It is no secret that the market is saturated with all kinds of fitness and health apps - some good, some bad, some mediocre. If you want to get in shape and do not know where to start, an app is typically the go-to choice because it offers a quick and convenient way to start.
Among the many apps on the market, Freeletics stands out precisely because it offers many benefits and a unique training experience for the user. One program specifically gained our interest, bodyweight - which becomes very handy during these COVID-19 (lockdown) days.
To help you make the most informed decision, we have put together this quick review. Without further ado, let’s get started.
What is Freeletics and how does it work?
Freeletics is an all-in-one fitness app that asks questions, tracks your performance, and creates programs that suit your needs, wants, and goals.
Once you download and install the app, you are prompted to answer some basic questions about yourself. In doing that, you provide the app with actionable data to custom-tailor a plan for you. Typically, the items are along the lines of:
- What is your current fitness level on a scale of "not fit at all" to "really fit"?
- What are your top three fitness goals?
- What is your preferred training style - using your own body weight, running, or with a barbell and weights?
The questionnaire takes less than a minute to complete. By extension, the app also gathers data for the type of equipment you have available, if any. Once you go through the questionnaire, Freeletics provides you with different journeys to embark on. Each journey represents another training program you can start. Each typically takes between six and twelve weeks to complete.
You can learn more about each journey by clicking on them before choosing. If you later find that a program does not work well, you can change course and start over. Alternatively, if you enjoy a given journey a lot, you can repeat it once it’s done.
Freeletics Quality and choice of Workouts
The app is very well-built and intuitive – no surprise, it was also awarded the “Editors’ Choice” and “App of the Day” in both the Apple and Google Play Store. Also, the ratings are very positive, with 4.6 out of 5.0. But let’s have a look at the app itself.
Back to the app – as you first start using it, you feel that it tailors training programs to you and not the other way around. There are many workouts to choose from. There are over 900 workout variations, and they cover all your major muscle groups. The quality of workouts is good, and they are typically a mixture of strength and conditioning work. Activities also come with built-in warm-up sequences, an active cooldown portion, and progression. You will be able to try different options until you find what you enjoy best.
The interface of Freeletics is clean and straightforward to use, and all you need to do is tap the screen. You are then presented with a video demo of each movement and have the option to follow along for the recommended number of reps. And their video tutorials become very handy to help you with exercises you do not know yet and get the instruction on the right form.
How to get started with Freeletics
Getting started with either of the apps is relatively simple. Go to their site or download it from your app store of choice. Answer some necessary inquiries (sex, fitness level, etc.) and complete your registration.
After that, answer a few extra questions and allow the app to formulate different journeys for you. Then, read about each and pick the one you think would suit you best.
In essence, the Freeletics app is straightforward to use, and you can get started with it in just a few minutes. Most of the plans are well-suited for people with little experience and do not have access to much training equipment. You might want to pay extra attention to the execution to avoid injuries.
Is Freeletics free?
You can download the app and register your account. You can also answer questions about yourself and access a list of exercises with short video demos for free. But, if you want to move forward with a training journey, you need to pay for a subscription. The annual cost is EUR 79.99.
There is also a nutritional version of the Freeletics app that offers meal plans, recipes, tips, and more. You can register for free, but it also offers a paid subscription model if you want full access. This version also costs EUR 79.99 annually.
A hybrid training and nutrition plan comes out to be about EUR 120 per year, basically a 20% saving. You can choose a subscription period for three (3) months, six (6) months, or a year. Beware, it automatically renews.
Our thoughts on the App
So, how effective is Freeletics? If you take the plan seriously and follow the app’s instructions, it will help you get in shape. It is highly customizable and really is almost like having a virtual personal trainer. The app is also relatively flexible. You can adjust your training from week to week (or day to day), depending on your schedule and life stressors. Freeletics might be better for endurance than strength, though.
Is Freeletics something for you? If you mostly care about general fitness, working out at home or while traveling, this might be something you want to test. Also, Fitbod could be an exciting app to check-out - we will post our review shortly.