- The OFFICIAL C25K® (Couch to 5K) program with millions of success stories!
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"C25K is easy to use, as you would hope for a beginner app." - New York Times
"Daily programs that alternate between short bursts of walking and running until you're ready to go the distance." - Forbes
"One of the highest-rated health and fitness apps... A modest, realistic workout schedule." - Men's Fitness
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≈ Real-Life Inspirational Transformations ≈
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- Our community inspires one another (and inspires us!) everyday. Hear their amazing stories.
"In this last year I have lost 97 lbs, gotten off insulin and 9 other medications, completed the C25K running app and started the 10k app. Life is a blessing." - Diana
“I went from a size 16 to a size 7. I tell anyone I can about the app. because it was nothing short of a life changer.” - Amber
"I'm now down 50 pounds from when I began C25K in August. I've gone through the program 3 times increasing my speed by a half MPH each time." - Claire
C25K® is the easiest program to get beginners from couch potatoes to 5K distance runners in 8 weeks.
The proven C25K program was designed for inexperienced runners who are just starting. The plan's structure prevents new runners from giving up and challenges them to continue moving forward. C25K works because it starts with a mix of running and walking, gradually building up strength and stamina.
≈ Less is More ≈
◎ Easy to learn. Just press start!
◎ Ideal for first-time runners
◎ 30 minutes a day, 3 days a week, 8 weeks total. Millions have finished their first 5K. You will too!
≈ Features ≈
◉ BRAND NEW MUSIC curated from top DJ's, built right into the app (subscription)! Scientifically proven to increase motivation by 35%
◉ Apple Watch and Health app integration
◉ Track your calories and distance for each workout! Tap the center dial to cycle through your stats!
◉ Map your run at the end of your workout!
◉ Exclusive partners with MyFitnessPal!
◉ Light and dark modes
◉ Listen to your own favorite music and playlists while you train
◉ Convenient audio coach and alerts
◉ Integrated with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
◉ Convenient access to our forums with thousands of veterans and newcomers starting the app. Join the community and meet other runners!
◉ iPad integration for indoor treadmills
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The file size is 129.18 MB.
The current version is 4.8.5 and works well on
10.0 and high ios versions.
◎ Optimized active screen (bigger fonts!) and locked screen
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This is an awesome C25K app. My only complaint is for rural runners like myself, it requires decent data to launch the app so sometimes I end up spending way too much time trying to get it to launch before I can start my workouts
This app was horrible about two weeks ago. All the previous complaints WERE accurate; no voice prompts, couldn’t feel the buzz and half the time it wouldn’t buzz/notify unless I held it up and watched it. Also, it would buzz at a half way marker and a one minute left notifier. This was annoying because on the random chance you got notified it would be a half way warning... Now for about a week all these problems have gone away. I now have a voice notifier, the half way and one minute warnings are gone, and I no longer have to look at my watch because I can trust that I’m getting notified appropriately. This week has been great. It’s actually been a positive experience. Things I need to check that I had problems with that may or may not have gotten fixed; this app stays on top when I’m running, the app doesn’t have a screen delay every time my screen sleeps, the screen notifications need to stop while running(I can look at the screen and tell if I am running or walking, text notifications is stupid). This app recently got much much better.
I purchased this app with an intention to use the Apple Watch app as noted. I paid the extra fee and there’s no Watch app. I’ve sent feedback and received one message saying the app Watch app is available. BUT WHERE??? If you want an app for your watch, don’t use this one.
I hate to run but it truly is one of the best ways to stay in shape. This program makes it easier to get into shape and enjoy running. It gently challenges you without frustrating you. Before you know it, you’re running 3 miles without stopping. Which was HUGE for me considering just running across the street to the ice cream parlor was a challenge! Now I run past it.
Ridiculous — paid and downloaded c25k Pro app ... (1) doesn’t transfer my C25K days from the free version, so I lost all that history, really quite disappointed about that as I like to see my progress (2) doesn’t show up on my Apple Watch either and no instructions anywhere on how to get it to work. All the other Apple Watch apps have been easy peasy — download and use via the Watch app. Really just wanted to run without my phone ... What is the point of the paid version? No ads I guess. Not worth it imo.
Great app. Helps a lot I do recommend
Says it works with an Apple Watch by itself. It doesn’t. Will not give you alerts to start the next part of the workout unless you’re holding your watch in front of you and staring at the screen. Contacted support and they just sent me a random portion of the FAQ off the website that didn’t even relate to the problem I was having.
