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couch to 5K® - Run training
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Get off the couch and get running with the OFFICIAL couch to 5K® training app! This oft-imitated program has helped thousands of new runners move from the couch to the finish line. Spend just 20 to 30 minutes, three times a week, for nine weeks, and you’ll be ready to finish your first 5K (3.1-mile) race! Get more information about the couch to 5K app here: http://www.active.com/mobile/couch-to-5k-app Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. The couch to 5K coach you select talks to you during your workouts. To save your battery, couch to 5K sends audio notifications when your screen is locked or another app is in use. To be sure you hear the coach during your workout, please do the following: • Turn on Notifications permissions • Turn on the hardware ring/silent switch (no red showing) • Turn your ringer volume up • Turn off Do Not Disturb (swipe up for Control Panel and the moon button should not be white) • Within the app, in Settings > Workout Options, be sure the Trainer Volume is up Without granting notification permissions, during a workout you can click the lock icon at the top left to keep the app active and still hear the coach. For support please contact us at: MobileSupport@activenetwork.com We would love to hear from you. WINNER of the 2012 Appy Award for best Healthcare & Fitness App! Features • Training plan designed by Active.com trainers • Choose from 4 different motivating virtual coaches—Johnny Dead, Constance, Billie or Sergeant Block • Hear human audio cues to guide you through each workout • Listen to your favorite playlists with in-app music player • Calculate your distance & pace and map your routes with FREE GPS support* • Log your workouts and share your progress on Facebook • Get support from the largest running community on Active.com Trainer • Repeat workouts and track your best performance • Treadmill support allows manual entry of workouts • Track your progress with total distance and average pace • Graphs for workouts to compare distance and pace Finished the couch to 5K program and ready to take your running program to the next level? Check out our 5k to 10k app to prep for your first 10K race here. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/5k-to-10k/id526458735! Praise "The popular couch to 5K app helps new runners avoid injury from doing too much, too soon." —Runners World, June 2012 "It's ridiculously easy to use (it's hard not to, as you just do what you're told) and it's fantastic that you have an encouraging voice talking you through things." —Engadget, June 2012 "Active.com’s couch to 5K is one of my favorite… apps. With its customizable features, interactivity, and well-rounded interface, I may actually stay off the couch this time." —148Apps, October 2011 "I knew as soon as I decided to start the couch to 5K program that I would need something to keep me accountable—not just to showing up for my training, but to actually doing it properly. Of course there’s an app for that." —CalorieLab, April 2012 "If you have been struggling to get your buns off the couch and somewhat in shape before the summer hits, training for a 5K is not a bad way to start. If you are looking for a program to help get you there, then the “couch to 5K” running plan by CoolRunning is probably your best bet if you haven’t done an ounce of athletic activity for a number of years." —Droid Life, April 2012 FAQ • Once you purchase the app, it is yours to keep. It does not expire after 9 weeks.
Pretty Good
by kelstu2018 on 2019/05/17 18:47
It got me off the couch which is a feat of its own. I do really like this app. I have a few issues. First I can barely hear the coach overy music so the prompts need to be louder or the app needs to pause the music during the prompts. Secondly I wish the total time of the workout was more visible. I need reading glasses so I can't really see the time. I can see the timer for jog walk but that's it. Sometimes it just nice to know how much more relaxed you have left to go. I just finished week one. So far so good.
Busy working Mom
by Mamasita4u67 on 2019/05/14 21:35
I highly recommend this app! Best $2.99 I spent in a long time. I don’t have time to get to the gym and put in a good 30 minutes.and when I do ...I hate trying to train myself for a 5k. I hate looking at the clock or my phone to time sprints and walking and warm ups and cool downs. This app takes all the guess work out of it. Now I can get in my grove...set my tempo and just wait for the app to tell me what to do next. This is perfect for the gym but especially for just a quick 30 minutes in my neighborhood before I get my kids!
It’s okay but frustrating
by cosmosdeer on 2019/05/11 02:33
This app doesn’t play well with my music; if I listen to music through the 5k app, it shuffles it— so much for listening to an audiobook while I jog! If I play music in iTunes and have the 5k app open too, it sometimes starts playing a totally random album on my phone. 5k also automatically pauses my music at the end of the workout, which I find unnecessary— I can turn off my own music, thanks. I completed 7 weeks with the app last summer, and am picking it up again this summer, but the app has changed and is making it difficult for me to redo previous workouts. I wanted to start from Week One Day One again, but it kept defaulting to the last workout I did from last summer (Week Seven Day Two). Also, every time I start a workout, I have to pick my trainer AGAIN even though I already picked one. At this point, I wish there was an option for “no trainer” so I wouldn’t have to be introduced to Constance every single time I want to jog. The trouble redoing a workout has gotten so annoying (I’ve now completed Week One Day Two 3 times because the screen keeps sliding when I try to scroll to the workout I want to do) that I finally just deleted ALL previous workout information. So now I can’t compare this year’s data with last year’s and compare my progress. Also, when you complete a workout now, there’s 3-4 “trophies” that you’ve “earned” and you have to close each one separately just to get to the data from your run. They’re kind of infantilizing. I like the idea of this program. I don’t like that such a straightforward idea is so glitchy and annoying in practice.
Good but lacking things to make it great!
by Brew jockey on 2019/05/06 14:32
This app does the basics just fine. Tracks my run. Gives “encouragement” if you want plus badges when completing goals. Things to be addressed: 1. The music player through the app doesn’t allow me to shuffle my chosen playlist. Therefore, it isn’t useable to me. 2. When it sends notification of the next step (jog,walk, etc.) it should make all other apps drop volume. It does not. Many of my other apps do this. Why can’t this one? 3. Apple Watch app. It seems that every time I go to look at my status on my watch it is reloading or telling me to start a workout on the phone app first. I am in the middle of my run. It is working!!
Love this app!
by HMSand42 on 2019/05/05 12:50
Exactly what I was looking for- tracks my route & speed, trainer tells me when to walk/jog and provides motivation, and has a training program.
Can be improved
by BlueberryCheescake11 on 2019/05/05 01:51
Could have more music services integration.
Helpful but unreliable
by TheBanjoBen on 2019/05/03 13:06
The audible cues are helpful but unfortunately they’re hard to hear. I wear an Apple Watch so I can check visually too but about every other time I check my watch the app has closed and I have to reopen and reconnect. That wouldn’t be so bad except for the fact that I have a dog leash in my hand to deal with too. Fix the Apple Watch app and this will be a 5 star app.
Used to be good
by megnificent64 on 2019/04/28 16:10
I got this app to start running again. I used this app 2 years ago and loved the app. I have the Apple Watch and was excited to use the app with it. I like to check my progress, but it will close out of the watch and I have to go back into the app during a run, which is frustrating. This happens 2-3 times during the run. I also do not like that every time you start the app you have to go pick your trainer and then the trainers do and say stuff before you can go to the actual running. It was cute the first time, but I know what trainer I want. If I want to change it I can go through the app. It does t need to show up every time I use the app. I’m disappointed, I payed money for this app and its finicky. I really hope they fix the watch part. I am still using it because I paid for it and I’m on week 4, but maybe it’s time I find another app.
Good for beginners
by BIG lazy girl on 2019/04/26 18:45
I’ve never ran a day in my life. I thought it was time to start. This app helps me get off the couch and outside. It’s easy to use and I can’t wait to get to the finish line.
I feel so powerful!!!
by MyNameIsCafe on 2019/04/25 18:22
I’ve had this app for a couple years, but this is the first time I really settled down, ate healthy, and really pushed myself!!! The program is so easy to follow (not easy to do, but easy to follow) it shows my progress, I have Billie as my trainer and she’s so tough yet inspires me to keep going!! I always feel so powerful after a workout (even if I have to repeat the days a couple times before I finish them) So thankful for this app!!!
My go to health app
by Noodles1o7 on 2019/04/23 00:30
I’m not a runner, I don’t like it. But couch to 5k is the only thing that really gets me through a workout. My only complain is it’s not linked with the Apple Watch to the best ability.
