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How Much Does It Cost to Make a Fitness App

How much does it cost to make a fitness app? A very common question!

Building a fitness mobile app could cost between a few thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

To be honest, low prices and high quality are what personal trainers and fitness instructors are looking for, whether you’re from the USA, Canada orUnited Kingdom. We are aware of that because we develop iOS fitness applications for individual, small and big companies all over the world.

This article will take you through the process and the cost of creating your fitness app from scratch, so you can make sure you don’t make critical mistakes along the way.

I obtained my Ph.D. in Computer Science in September 2015. Since then, I worked as a professor and researcher at the Higher Institute of Marine fisheries in Agadir, Morocco. I am also a co-founder of IntensifyStudio, the leading mobile app design, and development company focused on building applications for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. We help small and big companies create their own apps with very small budget and also help them grow their business and reach people all over the world.

Technology is clearly starting to pushing us to be healthier and fitter, some apps are even trying to replace the personal trainer or the gym entirely. In fact, there is plenty of personal trainers model that have been able to give up the day job when they create their amazing fitness app. Some of the most popular fitness apps like Runtastic Results, FitStar and Fitness Buddy have made millions in the App Store.

The idea behind this big transition from real personal trainer to personal training app is pretty simple: while personal trainers can create a safe and effective workout, they can be expensive and sometimes inconvenient. A fitness app, though, can travel where you are and is relatively inexpensive.

To find the budget to create a fitness app, let’s look at a few of the main factors that influence the cost of the fitness app development.

  1. The Price Depends On “Features”

The features of your fitness app determine the final cost. One the best ways to start defining what you need to build your fitness app is to list your features in order of priority and list them for what needs to be built now and which features could be done in the future.

Here’s an example of the Runtastic Results fitness app broken down into features by priority:

Fitness app idea:

– We’re looking to design and develop a fitness app similar to Runtastic Results to help people get in shape and transform the client’s iOS device into a personal trainer.

Main Features:

– A screen to help people get started

– A way to add workout videos

– A way to add step-by-step instructional videos that demonstrate proper and safe execution of each exercise.

– A way to view a Health & Nutrition Guide: Weekly healthy nutrition and lifestyle tips to maximize the client’s results.

– A way to view progress pics Keep track the client’s transformation by taking progress pics.

Additional Features:

– A way to share the client’s results on social media to motivate others.

– A way to view a Health & Nutrition Guide: Weekly healthy nutrition and lifestyle tips to maximize the client’s results.

– Upload activity data like duration and burned calories to Apple Health.

The most important features (main features) are the ones needed for the product to be most useful, and “additional features” are the ones that wouldn’t break the core function of the product. 

Based on the priority list of features, and the fact that the price depends on the number of features set on the fitness app, you can decide what to include and what to leave out based on your budget. So, rather than building all the aforementioned features, you could create the first version of your fitness app without the “additional features”.

2. The Price Depends On “Stage”

The stage of your fitness app could have a substantial impact on the cost to build your app. At the first time, you can build your fitness app as a Minimum Viable Product to test the market and to see if your app concept matches your target audience.

The cost needed to make this Minimum Viable Product could be much less compared to if you are building a fitness app that you want to be featured in the App Store

If you spent more time designing an unproven app concept and released a few months later, a large chunk of time and resources could have gone to waste. That’s why you could focus on fewer features because it is more important to test if your core set of unproven features would be interesting enough to stick.

Although the initial version of your fitness app will don’t look as good as it could have, it will be built as a test. If you’re looking to prove a market exists you don’t need to focus too early on “Additional Features” elements that could cost you in time and money.

However, if you have a good feel for the core features your customers need, then spending time designing an experience that people enjoy, could be a much higher priority.

3. The Price Depends On “Complexity”

The technical complexity and uncertainty of the fitness app features will increase the cost required to build your app.

If you’re building a fitness app that requires a feed or social search similar to Runtastic Results that’s based on complex algorithms, the cost to build this feature would be much more than building a simpler feed.

Also, the complexity of your app depends on the number and the kind of devices. For iOS app, it should ideally be compatible with the latest and the previous versions of iPhone and support the latest and previous iOS versions.

More devices will mean more time spent on adapting the application for various screen sizes. However, if you choose to support only the iPhone devices, this won’t affect the fitness app creation cost as much.

In a fitness app industry, there are some app templates that allow a personal trainer or fitness instructor create their own fitness app in few minutes and without hassle. These fitness app templates vary dramatically from non-native fitness app (cheaper and source code using HTML with poor UI/UX) to native fitness app with great UI/UX like EsyFit and FitYo.

In conclusion, it’s not so easy to answer the question of how much it costs to make a fitness app because there’s a big range depending on your unique situation and how much money and time you have.

Finally, you should believe in yourself, and enlist the help of professional developers who can turn your fitness app into a reality that will change both the personal trainer industry and the lives of the consumers.

Ayoub Tamim
SEO and Online Marketer

Received his PhD in Computer Science from the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science (INRIA).