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Inconsistent over the yearsThe problem with this app is sometimes it works perfectly but then it gets updated and something that was functional before stops working. Presently one of those issues is I can’t get the audio cues to cut through the music, something that worked fine before. Have reverted to the podcast for the moment.Version: 4.3.0

Doesn't worth the moneyCons: 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..Version: 3.7.0

C25K without the K'sApp works well, but latest update doesn't have an option to measure distance in kms or weight in kgs. I'm in Australia and miles don't mean much to me. You need an option to measure in metric. Otherwise I'll go to another app..Version: 4.1.0

App training doesn’t work with musicTerrible app, lots of much better free ones out there. App works fine until you try and listen to music. Once you are listening to music you can’t hear the audio training cues. Help and support are also rubbish as they don’t read emails properly..Version: 4.5.3

OkNot a bad app, I like that it maps your run. One BIG problem though is that it counts your last 5 minutes (the cool down) as RUN time instead of walk so it totally screws up the pace and total distance ran calculations..Version: 3.5.3

Needs phone on a run to use the poor watch app.£2.99 for an app that is supposed to be watch compatible but requires you to take you phone with you on a run. This should be clearly stated within the description!.Version: 4.3.0

App feels 8 years old.UI looks archaic, app is slow. Uninstalled..Version: 3.6.5

Apple Watch Users Beware!A good C25K app but for anyone with an Apple Watch hoping to get haptic notifications with the intervals, look elsewhere! When an interval starts your watch will not vibrate! I’m not really sure why, since Active’s 10K app does provide haptic feedback. Avoid this app until they fix this!!.Version: 4.2.0

BuggyToo bad it tends to bug, skipping parts of the workout or resetting in the middle of a work out. Plus you can't change trainers in the middle of a work out. Otherwise it is simple to use andcute characters.Version: 4.5.6

Almost PerfectI was contemplating buying a different C25K app, but I can’t get on board with a subscription model or one that will expire after a certain amount of time. This seemed like a great app that wouldn’t do that. Until I went for my first run. I’m trying to lose weight and adding running to my workouts to do it. I went out, did my run, and was pleasantly surprised my how motivating I found the trainer. Then I got home and looked at my Apple Watch. It only logged 20 minutes of a 30 minute workout... so I checked my Apple Health data... NOTHING! No Apple Health integration at all, and no setting to fix it. This is a deal breaker for me..Version: 3.7.1

Great Program but Sound IssuesI 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..Version: 3.6.8

Not satisfied 😔Might have been a great app when there was no Heathkit and apple watch! 1- It's pointless these days to have an iPhone fitness app with no Heathkit integration. 2- The apple watch app does not work without the phone close to it and that's just so disappointing. Taking my big iPhone 7 plus in a wallet case with me in a 5k run to just work with my apple watch is just so annoying..Version: 4.0.0

Pointless if using a treadmillGood app if you are on the move, if your running on a treadmill you may as well not bother.Version: 4.5.3

Doesn't have the basics rightWhen my phone is locked in my pocket while running, either the timer stops or the reminders don't happen. C'mon guys, get the basics right before you start charging. I found a free app that does a better job anyway..Version: 3.3.6

Great program, mediocre appI restarted this program recently after being out of the game with running for a while. I used this app the first time I started running and it helped me get into 5k shape (I'm definitely not much of a natural runner). After using this app for the first time in a while, I'm finding a couple of issues that I don't remember having before. The coach is way too quiet in the background of my music (though my music is not very loud and the coach starts off at a great volume when you first begin). I find myself often missing cues to walk or run. Also, it is not taking my distance or pace as it did before, even though GPS is active. I also think that it would be helpful if there was a bar on the lock screen of my phone when the app is running, I have to unlock my phone every time I need to check if I missed a cue to walk or run, which is inconvenient while running. The program is great and I recommend it to anyone who wants to get into shape without burning themselves out, but the app needs some work..Version: 4.5.3