Does the Job
by roz2d2 on 2019/04/20 21:13
This app does the job but doesn’t work well if you have an Apple Watch series 3 or 4. You need your phone with you in order to use the watch app. That’s not good if you have the series 3 or 4 where you can run without out your phone. I don’t think I am going to use it much longer. Good app if you don’t have an Apple Watch series 3 or 4.
I can believe it
by velasqga on 2019/04/20 13:18
I can run now!! Thank you Sargent 😍❤️
Can’t hear the prompts:(
by Labradoodlemom on 2019/04/10 20:52
Overall I love this app but I can barely hear the prompts behind my music. I have missed a few transitions which can be frustrating starting out especially if you kiss the walk prompt.
Notification icon?
by Mishdoyle on 2019/04/09 15:15
I have a notification that I can not clear. What is it notifying me of and how can I reset it? Other than that annoying notification that won’t clear on my app, I’m digging getting back into running.
Sound issues
by Battsman33 on 2019/04/02 11:23
Overall I like the app but there are significant sound issues. The voice is way too quiet if listening to music, and if you turn the music down the voice gets softer as well so that is no help. There are sometimes notification tones also that help you not miss the prompt to run or walk, but sometimes they work and sometimes not. I've tried different settings but there seems to be no rhyme or reason to when they work and when they don't. Please fix this.
I enjoy the app but
by smarie1230 on 2019/04/01 18:38
I wish there was something for Apple Watch. I run at the gym usually so my watch keeps more accurate info then the pedometer on my phone.
Not tracking accurately
by harristhomas12 on 2019/04/01 14:58
It does not track accurately so I feel like I have to run on a treadmill to see my stats. I’ve moved on and now that I have an idea of how the program works I am doing it myself.
No Apple Watch App
by Terrell G on 2019/03/26 22:37
I purchased this because it said there was an Apple Watch app to go along with it. That has been determined to be false! I will be requesting a refund!
Me encanta
by Reinaldo83 on 2019/03/24 18:34
Me encanta la aplicación, sobre todo que es solo 3 veces a la semana, 30min cada día. La aplicación es divertida puedes usar distintos entrenadores que van diciéndote cuando correr o cuanto caminar. Puedes escuchar tu propio playlist porque se come con Apple Music y es perfecto! Piensa que si lo vas a comprar es porque vas hacerlo! SUERTE!
Worthless for me
by rfloyd42 on 2019/03/19 01:27
If you're wanting this to work with the Apple Watch - don't bother. You have to have your phone with you for this to work - the run isn't offloaded to the watch. I bought a watch so I wouldn't have to run with my phone. And the "watch app" itself is very poorly executed. Even on the treadmill with the phone right in front of me (not tracking distance, of course), every time I glanced at the watch it told me to start the run on my phone - then after a second or so regained its mind and started showing its EXTREMELY limited stats. I'm really happy so many people are getting such value out of this app - because of that I was really excited about the coaching but it just won't work for me. Waste of money for me, but I should've researched more.
Love this app!
by Shelly1964 on 2019/03/18 21:46
Have only been using it for two weeks but I already feels difference on the treadmill!
Great for some but limiting
by Camicky on 2019/03/13 01:21
I love this app for my runs outside. But when I run inside there is no setting for treadmill. So when it logs it shows I did nothing. With phone apps and watches to count steps on and off treadmills you would think this could as well.
Great app
by Mda2019 on 2019/03/03 01:56
Love this app! Just needed some guidance and motivation to run again. Completed it twice and love it. Works great for the treadmill in front of a TV...
Helped to recharge my workouts!
by Cindy Winslow 31 on 2019/02/24 19:41
This worked so well for me last year that I DID run a real 5K. My time was really good for me and my age group. I am starting from the beginning again because I lost my motivation due to some personal but positive obstacles (new job, etc). This app makes it so easy that I am happy to be back!!!
Feeling good
by @1967 on 2019/02/18 17:33
Great app really gets you off the couch I enjoy sharing my progress and having my family and friends saying I look good try it you won’t be disappointed 😇
Feeling good
by @1967 on 2019/02/18 17:33
Great app really gets you off the couch I enjoy sharing my progress and having my family and friends saying I look good try it you won’t be disappointed 😇
Disappointed
by ...amy1 on 2019/02/17 15:56
I finally broke down and purchased this app because it says it also has an Apple Watch App. Although the watch app only works if you are running the app on your phone and carrying your phone with you. I specifically pay for service on my watch so I can leave my phone at home while training so this app is useless to me and I wasted 3$.
Preview
by Vinomio on 2019/02/14 20:12
I’m not sure if I’m just missing where to find it, but the old app used to give you a preview of the days to come. I liked mentally preparing. Can’t find it on this version, if it exists.
Hope you like the trainer.
by nichhollle on 2019/02/14 01:34
I’m having a hard time enjoying this app because I HATE having to wait when I want to start so that the ‘trainer’ can introduce the app and stuff. Every time. I’ve google and looked at the FAQ and there’s no way to turn it off. It sounds like other people don’t mind, but I hate it. I would like to just open the app and get going without having to listen to her. If we could just have an option to turn the trainer completely off, I’d up my review.
Love! But one suggestion ...
by Stardusted on 2019/02/09 19:35
I love this app. I have been using it to get out being so out of shape and I’m about halfway. I had ankle surgery last year and so I’m taking longer than the 9 weeks. But it’s easy to repeat days and the pace is great. One suggestion! The app seems to assume I’m running outside but since I’m strengthening my ankle at the same time it’s really much safer for me to use a treadmill. A setting for that would be nice. Right now at the end it tells me something crazy like I ran .11 miles. Which is incorrect obviously. Seems like something a treadmill setting could help.
Blind person
by blindgodp on 2019/02/07 00:18
I enjoyed app every much, however, when I run on the treadmill, he does not check my distance. Since I am visually impaired, treadmill is where I get most of my distance, and time. Also, it does not read me the time that I ran. Our use voiceover on the iPhone to use this app location
Like the concept but...
by PattiKake84 on 2019/02/01 12:12
I have been using this app for years. I went from that kid that avoids anything in gym class to running 5k’s and soon 10K. I’m working to get back for the next run and have noticed the seconds go off count. I have tried multiple treadmills and it averages 7 seconds off by the end of the run. It would be great if they can fix this.
Getting to the point of unusable
by bunnyquail on 2019/01/30 22:01
Nearly every time the trainer’s voice cuts in, the volume lowers and stays lowered even after they’re done speaking. Then I have to turn the volume all the way up to barely hear my music over the treadmill. When the trainer’s voice comes back in again, the volume goes back to normal and blasts my ears. Absolutely obnoxious issue with an otherwise good app.
Review
by JudgE4242 on 2019/01/27 10:52
This app is great but it would be even better if he 5k to 10k was included and if you had a weather report in the local area and if this changed how many calories you burned. When it is colder or warmer you burn more calories
Highly Recommended
by Sushil David on 2019/01/17 15:05
I was not able to complete 1 full mile. Just One week using this app, I can easily complete. I would highly recommend for beginners.
Thanks for the motivation
by sister of the flatlands on 2019/01/14 21:16
It is easy to use and helpful with my first 5 k I love it
Sometimes it works and often it’s inaccurate
by NoAdvertismentsPlease on 2019/01/12 19:49
I can live with the crazy GPS tracking as that *might* be my phone versus the app. But, the timing is 100% the app. I’m on the free run, hit save and it always doubles my time. So if I run for 36 minutes, when I log the free run, it saves as 72 minutes. Annoying at best.
Pretty great so far!
by kenshi07 on 2019/01/12 19:07
Admittedly I’ve only been using it for three days, well a week, but only three runs. I’m a cancer survivor whose trying to get back into shape after treatment. I’m only giving it 4 stars cause it could use a treadmill mode. We got 4” of snow here last night and I’m in no shape for a Nordic jog. So I came to the gym and followed the instructions while using the treadmill. Still got a decent workout but the distance and calorie stats will be seriously inaccurate. If y’all can add that, it’d be a five star app.
