Monday, January 13, 2014

Freeletics

Hi Dudes,

I have been really lazy the last weeks. That's why I have not updated my blog for such a long time. Nevertheless I have some fresh ideas for 2014. One has to do with sports and because food and sport fit so perfectly together, I would like to start today with an introduction to the workout I do as a stay-at-home-dude. It's called freeletics and it is a body-weight only workout that I started in Oktober 2013. After a couple of years without serious training I had problems to get in shape again. As an engineer I mainly worked sitting in front of a computer and lost a lot of my physical fitness. It's incredibly how office work can affect your health.

For me it was important to start a workout that I can not only do in the park, but also at home and without having to go to the gym. I compared 3 training guides and I decided to stick to freeletics. It's definitely the hardest training I have ever done. After I signed up at Freeletics DE I started with the free training workouts. The first 5 weeks are free of charge and after signing up you get a new email every monday. It contains your training plan and basic information about the different workouts. I used these workouts to get used to the concept.


Source: www.freeletics.com

There are 2 types of workouts. One type is called MAX. During MAX workouts you have to do as many repetitions of one exercise as possible in 5 min. The other type are workouts that consist of various exercises like Pushups, Burpees, Situps etc. and you have to do all repetitions and stop your time.

All workouts during one day are called sessions. One session can contain several workouts and MAX. During the week you have to train 3 to 5 times. In the beginning the amount of repetitions is overwhelming. During the first 5 weeks my body had to get used to the hard training. I almost quit in week 3 after having sore muscles and feeling sick, but I decided to stick to my training plan.

After the free training time I decided to buy a 15 weeks training guide. There are 3 types of guides - cardio, cardio & strength and strength. I wanted to start with the cardio & strength guide - burning fat and gaining muscles. Once you have started your guide it adapts the workouts to your personal development. It works almost like a personal coach.



Beside your online account there is also a freeletics app for iOS and Android. Unfortunately the app is more a collection of the available workouts and the coach is not really implemented. Perhaps this will be updated with a next version. I prefer to do my sessions, stop the time and submit the results to the website when I come back home.

Now I am in week 10 of the guide and have noticed how much my body and my overall fitness have changed. It's a good idea to take pictures every week, so you can see how your body changes. I definitely keep on training. Although it is time based, you should always keep in mind to perform the exercises correctly and keep enough body tension. Everybody can check it out for free in the beginning. It will not fit to everybody but it's worth it and I can recommend it. Freeletics receives 4 of 5 stay-at-home-dude-pots. As soon the app is updated I will add the 5th pot!

So now it's up to you! Get your guide at Freeletics and start your workout.



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