Review: Is Freeletics the best fitness app?
There are a ton of fitness apps out there but Freeletics has stood out among the crowd. Is it time you gave it a shot?
If you're trying to get yourself in shape, especially while traveling, an app could be the perfect companion for the road.
Instead of hiring a coach or personal trainer, you can just download an app that gives you workouts, keeps you accountable, and tracks your progress.
Freeletics has stood out for a few reasons but the fact that it's marketed as a bodyweight training program that can go anywhere meant it had to be tested by Fittest Travel. We're always looking for the best products for travelers - from jump ropes to protein bars.
So let's jump right in to our review of Freeletics.
Bodyweight - The Free One
Here's a rundown of what exactly Freeletics is. There are a few different apps that make up the Freeletics package - Bodyweight (the most popular one), Gym, Nutrition, and Running. For this review, we're going to stick to the one that I recommend most for travelers - bodyweight.
First, the free version. It's a fitness training program with 10-30 minute bodyweight workouts that require no equipment. There are over 900 workout variations and they cover all of your major muscle groups. It comes with tutorial videos to help you with exercises you don't know and to get the right form on them.
You'll get started by filling out the basic information about yourself - gender, fitness level, and goals. The home page is filled with exercise challenges that are posted every few days. One day it might be fifty push-ups, the next could be ten pull-ups. Some are really challenging, like ten one-arm push-ups. You can also comment on them and discuss with others your thoughts on the exercises.
There's also leaderboards for points, workouts, and running - perfect for anyone who loves some competition and gets motivated by getting their name up there. And of course, there's a dashboard for you to see your profile and monitor your progress. Plus, if you need accountability checks, Freeletics will send you notifications and reminders.
Jumping right into the workouts (pun intended - there are a lot of jumping jacks). They're high-intensity, circuit-style workouts, meaning you go from exercise to exercise without resting. Only at the end of a round do you get a few seconds to rest.
The first one I did was a burner. When I say burner, I mean specifically my abs. There were heavy doses of exercises that worked my abs and it left my midsection burning. This made me happy of course, because I started Freeletics in March - with every intention of getting a ripped core in time for summer. After my first workout, I felt confident that I had chosen wisely.
The first workout I did was called Prometheus and here's what it looked like:
30 Mountain Climbers
50 Jumping Jacks
30 Seconds Rest
20 Mountain Climbers
50 Jumping Jacks
30 Seconds Rest
10 Mountain Climbers
50 Jumping Jacks
Look at that workout! No only is it guaranteed to smoke you, but you can do it anywhere and with no equipment. That's why this app is perfect for travelers. You can also choose different variations of each workout based on your goal - endurance, standard, or strength. The one above is standard. The strength one includes the more difficult exercises like pistol squats and jackknives.
The exercises are demonstrated by a video as you do them, complete with a timer, and a progress bar to let you know how much work you still have left to do. At the end of the workout, your time is recorded, you can make any notes you wish to about the workout or the exercises, and you're awarded points.
With the free version of Freeletics, you choose your workouts. If you want a personalized training program, you can upgrade to The Coach.
The paid version is called "The Coach" and is a personalized digital trainer. It's a program developed for you based on your age, weight, goals, abilities, and availability.
Training and nutrition costs $3.35 a week, while training only costs $2.30 a week. With the purchase of either one, you'll get access to personalized training plans in the Bodyweight, Gym, and Running apps. You can choose a subscription period for three months, six months, or a year. Beware, it automatically renews.
Freeletics Pros and Cons
Easy to use app with great tracking software.
The workouts are effective and get progressively harder (they will adjust based on your feedback).
Coach (the paid version) is not expensive and can be considered a solid investment.
Time commitment is relatively small - the workouts are short but high intensity.
The free version provides over 900 workouts.
Perfect for anyone who travels frequently.
Not ideal for anyone looking to gain size and strength. Better suited for fat loss, conditioning, and endurance.
Freeletics is a great option for anyone who travels frequently and needs the assistance of an app to guide them along. Both the free version and the paid version will act as a digital personal trainer for you that travels with you - the paid version does that a bit better but the free one is great.
My recommendation is to try the free version for a few weeks. See how you feel about the exercises, workouts, and the app as a whole. If you like it, upgrade to the Coach and see how you do with it. Either way, Freeletics makes a great fitness companion for travelers and is the best fitness app for travelers that we've tested so far.
Are you interested in learning about other fitness apps that are great for traveling? Check out our picks for the best travel workout apps.
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