Pretty great so far!
by kenshi07 on 2019/01/12 19:07
Admittedly I’ve only been using it for three days, well a week, but only three runs. I’m a cancer survivor whose trying to get back into shape after treatment. I’m only giving it 4 stars cause it could use a treadmill mode. We got 4” of snow here last night and I’m in no shape for a Nordic jog. So I came to the gym and followed the instructions while using the treadmill. Still got a decent workout but the distance and calorie stats will be seriously inaccurate. If y’all can add that, it’d be a five star app.
Better than others
by Mrs T=H on 2019/01/06 21:49
I like this app more than the others I’ve tried, mainly because I like being able to pick different coaches depending on my mood. This app has really helped me get off my butt, too.
NOT standalone Apple Watch app
by koupdetat on 2019/01/05 20:25
App is not fully compatible with Apple Watch. You can’t start app on Apple Watch without starting app from your phone. And need to have your phone near by. This is terrible with that people with Apple Watch exercise without carrying their phone.
Apple Watch doesn’t function as advertised
by es228307 on 2019/01/02 03:29
I can’t leave my phone at the house and use the app. I’d like my money back due to false advertisement. Please contact me and return my money or give me an update of when I can use my watch and not my phone as advertised. I bought off the watch App Store. Such a disappointment
Great for Beginner
by Nanette Catherine on 2018/12/28 17:23
Great app for a beginner!
Excellent guidance to get you going
by Crystal in AZ on 2018/12/16 17:47
I truly hate running. However I really want to do it for cardio exercise and weight loss. This app does a great job using into running list walk/run intervals that make it not too painful and he can keep grinding it out. I quit and had to start over many times but I’m never afraid to put my sneakers on and get out there because I know this app will coach me well.
The guidance I need!
by yer 1 & Only BAE on 2018/12/13 21:32
Small price to pay for anyone that doesn’t enjoy running and needs a push! I’m not as consistent as I need to be and have had to start over a few times but it’s worth it and is making me slowly enjoy running.
Very motivating app!
by LocsNSoul on 2018/12/09 16:07
5K, here I come!
Not the first time this has happened before...
by Mega.meg on 2018/12/05 21:31
I used to adore this app. I love how it works once in a while, but the app itself has a HUGE bug. For the last week and a half, at around halfway through the workout, the app crashes, and my phone dies, no matter what percentage I’m at. Then, somehow my phone turns back on, and I’m at 10%. My data is erased. I’ve tried to love this app, but it hasn’t been working for me.
The latest version as of 12/5/18 eating battery alive
by jaxdubguy on 2018/12/05 12:08
See post title....the app killed my battery overnight.
Annoying App
by Pamk3500 on 2018/11/26 03:09
Deleted this app before I even ran my first day. Annoying animations, annoying voices, and repetitive selections. Who wants to pick their “coach” each time they run??? Worst fitness app I’ve downloaded. Deleted!
Everything is great except sound.
by Komododave on 2018/11/21 15:47
I enjoy almost everything about this app and workout program. It steps up the intensity at a good pace and the variety of motivating voices are fun. The only thing that almost made me leave the app was the sound control. The music and prompt volumes are connected and, until I turned off control of the music through the app, it was a crap shoot as to whether I could hear them. Sometimes it would be loud, sometimes it would be so soft, I’d have to keep restarting workouts. Since I turned off music control through Couch to 5k, the prompt volume is ok, but it’s still tied to the music volume. Please please fix this. It can’t be that hard to decouple the app volume from the music. Otherwise, great app.
User friendly
by Mrs. Nitz on 2018/11/16 18:26
I love the ease of use with this app and the fun different coaches. My fav is Sargent Block!
Best app ever!
by richlky on 2018/11/09 15:31
Most helpful and it really really works!!!
Pretty good
by fdadgjj on 2018/11/08 00:20
It’s hard to hear the trainer over the music, even with the music on a low volume. Otherwise so far it’s great. I like the slow build to 5K.
Horrible. Avoid
by ak406 on 2018/11/06 00:09
I keep coming back expecting to find improvements but continue to be disappointed. Apple watch support is horrible and you need your phone with you in your hand to track distance and pace. Hard Pass
Made me a running hater to lover, and helped me lose 40lbs fast.
by Hdusnhshahsh on 2018/10/31 21:55
So I’m a high schooler that’s obsess, and for quite obvious reason I’m not okay with that. So of course I had that “Yay, I’m finally gonna lose the weight!” moment, and not knowing how to go about that I watch YouTube and someone recommends this app. Best. Recommendation. Ever. Not only did I start loosing weight fast, but I genuinely started to really enjoy running. I had tried running countless times in the past and gave up every time. I didn’t know why I got so tired so easily and this brought me to the conclusion that I was just destined to be a bad runner. Little did I know, you have to actually build up your endurance! Duh, past me. This app alone helped me learn to set goals in a incredibly easy and surprisingly fun way. Since I started using this app I’ve been running near every day and it’s one of my favorite things to do (my dog agrees). I would recommend this app to anyone trying to lose weight or wanting to create healthier habits easily. I’m currently 40lbs down and that number just keeps growing. Running the mile in gym used to be my greatest fear, now with the help of this app I realized it’s something I actually enjoy and can do.
Disappointed
by Champikuk on 2018/10/29 19:58
I bought this app purely because it said was Apple Watch compatible. However, you can’t use it without carrying your phone with you also. This totally defeats the object. I needed an app that would let me run without having to stick my iPhone down my bra!
Loving
by Angrene on 2018/10/27 10:41
I am loving this app so far. Only on week one so we will see.
Why did I pay for this?
by cricketmilo on 2018/10/25 21:55
The whole point of an app like this is to track your distance, speed, and progress, which this app is completely unable to do. Today it only captured the last quarter of my route, my last run it showed me running (impossibly) diagonally through city blocks, the run before that it didn’t capture any of my stats at all. I’ve already turned on location settings for this app, turned off my lock screen, and kept the app in the foreground while running, but the glitch is stronger than my accommodations. Its competitors are much better; this is just a $3 stopwatch and my phone already has that capability.
Great App!!
by Sunshhine74 on 2018/10/24 15:42
Love how it eases you into a jog.
Should be 5 stars
by Chapindad on 2018/10/22 19:46
I am only finished with week 2 but the workout part of this program is awesome. I was more of a bed to 5k type person so I had to repeat the week 1 workout twice before I was able to get going but I am not through week 2 and am having no troubles. For that a lone it is worth the purchase. Now for why it lost the two stars. The voice cues and vibration misses are a huge problem especially for beginners that just getting one foot in front of the other is enough of a challenge. I had to purchase a $30 arm band for my 6plus just yo help with the issue. I have learned to just reset that section of the routine to get it back but that is going to be an issue later on. This has to be fixed or reworked. I also just purchase an apple watch hoping that I could get the timers and cues on it. No such luck. I just not everyone has the apple watch so that would be a good in app purchase. I would pay $5 to get that feature. Update: They added Apple Watch support but it is very bad and close to broken. They also do not update activity or any other apple health stats. It is sad because I love the fitness part of the app.
App Improvement suggestion
by mrs.avery on 2018/10/21 21:29
I’d like to see an option where the user can increase the number of repetitions for the interval sets. For example on W3D1 I would’ve like to have the option to do the minimum requirement of 2 interval sets, but would also like to increase it to 4 or 6 interval sets.
Great motivation
by Red0328£ on 2018/10/21 11:46
Helps me stay motivated 👍
Can’t hear the training cues
by Okie-SMS on 2018/10/16 23:45
Unlike Active’s 5 to 10K app, this app doesn’t have a separate control for trainer volume. If you have your music turned up to even a moderate level you won’t be able to hear the trainer cues. Disappointing.
Love
by Jenbuggy on 2018/10/16 23:42
Use this app with my kids and we love it!
Worth it
by Richarddavegan on 2018/10/13 00:14
So easy to follow and for the price it’s a great deal! Love Johnny as my personal trainer!!
