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Freeletics Journal Part 3 – Why Good Workout Plans are Critical

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The Importance of a Plan

Good workout plans are crucial to getting or keeping fit and hitting goals. A vague idea of ‘I’d like to be fitter’ is a good start, but won’t get you anywhere alone. You need something to aim for, a way of seeing progress from week to week. This is where Freeletics really excels. Let’s take pistols (a kind of one-legged squat) and one of the features of Freeletics – ‘Stars’ – awarded for good form as an example.

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That’s the proper way to do a pistol.
Yes, he’s better than me.


I don’t care how fit you are, pistols are a bastard. Especially 50 of them. Three times. Because I’d ‘mastered’ the technique (in last week’s program I practised the move and ticked it off on my ‘can do’ list) it was now eligible to be thrown at me as an exercise. And so it was, and so I did.

It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t nice. The sight of a grown man attempting to crouch down using only the strength of one leg, one hundred and fifty times, is probably quite disturbing. And certainly comical.

Needless to say, I didn’t get my star.

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The greyed out little star in the bottom left hand corner stays forlorn, lonely and colourless if you don’t click it. Complete your reps properly and it’ll turn a lovely gold colour…

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In Freeletics you award yourself with a ‘Star Version’ whenever you get a workout or set of exercises exactly right. It’s there to encourage you to focus on technique and perform your reps properly, as well as making sure you don’t skip any out and therefore don’t reach the prescribed amount, detracting from your gains. It’s a simple but effective system.

You can cheat of course, but why would you? It makes it tougher, sure, but if you’re committed to Freeletics and really getting in shape, then you’re going to be pushing yourself. Use the star for what it’s there for – to smash it! You’re the one who benefits at the end of the day.

The Benefits of Freeletics

I have to admit that I’m liking Freeletics more and more every day. As we mentioned in our full review, it’s really professionally laid out and very easy to use. The video explanations are of a very high quality and make it clear what you need to do to get an exercise right. When combined with seemingly small features such as Stars, you begin to see that Freeletics is really a very well refined system with a hell of a lot going for it.

The Coach seems to get the workout plans right each time too – they certainly get harder every week – but they’re always doable. You’ll struggle, you’ll push, you’ll wanna kill the Coach, but you’ll do them. And you’ll get fitter and stronger as you go. The benefits really start to rack up – you can do more reps, you can do more reps more often and your time needed to recover really starts to decrease. If you’re serious about getting fit then Freeletics will walk (and push, and run) with you every step of the way.

Final Thoughts

This (for now at least) is going to be the end of our Freeletics coverage. We’re convinced it works (the results we’re seeing are amazing!) and both Howie and I plan to keep using it in our fitness challenge. But there are so many apps and regimes out there clamouring for our attention that we’ve decided to try as many different ones out as possible in our quest to be the fittest we’ve ever been.

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  1. This is great! I love that you point out the importance of having a plan, rather than just saying that you need one! You’re so right! Thanks!

    1. Thanks Cailee, yes it absolutely helps! You’re very welcome, of course 🙂

  2. I appreciate the ongoing review! You’ve definitely persuaded me to give this at least a try.

    1. You’re welcome Danny! I think freeletics is worth a shot, but it definitely requires a lot of will power. Good luck 🙂
      Funny story: Last year I ran a 5km race in 19:50, this year in 20:22. Last year I trained with freeletics, this year I trained “properly” going for a run about 3 times a week. In both races I went to the limit and it looks that freeletics is a better stamina builder than jogging when it comes to short races. No surprise actually.

  3. Is the workout tougher (per day basis), if you switch to 3day workout? (Vs part2 of your article- 4day work out)

    1. Hi Benson, I don’t exactly understand your question, sorry!
      You can vary the workout frequency. A “workout week” only finishes as soon as you did all workouts appointed. 🙂

      1. I believe Benson meant to ask if by chosing 3 workouts per week instead of 4, your workouts getting tougher and harder to complete.


        1. Right, got it! Yep, that’s exactly right – fewer workouts = harder workouts. As an extreme example if you choose just one day a week it’ll be a killer routine, whereas seven a week would be much easier and softer (though knowing Freelectics, would still test you 😉 ). Thanks Kuba!

    2. Hi Benson, have just answered your question in Kuba’s comment below. Good luck!

  4. Hi, just curious, but in case you want to stop using the app, is there a contract or do you just stop paying for the coach?
    Loved your review and I’m really motivated to try this ! 🙂

    1. Hi Maria, yes if you take the paid plan then you’ll have to cancel the subscription. You can normally buy either 3 month, 6 month or yearly subscriptions, so I expect you’ll have to cancel in advance then keep paying until the end of your subscription. I hope that helps. And thank you, I’m really pleased you enjoyed the review and I’m happy the motivation is there for you! There’s no doubt, if you’re consistent, Freeletics will help deliver some fantastic results 🙂

  5. Thank you guys for this journey review 🙂
    How about your nutrition plan during “workout week”? Should I buy Nutrition Coach if I don’t have much time for cooking?

    1. Hi Hoang, while I don’t think the nutrition plan is an absolute necessity, we really do recommend paying attention to what you’re cooking/eating during your workout weeks – it will greatly improve results. Before you take that route I’d recommend our muscle building meal plan (it’s free) over here:

      I think that could be a good place to start. Thanks for reading!

  6. Thanks for the review. I want to give Freeletics a try. I was just wondering why it has about 15 million downloads and very few reviews or before and after pics that are not sponsored.
    I did my first workout and my entire body aches 2 days later so I assume that it means that it did something. Its just that I keep thinking if it is so good then why aren’t more people talking about it? I would hate to go to all that trouble to do a program that doesn’t work…. Any thoughts?

    1. Hi Nicole! Glad you enjoyed the review, and very good questions. I will answer with complete honesty. If you can stick with the programme, I’m certain nearly anyone will get HUGE results. Even now, three years laters, I struggle to get back the peak fitness I had with Freeletics. And I do plenty of running and weights, but nothing has challenged me quite in the same way as Freeletics. However, I have a feeling the regime could also be part of the problem. It just gets so tough that many people drop out. When you use the dynamic coach, it always adapts to your current fitness – there is no real let up – it pushes you harder and harder every week. It really is strenuous, and I think after several weeks many people just think ‘nope, not today’ and that’s it. That being said, if you can stick with it, be consistent (and get a LOT of sleep) you can see some amazing results. I hope that helps 🙂

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