Used to be great...I was using this running program through the Active website before it became an app. I absolutely loved the program and app (up until about a year and a half ago) and over the years have told so many people to purchase it because it’s one of the best ones I’ve found in terms of building a base without injuries and for not being intimidating, even for new runners. That said, the last year or so I’ve been thoroughly disappointed with the app. It’s buggy, shuts down randomly and doesn’t save the run (other apps I’ve tried that are free, you can just reopen the app if it crashes and the run is still going so you don’t lose everything), and most importantly does not work with the Apple Watch like it claims to (I have a cellular plan and the app, phone and watch are fully up to date). You have to bring your phone with you if you want to see any of the stats (time, distance, pace, interval) and that defeats the purpose. Also, sometimes it’ll queue me to run or walk with a buzz notification on my watch (when I’ve left my phone at home) but most the time doesn't. There’s no telling when it will or won’t work. The convenience this app used to provide isn’t there any more because it’s not keeping up to date with modern technology. Until these issues are fixed I would discourage anyone paying for the app..Version: 4.5.4

DisappointedReally disappointed as having paid for an app that is designed for the Apple Watch but you still have to take your phone with you, had I been aware of this I would have just used the free version for my phone..Version: 4.5.3

Usable but brokenI'm using this app on an iPhone SE runnion iOS 10.3.3, and it has a major technical problem: the voice prompts are almost inaudible when I'm playing music. I have the "Trainer Volume" set to full and I've had the same problem with both the Constance voice and Billie: if I have music playing, then the music pauses or fades to allow for the voice cue but the trainer's voice is barely audible, sometimes completely inaudible, so I can't tell if I'm being told to jog or to walk. Fortunately the vibration cue still works or else the app would be completely nonfunctional. However, sometimes the voice prompt is to "keep going" and I've inadvertently switched from run to walk because I couldn't hear the words. Given that the voice prompt is really the primary function of the app, the app is essentially broken, although I can still use it thanks to the vibration function, as long as I remember to look at the screen to confirm what I'm being instructed to do. There are other problems, inherent to the design. The in-app menu for selecting music lets me select playlists but not individual tracks, so if I feel like starting a run with a particular song then I have to exit the app and go into Music. Also the app stops my music playing when the run is over, which is annoying. Also also, the "Disable Auto-Lock" function doesn't seem to actually do anything. There seems to be no way to preview the runs, neither before nor during a run, so I can't mentally prepare for that day's mix of jogging and walking. This seems like a major omission. The app has interesting social features like notifications of local 5K events and a Facebook-style "Community" feed. But I don't really use those on a day to day basis. On a more positive note, the app does useful things like track my run Overall this app barely works for its intended purpose. Despite being three weeks into my training program I'm shopping around for alternatives..Version: 3.6.7

PricingHave always loved this app but recently stopped working on iPod, deleted it to re download and found its now charges 2.99 on my iPod but it’s free on my phone! End up taking out two bits of technology on the runs but is a shame! Don’t get why charge for one and not the other! Especially as used to have it!.Version: 4.5.3

Not what it used to beI used to love love love this app but recently I’ve found it so frustrating I might switch to another. Since the big update, you can no longer see what the upcoming workout is - I miss having the overview of the workout to help mentally prepare! Also, the app NEVER keeps me signed, so have to re-enter details frequently. And when I do, I’m asked repeatedly to sync previous workouts (multiple times in the one session), even after I’ve already said no. Very frustrating. Also, I think it would be very helpful to have some lock-screen functionality- just to be able to see how long is left in each bit from the lock-screen, rather than have to continually unlock and navigate to app..Version: 4.1.2

What have you done?Been using this app for years and I really like it. But I cannot stress this enough - the update where you animated the characters is so ugly. In a world where apps are focusing on design it’s such a strange move to make ugly animated characters. Other annoying things which have changed: - Choosing your trainer every time - No longer displays detailed workout information (exact time running and walking) - just the total time with warmup/cooldown either side.Version: 4.5.0