Used to be good
by AlaskaLove(907) on 2018/10/12 23:15
I used to love this app as it’s helped me get back into shape multiple times after falling out of running for a bit. However, since I started using it again this time it’s been no help at all. I’m just staring week 3, and already 4 times it’s just completely crashed on me. When I go to reopen the app, hoping to have at least an idea where it died, there’s not even anything showing I actually started the workout. This is frustrating for tracking progress I’ve made, which is one reason I really like this app, but it also totally disrupts my workout. When it crashes I’m not always sure how far I am into my workout, as I don’t watch it while I’m running and just listen to cues. It’s also frustrating because I then have to completely stop the run to try and figure out where I was at and get started again, which completely messes up my pace. Like I said, I used to completely love this app and would have gave it 5 stars. But at this point with all the glitching I wish I would have just gone with a different running app.
Not actually Apple Watch app
by RebeccaMarie14 on 2018/10/09 17:39
Bought this app because of the Apple Watch app, was not aware that you still have to run with your phone in order to use the watch app.... so it’s pretty useless. Also, incredibly buggy- every time I look at my watch, it first flashes the “start workout on iPhone” screen before showing my time.
I did it!
by ash23331 on 2018/10/09 03:40
Before using this app I had never run more than 1 mile without stopping. Today, a few days after finishing this app, I ran 5k for the first time! Definitely worth the purchase.
Music Won’t Shuffle
by Dejoe210 on 2018/10/08 22:12
Like the app but did the latest update and now my music won’t shuffle. Keeps starting with the same song.
Great app
by petepaur on 2018/10/08 16:42
Good for encouraging to get up and go. Little steps at a time.
Terrible app - shuts down randomly
by irrittated on 2018/10/06 14:49
Do not waste your money. It periodically just stops recording your distance. Works off of phones GPS so not sure what the problem is. My Fitbit works fine using my phones GPS
Always the best
by Medievalcamelot on 2018/10/05 06:46
I love this app. I’m pretty sure it’s the same regiment as the C25K instructions I printed off the internet and stuck next to my treadmill years before apps were introduced. My rating is missing a star for 2 reasons. 1) it doesn’t sync up with the Health app, so my phone doesn’t pick up on how much exercise I’ve actually done. 2) there is no function to just say that I’m doing the workout on the treadmill. Yes, I can change the distance later, but the app still “tracks” me and I wind up with a messy looking gps route that I didn’t actually run.
Great App. Strongly Recommended
by janderson0705 on 2018/10/04 01:15
I have loved using this app. In the beginning I doubted that I would be able to do this, but this app has helped me lose 20lbs, and I am not even finished with the program. I feel healthier and I have now started looking forward to the workouts. Thanks for a great app.
This app is great
by p144billy on 2018/10/02 14:03
I am using this app again after taking a 3-year hiatus. I’m mostly a couch potato but my son’s school is having a spirit run 5k and I signed up. 😂 This app helped me prep 3 yrs ago and it’s helping me again. I love the workouts—keeps me focused and gives me a goal to shoot for each run. I don’t do the social media stuff so I can’t comment there. But the controls and history log are all easy to use. I highly recommend this app!!
App
by Recall3366 on 2018/09/28 20:17
App works well and even works while using another running app I like. Only have 4 stars because I’m only 1 week into it and I don’t know if it’s going to get me 5K ready right now but I am enjoying it :)
Nice but Annoying
by Sokerchick on 2018/09/27 22:50
I love the app while I’m running it’s good motivation and great pace and logging. However it requires notifications to be on in order to work properly. Which is fine while I’m running but it is frustrating that the red dot for notification is always on. I’ve opened every single portion of the app and can’t get the notification dot to go away. So I have to turn off notifications after I’m done using the app every single time
Best App Ever!
by kewilk on 2018/09/26 16:28
I hated running and the trainer at the gym suggested this app to ease me into it! I’m still not awesome, but I’m working hard! I’ve re-run some exercises and started over after having a baby. This app is perfect for the reluctant runner or just improving cardio endurance! I love it!
Feeezing
by vanilla prince on 2018/09/26 14:53
App keeps freezing up will not let you start a run
Crashes
by Apple app user on 2018/09/26 03:35
App crashes before starting run. May need iOS 12 upgrade.
Don’t buy use another free app
by MA6531 on 2018/09/25 22:36
I used to love this app but lately it’s been freezing and/or crashing all together...losing all running data for that day’s run. A shame since you pay for the app
Crashes
by GreatScott88MPH on 2018/09/25 05:12
It crashes every time I open it. This app is not what it used to be.
Great app for those wanting to get into running.
by Cuddy_Buddy on 2018/09/24 18:00
Before I bought the app, I was at the beginning of a huge weight loss journey. I’ve always wanted to be a runner but being severely overweight made that difficult. Over the course of the year I shed around 40lbs and bought the app to start. Now at the beginning, I could already run a mile nonstop but it was still a bit difficult. The training program starts off pretty slow but it picks up around week 4-5. I was able to finish the program in the 9 weeks and am currently running 3 5ks a week. The run is honestly one of the highlights of my day. Since using this app, I have lost another 30lbs. If you want to get into running, I recommend this app. Pros: As far as features go, I love that there are different “trainers” you can choose from. Granted they are only really helpful during the beginning of the program. The design of the app is really nice. I like being able to go back and compare my runs to one another and the GPS tracking is very accurate. Cons: I mentioned that the gps was very accurate but have noticed one thing. I also wear a FitBit Charge 2 when I run and use the run tracker alongside the C25K app so I don’t have pull my phone out to see what my distance is. However when I finish my run, my distance ran is always different on the C25K app and the FitBit. So I’m not sure which one is off but they are both close enough to where it isn’t a huge deal ( within .15 of a mile). I had one instance where on a run, my phone paused my run for no apparent reason. When I hit 35 minutes, I looked at my phone and the workout was paused saying I had only ran .08 miles. It’s only happened once though so maybe it was just a misclick on my end. Overall, this is one of the best apps I have ever bought and definitely my favorite as it has gotten me into a new hobby. If you want to get into running or you’re just looking to get into better shape, this app is definitely worth the money. 10/10.
needed
by Spunkyjump on 2018/09/24 15:05
bad knees --> slow workups that help me immensely!!
Not iOS12 compatible
by billix0 on 2018/09/23 17:44
iPhone 8+, as of iOS12 it crashes instantly on the instructor page
Crashes?
by Hannah101010101 on 2018/09/23 01:16
I updated and now every time I try to change my trainer the application crashes! My mom also uses this app and she is having the same issue. Just as the weather was getting nice too
Completely broken in iOS 12!
by FeelingsAreBoringKissingIsAwesome on 2018/09/22 11:52
Can’t start a run in iOS 12 — app crashes st the trainer select screen. Get your act together.
Crashes more reliably than it runs
by caulpy on 2018/09/21 00:25
The app is more likely to crash than it is to start your workout. Hangs and crashes.
Used to increase speed for 5k
by ideas for 1.2 on 2018/09/20 12:11
Love this app. Gives avg total pace as well jog and walk pace. It has really helped shave time off my run
Don’t bother
by Yuly327 on 2018/09/20 00:05
App never connect and support doesn’t exist
Perfect
by 8262638 on 2018/09/19 14:54
Not sure what people who have this less than 5 stars were looking for. This app will have you enjoying 3 mile runs in 9 weeks. Will be switching to couch to 10k soon.
Love the App, Broken since iOS 12 GM
by Artoom23 on 2018/09/18 03:45
I love this app and my girlfriend and I are on our 3rd week and we feel great about running. We tried to use it today and the app froze each time we went to select our trainer. Hopefully this gets fixed so I can give it 5 stars!!
Apple Watch doesn’t work!
by JerseyAces on 2018/09/15 01:41
I downloaded this app to use with my running group. The iPhone app is great, I was happy to see there’s an Apple Watch app too. The Apple Watch app doesn’t work! No matter how many times I try to uninstall and reinstall it will not install completely. It just keeps trying to install, and if you open the app on the watch it just tells you to use the iPhone app. Very frustrating I like to leave my phone and not bring it when I run.
Used to be good. Now mediocre at best.
by Amanda10k2018 on 2018/09/12 15:20
I used this app and LOVED it 4 years ago when I was training for my first 5k. I got out of running, but recently a friend convinced me to run a 10K in November. I thought this would be a great place to start. Eh. The training piece is good as far as during run instruction. But no matter what I try, it won’t track distances. I can’t get splits. It’s awful. I have to use Map my Run to get the info I need.
