I’ve been a “free athlete” for about three months now, and I’m very happy with the results. As some of you may know, I used to be a pretty avid cyclist. When I was riding regularly, I would clock about 200 miles per week either on my own or with groups. I was in the best shape of my life. I got married and priorities shifted. While I miss riding, I don’t miss the number of hours that 200 miles required to ride. It was great for clearing my mind and creating a space for moving meditation, but I’d created a part-time job for myself.

I forgot how I discovered Freeletics, but I’ve really enjoyed getting back into some form of shape with far less of a time requirement. I started out with the BodyWeight app, then added the Running app later into my training. I haven’t lost a lot of weight, but I feel stronger and more fit than I even did with cycling. Freeletics is a subscription service, so you’re paying for ongoing updates to the service and the AI that the Coach is built on. You can do the workouts for free without the Coach, but you probably won’t get as much out of it as you could with the Coach. It’s also way cheaper than a gym membership and a personal trainer at less than $7/month.

There’s a phrase in the community that “Coach knows best”, and I can confirm that this is accurate. I’ve always felt challenged by the workouts prescribed and more often than not intimidated. I’ll be honest: it’s hard. If you’ve never trained in this way before, you’re going to hate the first few weeks. You will experience pain, discouragement, and sometimes fear of the workout to come. Everyone says it, and I’ll join in: keep going. There’s a sort of mental wall that you must get over in order to prove to yourself that you’re capable. You’ll know when you’ve crossed it. I was in week four or five before I started to really enjoy the workouts. 50 burpees is no longer intimidating once you’ve done Helios. Every workout since leaping the mental wall has been awesome and well worth some of the initial hurdles.

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