When you lead a busy, modern life, it’s not always possible to get to the same gym or do a specific workout in a specific place. Freeletics, a workout and fitness app, is like a coach in your pocket, helping you to get fit, lose weight, or build muscle wherever you go.
Workout plans to suit every body, goal, and wallet.
No matter where you’re starting, or where you want to go, Freeletics has a plan for you.
Freeletics is a workout and fitness app for Android phones. It provides a variety of workouts, plans, nutrition advice, and coaching to allow users to meet goals in terms of weight loss, fitness, or strength. The app downloads fast and, for an app that requires various points of information to configure your plan, it allows you to get started very quickly. You can sign up with an email address or by using Google or Facebook to log in. Freeletics asks a number of personal questions, like age, height and weight, but in the context of the app, they’re to be expected.
Freeletics’ first task is to set you a workout plan based on the information you provide. These plans, which run from 6 - 12 weeks, are part of the premium tier, so although you’ll be able to view your plan, you won’t actually be able to interact with it unless you buy premium membership. Even without subscribing, however, once you’ve seen the plan, you’ll be able to navigate away to explore the rest of the app.
The main view offers a traditional app interface. You navigate via the bottom bar, and you have 5 options. The Feed is a typical news feed. It offers various curated stories, changes frequently, and allows you to add and interact with other Freeletics users, of which there are 39 million. You’ll also be able to post to the feed and this feature offers the ability to simultaneously post to Instagram.
The training tab is where the workouts reside and where you’ll get the most value from the app if you have not subscribed to the premium tier. You’ll be able to browse and filter Freeletics’ free workouts, consult local training spots, and track runs, some of which are free. There’s also a nice feature called “Single Exercises”, which is like a glossary of exercises accompanied by a video of how to complete them effectively.
The Coach tab is the hub of the app’s paid features. Here you’ll find the workout that’s already been designed for you, as well as a variety of other workouts focussed on other goals, all of which are linked to a subscription. By subscribing you’ll also receive nutritional advice and feedback on your progress. They also offer a feature called “Quick Adapt”, which automatically adapts workouts if, for instance, you can’t use your usual space or equipment.
Finally, the bottom bar offers Profile and Notifications. Your profile is basic but completely standard. This section also houses the app settings, which are also pretty basic, but do allow you to connect the app to a variety of other apps, like Facebook, Google Fit, and Spotify. The Notifications feed will show you new information or alerts when they happen.
Freeletics is a great app, with something for everyone, even if you’re not subscribing to the premium tier. It looks good, is easy to use, and has loads of really nice features that will surely help your fitness game, like the Quick Adapt option and the Single Exercises section. Extensive video support means that almost anyone, in any situation, knows how to proceed, and the individual workouts are clearly explained, automatically timed, and easy to follow.
Where can you run this program?
Freeletics is for phones running Android 5 and up. It’s also available for other platforms, including online and iPhone.
Is there a better alternative?
There are dozens of alternatives to Freeletics, like Fitify, adidas Training, and Fitonomy. In general, fitness apps are divided by whether or not they offer paid options and, if they do, it’s generally because they offer personalized plans with feedback. Of the apps available that have both paid options and feedback, Fitify and Freeletics are pretty evenly matched. Freeletics offers a much larger app ecosystem with many more users but really focuses on HiiT, while Fitify offers a greater variety of workout types (in addition to some cool down/yoga ones) and has special features that allow you to make use of any fitness equipment you already have at home.
Freeletics is a great app, but is one in a very crowded category. It excels in ease-of-use and well-explained exercises, but focuses on HiiT and has relatively vague workouts (they’re called things like Athena and Morpheus and are classed by duration and difficulty). All users will undoubtedly be able to get something from the app, but when you try a competitor, you might find that it’s slightly more to your taste.
Should you download it?
Yes, if you’re new to online coaching and want to get fit - but aren’t too fussy about how you do it - Freeletics is a great place to start. If you’re more demanding about what your workouts consist of, or you want to mix up the intense with something more relaxed, you should start with Fitify or BodBot Personal Trainer.