Gets the job done. But has some issues.
by StartUpTechCoach on 2018/09/10 18:04
I used this app eons ago, and was surprised to see the update. It’s nice, I don’t mind that. My issue is the music setup. 1. It’s limited: Pick an artist, album, or playlist. Trying to change it mid-run is nearly impossible. I wish it could work with other music apps, like Spotify or SoundCloud. 2. The cueing is inconsistent — I cant hear the coach tell you to Run/Walk. That is REALLY frustrating. 3. Music shuts off as soon as the workout ends. I don’t always stop after the cool down and this can feel very abrupt. I prob just need to de-couple music and this app. I guess I’ll try this next time, but since it’s built in, this is kind of a bummer. I wish there was a way to use your headphones to request new music, like using Siri.
Gets the job done. But has some issues.
by StartUpTechCoach on 2018/09/10 18:04
I used this app eons ago, and was surprised to see the update. It’s nice, I don’t mind that. My issue is the music setup. 1. It’s limited: Pick an artist, album, or playlist. Trying to change it mid-run is nearly impossible. I wish it could work with other music apps, like Spotify or SoundCloud. 2. The cueing is inconsistent — I cant hear the coach tell you to Run/Walk. That is REALLY frustrating. 3. Music shuts off as soon as the workout ends. I don’t always stop after the cool down and this can feel very abrupt. I prob just need to de-couple music and this app. I guess I’ll try this next time, but since it’s built in, this is kind of a bummer. I wish there was a way to use your headphones to request new music, like using Siri.
Music duckin
by RBD70 on 2018/09/09 11:44
If the music would duck consistently I would love the app. Watch app won’t work when screen is locked.
Got me off the couch!
by Shooting for fit by fifty on 2018/09/08 17:14
I love this app! I’m in week 6 right now and still going...
Unable to connect to Facebook
by Kensingtonmy7 on 2018/09/07 15:06
I started using this app this week and really enjoy it so far! My only complaint is being unable to connect with friends on Facebook. The app is telling me I don’t have friends using Couch to 5K and I know that isn’t true!
Used to be great
by Ultra Cool Kid on 2018/03/27 18:55
I used this app before this update last year around this time. It worked so well, and I was even able to finish it and run my first 5K! Well through the year, I started slacking and wanted to get back into running because I love doing it. I knew right where to go to help me start training. This Couch to 5K app! Downloading it and opening up and seeing the beautiful new redesign was a nice surprise, and I was so excited to run. I went to my normal spots where I used to run where I never had an issue tracking my speed, distance, or placement on a map. After my run, I went to check how I did, and I couldn’t see any info. It said I ran/walked a distance of 0.07 miles, when I actually did about 1.75 miles, and it had no information of my speed. It didn’t start tracking me until I was in my cool down. I’ve tried turning my location services on and off, clearing my workout history, going to a different place I used to run, starting a new account, and nothing!! I used to have no problem with it tracking me, and now I don’t really understand what the issue is.
Helped me with pacing
by Cmblanch on 2018/01/04 21:28
I've run several 5k and even a 10k prior to the app. I was "out of the game" for a while and decided to use this app to get back into it. Building up and focusing on time spent running rather than distance really helped me learn to better pace myself. I like that none of the runs are incredibly long either, the longest toward the end is around 40 mins including warm up/ cool down. I recommend to friends often. However, I'm not giving 5 stars because I've encountered SO many glitches. Several times the app has shut down on me without warning, and when it does that none of the run is recorded (this usually happens to me toward the end of the run). The distance and time recorded in the app also include warm up and cool down, which I hate. I want to know my pace and time spent during the actual workout only. For those two reasons, I always keep a second running app recording on my phone with running to give me better data and reliability.
Buggy timer on iOS 11
by HM to the Mache on 2017/12/06 18:09
I have been using this app on my IPhone 5 for a couple of years with no problems. Simple, easy to use and accurate. I just upgraded to iOS 11 and have had nothing but problems since then. I’ve gone on 2 runs and 10 minutes in the timer gets wonky. The seconds get tripped up, move slowly or the timer stops altogether. Yesterday I was in the cool down and the timer stopped. Then the app closed and all my data for that run was lost. Super frustrating. I tried resetting the app and also deleted and reloaded it, to no avail. I even ran the timer against a stopwatch for accuracy and the same problem occurred. I love this app and want to continue to use it, but will have to look elsewhere if they can’t fix this bug. I emailed them today so we’ll see what happens. Like other reviewers, I also have experienced the same issue with the music volume dropping way down after the first voice prompt. Not nearly as big of an issue as inaccurate / buggy timing, but a nuisance just the same. I hope they can fix these issues.
Used to be good
by AlaskaLove(907) on 2018/10/12 23:15
I used to love this app as it’s helped me get back into shape multiple times after falling out of running for a bit. However, since I started using it again this time it’s been no help at all. I’m just staring week 3, and already 4 times it’s just completely crashed on me. When I go to reopen the app, hoping to have at least an idea where it died, there’s not even anything showing I actually started the workout. This is frustrating for tracking progress I’ve made, which is one reason I really like this app, but it also totally disrupts my workout. When it crashes I’m not always sure how far I am into my workout, as I don’t watch it while I’m running and just listen to cues. It’s also frustrating because I then have to completely stop the run to try and figure out where I was at and get started again, which completely messes up my pace. Like I said, I used to completely love this app and would have gave it 5 stars. But at this point with all the glitching I wish I would have just gone with a different running app.
Pretty Good !
by Coolbeans26 on 2018/08/12 16:11
I have only been using the app for three days so far, so I guess my review is limited right now. So far the pace is decent (for someone totally out of shape), and hopefully I can keep up as it progresses. I like the different display pages, and how it shows yours your progress a lot. My only complaint is the limited input by the “coach”, and that I barely hear it when it wants me to switch between intervals (not a phone volume issue). I run to music, and when the app wants me to switch between walking and running, it says about 2-4 words that I barely catch over the music. At the beginning the coach sounds good (voice going over the music), but while running it is lacking. I would also like the coach to throw in more words of wisdom and updates to keep me motivated while working out. I definitely plan on using the app through to the 5k, and will try and update as I progress. That’s it for now.
Meh... some good, but bad is more.
by Chess fan1543987 on 2017/09/18 17:21
It's a simple app. So it does the one thing with the parsing of the running workouts. Then it tries to sell you a bunch of stuff you don't need or want and compete with fbook for a "social experience"... Next it wants to compete with LinkedIn and get you a job. But the real problem is that it doesn't do the one thing it should well. It doesn't gradually ramp you up based upon some responsive algorithm. Nope some guy just came up with some time partitions and told you to deal with it. Finally it doesn't track your gps (per the support email I received) "indoors or in small spaces like tracks...". Well ok so when does it work? Not even outdoors very well, either, bc I have driven my route and the thing came up short vs the car odometer. So it makes you feel really slow when it tells you you ran a 12 min mile pace. Even though you know it's wrong you can't do anything about your stats, like draw in the course on a map. Not worth the money in my opinion when other apps do it better.
Doesn't worth the money
by Abdulm on 2017/10/16 00:05
Cons: It doesn't send you the voice commands unless it's always active on the screen, while you run you cannot state at the mobile screen instead you keep it in there pocket. It only sends the text notification if the phone is locked. I bought this because of the Apple watch support, again here the app on the watch doesn't stay on top of you want to check your progress. You would need to manually press the buttons and switch it. You can't just use the Apple watch alone, it doesn't work, you still need to carry your phone while running. Think about you keeping your 7" phone in your pocket during workout. If you don't carry the phone while workout it doesn't record anything then you will have to use some other app like Nike+ (free app) to track and manually log there distance and time, BS right? You cannot start the workout from Apple watch, you should start from phone, carry the phone, keep staring at the screen all the time. I don't know what they meant by saying Apple watch support. Pros: Apple watch sends a vibration for every step. However this also sends vibration when you're halfway this confuses if you don't keep unlocking the Apple watch and check what the text says, which is a tedious task during a workout session. It tracks the GPS, logs the miles, share social but I never let it access my fb though. Conclusion: Doesn't worth for a paid app.