Accidental pressesWhen will this app put in an "are you sure" button at a timed hold on button to alter the run... how many hundreds of times has my progress been obliterated due to accidentally skipping to the next stage of the run by an accidental palm press on the screen. Seriously, who skips stages of training anyway, making it so easy to do accidentally press buttons during a run is not very thoughtful UI..Version: 3.5.3

Uses a lot of batteryThis is he only running app I’ve used so I can’t compare it to anything else, but the plan does the job and I’m progressing through it slowly. The big drawback is that it uses a lot of battery when it’s not in use but running in the background. I wake up the day after a run to find low power warnings and this app is reported as using around 90% of battery. I guess it continues tracking you after you complete a run, which is a privacy concern. I’ll delete it as soon as I finish the plan..Version: 4.5.0

Ruined by new updateThis used to be a perfect app, leading you into running pleasure. Why have they stopped you from previewing each day’s run / walk schedule, so you can mentally prepare yourself? A fatal flaw. When I locked the screen today for my first run in a long time, to avoid fooling up the intervals by accidentally touching the screen with a finger as I run, I couldn’t figure out how to unlock it until I was back home on the sofa, and that’s not intuitive or obvious. Very silly and unnecessary. The info for the next segment as you run is too small. How is it possible to ruin such a perfect app in such a mindless fashion? I’m looking for another running app..Version: 4.3.0

Unable to open!Paid, and now unable to open the app. Absolute waste of money!!!.Version: 3.2.1

HopelessSessions can’t be started or ended on Apple Watch without using the iPhone so not very useful. The 1990s graphics are American local radio accents are comical at first but quickly become irritating. Don’t waste your time and money..Version: 4.5.3

Used to be greatI 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..Version: 4.2.0

Not work for meCan't get voice when using Spotify so basically no help for me, and yes I have tried all the app advice if sound not working.Version: 4.1.0

Crashes, no workout previewI downloaded this for my workout today and it froze mid-run, and wouldn’t let me restart from where it froze. Also no way to tell what the run/walk intervals are before starting the workout. I wasted my money buying this and will be looking for another..Version: 4.3.0

FrustratedI do actually love this program and what the app has potential for. I too like many others have had issues with the voice cues and the mapping and are getting frustrated with this. It would also be nice to be able to log into the active website but that doesn’t seem to be an option neither. having to look for a similar program is annoying but if things do not improve then that is what I’ll have to do. It would be nice if it also integrated into the apple health app too as a workout program..Version: 3.3.2

Buggy timer on iOS 11I 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..Version: 3.7.1

Promising but disappointedNot worth buying as many other free apps have the same run routine. Though this does more stats and tracking on gps if that’s what you want. I thought I could use it on iwatch without needing my phone but it needs the phone in range to work. The final nail in the coffin for this is that it keeps crashing when opening the app so I’ve moved onto another app instead. Shame!.Version: 4.5.6

Terrible - Give me myMoney backBought this app from my Apple Watch specifically for use on the watch device. Absolutely useless on the watch and completely unusable. Sick of apps claiming to be watch compatible when clearly they are not. Very unimpressed, give me my Money back.Version: 4.5.4

Meh... some good, but bad is more.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..Version: 3.6.8

Have to have someone talking to youAwful app, download the free one or the fitness22 one. You have to have a trainer talking to you there’s no option to have none!.Version: 4.5.6

Good Workout Program But FreezesGood workout program and very colourful. Nice to choose from 4 trainers. App has a few quirks and bugs. Would like to be able To shuffle my workout play list but won’t allow it. Even if I start iTunes music from the actual app. Once I hit play it is consecutive. Sometimes hard to hear trainers over music and has a tendency to freeze when trainer is supposed to speak to walk or run. Sometimes just a buzzer sound without verbal trainer cue. Music skips at the beginning when app starts. Would like trainers to give more coaching and a bit more motivation throughout. I look forward to the workouts however. Glad I downloaded..Version: 4.5.4

