Couch to 5K App

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  • Couch to 5K program to help beginner runners 
  • 30 min per day, 3 times per week for 9 weeks 
  • $4.99 one-time purchase
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Pros & Cons

What we like ...
  • Training program to start or re-start running
  • Interactive motivating audio coach
  • in-app music player
What needs improvement ...
  • Users complain distance tracking is inaccurate
  • Similar apps available for free
  • Doesn’t link with wearables

Product Summary

The Couch to 5K app is a training program that helps you go from “couch potato to 5K” in nine weeks. The app leads you through 30-minute workouts, three times a week for nine weeks to help you reach your goal of completing a 5K. 

When you purchase the app you will be prompted to select one of four interactive coaches to help lead you through the program. There is an in-app music player that works with popular music services and syncs with playlists so you can listen to your music without missing coaching cues. The app will track your distance and pace of each workout. There will be graphs of each workout to compare them. You can also track your progress over time—the app tracks total distance run and average pace. You can also share your workouts and progress with your friends or running group on Facebook. 

The app has mixed reviews on both Apple and Android App stores. Users really appreciated that the app helped motivate them to start running. They also felt like that program was manageable and progressed them to running for at least 30 minutes. Customers did complain that the distance tracking was inaccurate; users found the distances to be extremely different than what their wearables tracked. They felt that apps with similar features could be found for free.




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      The Couch to 5K app is for beginner runners to get moving. Users complained of inaccurate distance tracking but appreciated that the app got them running for 30 minutes at a time.