Good for new runners
by LauraBellRunRocks on 2018/05/17 03:56
Before using this app I was not a good runner and had never tried to be one before. It starts off so easy and builds gradually enough that it worked really well for me. I can now jog without stopping for about 3 miles which amazing! My pace isn’t great yet, but the fact that I can just keep going was my initial goal from the start. My biggest complaint is it’s harder to keep track if you need to go back in time. I took about 5 months off when I was over halfway through with the app because of health reason. When I was able to get back to it, it was not conceivable for me to be able to jog 28 minutes straight again. It was much harder for me to keep up with where I was each time I ran because the app wanted me to jog where I left off 5+ months prior.
Slow and buggy! Wish I could give 0 stars!
by justronni on 2017/12/13 22:37
I’m using this on my iPhone 6+ running iOS 11. It must think I need to exercise more since the seconds are about 4 seconds long! The time goes WAY TOO slow and it starts to skip seconds because it bugs out in the last 10 minutes and stops working. The past two days I’ve had to exit the app because it froze and lost the whole workout. There’s SO MANY reminders to turn on certain things and those bug it out too! I use this on a treadmill where I can watch the clock so I dont need notifications, but every screen change (every time I would hit a button to do something) I’d get the stupid reminder to turn on my notifs. This app is great when it’s not so annoying that I actually get angry at it! Also, if I say I don’t want to sync my workouts, IT MEANS I DONT WANT TO SYNC MY WORKOUTS. This app is actually terrible bug wise. Please fix it! I love this and need it for a fitness class and if it doesn’t work, I can’t do it!
I want to love it, but it simply doesn't function
by Devilstower on 2017/09/24 19:59
Filled out my profile and got started. Plugged in the earphones, stuck it in my pocket and launched off. But after telling me to take a brisk five minute walk, I didn't hear the trainer again. Pulled out the phone, pressed away the lock screen, and found that the app assumed I was halfway through a jogging sequence, though nothing had been said. Turned off the screen, dropped it back in my pocket, and immediately the voice said "brisk walk, jog, walk, halfway there! Jog." Jogged on in silence for another few minutes, drew it out of my pocket, pressed past lock screen, and found that the app had paused itself. Started the whole thing over and found that only if I kept the phone in my hand, with the screen on, app front and center, would the voice reliably speak and the app not either shut down or leap around unpredictably. On to another app.
Can't find the support page…
by belleex on 2017/09/10 15:58
So I guess that's another factor to this less than stellar review. I love using this app since it's definitely helped me get from my mostly sedentary state to looking forward to getting a good run in and breaking a sweat. My biggest issue is with music playback: my music plays at regular volume for the 5 minute warmup walk, then as the trainers voice cuts in it lowers the volume (so I can hear them, understandably) and never comes back to full volume. So frustrating! Half of what keeps me motivated is having good music going and when it feels like it's miles away, my workout seems bland. I tried to find a support page to leave this feedback on so it wouldn't have to negatively affect my review of the app, but since that took me in a maze of webpages, I guess it goes here. Someone help! Please and thanks.
Used to be good
by megnificent64 on 2019/04/28 16:10
I got this app to start running again. I used this app 2 years ago and loved the app. I have the Apple Watch and was excited to use the app with it. I like to check my progress, but it will close out of the watch and I have to go back into the app during a run, which is frustrating. This happens 2-3 times during the run. I also do not like that every time you start the app you have to go pick your trainer and then the trainers do and say stuff before you can go to the actual running. It was cute the first time, but I know what trainer I want. If I want to change it I can go through the app. It does t need to show up every time I use the app. I’m disappointed, I payed money for this app and its finicky. I really hope they fix the watch part. I am still using it because I paid for it and I’m on week 4, but maybe it’s time I find another app.
Love this new update, but just one issue...
by Mitchmanistheman on 2017/12/20 16:38
Like I said, I love this update. It works great on my 6S. The big problem lies in the old version. I’m on week 6 of the program, and in the earlier weeks the app would work...sparingly. Basically, the app would glitch in the last few minutes of my workout and crash. So I would go back into the app and manually enter my distance. But I can’t change the time. I would just skip through quickly, and it would say I went 2.2 miles in one second. It messes with my statistics. I just don’t understand why I can only manually input my distance, and not my time. Other than that, the program works great. I finished it about two years ago and had since fallen out of the habit of running.
Couch Potato? This app works!
by Chargermaniac on 2017/10/31 18:38
I have been trying different exercise programs for years to lose weight. I never stuck to them, because they usually felt out of my reach and too hard for a couch potato like me. I’ve stuck to this program, and loved it. It allows you to go at your own speed per gait, but tells you when to walk or jog at intervals that increased slowly, but like I felt that I could do. I feel good about myself, and love how it starts so easy and increases with difficulty. Anyone can do it! The only thing I wish they would add, though, is having the trainer tell when it’s the last jog interval, so I could give it my all. Still, I would definitely recommend this app.
Everything is great except sound.
by Komododave on 2018/11/21 15:47
I enjoy almost everything about this app and workout program. It steps up the intensity at a good pace and the variety of motivating voices are fun. The only thing that almost made me leave the app was the sound control. The music and prompt volumes are connected and, until I turned off control of the music through the app, it was a crap shoot as to whether I could hear them. Sometimes it would be loud, sometimes it would be so soft, I’d have to keep restarting workouts. Since I turned off music control through Couch to 5k, the prompt volume is ok, but it’s still tied to the music volume. Please please fix this. It can’t be that hard to decouple the app volume from the music. Otherwise, great app.
Awesome, but Slightly Tedious, App!
by hwltgjs on 2018/07/06 19:12
This is such a great app! I’m on my 2nd round of using it now (I can run a 5k personally, but my husband can’t and wanted a training partner), and once I’m through I plan on using the “5k to 10k” app as well. The only reason I’m not rating five stars are the “badges/trophies.” I think they’re fun, but it’s tedious to click through three or so screens at a time, because you got multiple badges. That said, the program absolutely did work for me. Last year, I was basically sedentary (and overweight), and now I run a 5k once a week (still overweight, but much less so), as well as do the program with my husband (who is on week four, so not quite a 5k yet). It can be a bit tough on the knees, but I haven’t felt any pain beyond normal soreness.
Great Program but Sound Issues
by ToddMM on 2017/10/04 20:20
I bought this app a few years back to prep for a 5k and I am starting again from scratch. The program is very well thought out and planned but the software has become problematic as IOS has progressed. When the voice comes on to tell you to run walk etc., music volume is supposed to attenuate so you can hear the instructions. Unfortunately in recent releases the music does not return to normal volume. For the remainder of the run, you are to approximately 50% of your total volume. In addition, the voice giving instructions sometimes forgets instructions such as the halfway point. This is an outstanding program otherwise. If this is corrected, I will change my review to five stars but this is a big enough issue that I think it drastically affects the usability and value of the app.
I love it!
by Jooshie91 on 2017/09/24 01:28
*Edit* I still love this app. I’ve fallen off but get back on it so easily. Can you make it so the app doesn’t lower the volume of the music. It effects it by at least 50%. I absolutely enjoy this app!! My run time and overall cardio has substantially increased. I really enjoy the training program, however the UI can be better. My halfway indicator word rarely and when it shows the GPS it won't tell me what the dropped pins were. I believe the entire feel of the app can be updated, it feels a little out dated and doesn't have a fresh feel to it. Overall really great program to hit the hardball road! Oh and the Apple Watch app needs some serious updates. The app on the watch lags by at least 15-20 seconds.
It does what it says, but is a closed system
by _my_nickname on 2018/02/01 14:03
I’m really happy to have the assistance of an app to get myself back running. It does what it says it does. But I’m really disappointed that the app’s data is self contained. The app doesn’t trigger a workout with the Apple Health app so I miss out on the larger statistical analysis that I could be getting. If there is a setting for this it is well hidden. The watch app is all but useless, though, unless there’s something wrong with my setup. I get notifications on my watch, but if I want to check progress I need to tell the watch to switch to the app, wait for the app to sync with the phone, and then I can see the data. Repeat for any time you want a visual update and you almost immediately just ignore the presence of the watch app.
