In 2018 one of the co-founders Pedro Solá left his chief executive officer position due to sexual harassment and financial misconduct so that was a bit of a hit for the company (1).
Today, it has over 10m downloads and 133k reviews with a score of 4.5 stars. But how good is this fitness app? Let’s see!
How Does the App Work?
Their unique selling point remains the same: to create custom meals and workout plans for their users. Other apps in this category are Freeletics and BodBot (BodBot’s especially great if you have any previous injuries).
Overall, 8fit app reviews are good; people are seeing fast results and they’re loving the personalization. However, these good reviews come with some pretty strong complaints against their customer service and subscription policies.
8fit App Cost and Their Custom Workouts
Apparently, 8fit app has 2 versions, one is free (super basic) and the other one is a pro version with a personalized meal plan included. I could not manage to find the free version so I went with the pro. That costs $60 per year – no monthly option available and the whole yearly fee must be paid upfront (at least this is the case atm).
To customize your program, the first thing the 8fit app does is asks you a bunch of questions regarding your goals, gender, age, height, weight, current body fat, targeted body fat, and more. Once that’s done, your personalized workouts are created (the meal plan is created later).
You can either choose to lose weight, get fitter, or gain muscle mass. I went with the “lose weight program” that worked on reducing my calorie intake.
Get fitter is for people who are happy with their weight and just wanna maintain and/or slightly increase their progress.
Lastly, gain muscle program creates a calorie surplus, hence the workouts incorporate more weightlifting.
The workouts are held 6 times a week in short 8-12 minute long sessions (but the time can slightly change depending on how fast you’re doing the routine).
In the “loose weight program“, 8fit combines high-intensity workout elements like Reps, Tabata, Time-Interval, and Paleo Run-style training.
8fit asks you a bunch of questions regarding your goals, gender, age, height, weight, current body fat, targeted body fat and more.
So basically super short, intense intervals either based on time, like 20-sec active 10-sec rest, or repetition, like 12 squats then 6 mountain climbers and so on.
Similar to 8fit, Johnson & Johnson also does 7-minute short routines but here the app is free so it might be more suitable for those who are tight on budget.
8fit app also incorporates the “classes” section where you can target specific body parts like arms, glutes, core, or just full-body.
The best part is that 8fit app is one of the rare fitness apps which include warm-ups and cool-downs.
8fit App Meals
When creating your meal plan, 8fit allows you to list down your food & timing preferences.
The food plan will be then personalized to your goals, taste, and lifestyle. You can choose from:
Pescetarian (vegetarian + seafood);
Vegetarian (no meat or fish);
Vegan (no animal products);
Paleo (only meat, fish, nuts and veggies);
Custom (choose the ingredients you want).
The options are just never-ending: you can select foods you dislike, select recipes you want (like simple under 10 minutes), and so on.
You can even indicate how many meals per day you want and how different the food should be. A shout out to all gourmets who are looking to exercise!
The only app that can stand close to 8fit’s recipe selection is Asana Rebel so if you’re into yoga-based workouts, make sure to check out the app Here.
8fit recipes give you cooking instructions, and at the very top, you’ll have a shopping cart with all the products needed for the next coming days.
Because 8fit limited my calories, I had days with low energy levels. So to boost my energy levels and support immunity I used Immunity Booster powder from AmazingGrass with Vitamin C and tangerine (big fan of their production).
But for energy levels, I’ve heard good reviews about Cellucor Super HD Ultimate Powder which you can read more on Here.
8fit Review: Pros
Personalization is their biggest advantage for sure. Normally, fitness apps go with defaulted workouts & meal plans which are the same for all users (e.g. 30-Day Fitness Challenge). 8fit app tailors everything to your body parameters, height, weight, and fitness level;
It’s also highly adjustable and flexible. Change your meal plan, adjust the workout difficulty and even the overall custom program if needed (they use your feedback to improve your next workout);
Has a strong educational content – each move is explained via real-life demo and written instructions. 8fit app also produces interesting blog articles, lists down the importance of warm-ups & cools-downs and explains workouts before sessions. The red-thread goes through the entire 8fit app;
Interactive and easy user-interface. With so many tailoring as an option, they still managed to get it simple.
Good tracking. All activities outside the app count towards that day’s training.
8fit Review: Cons
Slightly buggy and slow. At moments, 8fit app crashes or the videos take a long time to load. You might end up feeling frustrated;
Poor customer service with long response times (rated by others);
The workouts are not really adjustable. The breaks in between are too short giving you no time to properly prepare for the next exercise. Seems that in order to make the workouts short, they have unnaturally squeezed in the intervals. This might be challenging for beginners (in that case try Workout for Women – it’s more beginner-friendly);
Also, workout scheduling is inefficient. You can schedule the next session only after a completed workout. This cannot be done a week in advance. And considering that something always comes up you might end up forgetting to exercise at all.
Who Will Like the 8fit App?
Their method is simple – stick to your custom program to see results and here are a couple of extra options to choose from in case you get bored. It’s like a small personal trainer in your pocket. On paper, it sounds too good to be true.
In reality, the 8fit app maybe is a bit too ambitious if you ask me. They have some serious bugging errors to resolve in order to make this a long-term fitness app for us. But considering that it’s an app, the bugs might be resolved already!
There’s nothing worse than ending up finishing your workout early simply because you’re too disappointed – this is not acceptable if we’re subscribing to it for a whole year.
That being said, I totally see the 8fit app as a great next step for beginners. Any fitness level will find something here as all workout difficulties can be adjusted.
The workouts, at least from the weight loss program, are feasible to do from home. You’ll also find a nice progression of them too.
The 8fit app has some unique features like sleep meditation sessions – that’s pretty cool (but still till this day I’m in love with Centr meditations).
My favorite part is its simple interface and the adjustable custom program. Easy navigation makes fitness apps that much more awesome!
8fit For Women Who Don’t Have Time
I recommend the 8fit app for people who are ready to change their food habits and want to progress. Even though, in my opinion, 9 minutes a day won’t be enough for you to see fast results, it’s still a good start, especially if you combine both: workouts and diet.
In reality, the 8fit app maybe is a bit too ambitious if you ask me.
If you’re sitting at home and looking for a serious weight loss, you also might try BodyBoss (it has gained popularity as the “fast results giver” but I would not recommend it for a complete beginner though).
One last note from me, I question their estimation of calories burned during workouts. I sure don’t think that a beginner can burn 311 calories in 11 minutes.
For me, this is a huge credibility decreaser, but this is purely personal. To burn 300 calories, I must run at least 30 minutes, thus the last 5 would be probably sprinting. This is a bit misleading, to say the least..
Perhaps use something from Garmin’s Wearables to stay on top of your burned calories.
A Few Practical Tips if You Go With the 8fit App:
You’ll see results much faster if you combine workouts with clean eating (there’re even many theories saying that your results will depend on 80% diet and 20% workouts )(1);
To see progress over time, get yourself a smart scale – Renpho is good;
Eat a banana after a workout coz it’s a fast-acting carb that will top up your carb reserves and boost your energy levels back to normal. Not only you’ll control yourself better when entering the kitchen, but your body will get the well-deserved vitamins & minerals;
Try tightening up your belly and suck in your core when doing any of the exercises. It will improve your form and you’ll train your ab muscles with every move. You should always tense your core and not let your belly “hang” so to speak. A great product for the beginning can be fitness belts that hold your core in till you get used to the feeling.
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