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Adidas Training Runtastic App Review

These days, people of all types are using technology to enhance physical activity. From grandmas in water aerobics to serious athletes preparing for competitions, a growing number is relying on innovative technology to maximize health and wellness. With so many app options available, fitness enthusiasts can take advantage of extraordinary capabilities without ever paying a dime.

The Runtastic Training app is owned by the well-known sports clothing brand, Adidas. It provides numerous outlets to keep you motivated and add variety to your regimen by allowing you to target muscle groups and create unique workouts around your schedule. From challenges and activity comparisons to achievement celebrations and more, fitness enthusiasts have plenty of ways to stay motivated and accountable.

Runtastic is an Austrian company that produces fitness tracking apps and services. Adidas purchased the company for a cool $240 million in 2015 and completed the rebranding process to update all Runtastic channels to Adidas Runtastic by 2019.

Runtastic originally focused on popular sports including running and biking through the use of multiple apps. Adidas simplified matters during the rebranding process by narrowing it down to two apps they found to be most important: Adidas Running and Adidas Training. You can use one account to access both apps and track personal fitness growth. Together, they serve to provide everything fitness enthusiasts need to collect, manage, and analyze both strength and cardio data.

Keep reading to learn how to tap into Premium Runtastic features for free!

What You Need to Know

  • You can download and use basic features for free, but premium features cost. (Keep reading for a breakdown of costs and learn you to tap into free Premium features.)
  • The Workout Creator helps you make efficient use of the extensive archive of exercises.
  • Create custom workouts in seconds by simply specifying body part focus and preferred duration.
  • There’s no need for equipment since the exercises focus on bodyweight.
  • Instructional videos provide various angles to ensure correct form.

Getting Started — What Equipment Do You Need?

The app is helpful in that it doesn’t add random exercises that require expensive equipment you may or may not have access to. You can perform all exercises using bodyweight only. To make the most of your training using Runtastic, it’s highly recommended to also download the complementary Adidas Running app.

The Adidas Running app is geared toward tracking activities and connecting with others in the community. Where the training app helps you with bodyweight strength training exercise, the Running app takes care of the cardio component. From advanced runners training for marathons to beginners just learning the basics, the Running app helps build the ideal training plan. Just some of the sports and activities it can track include football, baseball, boxing, cricket, ice hockey, jump rope, pilates , and even pole dancing.

While the app focuses on cardio, you can still track basic stats on strength-building activities like powerlifting and bodyweight training. When you download the app, you’ll be asked a few questions to get your program started. Some of these include:

  • What is your fitness goal?
  • How active are you in your daily life?
  • How often do you exercise per week?
  • How fit are you right now?
  • What is your height and weight?
  • What days do you want to workout?

Answering these questions generates your first week of fitness programming. You’ll also be provided a prompt to supplement your training with cardio assistance through the complementary Runtastic Running app if desired. It really is as simple as that. After each workout, you’re asked to provide feedback that includes questions about how hard or easy the workout was. This allows the app to better understand your personal fitness level and make each and every workout that follows more tailored to fit your needs. 

What to Expect From an Adidas Runtastic Training Workout

The Adidas Training app is focused on guiding your workouts and helping you build strength. Where the Running component is more focused on tracking things like time, speed, and distance, the training component offers more guidance in terms of how to perform your activity. You get to enjoy free features like the Workout Creator, training plans, and a vast workout collection and instructional exercise videos. Just a few things it takes into consideration include your schedule, what body part you want to focus on, and ways to interact and stay motivated

When you download the app, you’ll be asked a few questions to get your program started. Some of these include:

  • What is your fitness goal?
  • How active are you in your daily life?
  • How often do you exercise per week?
  • How fit are you right now?
  • What is your height and weight?
  • What days do you want to workout?

Answering these questions generates your first week of fitness programming. You’ll also be provided a prompt to supplement your training with cardio assistance through the complementary Runtastic Running app if desired.

It really is as simple as that. After each workout, you’re asked to provide feedback that includes questions about how hard or easy the workout was. This allows the app to better understand your personal fitness level and make each and every workout that follows more tailored to fit your needs.

How are Adidas Training Workouts Structured?

When you click on a workout, you’re first provided an overview of exercises to preview what lies ahead. You get things kicked off by touching the “Start” button at the bottom of the screen. From there, you have the option to do a five minute warmup. The personal trainer in me urges you not to skip this step as a dynamic warmup is important to raise the body temperature and increase blood flow to the muscles before you put them to work. However, if you want to skip this step, you do have the option.