Should be 5 stars
by Chapindad on 2018/10/22 19:46
I am only finished with week 2 but the workout part of this program is awesome. I was more of a bed to 5k type person so I had to repeat the week 1 workout twice before I was able to get going but I am not through week 2 and am having no troubles. For that a lone it is worth the purchase. Now for why it lost the two stars. The voice cues and vibration misses are a huge problem especially for beginners that just getting one foot in front of the other is enough of a challenge. I had to purchase a $30 arm band for my 6plus just yo help with the issue. I have learned to just reset that section of the routine to get it back but that is going to be an issue later on. This has to be fixed or reworked. I also just purchase an apple watch hoping that I could get the timers and cues on it. No such luck. I just not everyone has the apple watch so that would be a good in app purchase. I would pay $5 to get that feature. Update: They added Apple Watch support but it is very bad and close to broken. They also do not update activity or any other apple health stats. It is sad because I love the fitness part of the app.
Timer freezing at the worst time
by EricaJoy on 2017/12/13 07:40
I was very happy with this app but got to week 8 right around the time I upgraded to iOS 11. For some reason I just couldn’t make it through the whole 28 minute run. I thought I’d hit a wall...until I opened the app during one run and saw that the timer had frozen. I locked and unlocked my phone and the timer unfroze for a few seconds then froze again. And then it happened again during that run and again during another attempt and I realized why I couldn’t do a full 28 minute run...I was actually attempting a much longer run due to the timer repeatedly freezing during my run. This is a pretty major issue and severely impacts my ability to use the app. :( other than that, it’s been fantastic.
Good but lacking things to make it great!
by Brew jockey on 2019/05/06 14:32
This app does the basics just fine. Tracks my run. Gives “encouragement” if you want plus badges when completing goals. Things to be addressed: 1. The music player through the app doesn’t allow me to shuffle my chosen playlist. Therefore, it isn’t useable to me. 2. When it sends notification of the next step (jog,walk, etc.) it should make all other apps drop volume. It does not. Many of my other apps do this. Why can’t this one? 3. Apple Watch app. It seems that every time I go to look at my status on my watch it is reloading or telling me to start a workout on the phone app first. I am in the middle of my run. It is working!!
Great training program. App could use improvement
by Unpleased pizza fan on 2018/01/20 19:52
I’ve used the training program to get back in shape a number of times over the years. The training portion works great if you stick to it. The app itself could use some improvements though. It needs better pairing software for the Apple Watch. Being able to run this app standalone on the watch as a complication would be a huge benefit so you could run without taking your phone. Also, The app does not continue to run in the background when your phone is locked. It’s difficult to keep from pushing buttons while running and could benefit from using push notifications instead of leaving open for the duration of the workout.
Awesome, until just now
by BrittanyKay1234 on 2018/03/23 00:40
Wasn’t able to run more than 30 seconds before. It eases you into more running time, and before you know it, you’re running 10, 20+ mins. Never had a problem with this app, until a few mins ago I had finished the main portion and just moved into the cool down... and the app completely crashed. Without saving my progress. That’s some bs. When I clicked App Support, it sent me to a website and I could not find the app support section. So now I’m just letting the daily run go through again without actually running so I can at least move forward next time. Annoying. Hoping it’s a one time thing.
Don’t stop the music!
by SRQ Rob on 2018/02/27 16:42
This app provides a good training program. Two annoying problems, the app will get one star back for each one fixed: 1. I did *not* give your app permission to access my music and media. When I start a workout the app advances to the next song in the active playlist running in the background on Apple’s Music app. When the app determines that I have finished my workout by time elapsed it stops the Music app. Couch to 5K is not a music app, it is a workout app. Leave my music and playlists alone! 2. I enabled notifications but denied access to my music and media. Every time the app starts it insists that I enable notifications in order to get background alerts. Stupid, annoying bug.
Love! But one suggestion ...
by Stardusted on 2019/02/09 19:35
I love this app. I have been using it to get out being so out of shape and I’m about halfway. I had ankle surgery last year and so I’m taking longer than the 9 weeks. But it’s easy to repeat days and the pace is great. One suggestion! The app seems to assume I’m running outside but since I’m strengthening my ankle at the same time it’s really much safer for me to use a treadmill. A setting for that would be nice. Right now at the end it tells me something crazy like I ran .11 miles. Which is incorrect obviously. Seems like something a treadmill setting could help.
GPS is not accurate
by ccook43091 on 2017/12/13 03:03
This is my second time completing the C25k program. First time, worked like a charm. Truly does what it says - takes you from no running endurance to being able to easily run 30+ minutes straight. However, this time I am not pleased with how the app itself works. I’m only on week 2, and I’ve had one workout just stop recording during the cool-down (I opened the app back up and it said “Start Workout” when I had already been running for 20 minutes). Furthermore, three of my workouts have had the GPS glitch so it records the same stats (miles and pace) for each, when I have gone farther and faster each time. Very frustrating. Hopefully this gets fixed before the 9 weeks are up. :/
Good and Things could be Better.
by LisaSumthin on 2018/06/07 13:39
Technically a great app, everything works for me. But its the little things that annoy you that could easily be fixed. Looking at other reviews some ppl feel the same. Such as the ability to turn off animation, turn off warm up/cool down, turn on shuffle, you know choices. I’m sure these features are coming probably in a new in-app monthly price because...capitalism. A personal pet peeve is the running program jumps to quickly one day your running 1:30 and next it’s 3:00. seriously what happened to the 2:00 mins?? Good app if they listen to the users it could be better.
The coaching is terrific! The rest of the app is useless...
by Weeddopeman on 2018/03/28 00:57
This is the running app that has motivated me and prepared me for running a 5k. The workouts are simple and gradually increase more running time. I am now able to focus more on pacing myself and being able to run longer. I love love love the workouts! The one thing that did bum me out is all of the glitches with the rest of the app. I cannot see anything other than my personal log and have tried to sign in by creating a profile and use my Facebook, but all I get is an error message when trying to access articles, events, and friends.
A few changes
by 166425674 on 2018/08/20 10:56
This is a great app and the changes made thus far have been helpful. I love that users can access specific playlists, but it would be awesome if that playlist would have a shuffle option. I currently have to fast forward through my running playlist so I’m not listening to the same songs as the day before. Another improvement is to create a complication for the Apple Watch that allows audio through the watch so I don’t have to have my phone with me to run, I can just use my watch. It would make this app a 5 ⭐️ if you could make these changes.
Worthless for me
by rfloyd42 on 2019/03/19 01:27
If you're wanting this to work with the Apple Watch - don't bother. You have to have your phone with you for this to work - the run isn't offloaded to the watch. I bought a watch so I wouldn't have to run with my phone. And the "watch app" itself is very poorly executed. Even on the treadmill with the phone right in front of me (not tracking distance, of course), every time I glanced at the watch it told me to start the run on my phone - then after a second or so regained its mind and started showing its EXTREMELY limited stats. I'm really happy so many people are getting such value out of this app - because of that I was really excited about the coaching but it just won't work for me. Waste of money for me, but I should've researched more.
Good for intervals but not much else
by KL407 on 2017/12/04 22:30
All I was looking for was something to tell me when to walk and when to jog/run and it does that fine, but there are definitely a few issues the app developers need to address, both of which other reviews have also mentioned. The first is that when my music volume goes down for an audio command from the app it doesn’t go back up- just stays at that quiet level and I can’t be messing with my phone while jogging. The other is that the audio commands are helpful but they only work if the app is open- they don’t happen if you have another app open or your phone locks.
Always the best
by Medievalcamelot on 2018/10/05 06:46
I love this app. I’m pretty sure it’s the same regiment as the C25K instructions I printed off the internet and stuck next to my treadmill years before apps were introduced. My rating is missing a star for 2 reasons. 1) it doesn’t sync up with the Health app, so my phone doesn’t pick up on how much exercise I’ve actually done. 2) there is no function to just say that I’m doing the workout on the treadmill. Yes, I can change the distance later, but the app still “tracks” me and I wind up with a messy looking gps route that I didn’t actually run.