I just purchased the pro version to start using exclusively on my Apple Watch on my runs and this app is not very good. The main reason to use the app on your watch is so that you do t have to carry your phone on your run. But this app doesn’t give me voice prompts at the start of each cycle of your interval run. So if you like to listen to your music on your Bluetooth headphones while your training for the 5K you don’t get any voice prompts. You have to constantly be looking at your watch to see when the walking is over and you need to start jogging. The slight buzz and sound you get from the Watch is barely noticed especially if you are moving and have music playing on your AirPods. Come guys all the marketing hype for this app and you can’t produce a decent app for the Apple Watch. Folks look elsewhere, I’m going to ask for my money back!
Not happy with the purchase. Had the free one and decided to upgrade. The paid version doesn’t do anything more. And the “new” map feature doesn’t work. Nor is there any share feature to post your progress. Disappointed.
The pro version still has ads and still won’t show the path you ran or give statistics. Also there is no way to shut off the ads for more apps. I’m asking for my money back.
Does what it says on the box, however even the paid version wants to sell your data and the watch app frankly is rubbish.
The paid version requires you to consent to them selling your location data to two different companies before you can use the app. The are a lot of other c25k apps or there and because of this I'll be using them now instead
I love the simplicity of this app but the watch app needs work. I did not pay $8 for the watch app to not notify me when to start walking or jogging. There’s no noise or vibrating unless you have the app running in front of you. It’s extremely frustrating during your workout. I want to be able to use this app with watch only but it makes it too hard. I’m disappointed I spent money on this so far.
I’ve used a couple of C25K apps. This one looks nice but could do with a few improvements. Firstly while the interface is clean, a number of the metrics are too small to read such as “2 of 6” runs. Another improvement would be the voice telling you when you are starting the final run of the set as this brings some relief to know you are almost there. The watch app is useless. A functional watch app that doesn’t require the phone would be beneficial as exercising was the main reason I got an Apple watch. Notifications need some work. I did a run at 5:50am but got a notification at 9am suggesting I ‘dust off those running shoes”. I still start an Workout on my watch at the same time as these app doesn’t work with the Apple Health or Activity app.
I thought for $8 I would get a running app with all bells and whistles especially included music. It’s not a bad app but for the price the music should be included. LoLo have a fantastic running app which includes music which varies with your speed.
You don’t here the tone in AirPod if using only watch
It’s getting better but I would like to link it to My Fitness Pal and Fitbit.
The app isn’t bad. A little cluttered perhaps. I’ve used various iterations of C25K over the years and they’ve never failed to get me back into running again. However this time I paid extra for the new version because it had iWatch compatibility. It does not have iWatch compatibility. The watch interface needs to have nothing more than a stop, go and pause button and the prompts delivered from there. This is important because the current version of the watch shares internet access with the phone which means I don’t have to take the phone at all but the watch app has little more than a single page that says “start workout on phone”. Though I was disappointed that I now needed to carry the phone too, I could have put up with it if the app even worked but unless I unpair my headphones from the watch and pair them with the phone, I don’t get the audio prompts. Hell, most of the time I don’t even get the haptics and notification. I know you guys can do better. AppName: C25K® App Version: 4.2/126 Device Model: iPhone8,2 OS Version: 11.2.6
Great app gets me on track without pushing to hard or going to soft.
For an app with a metric name, the distances within are imperial (and hella outdated for modern earth standards). Emailing support with issues (such as no 'treadmill' option resulting in woefully inaccurate calorie burn estimations in linked apps) will give you a pointless response paraphrased from the FAQ. So don't expect feedback to be valued. Otherwise the app functions well for what it is. Stick with the free version. You're not missing anything by paying.