Each movement of the workout is guided with voice prompts that can be muted if desired, a timer, and video to guide form with plenty of views and angles to ensure you can see exactly how to perform each movement. Timed breaks are structured into the workout as well. When you’re finished, you’ll be asked how you feel about the workout. Answer this question accurately as it will help the app more effectively tailor future programming. You can then take a picture and share your success with all your friends so they can see how awesome you are.

The ease in workout planning makes the Runtastic Training app a great solution for anyone who needs to workout at home, has little time, doesn’t enjoy the public gym environment, and doesn’t have access to workout equipment. If you have specific goals and prefer to provide more details in the generation of your workout plan, the Workout Creator is well worth the extra time and effort.

It starts off by asking how much time you have ranging from seven to 45 minutes. You then get the option to pinpoint a body part you want to focus on with the following specifications:

    • Full body
    • Upper body
    • Arms
    • Abs & Core
    • Butt
    • Legs

That’s it. A workout with your exact requirements is instantly generated.

Runtastic Training Workout Tips 

If you think the Runtastic Training app is for you, save yourself some time, and take some tips from someone who’s had some time to explore the platform. For starters, although it’s tempting to jump right into your first workout, explore your dashboard first. You’ll find it helpful as this gives you a chance to take some important preliminary steps like setting up your progress tracker and exploring critical technique tips before you start doing exercises with the wrong form. Patience is key.

Before you create a custom workout, consider trying a guided program. This allows you to explore modifications and take advantage of pro tips before advancing too quickly. Also, consider combining workouts. Remember, the plan generated isn’t set in stone. Perhaps you want to do a full strength and cardio day. You have the option to do more than one workout the same day, allowing you to truly advance at your own pace.

The workout programming is the primary highlight of the Adidas Runtastic Training app. As you explore the features, however, you’ll discover there’s a whole lot more offered that, when properly utilized, can help you take your health and fitness to a whole new level. Just some of these include:

  • Over 120 instructional videos to ensure proper form and technique
  • Access to an encouraging community to help you stay motivated and accountable
  • Special bonus workouts to advance in strength and overall fitness levels
  • Tips to achieve nutrition tailored to most efficiently fuel the activities you’re engaging in

Premium Features

If you try out the free version and decide you want even more of what the Runtastic Training app has to offer, there are currently three options available to access Premium features:

  • $9.99 for one month
  • $39.99 for six months ($20 savings)
  • $49.99 for 12 months ($30 savings)

According to the app, their Premium users are four times more successful. When you purchase one of these plans, you get access to the following additional features:

  • Access to all Training Plans including running plans, race preparation, weight loss, personalized goals, bodyweight training, whole-body training, and hypertrophy training
  • Twelve-week, total-body transformation plan
  • Advanced statistics
  • Personal records
  • Auto pause

Free Access to Premium Features with Creators Club Membership

There’s a way you can tap into Premium features without having to pay a dime. Adidas offers a free membership program called Creators Club that allows members to unlock special deals the general public doesn’t get to take advantage of. Just some of the awesome benefits of being a Creators Club member include:

    • Hype Access that reserves the release of certain limited-edition products to members only
    • Early Access that provides Creators Club members first dibs on certain product launches
    • Special events that include invitations and tickets to exclusive Adidas parties, free concerts, and even meet-and-greets with famous athletes
    • Free access to Runtastic Premium features

Creators Club members also earn points that can be redeemed to unlock special offers and promotions. There are a number of ways to rack up the points. Simply signing up and creating a profile earns you points from the start as does making purchases, providing reviews, taking part in Adidas Runners events, and using your Runtastic app. The best part is becoming a member is simple. All you have to do is create an Adidas account.

Our Experience with the Runtastic Training App

I’ve tried numerous fitness apps, and this, by far, is among the best when it comes to the provision of a way to stay on track with a complete and balanced fitness routine. It’s definitely worth using both the Training and Running apps in tandem as this provides a great way to track and manage both strength and cardio, and the ability to access Premium features free through the Creators Club is something you don’t get with most apps.

With that being said, if you’re the type of person who thrives in an environment heavy on motivational coaching, this may not be the app for you. Aside from general instruction through voice prompts, there’s not much in terms of coaching. Furthermore, contacting customer service is difficult. The only current option is to send an email. In my case, it took five days to receive a response.

