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The Best Social Fitness Apps to Work Out With Friends

Emma Roth Updated 15-06-2020

Over and over again, research has shown that one of the best ways to stick to your workout routine is by involving other people. Having friends, family members, or complete strangers encourage you as you work out can help you meet your goals, and even exceed them.

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Social fitness apps are one of the best ways to do this, but you need to find the one that works best for you. So, in this article, we’ve listed the best social fitness apps to work out with friends. You’re bound to find one that helps you achieve your fitness goals.

1. Fitbit

Fitbit is one of the most widely-used social fitness apps. Most users pair it with their favorite Fitbit tracker The Fitbit Comparison: Which Model Is Best for You? With so many Fitbit devices, it can be hard to choose one. Our Fitbit comparison will help you find the best Fitbit for you. Read More , as these trackers automatically log stats, such as steps taken, different activity levels, and stairs climbed.

However, you don’t technically have to own a Fitbit tracker to use the app, as most smartphones have a pedometer feature that Fitbit can use to track your steps. The only downside is that you’ll have to manually enter any other exercises you do.

Fitbit is also a great way to improve your fitness while competing against others. Once you connect with your friends and family on the app, you can compete to have the most steps during the week. Plus, Fitbit has plenty of fitness challenges to do with friends and family that will motivate you to get fit.

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On Fitbit’s Community page, you can join fitness groups that pertain to specific activities, like running, hiking, and swimming. People from all over the world can post images of their latest workouts, which should inspire you even more.

Download: Fitbit for Android | iOS (Free, with premium version available)

2. Nike Run Club

Nike Run Club is packed with features that can improve your workout sessions. Not only does it track stats from your runs and encourage you to complete challenges, but it also has a coaching feature that leads you through a targeted program for specific race distances and running levels.

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The social aspect of the Nike Run Club app is integral to its design. It allows you to share the completion of your runs to the social media network of your choice. An in-app camera also lets you share photos without leaving the app. You can even get “cheers” from your Nike Run Club friends, which triggers a cheering sound that you’ll hear through your headphones.

If you want to connect with other runners in person, you can use the app to find and partake in nearby running events. The more you exercise, the more in-app achievements you’ll get to show off.

Nike Run Club is compatible with the Apple Watch, as well as Android wearables. That said, it’s definitely one of the best fitness apps for Apple Watch The Best Apple Watch Fitness and Workout Apps to Get You Healthy Wondering how to use your Apple Watch for fitness? Here are the best Apple Watch fitness and workout apps for staying healthy. Read More , and most Android fitness devices.

Download: Nike Run Club on Android | iOS (Free)

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3. PumpUp

Apps such as PumpUp are designed specifically for those who love talking about their workouts on social media. Although it’s marketed towards women, plenty of men use the app too. The app tracks your exercise, and lets you post photos with descriptions to share with your followers.

PumpUp’s interface resembles Instagram in both its appearance and functionality. You have access to the feed of people you follow, along with feeds for the latest and most popular posts. Most posts show a user’s progress, while others have to do with healthy eating. Either way, PumpUp can inspire you to get fit alongside the thousands of other users on the app.

PumpUp isn’t just all about sharing your ventures in fitness. It, additionally, helps you stay active while you connect, as it comes with a variety of guided workouts that you can try. Each workout has a specific theme. With full-body, high-intensity, strength-training, abs, and treadmill workouts at your disposal, you’ll likely find a routine that works for you.

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The premium version of the app gives you access to a larger selection of workouts, but it’s rather expensive. Despite this, PumpUp is still a great choice if you love using social media to connect, and are interested in sharing your fitness activities with like-minded groups.

Download: PumpUp for Android | iOS (Free, with premium version available)

4. Strava

Strava is another fantastic fitness-sharing app. Whether you enjoy running, biking, hiking, kayaking, doing yoga, or training at the gym, this app can track all of it. Strava even records your distance, pace, speed, and calories burned.

Want to get your friends and family involved in a group fitness app? Fortunately, you can simply add them to Strava from your Facebook friends list or phone contacts. After you complete a workout, you can post your stats on the app for all of your friends to see.

Strava gives you the chance to join and compete in challenges against your friends and family. In other words, this feature makes it a viable option if you’re looking for a workout app that keeps you and your friends accountable.

One of the best parts about Strava is its emphasis on local fitness activity. You can check out nearby running or biking routes that other Strava users have used, and try them for yourself. If you subscribe to the premium version of the app, you can actually see how your time ranks compared to the other users who have used that trail.

