-follow and insightful eating and nutritional plans.

All three of these Android and iPhone fitness apps can simplify the search for the perfect aesthetic routine. If you’re still undecided between the three, here’s some advice:

  1. BodyFit: For a user-friendly app featuring over 1,500 workouts targeting every imaginable fitness goal and training level
  1. Beachbody On Demand: If you’re willing to splurge a little more, appreciate the classics like Tony Horton’s P90X and Shaun T’s T25, and want some nutritional guidance
  1. JEFIT: The go-to choice if you want the basics and access to 1,400 routines (including the always-popular StrongLifts and 5×5) for $0

Or try ‘em all to discover your own personal favorite!

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