DisappointedHard to use and navigate. It seems to randomly miss voice queues too! Not helpful!.Version: 1.7.1

Not running with my cellI tried to find simply the programm without using my cellphone but it seams like this option is not available.Version: 4.5.3

Great training program. App could use improvementI’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..Version: 4.1.1

Used to be goodI 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..Version: 4.5.3

Not sure about this oneThe music doesn't shuffle - hard to change the song when jogging. Also when phone is locked the command to change pace is about 15 seconds slower than the actual time.Version: 1.2.0

Watch app needs constant phone connectionThe app looks good but I want to just use the watch on its own, even if I get a simplified version with just the timers. Unfortunately the watch app requires the phone app to be running and connected at all times. I set off on a run with the just the watch and after a couple of minutes the app stopped and just says “Start workout from iPhone app”. It’s a shame and somewhat misses the point of the watch as a stand alone fitness device..Version: 4.5.6

Seriously? Wasted Money.Bought the app only to discover it won’t work without phone in hand. Um, so what’s the purpose of a watch app then? It takes me ten minutes to walk to the trail I want to use. I don’t want to tote a phone just to be able to start the app up to then be able to view it on my watch. That’s just ridiculous. There are no instructions. It starts off with a five minute warmup. As a newb runner wannabe, how about explaining to me WHAT a warmup is? Did the developers even run this by anyone before throwing it on the market? Cheeses me off the realize it has a copycat name to the one that was recommended on a fitness forum I frequent, too. Not cool. Be your own kind of brilliant. Don’t glom on to someone else’s. Three bucks wasted. Wish I could get a refund for total uselessness. Something I’ve never said in an app review..Version: 4.5.3

Effective but...Watch app needs work, often necessary to restart from watch dock; better than notifications when working. Data... a run does not appear as a session in activity data, nor does the heart rate data pull through, this is my biggest suggestion for development as it motivates me to see my heart data improving with exercise. All that said I will keep going to the end of the planned sessions as I know from experience that this works for me..Version: 4.5.3

Worthless for meIf 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..Version: 4.5.3

Watch app does not work without phone nearThereby totally defeating the point of the watch app... I have a series 3 watch, with cellular, why do i have to take a phone on a run with me?!.Version: 4.4.0

Voice and distance issuesIt's a good concept but the voice prompts are unreliable - I can't work out why they stop working sometimes. It's frustrating because it means I walk when I'm supposed to jog and vice versa meaning the log data is skewed. I also have to keep pulling my phone out to check and mess around until I can get the prompts working again, slowing me down and interrupting my pace. I also don't think the measurements are accurate. I ran basically the same route today as yesterday. Yesterday I was disappointed to be told I ran just 7.5 mins per km and a total of 3.5km. Today somehow I logged 4.8 mins per km and 5.5km...?.Version: 3.3.6

I want to love thisFor some reason I can never log my progress. Always get a message saying ‘server not responding’. Drives me nuts. I have tried everything I can to figure this out..Version: 4.5.4

AwfulWorst app, incredibly frustrating. I was so excited and now I never want to run again..Version: 3.7.0

Apple Watch - doesn’t workBought this specific app as it said it works with Apple Watch - it doesn’t! Waste of money!.Version: 4.5.3

Good for intervals but not much elseAll 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..Version: 3.7.1

Should be 5 starsI 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..Version: 4.5.3

Not worth it when gps doesn’t track run.The first day was fantastic. Motivating with interval advice and a map tracking distance. Could see how far I ran how far I walked, the average pace, just great. Day two got to the end and no info. No data on how far etc so no comparison of increased distance or pace. Day three just completed and yet again no data. Basically I’m paying for an app to say ‘jog’ in my ear every now and then. Totally disappointing when you feel you are trying really hard and there is no way of knowing if it is improving at all. It asks you at the end of the session ‘how far did you run?’, I don’t know! That’s the point of having the app!!!.Version: 4.5.2

