Fitbod or Freeletics? Which of these two fitness apps is going to be better for those looking to make exercise a part of their lifestyle? Sometimes, online programs can be a bit dull, but these apps offer some of the best features that other apps don’t.
So let’s see which is better: Fitbod vs Freeletics.
What is Fitbod?
Fitbod is the typical online workout app that can be used to help you track, customize, create, and schedule workouts based on your own preference or fitness level.
Included in the app are some nifty features, such as:
- A complete workout builder (with a large list of specific exercises)
- A ‘recovery tracker’
- A full training log that records your training session
- A workout tracker (obviously)
The app also has complete workout sessions that are there for anyone to access.
Great in theory, but sometimes, these premade workouts do suffer from the snags associated with any free version. For instance, they’ll typically pound you with high-volume programs, little rest, and no real compassion for your fitness level.
2 Fitbod Pros
- You get to alter workouts on the fly, allowing you to make all your sessions your own. The app allows you to use the pre-registered exercises, or you can ‘add’ your own.
- Great UX and UI, which makes a huge difference. Let’s face it; there are plenty of apps online available for you to use, and being usable makes a massive difference.
1 Fitbod Con
The Fitbod app tries to do too much because its programs provide you with a very high volume. The app also lacks the ability to give you a better understanding of the exercises you’re doing. So it lacks a bit of education.
This is something you could argue isn’t the responsibility of an app, but simple tips could’ve helped beginners a lot. Guidance on rest, the benefits of sleeping more, health advice, anything!
While the app is amazing for what it offers, the guidance and education do seem a bit ‘phoned in’. Of course, this is something that’s key for someone new to fitness, as learning why or how to do something early on will pay tenfold in years to come.
What is Freeletics?
The Freeletics App is something that you won’t find every day. This app provides you with numerous full programs to follow, ranging from beginners to those that have been doing pistol squats for years.
Some of the more commonly focused plans included in the app are Strength and Stamina, Start Strong, Run & Burn, and Hybrid Strength.
Also, the app doesn’t just give you a plan and tell you, “Find motivation to do it, and do not veer off plan!” Instead, they offer some alteration of the plans, which is pretty good.
This is the key part of the Freeletics App — they don’t have workouts but rather full programs. This means workouts that build on one another. So your weights increase, your volume changes week to week, and (sometimes) you might get a new exercise as well.
Simply put, this is shaping up to be one of the best fitness apps available.
2 Freeletics Pros
- It’s priced amazingly compared to other workout-based apps. At only $34.99 for 3 months, it’s a steal.
- That adjustability I just spoke about is so damn good I’m mentioning it again. The ‘Freeletics coach’ allows you to change the workout, which is so rare! (Most people can’t follow a program fully because they lack the required equipment, etc.)
1 Freeletics Con
The app is so vast and detailed that it’s hard to find a flaw. If I were to be anal and find that single flaw, it’s that it’s not for professionals. If you want to focus on health, cardio, or strength training, the app is great and will be incredibly motivating.
However, if you want to be the best at what you do and show any personal trainer who’s boss, you might want to go for an actual coach who specializes in muscle gain, fat loss, endurance, etc.
Why a coach? Well, that’s the logical next step.
Compared to other platforms, the full programs they offer make this app (probably) the best fitness app — in my opinion.
Fitbod vs Freeletics Conclusion
And finally, we get to the part where we actually compare one app to the other.
The winner: Freeletics is, by far, the better app of the two.
Sure, you could argue that Fitbod meets the needs of some people in the market, but I’d walk up to them, arms flailing about, screaming, “Why on earth would you not go for Freeletics?!”
The one point that probably needs raising is that neither of these apps focuses on nutrition. Yes, nutrition is a lot more nuanced than training, but some effort would’ve been nice.
While the app makes a horrid nutrition coach, it’d certainly replace most personal trainers.
Coming back to the ‘versus,’ Freeletics offers more workouts and training sessions, and they offer way more fitness aspects to focus on. So, no matter what your exercise goal is, you’ll be able to reach it.
Fitbod is more for a person who’s spent time with weights on their back, has built a bit of muscle, and perhaps doesn’t need a guide as good as Freeletics.
Cost differences? Well, Fitbod runs you $79.99 per year or $12.99 per month, and Freeletics is $34.99 for three months, $59.99 for six, and $74.99 per year.
Everything considered, I would go for Freeletics, no matter what your fitness level is, where your fitness aim is, or what equipment you have.