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.
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.
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.
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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