Complete Guide on Fitness & Wellness App Development in 2022

Complete Guide on Fitness & Wellness App Development in 2022

iOS App Development

As per one survey by consumer trends, 59% of gym goers are not going back after the pandemic is over. Some gyms and gym chains might see a permanent shutting of business. The major factor driving this reluctance to rejoin gyms even after the Covid pandemic is over is the increased adaptation of home gyms combined with online classes and fitness apps. Some users are also concerned with hygiene factors and will prefer to workout at home only to avoid crowds and sweaty conditions prevalent in most gyms.

If you are a gym owner, the trends are indicating tough times ahead for your business. To stay relevant and still attract customers, you need to develop your own fitness & wellness app with unique features and an unbeatable user experience. Much as some time ago, people used to go to arcades to play video games in malls, now with Xbox and Play stations, people play video games at home. IF the reluctance to rejoin Gyms continues, the same fate awaits in person Gyms.

Another factor that is driving the trends to towards fitness & wellness apps development is that people are extremely busy these days and can’t spare a dedicated time every day to go to a gym and work out. Many are business professionals who are constantly traveling or busy with work. For such people, on demand fitness apps can provide a workout with the help of fitness experts and customized fitness regimes, exercise schedules and other fitness features that can keep them fit without going to the gym.

Gym App Development Features

Now that the importance of fitness apps development is clear, what kind of app should be developed? What kind of features it should have and how can it be developed?

These are some of the major questions on the mind of every fitness entrepreneur looking to develop his/her own fitness app. While each app development requirement is different and is conditional to the particular needs and vision of the fitness entrepreneur.

Major Features of Fitness App

User Features

Login Features with Social Media Integration: Additional features such as forgot password and fingerprint, Mpin based instant logins.

User Profile: Customized user profile with name, avatars, gallery, personal details such as address & phone number.

Social Connections: Ability to connect with other users on the app for instant communication through chat programs and ability to attend fitness classes together.

Virtual Rooms: With virtual rooms, user can add their friends and family and attend fitness classes together of a particular type and from chosen fitness instructors. Allowing users to feel connected to their friends and family like they would inside an offline gym.

Fitness Levels: Some users might be beginning, some might be intermediate and others might be experts. With different user levels, the app needs to provide relevant expert advice, suggestions of trainers and fitness and exercise related advice and programs.

Customizable User Interface: As soon as the user logs in, he should be able to see details of his previous workout, details about his upcoming workout, his booked sessions with personal trainers and fitness experts, daily diet advise, tracking of his exercise regimen and the ability to add or remove modules as per the user’s preference.

Feedback: The user can submit feedback about the app, particular fitness instructors and about exercise programs and regimens. It would be equivalent to reviews section in E-commerce sites.

Goal Tracker: With a built in goal tracker, the user can track his/her fitness goals such as weight loss, muscle mass gained, attendance of fitness classes and various other fitness based parameters can be measured and tracked by the user and can be tracked with his/her personal trainer.

What’s Happening Section: This section will be similar to the feeds section in most social platforms. Other users, fitness instructors, the Gyms can provide timely updates about all sorts of topics to keep the users engaged and motivated.

Live Sessions: The users should be able to join live sessions by fitness experts. Push notifications can provide updates to the users about the sessions. Users can play, pause or leave or rejoin a live session.

Prerecorded Sessions: Users can record prerecorded fitness sessions by experts. This feature will be especially useful for new users looking to get oriented.

Supplements and Instruments Store: Authorized sellers can sell fitness equipment and supplements to the users.

Diet Planner: The user can access the latest diet planner as per his/her requirements and after providing inputs such as height, BMI, intended goals etc.

Admin Features

Admin Login: Which will be separate from the user logins. Many features will be the same such as forgot password.

Dashboard: The admin dashboard will update the admin about all the activities, users, sessions and critical issues of the app.

Managing User Profiles: The admin should be able to add/remove or edit users as per their subscriptions and preferences.

Revenue Dashboard: The admin should be able to see the revenue generated on the app with breakdowns for periods, users, trainers and other segments as per need.

User Stats: Admin can have access to user stats such as sessions performed, time online, program in which the user is enrolled and other types of granular data to better market and understand user behavior.

Other Features

The fitness app should be able to integrate with payment providers such as Stripe & Paypal or the app developer should provide a custom payment processing gateway.

The technology stack used for the app needs to be diverse, robust and cross platform so that users from both Android and iOS world can be served.

Hardware Integration

The app should be able to provide integration with wearable apps and fitness devices and should be able to track and monitor using monitoring devices such as oximeters and exercise equipment.

Fitness entrepreneurs can utilize IOT apps development to make sure that their app can perform IOT functions and provides better user experience.

Costs, NDA & Timeline

With expert developers at our helm, we usually deliver such apps within 8-10 weeks. Most clients also demand some custom features on top of the built app which increases the timeline.

We strictly follow NDA guidelines and all communication, app development and app code is under strict NDA so that your idea is secure with us and safe from your competition discovering it.

For pricing, there are multiple models which can influence the final cost and the speed at which the development can happen. With pay as you go model, the app development will be broken into major milestones and you will only have to pay once each milestone is completed with your satisfaction. For ongoing work, you can hire a dedicated team and assign them tasks. You will be charged as per their time.

Source Code Ownership

Most business owners will consider app and websites a part of their business assets and would like to have complete control and total IP rights over it. We provide complete source code and IP rights after the app is developed so you can be rest assured about its ownership.


If you are looking for fitness & wellness apps development and want to hire fitness app developers, do drop us a line below. We will be able to guide you better. All communication will be completely secure and confidential and bound by NDA.

Posted on January 7, 2021 by Keyur Patel
Keyur Patel