DisappointedThat an app that works on the Apple Watch does not allow you to work seperate from your phone. Why would I take my phone with me if I have my cellular Apple Watch on me. Extremely disappointed as this looked like a really promising app..Version: 4.5.3

Watch only pleaseLike all C25K apps, this needs the option for watch only! People want to leave their phone at home and use the app straight from the watch..Version: 3.7.1

Good app needs better watch supportIn general a pretty good app -- not too annoyingly peppy and cheerful, and has good gps tracking and data logging. Flaws are mainly with watch connectivity. First, you can't just glance at your watch to see how far into a run or walk segment you are because the watch takes several seconds to catch up with the app on your phone (how hard is it to use the watch's clock to count seconds?). Second, there's no complication for this app, so if your watch has reverted to the watch face you have to go to the watch app finder and hunt for this app among gzillions. Finally, really big wish list item for those of us who run in the woods or off road -- a "find your way back" feature with a link to maps on the watch..Version: 3.6.8

Like the pace but not great with Apple WatchI liked this app once before when I used to be in shape and just needed to start at a higher level since I’ve never been a runner. However, after pregnancy and a year gone by, I’m beyond out of shape. So this app is by far helping me get back into it. On the other hand, I’m very very very disappointed that I bought the version that is compatible with Apple Watch. Why be compatible with Apple Watch if you still make me carry around my IPhone?? I hate carrying anything when I run and now that it’s summer my shorts don’t have a pocket like only 1 of my workout pants does. This needs to be updated so you can just workout with your watch..Version: 4.5.3

App is okay, but developer doesn’t fix bugsApp works fine generally, however I reported a bug months ago re the music volume being reduced after the trainer’s halfway message and this has still not be fixed.Version: 4.5.6

Absolutely shockingAdvertised as compatible with watch, but despite several attempts and restarts all I can get on the watch is a message that says “start workout from iPhone”. Do just that.... yep you guessed it... no change on the watch..Version: 4.5.8

HealthKit Support desperately neededHealth kit is where all health data is aggregated on iOS, seems crazy to not support it..Version: 4.5.4

It does what it says, but is a closed systemI’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..Version: 4.1.2

What happened...Love the app but after the last update I’ve lost the voiceover and it keeps skipping around all the time. I’ve checked the settings and they are all ok. Have deleted the app and reinstalled, but still doing it. Not good..Version: 3.7.1

Pretty Good !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..Version: 4.5.0

Could be betterI use this on my Apple Watch via my phone. When it works it’s great, but sometimes the app won’t run on my watch and today only the middle section of my run recorded on my phone. Very disappointed to have paid £2.99 for an unreliable app..Version: 3.7.0

It keeps crashing!I love it but it keeps crashing during the warm up so I have to start the run again. The other night it did this TWICE when it was chucking down with rain so I had to find a way to fit an extra 10 minutes into my route! Unfortunately you don’t know it’s crashed until the end of the warm up when it doesn’t tell you to jog as the count down still happens but pauses on nil. Other than that I love the app, the trainers are great and I love that it maps your runs and tells you if you’ve managed a PB. I’d give it 5/5 if it was more reliable..Version: 4.5.12

Latest update to the app is crashtacularI like the app, but the latest update is crashing on the latest iOS, iPhone 6. The app really, REALLY doesn’t like it if you switch out of it - time freezes and/or slows, and about midway through my runs it just crashes entirely. Pretty bummed about it :(.Version: 3.7.1

TerribleConnection with Apple Watch continuously drops out. App freezes. Characters are annoying. Was hoping for an app where I didn’t need to take my phone with me. Waste of money..Version: 4.5.3

Apple Watch functionality needs to be better!Good app but could be great if Apple Watch functionality was better so that you can leave your phone at home and just run from the watch. Also if it synchronised runs with apples activity app it would be perfect!!.Version: 4.5.6

