I’m now in week 8 of my 12-week-trainings plan by Runtastic Results. Just one month before I’m done, it’s time to do a review.
My own training plan is designed for muscle growth in terms of bodybuilding/body styling. So I do 8-10 reps per set. Therefore I would describe myself as an experienced person when it comes to workout plans and how to target a muscle with different exercises. That’s why I waited longer to write a review for this app, than I first intended. Because now I can tell you more about the “personal training plan” the Runtastic Results App is providing in its paid version.
After signing up and filling in all your measurements, you are ready to go!
You can either choose one of the pre-set workouts or personal ones. For the pre-set training, they are tagged with the approximately time you need to finish the workout and if you can do it at home (if it is ‘silent’) or if you need to go outside. For the personal training plan the app will ask you to do a short fitness test. With the results from the test, the algorithm puts together a 12 week trainings-plan. For me this ‘fitness test’ was really hard. I wasn’t used to doing as many reps as possible in a specific time. I thought ‘Wow, I got 12 hard weeks in front of me!’. But then I started with my 1st week and was a bit disappointed! I expected a super hard bodyweight workout, but got a really easy 10 min workout. At the end of each workout you can rate the workout: ‘Easy’, ‘Ok’ and ‘Hard’. The algorithm needed about 3 weeks to get the training plan to my level. (Keep in mind that my endurance is not the best.)
Lets talk about the personal workouts. Each workout targets the big muscle groups (chest, legs and torso), but I recognized that despite the over 140 exercises, that are available, the algorithm doesn’t alternate them properly. Most of the time the plan tells me to do pushups, squats and sit-ups with some small alternations but not enough of it! For example I always have to do the same kind of pushups. This specific pushup the app suggests actually doesn’t target the pectoral muscle that much, but more the triceps (the ‘back’-muscle of the upper arm). That’s not a bad thing, but in my opinion changing the position of your hands from close to wide, would target the pectoral muscle better. A beginner would not know such things and in my opinion that is a big flaw, because in this particular case you can actually do more reps than with my variation. Despite the lacking in alternation, the Runtastic Results App reacts on your ratings and puts together nice little workouts for people with not that much time. This point also was one of the biggest insights using the app. I actually can squeeze in a workout everyday and everywhere! I don’t need a gym or even a pull-up bar at home, because just with my bodyweight I will do fine.
Runtastic also offers some knowledge about nutrition and hydration, but the informations you’ll find there are really basic. Sometimes it’s not that well written and too little information to make it an informativ text. Funny fact, I actually found a little mistake, maybe you could change that Runtastic team? In Week 3, where they tell you about the basics of Carbohydrates (Carbs), they tell you that 100g of raw pasta are 120g of carbs and that is not even possible! 100g can’t turn to 120g. The right specifics are: 100g of raw pasta are equal to 67.5g of carbs.
I would recommend the Runtastic Results App mostly for beginners, because there are videos for every exercise, which protects them for doing the motions wrong. You even don’t need to think about workout plans, the app will do that for you. Just focus on your nutrition and you will see results after the 12 weeks. Even when you are experienced, like me, it’s a good app, but you will think more about the plans and recognise the little flaws I mentioned. Nevertheless it’s a good app for in-between workouts and when you purchase the premium membership you can use it with all the other Runtastic Apps.
I know 60€ are a lot of money for one year, but even other apps that offer such personal training plans (I actually just found one.) charge you the same!
I will write another shorter review, when I’m done with my 12 week program.