This app is a scam as far as I’m concerned. I am skeptical of the positive reviews. Every other couch to 5k app available on IOS is better than this one. I know because I purchased and tried them all. In this detailed review I’ll discuss the running schedule, features, and cost. Running Schedule: this app uses a running schedule that is identical to most other couch to 5k apps (except that this one doesn’t distinguish between different walking speeds). I feel that the standard running schedule used by this app and others is a good pace for beginners who are currently able to run a half mile. In regards to the features: what a shill. This app has absolutely nothing you’d want as a beginning runner. It does not provide a map of your run. It does not provide your overall completion time. It does not display your average pace. It does not compare your running pace to walking pace. It does not connect to the heart rate monitor on any wearable devices. One of the four main interface buttons simply connects you to a list of ads for other fitness app packages. There is no tutorial or interface rundown. There is no “coach” or customizable motivation messages. Forums and FAQ are designed differently from the rest of the app and are clearly meant for browser use rather than in-app use. The UI is slightly unintuitive and you’ll be surprised by the lack of interactive elements. But the “skins” are customizable (7 available with 2 more to unlock). And it connects to your phone’s music (hint: the other apps do too). I didn’t run into any bugs using it which was nice. Price: $4.99 puts it at the high end for couch to 5k app prices. I chose to purchase this one first because I wanted the largest variety of features and expected it to be more polished than the rest. After using it a few times I thought “there’s no way they’re ALL this bare bones.” And they aren’t. The cheaper apps I chose had everything this app had, but way more, and far better developed. Even if you want a simple running app, just get a cheaper one and turn off their features. Good luck to all the starting runners out there! I feel strongly that the popular alternatives are a better choice. But in truth, if it gets you off the couch, it’s doing its main job.
I use an iPhone X and I have to start and stop the app many times before it will register the tap on the Start button. Sometimes, if I get it to Start, then it won’t respond to a tap on Pause button. Don’t start music before starting your workout because your workout will not start. You have to start the workout first, then the music. A full minute plus passes before I can get the music to start. Very frustrating start to a workout. I like it, once I get it started. Not sure I will continue to use it as it is somewhat of a deterrent.
Just a message to the developer... It’s highly annoying that EVERY time I log in you beg me to turn on notifications. I bought the app. Stop asking if you can sell me or push things to me. His was a five star app. It’s a one star now that I have to manage it like a toddler every single time I feel like using it. I will honestly never buy another product from you as long as this is your policy. It shows zero respect for paying customers.
I love this app because it used to work great. I am now finding that the GPS will not stop once you are done. You literally have to go to settings each and every time and use location services and click “never” in the Location box for it to stop doing this. I had it on “only while using app”. That don’t work AT ALL. It will drain my battery if I leave it on.
I have used Get Running app for a while and my husband convinced me to try this one out so i paid the $4.99 for the Pro version. I don’t like how the voice doesn’t give you reminders or updates. In fact, 2 seconds into your run/wall is when she’ll tell you “Start running/walking”. It would be nice if she said, “get ready to run in 10 seconds......start running now.” And it would be nice if she could tell us where we are within the run “you have two runs left before we cool down.” Okay...so basically if it was just like Get Running, it would be better. Husband said the apps on the free version pop up all throughout your run. Husband also agreed that he liked Get Running app best. This does the job if you want to run, but it’s just not for me. Oh, well!
It doesn’t give prompts when my phone is locked so I don’t know when to run or walk and it doesn’t give a map of what you ran....very disappointed since I paid for the app! I generally don’t pay for apps and this is why!
Great way to build up endurance and prevent injury. Would recommend to beginners and those who have take. A break and restarting exercise:
I just bought this app despite seeing bad reviews from September and earlier. This app is useless unless you have your phone open on the app. The notifications don't even pop up on the phone unless you turn on the phone yourself. The watch is constantly out of sync with the phone. The funny part is they say the updates come from the community in the app description. Well, it's been 9 months since the last reviewer who mentioned this problem and still no fix although they updated the app one month ago with optimizations. Poor execution for the app. Devs if you are reading this, please make this one change. Make notifications work please and this would be a 5 star app.
I love this app. It has helped me to become a runner! I used to hate running but thanks to this app I now love it! I bought the pro version for my Apple Watch. Unfortunately, there are no notifications, vibrations, or sounds alerting you when to begin running or walking on the watch. I wish there were so I would not have to bring my phone with me when I run.
After a week of using this it is clear for me gat this app is defective and provides little value. Music freezes, skips playlists, app freezes, app does not respond well to touch screen, etc. I have to say at this point I would not use this app on my iPhone for free, let alone pay $10/month.
The app works fine, but despite the fact that 95% of the world's population uses the metric system, and the 'K' in 'C25K' standing for 'Kilometres', the developers have neglected to give you the option of using metric/kilometres. Instead distances are measured in miles/ parts of miles!
Basic App, no bells or whistles!
As a beginner I fine this very useful.
This app tells you when to run and when to walk, no more no less, I have had to use Runkeeper to keep track of the pace and the distance, it gives no information about your workout, it just ends and moves onto the next day