Overall, for a free app, the Runtastic Training app is exemplary in the array of features offered. I really enjoyed the ease in accessing modifications, and the platform is very user-friendly. It’s an ideal solution for people of all fitness levels looking for a solution to stay fit on a busy schedule without the need for expensive gym equipment and personal training guidance. The large array of prepared workouts keeps you headed toward your fitness goals, and each workout becomes more tailored as you provide feedback, making the app smarter with each use.

Pros

Incredible variety in free content
Audio prompts
Modifications available at the touch of a button
Workout categories and exercise library
Challenges and competitions for variety and entertainment
Ability to generate custom workouts quickly and easily
Offered in 10 languages
Takes user feedback for the most tailored workouts possible
Ability to earn points for exclusive offers

Cons

No motivational coaching- voice prompts only provide general instruction
Some reports of GPS issues on Android devices
No direct contact with customer support- have to wait for an email response
Can’t train and listen to music simultaneously
Complaints of app getting stuck on loading screen
Free version not ideal for hypertrophy training

Is the Runtastic Training App Worth It?

So, is the Runtastic Training app worth the download? It’s an excellent option for anyone looking for an inexpensive way to get more active since you don’t have to buy any gym equipment. When paired with the complementary Runtastic Running app, you’re armed with everything you need for a professionally-guided, full-body workout. Unlike many gimmicky workout apps out there, Runtastic provides a well-rounded library of bodyweight exercises geared toward all fitness levels. Best of all, with the Workout Creator, you can specify highly-targeted workouts to meet specific fitness goals with expert quality. If your focus is on hypertrophy training, the free app isn’t your best option, but the paid version will help you manage the balance of sets, reps, and load. Overall, for a free fitness app, we give the Runtastic Training app a thumbs up.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much does Adidas Runtastic Training cost?
A: The Runtastic Training app basic version is free. For access to Premium features, the following payment options are available- $9.99 for one month - $39.99 for six months ($20 savings) - $49.99 for 12 months ($30 savings). For free access to Premium features, consider signing up for a Creators Club membership simply by creating an Adidas account.
Q: Does Adidas Runtastic Training provide a leaderboard?
A: The Training app is more focused on the development of workout plans and creating a personalized fitness regimen that improves every time you provide feedback. For leaderboard motivation, consider the supplemental use of the Runtastic Running app. It features a leaderboard that displays those in the top positions along with your ranking.
Q: Does Adidas Runtastic Training offer coaching?
A: Yes, instructional videos with voice prompts and modifications are included.
Q: What’s the difference between the paid and free versions of Runtastic Training?
A: While the free version offers plenty of awesome tools, the Premium version unlocks special features including access to all running plans, race preparation, special weight-loss tools, personalized goals, bodyweight training, whole-body training, hypertrophy training, advanced statistics, personal records, and auto pause.
Q: Can you sync Runtastic Training data with Google Fit?
A: Yes
Q: What type of streaming capability is Runtastic Training equipped with?
A: Chromecast
Q: Does the Runtastic Training app provide help with exercise form?
A: Yes, detailed videos along with voice prompts and modifications are provided.
Q: What’s a follower in Runtastic?
A: Followers are others in the Runtastic community who are connected with you. They can watch your progress and see the comments and activities you share.
Q: What’s the difference between a Runtastic Training Public vs. Private account?
A: Just as the name implies, a private account is more restrictive when it comes to how your information is shared. This status can be changed at any time in your profile settings. Just remember that, when switching from private to public, all pending follower requests will automatically approve. If your account is set to private, the auto-accept feature is disabled, meaning you have to accept or deny follow requests. Detailed information on your profile is hidden from other users unless you specify it can be made public. Your follower/following list is private to everyone but your followers. A public profile is much more visible within the Runtastic community. There are two key differences in the public profile: follow requests are automatically accepted, and anyone with an Adidas Running and/or Training app can see your profile information, even if they don’t follow you.
Q: What is the Creators Club?
A: The Creators Club is a free membership program that allows you to unlock special deals including free access to Runtastic Premium features, Hype Access that limits the release of certain limited-edition products to members, Early Access that provides Creators Club members first dibs on certain products launches, special events that include invitations and tickets to exclusive events, and the ability to earn points that can be redeemed to unlock special offers and promotions.
Q: Is it hard to delete your Runtastic account?
A: It’s simple to delete your Runtastic account. All you have to do is login to Runtastic.com and request deletion in settings. This generates an email that provides a few simple steps to follow to ensure it’s really you requesting the deletion. Remember, your account and all its data will be deleted, so make sure you are confident in your decision to delete!

Rating: 91.5%

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