Updated: May 16
Founded in 2013 by a German fitness enthusiast and entrepreneur named Daniel Sobhani. Freeletics app currently has over 36 million active users worldwide. In this Freeletics review, you’ll find out what is Freeletics and how they are different from everybody else!
What Is Freeletics?
Freeletics is a workout app that is based on AI-powered adaptive coaching. So once you start training with the Freeletics app, an AI coach will create your custom program, track your progress and adjust it if needed.
The app uses a feedback loop to adapt the training program for your maximum results.
Don’t let the name FREEletics fool ya, they’re not actually free. Indeed, few workouts will be but that's just to get you familiar with their layout and UI. Many apps use the free trial approach and if it would not be for the trials, I would have not found Sworkit.
Freeletics is a workout app that is based on AI-powered adaptive coaching.
Without upgrading to premium membership you won’t be able to properly use the app and their famous AI coach. The free version gives you only access to 3 of their “signature workouts” which might even scare you off because of the intensity level.
When it comes to the actual Freeletics cost, they don’t really make the pricing clear so I had to look up the charge online. Basically, they have 3 types of subscriptions:
The Training Coach subscription;
The Nutrition Coach subscription;
The Training & Nutrition bundle.
Each one is either 3 months, 6 months or 12 months long. The prices differ from country to country due to the currency change. Also, in some countries like the US as an example, the app has fixed rates - $11.99 a month or $74.99 a year for the first two subscriptions.
Obviously, the third bundle is the most expensive, besides you need to download a separate app to access their nutrition plan (more on that later).
What Do You Get For the Price?
Freeletics paid subscription gives access to their AI coach and puts you through a physical test to determine your current fitness level. After that, your AI coach will create your custom training program and start tracking your progress. After every workout, you’ll have to rate the difficulty level, hence this will modify your next workout.
First, you have to set a goal. Choose one of the 3 goals:
Workout programs vary between 6, 8 or 12 weeks long. Here I would also like to note that even though Freeletics claims to use bodyweight only, my program needed a pull-up bar, barbell, and rack & bench so it was not entirely weights-free (for bodyweight workouts see apps like Asana Rebel or Johnson & Johnson 7-Minute Workouts).
All workouts are HIIT-based, done at a maximum pace so you will increase your endurance for sure. The length also varies depending on how fast you’re doing your reps, it can be anything from 30 minutes to an hour.
You choose how many days you want to train and note down if you have any physical limitations or if you want to incorporate sprints or runs into your training program.
They also have a weird feature that I don’t really understand – it’s a single exercise interval. As an example, you’re doing 20 push-ups or 10 archer Pull-ups and nothing else. My guess is, this is for people who want to work on their form or do extra stuff outside the training program.
Freeletics Meal Plan
You have to download a separate app to get access to the nutrition plan (use your existing login details to access it). Depending on your subscription, either it will cost you extra or it will be included in the price if you went with the bundle.
Freeletics meal plan is created simply by following the "eating clean" principle. It’s also tailored to your goals, parameters, and preferences. So it's suitable for those who want to lose weight, gain mass or simply eat healthy.
Every meal displays cooking instructions, ingredients, total calories and cooking time. My favorite bit – you’ll see your protein, carb and fat intake with every meal. No need to combine it with apps like myFitnessPal to see results. And because they have so many recipes, you can also add filters to find meals fast.
Alternatively, if you want to incorporate clean eating but don't want to get the Freletics Nutrition app then I would suggest either Amazing Grass or Ladder production. All items are made out of high-quality organic ingredients so it will be a nice alternative for your start.
Freeletics Review: Pros
It’s a unisex app with digital AI coaching and feedback looping;
Custom workout programs tailored to your fitness level and goals;
Bodyweight workouts so you can do those from home;
Freeletics has a nice community where you can share results, get motivated and meet people;
Good blog section about different diet myths and fitness tips;
Ability to sync data with HealthKit and Apple Health;
Clear instructions on how to do each move but these must be looked up before the routine;
Freeletics also give low impact modifications and exercise alternatives;
Fabricated or not, Freeletics presents real-life stories and shares success from others;
Flexible and comprehensive nutrition app.
Freeletics Review: Cons
Not really suited for muscle building as the workouts have no progressions;
You’re restricted by your endurance;
Freeletics motivates you to beat your previous time and always compete with the time. I see this as a con because it is about the form, not speed. Besides, it increases the chance of injury;
Freeletics struggles with serious refund policy issues, people are not getting their money back;
No warm-ups or cool-downs included;
No music too. The workouts soon can get boring;
A bit expensive considering that other apps are offering the same for less money.
Final Thoughts on Freeletics App
So who finds Freeletics suitable? Personally, I see this fitness app used by intermediates/advanced who want to stay in shape. Freeletics is great for increasing your cardio endurance but not as great for building muscle or welcoming a complete beginner.
Let me explain – Freeletics claims that it’s suitable for “all fitness levels”, however it feels like this app is meant for an amateur athlete or fitness enthusiast.
You see, fitness enthusiasts have no problem with keeping themselves motivated and pushing them with each workout. The attitude is there!
But let’s be honest here – beginners are not aiming to beat the world record on their first workout. They need a supportive and interactive start, which I don’t think Freeletics provide. Here, it’s all about pushing and beating your previous result.
Go with Freeletics if a custom workout plan and adaptation are important for you.
Personally, I didn’t like that I have to compete with the time. It felt a bit.. dry but this is purely subjective. Others might like the German discipline.
They do try to make it interactive though. For instance, the community feature allows you to locate nearby spots where you can train for free and meet other Freeletics users.
If you look at other apps, Nike Training Club uses the same feedback loops to adjust your next workout (besides, it’s free). The only difference is that Freeletics app is more personalized and takes into consideration your fitness goal. Meanwhile, Nike’s main goal is getting people stronger, not skinnier, leaner or whatever. So go with Freeletics if a custom workout plan and adaptation are important for you.
Alternatively, BodyBoss might be similar to Freeletics with printed guides available for non-fitness app users.
The AI coach is working in thresholds so it won’t be 100% customized for you specifically. It will put you in whichever level he thinks you belong so don’t be surprised that your fit buddy gets the same program as you;
If you’re 50+ and looking for Senior Workouts, go with apps like Sworkit;
If you love Freeletics but now are looking to build muscle then Freeletics also has a gym version - same principle, only with weights;
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