Angry runnerI am so cross with this app! I am annoyed that I paid good money for an app that does not perform as promised. I have attempted to listen to my music thru the app and via a separate app and yet still the voice prompts are unreliable. Sometimes all I get is the first prompts and other times I will get about the first half of the workout and then nothing....just the vibration. What's with this?! It's not even that I can't hear the prompt, it just doesn't cut in at all. I have even attempted to pause the music to hear it but nope, no joy! Please fix this major glitch, as this app is pretty good otherwise!.Version: 3.3.2

SandyApp looks great but disappointed that it does not work on the watch on its own. The watch only acts as a mirror screen and the app can not be used in the watch. So you cannot leave your phone at home and go for a run. Was really annoyed as I have just paid for the app and it doesn’t state anywhere clearly that it needs to be used with the phone..Version: 4.5.6

Can't find the support page…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..Version: 3.6.8

Latest release is a step back.I did this a few years ago but things went downhill. I recently started again and have been going well. The app is basically pretty good. A few niggles. When selecting music by album you can see album title but not artist, so you get a big list of “Greatest Hits”. The music starts quiet then explodes when you get the first notification, so you have to try to turn it down as you run. If you want to share at the end you can’t review your time and distance before you do. The latest release has not only not fixed these, it has decided that since I have completed the program before, it will default to “free run”. It used to default to the next run after the latest one I completed, i.e. if I last did week 3 run 2, it would default to week 3 run 3 even though I did it already (in 2014). This means I need to go into the log to check which run is next. Again, annoying. Otherwise it seems to do what it says quite well..Version: 3.7.1

Does not accept UK as a valid addressAttempted to set address hoping this would provide more suitable results. It was insisting on a valid state and refusing to accept a partial address. Clearly designed to be used in the United States only..Version: 4.5.6

App doesn’t work on iwatch lte without phone presentGot this app to go running without my phone using just my iwatch with a data connection - but the app can’t work on it’s own - stops as soon as you get out of range of your phone!.Version: 4.5.3

I want to love it, but it simply doesn't functionFilled 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..Version: 3.6.8

Not bad but not perfectNot quite a literal couch to 5k program. Someone who goes from no exercise routine and a bit overweight will have to repeat weeks to be prepared to be able to go from jogging 2 minutes to 3 minutes and then repeat to go from 3 to 5 minutes and so on. Also a big flaw for me is that whenever the app gives encouragement at the halfway point it lowers my music and doesn’t resume normal volume until the run is over. It also glitched on my last run today too- I really need my music up to help me mentally get through the run! For a non-free app I’d like bugs fixed fast and see a bit more workout variety for different levels..Version: 4.5.4

Don’t stop the music!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..Version: 4.1.2

Misogynistic AvatarsThey changed the trainer avatars. My previous favourite, Billie, now looks like an elongated Bratz doll. I used the app before with great success, but this update makes it unusable. No human person has proportions like that. I thought we as a society had moved past this kind of nonsense. I sent an email complaining YEARS ago and never got a response..Version: 4.5.6

Crashed halfway through runThis seemed to be a decent app, apart from the annoying adds (in a paid app no less), but it’s gotten significantly worse the longer I’ve had to deal with it. If you start your music prior to your run, when the run starts, it skips immediately to the next song for no reason. It has clickbait “messages” supposedly from other runners praising your run to try to get you to sign up for an account with them when there is no good reason for an account on an app with this limited of functionality. Then, to add insult to injury, I was halfway through a run (week 5 day 3) and the app just closed on me with no chance to resume where I left off... really frustrating to just be making some visible progress when this nonsense happens. Don’t waste your time and money on this app, there are plenty of decent ones on the App Store..Version: 4.5.6