Download: Strava for Android| iOS (Free, with premium version available)

Which of These Social Fitness Apps Do You Use?

Social fitness apps have been improving rapidly, and will likely continue to get better. Whether you want to compete with your friend, local athletes, or people from around the world, the social aspect makes working out way more fun. The app you choose should depends on the kind of social connections that best fit your lifestyle and personality.

Most of these apps come equipped with workouts that you can do from home, but you might get bored of doing the same routine. If that’s the case, change it up with these body weight exercise apps The 7 Best Body Weight Exercise Apps for Fitness Anywhere You can get a great workout with just your body and your phone. These Android and iPhone apps help you exercise anywhere. Read More to help you get fit anywhere.

Related topics: Android Apps, Exercise, Fitness, Health, iOS Apps, Wearable Technology.

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  1. Susan
    May 15, 2017 at 11:27 am

    I use FITROCKR which allows to compete in fitness leagues.

  2. Steve Johnson
    October 30, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    I use an app called Outwork. I can post pics and keep track of everything I do.

  3. Steve Johnson
    October 30, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    I started using an app called Outwork - Fitness Community and Workout Finder. I use it to track my weight and daily caloric intake along with posting pics.

  4. Curtis
    June 19, 2016 at 2:03 am

    I tried just about every app and couldn't find one that simply logs workouts, and could connect to friends. I did finally find a website that looks and acts like an app on my phone, but they don't seem to have an app. Maybe that is a good thing because it doesn't take any space, but does anyone know of an app that is similar to [Broken URL Removed] where you can log workouts and connect to your friends? I don't want a bunch of videos, or any other garbage. Just a simple way to log my workouts and see my friends workouts.

    • Briallyn Smith
      July 19, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      Thanks for letting me know about this site, Curtis! PumpUp on this list might be the closest to what you are looking for that I can come up with off the top of my head?

    • Richard
      January 18, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      Curtis
      I saw a website but looks like they are implementing new features as the last time I used it was the beta test.
      It's called globofit.com I contacted them and have been told they are about to relaunch it and are working on iOS and Android app
      Perfect to connect to like minded people, create and store workouts
      Looks like the real deal and the promise for the fitness industry in 2017

  5. asdf
    May 11, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    the best ? go read all the comments on "Fitbit" its a shit app lol

  6. Marcus Davenport
    March 18, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    There's also TheFitlyApp! You can download it on IOS or Android once they launch in your city to find workout partners! It's a great way to network and meet new friends while keeping me motivated to go to the gym!

  7. Viktoria Buhtarevich
    January 19, 2016 at 9:51 am

    fitNshare for iOS would fit into the category "Apps that connect you to a community of strangers"

    • Briallyn Smith
      February 1, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      Thanks Viktoria! It's great to know about that one :)

  8. Anonymous
    September 26, 2015 at 11:33 am

    There´s also inKin - https://www.inkin.com/, where you can connect your device and compete with your friends and family even if they use a different tracker, very cool!

    • Briallyn Smith
      February 1, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      Belen, I'm so sorry I just saw this now - I love it! That's such a great idea - it's so frustrating to try and get everyone in a family or friend group to use the same tracker and this app totally solves that problem!

  9. Anonymous
    June 30, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    I think the only thing that all of these apps are missing is peer-to-peer communication. When it comes to fitness for me personally, I always work better when I'm physically with someone who shares the same goals as I do. I just started using this app called fitssi, and I feel so much better not having to check my phone midway through my workouts to see how many steps i've taken.

  10. M Regan
    May 18, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    All pretty awesome apps i must say. One that has tweaked my interest is Active-Mate! It looks like a cross between a Health and Fitness app and a Social Connection app. I think it may take off!!!

    • Briallyn
      May 19, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      Thanks so much for the suggestion! I'll be sure to check into that one - just from looking at its description, I love that it combines your geographic location with detailed profiles... what a great way to connect with similarly minded people :)

  11. Jessica
    May 5, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Map my Run (map my ride too) & my fitnesspal

    • Briallyn
      May 7, 2015 at 7:11 pm

      Great ones, Jessica! Myfitnesspal overlapped in so many of the categories I was looking at that I decided to leave it out – but it really is an app that does it all when it comes to fitness and healthy living!

  12. Dfunk
    May 3, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Fitocracy has to get my vote

    • Briallyn
      May 4, 2015 at 2:20 pm

      That's another great one!! Thanks for adding it to the list :)