If your goal is to get back in shape this year, you may want to consider a new and high-tech method rather than renewing your gym membership. There are tons of online options for getting the motivation and guidance you need to get in shape, including apps and web-based fitness platforms. CareDash spoke to the creators of some of the latest apps as well as longstanding successful fitness tech companies who want to prove to you that you don’t need a gym membership or to hire an expensive personal trainer to become your healthiest and fittest self. Here are seven fitness platforms you should try in 2017.

1. Jillian Michaels: The App

Have you ever wished you could have a celebrity trainer such as Jillian Michaels from The Biggest Loser? Now you can, right in your back pocket. Jillian’s new app offers users customized workouts with how-to videos from Jillian, expert guidance, and motivation, as well as healthy meal plans with recipes.

“One of the best things about my app is that it is fully customizable,” said Jillian. “The app also has a workout generator, that allows you to have me customize your workout. You can choose your fitness level, the body parts you want to train, and how long you want to train for and  I create a workout for you based on your goals.  And, it’s completely interactive, so you can swap out exercises to personalize your workout.”

2. FitFusion 

If working out on a phone or tablet app isn’t right for you, but you still want to train with Jillian Michaels, you can check out her web-based fitness site, FitFusion. Designed for users of any level and multiple fitness interests, FitFusion gives users access to training in all kinds of workouts, including yoga, boot camp, Pilates, dance, barre, weight lifting, calisthenics, HIIT, kickboxing, indoor cycling, pre and postnatal and more.

“It is impossible to pick my favorite workout on FitFusion because I like variety in my fitness and that is exactly what it provides,” Jillian told us.

Franklin’s iBodyFit - Personal Training Site

3. iBodyFit

Another highly rated option for home fitness buffs is the personal training site, iBodyFit. Founder Franklin Antoian said of his service, “We offer custom online workouts, as well as pre-made plans for any age group, fitness level, any occasion (think wedding or reunion) workouts using any type of equipment, diets, advice, and feedback via email, social media, and phone & more.” Franklin Antolian is one of Shape Magazine's Top 50 Trainers in America.

With iBodyFit, your fitness routines will be designed around the equipment that you already have, such as dumbbells, bands, exercise balls, or just your body weight.

4. Fitlandia 

Fitlandia is a holistic, online fitness platform supports people who want to make a permanent healthy lifestyle change. With a Fitlandia membership, you’ll have access to nutritional support and education, such as food guides, meal plans, and webinars, as well as over 450 full-length customizable workout videos. There’s also a community forum for users to engage with other members, which is moderated by nutritional therapists.

Fitlandia supports repeat dieters who have struggled to make their healthy behavior choices stick for life by providing different Mind Zoning® audio recordings that “help people create new neural pathways in the brain, so they don’t revert to an old lifestyle,” according to the company’s CEO and founder, Christa King. Additionally, Fitlandia offers a standalone Mind Zoning app giving users access to the recordings, “which can help people create new healthy patterns faster by tapping into the subconscious mind, which is where 90% of behavior comes from.”

5. Freeletics 

The #1 fitness app in Europe, Freeletics,  has made its way to the U.S. The app adapts to each user's performance, by algorithmically utilizing machine learning and artificial intelligence. The in-app coach learns your preferences and limitations and recognizes when you're ready to progress, or notices patterns of behavior that can become harmful. For example, it will know if you’re doing one particular exercise too many times, and help prevent you from over-training or injuring yourself.

The founders of Freeletics – Andrej Matijczak, Joshua Cornelius, and Mehmet Yilmaz – share not only a passion for health and sports but also a common vision. They strongly believe that every individual in the world has the potential to shape their lives, reach their goals and become the greatest version of themselves. They are also convinced that a high level of physical and mental strength plays a decisive role in this process: training the body also trains the mind.

6. Bvddy 

Bvddy is a social app that connects people through their shared love of sports. It’s a smart sport-matching service based on geolocation, sports interest, and skill level. At age 24, former pro tennis player Pedro Ast created Bvddy “to fill the specific niche of people who’ve loved playing sports through high school and college as an alternative to working out in the gym to continue to do so.”

You can download Bvddy to find others who interested in meeting up to play nearly 70 different sports and athletic activities ranging from tennis and basketball to paintball and rock climbing. The app also allows you to schedule times, set locations, organize team events, and more.

7. Stealth Core Trainer 

Meet the Stealth Core Trainer, a gaming system that turns core workouts into a mobile video game by using your body as the joystick. This app-plus-equipment combo consists of balance board that rotates with your body and holds your phone, which displays the in-app fitness game. You can play interactively with others or by yourself, and to keep things interesting, no two games are the same.Stealth Core Trainer is the brainchild Howie Panes who previously created the successful NRG ball and Don Brown, the inventor of the original Ab Roller.

One of the highlights of Stealth Core Trainer is its ability to provide fun and fast but powerful workouts. "Short and simple 1-3 minute no sweat workouts can be just as effective as hour-long sessions at the gym. For anyone with a busy schedule, I recommend fitting fitness into your day with simple 1-3 minute NO SWEAT workouts,” said Don Brown. Although it’s not quite available yet, this crowdfunded fitness game is coming out in the Summer of 2017 and you can pre-order it now.

Have you tried any of these fitness apps or online training services yet? Share your favorite technological fitness platform in the comments below!