Doesn’t really offer a watch appReally disappointed that you have to take your phone with you, the app doesn’t stay up on the watch so you can’t just look at your watch as you go, you also can’t adjust the voice volumes so when listening to music it’s really quiet! Really this hits the bare minimum in functionality, less effort on pointless animations more on the product required.Version: 4.5.3

Used to be goodI 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..Version: 4.5.3

MehYou should have a few more options on this app, like for when you're on the treadmill. It only counts half the KMs that the treadmill does. You should also add options for people with cardio/breathing related illnesses like Asthma.Version: 3.6.1

GPS is not accurateThis 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. :/.Version: 3.7.1

It’s just okI specifically wanted an app that had Apple Watch support, which this does, however it’s not standalone support so I need to bring my phone along for the ride! Really frustrating as the app alone is probably a 5 star for what it does but requiring the phone when going for a run makes it a 3*.Version: 4.5.3

Very US centric!I’m in the UK so therefore we have counties not states/provinces. However, it won’t allow me to add my ‘state’ (county) which is Tyne and Wear therefore not allowing me to save my profile. It also won’t allow me to save my mobile number saying it’s invalid?!.Version: 4.5.4

Don’t - just get the free NHS appThis app crashes and freezes and I lose my data. I should be a week in to the program but my app thinks I haven’t started. I’d like my money back!.Version: 4.5.6

Disappointing!!Thought I would download this app as trying to get fit again and need some motivation, after signing in and having a look through the app which just cost me £2.99. I was wanting to maybe sign up for a run to get me focused, upon looking at the runs all I can see is runs in America which is a little too far to travel for a 5k run. After looking in the settings and seeing that I can change location to the uk I thought maybe there was a glimmer of light, until you try changing and it won’t let you. Disappointed as wanted to be able to communicate with people in the uk and not America..Version: 4.5.3

Watch app doesn’t workDisappointed that watch app doesn’t work without phone, what’s the point of having a watch app if you need to carry phone around.Version: 4.5.6

2nd around2nd time I use this in 6 years Love the system And I’m a strength and Conditioning coach for over 25 years !! My only issue why I’m not giving 4 or 5 stars is that the coaching volume can barely be heard over the music or podcast Causing miss timing in the intervals Fix that and I’ll re do this review with more stars Thx Curd Hos.Version: 4.5.3

Slow and buggy! Wish I could give 0 stars!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!.Version: 3.7.1

Needs some enhancementsThis app works really well and I’m running 20 minutes non-stop, so no complaints on that front. But there are some issues: - Apple Watch. Really disappointed to find that you need your phone with you when running, which entirely defeats the object of a running watch -watch Screen should to be locked to always display the app when running - watch screen should show next activity.Version: 4.4.0

Deal breakersDoes not use watch for run tracking..Version: 4.5.0

Timer freezing at the worst timeI 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..Version: 3.7.1

Enable gps setting missing in the latest versionThe latest release of this date does not have the enable gps setting in workout options. Cannot calc distance..Version: 4.5.3

Not as good as it used to beI downloaded the app a few years ago and LOVED it. This latest version though is left wanting. First off, I had to purchase it again because it didn’t remember that I had already bought the app. Then it has been pretty glitchy. This morning it skipped a full walking section and went from run to run. The other day it froze on the warm up and wouldn’t go into a run. Also, the audio cues are difficult to hear with my music playing so I have to listen really closely to know what I need to do. I turned on the vibrate to see if that would help and it barely made a difference. I used to be able to look at what the intervals were so I could mentally prepare myself for the run and now I can’t. I have to keep hitting “skip” then redo the exercise just to see what is expected of me that day. I am not impressed with the app and it has been sooooo frustrating to us. I go jogging for my mental health and it doesn’t help that this app gets me all wound up because it’s not operating as it should. Finally, skipping tracks when the exercise starts and shutting of my music after cool down is super annoying. I get my music ready before I go and like to listen to my music after I stretch and it shuts my music off or skips tracks..Version: 4.5.4


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