3 Virtual Training Apps to Help You Meet Your Fitness Goals

These workout companions are like having a personal trainer in your pocket.

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These workout companions are like having a personal trainer in your pocket.

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RUNKEEPER GO prescribes a personalized slim-down schedule—whether you hope to lose 5, 10 or more pounds—based on your fitness abilities, workout preferences and how many days a week you want to exercise. The program also gets tougher every seven days so you don't hit a plateau. It even takes weather into account (no need to bike in the rain!) and adjusts the plan if you need an extra rest day. Android and iOS, from $10 per month for platinum

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FITSTAR YOGA features more than 300 poses and tailors stress-relieving sequences to your desired intensity and duration, from 15 to 60 minutes. Led by renowned yogi Tara Stiles, each routine focuses on a body part (like hips and core) or theme (such as balance). After saying "namaste," rate your practice and FitStar will adjust the difficulty of your next workout to fit your skill level and keep you challenged. iOS, from $8 per month for premium

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PEAR SPORTS makes transitioning from couch potato to cardio junkie a cinch. Pro running coaches push you through longer slow jogs and speedy interval sessions, telling you when to pick it up or slow down so you stay in the ideal heart rate zones (just wear a monitor to accurately track your numbers). You'll also get tips on breathing, form and recovery along the way. As a supplement to your runs, Pear suggests stretches and strength exercises, complete with how-to videos. Android and iOS, from $4 per month for all access