I really like it!
by Lala32688 on 2017/12/31 18:00
I downloaded this app after it was recommended by several friends that were couch potatoes turned runners. Overall liking so far but it doesn’t vibrate every time I need to switch from running to walking, or the coach will only announce it occasionally. Wish there was a way to turn the voice notifications on for every time. (I thought I did this but it’s still not working.) I just hate having to take my phone out and check my time constantly. Update: this is the second time the app has crashed when I opened other apps and all my data was lost.
I tried to like it, freezes, doesn't log data
by beginner5k on 2017/12/14 01:35
I've used the app three times so far, each time the timer starts to run down really slow during the cool down phase, then completely stops and the app closes. None of my workout session was saved any of these times. So frustrating. The first time it happened, I uninstalled the app and reinstalled, still experienced the same problem. I really enjoyed the app because it seemed so simple and don't have all the other unnecessary features that a lot of the others do. However, if I'm not able to get through a single workout, it's no use. I will be searching for other options. Please let me know how to get a refund on my purchase.
Amazing C25K program, GARBAGE APP!
by darth_tater_tot on 2018/06/01 10:02
The only reason I’m giving it 2 stars is because the 9 week program is actually really amazing. This app is just total garbage though. I can’t wait to finish the program, partly so that I can run 5k without stopping. But mostly so that I can uninstall this horrible app and never have to use it again. • You have to adjust just about every single setting on your phone so that it will maybe work correctly, which of course it never does. • It doesn’t pause the music to give you your audio cue so you end up walking or running more than you’re supposed to. • They took away the feature to shuffle your music playlist within the app. Who listens to their playlists in the same order every time?! • The companion Apple Watch app is just a joke. That was promptly uninstalled. Don’t even bother. I have 4 weeks to go then I can finally throw this app in the trash where it belongs. Which is a shame because again, the actual C25K program is really great.
I hate running!
by Mherb24 on 2017/09/13 13:44
But this app eases you into it slowly and methodically. Yes, if your truly a couch potato you might be a bit sore the first few times, however you should feel great about getting off that couch! The interface is easy to use and the progress shown motivates you to raise the bar a little each day. On day 2 of week 3 and never thought I could do this. Surprise! I'm now checking the weather & humidity each morning in anticipation of a great run, who'da thunk!!
Forever Thankful!
by JBfan!!!!! on 2018/07/12 16:46
Couch to 5k is an amazing app and really does work. Working out has always been a passion of mine but was never really into running. I wanted to try to get into it more. I didn’t know where to start, but couch to 5k really helped me ease into it and become the runner I am today. Yesterday I ran my first 5K and came in first in my age group for females. I am so thankful for couch to 5K and how it has hanged my life for the better. The program is amazing and truly does work! I am proof!!!
Really like log information, but could use some updates
by suzannek123 on 2018/08/02 13:14
I love this app for the log information once you're finished. But, there are a few things that could use updating: 1) You don’t know your intervals prior, it only tells you the the jog/walk total minutes. I have to open another 5k app to find out what my intervals are before my run so I can be prepared. 2) Can’t use the Apple Watch without your phone. 3) No motivations cues; would be nice to have them throughout the run vs. only halfway
Ghost Voice
by Mugglepicturesdontmove on 2018/01/10 07:33
No matter how many times I “close” the app or delete & reinstall it, the coach voice randomly comes on in the background...in a really creepy way as if the phone thinks I’m in the app about to run or currently using it. I’m a technician so I’ve done all the necessary troubleshooting to eliminate other potential issues but this is the only app I have this issue with. Other than that the tracking is great & I love that it’s Apple Watch compatible so I don’t have to worry about not being able to hear the cues when the watch vibrates at each interval.
Latest Update Negated the 5th Star
by FrimboSLICE on 2017/12/26 18:13
I love the app and enjoy the features that come along with it. The constant motivation from Sgt Block and great tracking features make this a must have. I will say since the latest update I have been a bit disappointed in the app as it no longer allows me to preview the run/walk intervals before the event. I’m sure we all would like to know specifically what the days run/walk cycles will entail before we start exercising. Other than that, keep up the good work!
Music Volume Issue
by AlexandriaMato on 2017/12/20 03:54
I am really enjoying this app. It’s makes me look forward to running again and it’s helping me develop a good base. The one issue I keep running into is that when I have my music going at the right volume once the voiceover comes on the t lowers the music, but then doesn’t bring it back up to the volume I had it at. If it’s at the maximum volume level, the voicemail ver comes on to tell you the next interval, but the music doesn’t go back to the maximum level. Very frustrating.
Love it, Apple Watch/ treadmill suggestions
by Theeee lag is real on 2018/07/12 03:40
I enjoy this app. I used to run track and cross country in high school. That was 25 pounds ago. I’m far better with my pace now, and I’m about to tackle my first 5k. My only suggestion is improving the Apple Watch compatibility. I usually run at the gym on a treadmill. I’d love it if it logged my heart rate and speed settings on the treadmill. I understand I’d have to do this by hand. I’d just love a spot to log it. I can never seem to remember what settings I go to and my runs vary a little in progress.
Pretty great so far!
by kenshi07 on 2019/01/12 19:07
Admittedly I’ve only been using it for three days, well a week, but only three runs. I’m a cancer survivor whose trying to get back into shape after treatment. I’m only giving it 4 stars cause it could use a treadmill mode. We got 4” of snow here last night and I’m in no shape for a Nordic jog. So I came to the gym and followed the instructions while using the treadmill. Still got a decent workout but the distance and calorie stats will be seriously inaccurate. If y’all can add that, it’d be a five star app.
Pretty great so far!
by kenshi07 on 2019/01/12 19:07
Admittedly I’ve only been using it for three days, well a week, but only three runs. I’m a cancer survivor whose trying to get back into shape after treatment. I’m only giving it 4 stars cause it could use a treadmill mode. We got 4” of snow here last night and I’m in no shape for a Nordic jog. So I came to the gym and followed the instructions while using the treadmill. Still got a decent workout but the distance and calorie stats will be seriously inaccurate. If y’all can add that, it’d be a five star app.
Has it’s downfalls
by Lionproper26 on 2017/11/21 01:46
As with many of the other reviews, the music volume is beyond irritating. Nothing like having music you can barely hear to motivate you through the tough parts. Also, the app likes to close out and reset about 50% of the time when you maneuver between other apps, say like to check in on Fitbit or switch up Pandora. Nothing like being 20 minutes into a run to find it lost its data and it wants you to start over. But nevertheless, this app has gotten me started on a small growing love of running. Hope they can fix the glitches before I complete my 9 weeks
Why did I pay for this?
by cricketmilo on 2018/10/25 21:55
The whole point of an app like this is to track your distance, speed, and progress, which this app is completely unable to do. Today it only captured the last quarter of my route, my last run it showed me running (impossibly) diagonally through city blocks, the run before that it didn’t capture any of my stats at all. I’ve already turned on location settings for this app, turned off my lock screen, and kept the app in the foreground while running, but the glitch is stronger than my accommodations. Its competitors are much better; this is just a $3 stopwatch and my phone already has that capability.
Needs stand alone watch functionality
by Pretty_cc on 2017/11/14 14:57
This is a great program - I wish there were more support for the occasional bugs that pop up, but so far they’ve been fixed by turning my iPhone on and off. But it’s very annoying that I must carry my iPhone when running, and now that it works with the Apple Watch, I STILL need to carry the phone. I hope this gets fixed - even if I had to sync to upload or download runs, I’d be willing to do that.
Want to love it
by Pink Burger on 2017/10/10 12:29
So as others have mentioned the volume with the voice and the music is irritating I have to crank the volume up super high then when the program ends I bust my ear drums cause next time I play music it's sky high. Also can you include people of color into trainers whether they are black, Hispanic or Asian in this day in age a little diversity is a good thing. That's all the negative I really do enjoy the app it doesn't push to hard and the walk breaks are just long enough to catch your breath and start again. Minor improvements needed
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