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8 free fitness apps that can help you get in shape — and what they’re best for

If you're looking for a free fitness app that provides a good overall workout or can help you build up aerobic endurance, strength, or flexibility, here's what research indicates are the best choices.
Dick Costolo

Dick Costolo explains why he shut down his fitness startup after 8 months: ‘We were up against hard-wired human behavior’

The former Twitter CEO says his app was in conflict with a deep-seated human psychological phenomenon known as "abstinence violation effect."
POPiN launched in August.

This startup wants to solve 2 major problems with the gym business

The fitness app POPiN allows users to pay by the minute at eight participating gyms in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
We think POPiN could change the way people exercise.

I tried a new fitness app that charges you for every minute you spend at the gym — here’s what it’s like to use

We tried the new fitness app POPiN and think it could be very useful for people who don't want to pay for pricey gym memberships or day passes.

The founder and CEO of ClassPass is swapping roles with an investor who helped build the company

ClassPass founder Payal Kadakia is leaving her role as CEO to become executive chairman at the fitness startup.

These 12 health products actually changed our lives in 2016

These items shifted our view of some pretty important things — from what motivates us to be more active to the way we approach psychological wellbeing.

How the son of a McDonald’s manager built a franchise company that generates $1 billion in revenue

Anytime Fitness is one of the fastest-growing franchise companies of all time, and its new app combines fitness workouts with a affordable personal training.

My Fitness Pal now lets you book workout classes directly from the app

Under Armour's My Fitness Pal partners up with Mindbody, allowing users to book fitness classes through the app.

IBM’s Watson has been sending me weird but wonderful personalized fitness tips

I get a daily "insight" about myself from IBM Watson. Some of it is hilarious. Some of it is baffling. And a few of them are useful.

The 7 best science-backed fitness apps

These apps can seamlessly fit into your workout routine — or get you moving.