GAME Plan: Freeletics.

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GAME PlanHey, Dragons! I am happy to announce that I have officially completed a full week with the Freeletics app. There are some good things about it and some things that I’m not as thrilled by, but overall I like the program. Most importantly, however, I’ve stuck to a full week of working out and am ready to charge into week 2 starting today.

Part of the motivation, as I mentioned last time, was I’m looking to pull off a cosplay for WonderCon in March. So, I’m trying hard to stick to a strong workout and diet plan. I’m doing this in stages. As I’ve said, gradual changes are often a lot more effective than changing everything at once, so I’ll admit, that my diet hasn’t been on point. But diet will be September’s focus. Right now, I’m trying to get used to a new workout regiment.

Another part of my motivation comes with going back to work. I have a new group of students and my homeroom will be competing in an Olympic-style competition in January. So, I told them that if they did their running during PE without complaining, I’d run the mile with them in January. So, that now gives me a second source of motivation to help keep me on track and focused.

Gradual Changes.

Sometimes, gradual changes don’t always seem gradual. Taking on the first week of Freeletics this week was a challenge. Going from sedentary to intense cardiovascular workouts 5 days a week is tough. The workouts were intense, but they were doable. Because I’m focusing on exercise, and not worring about adding diet yet, I’m more likely to stick with this new routine without getting overwhelmed.

So, what was Freeletics like? Well, I recommend going with the coaching paid program. Initially, I just tried the free version, but it didn’t give me a whole lot of direction. It gave me a pretty intense workout without any dynamic warm-ups or stretching. The paid version (which comes out to about $10 a month) gave me a fitness test and then laid out my workouts for the week. I chose the 5-day option, but you can start with as few as 3. The coaching program gives me my daily workout which includes a dynamic warm-up (which may shock the system of someone coming from something like P90 where the warm-ups are gentle stretches). It also provides a stretching routine at the end which made a big difference in how sore I was the next day.

The app shows you videos on how to do each movement, but I was on my own during the actual workout. I don’t mind it, but I think I would like a full warm-up and cool-down video. I think it would help me learn the movements a little faster. The other thing that I found to be a little disappointing is the app sometimes freezes. Considering one of the primary uses of the app is to track my times and use that data to generate the following week’s program, finding that the app has frozen is frustrating. I either needed to redo the workout or let the workout run and try to approximate the times I scored. So, it will be interesting to see how my second week goes since not all the data it gathered this past week is completely accurate.

I did like the feedback feature. You can let the app know how hard the workout was for you and then take notes to refer back to as you get further into the program. I also felt that the exercise program the app generated for me after my initial fitness test was pretty good. It was a little on the easier side, but it looks like it took that feedback and generated a slightly harder routine for this week.

At the end of the day, I was pretty happy with the Freeletics app. I’ll continue to weigh in on the app as I work through the routines and I’ll report out on how it seems to be working for me. Right now, though, it’s enough structure for me to stay accountable, but it has enough flexibility for me to be able to work it around my new schedule.

What are your goals for this week? Let me know! If you want to follow me on a more regular basis, if you need someone to be accountable to, or if you want to share your own journey, you can reply to this post or you can follow me on twitter @EpicGrays. Until next time, remember to #WorkOutNerdOut!

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