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Couch to 5K®

Couch to 5K®

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The OFFICIAL Couch to 5K® running training app! A 9 week walk-run workout plan.

4.4 Ratings 22K+ Reviews 100K+ Downloads

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4.4
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  • Killing it Mar 12, 2020

    By sydneyc w
    Let me preface this by saying I am a person who enjoys fitness and started Couch to 5K at a decent base level of cardio fitness. Not amazing, but I’m not a couch potato either. I’ve never been great at distance running, but it’s been on my list for a few years to run a 5K so this year is the year. Highly recommend paying money and signing up for one so you’re motivated to stick with it. The first 4 weeks of this program make sense and work you up in sensible intervals. Then week 5-7 are madness. Like I looked at them and I was like HOW!? Who came up with this?? But surprise of all surprises... I did it! I actually was ready for those crazy hard weeks. So needless to say, I’ve been very impressed with this app as far as fitness programming. The app itself has also worked well for me. Once in a while I think it may not be playing the “walk” or “jog” bits but that might be because my phone is on silent.
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  • Apr 9, 2021

    By Wandering Redhead
    A bit wonky. For paid app I expect it not malfunction. The sound isn't matching the screen...screen telling me to walk while voice telling me to run. Screen went blank at one point and when I try to fix it suddenly started a whole new workout and lost current one.
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  • Mar 6, 2021

    By Kelv
    Good app. Been using it for six months now and it can be tough and you need to probably be walking or something before you start. Probably needs some more motivation it it but it works well. Have since moved to the 10k for free which is not as good as the 5k. Hoping they eventually make a 21k app too. Well worth the purchase.
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  • Apr 9, 2021

    By Jeff Idalski
    Great app. Love it so far. Like being able to switch between training avatars and being able to control my music through the app.
  • Used to be great Mar 27, 2018

    By Ultra Cool Kid
    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.
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  • Not as good as it used to be Sep 16, 2019

    By samisgross
    I 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.
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  • Mar 1, 2021

    By Joshua Morden
    I just downloaded this app and I'm giving it two stars right now due to the fact the app doesn't do anything. I select a training coach in the app and then go to the workout and nothing happens. The workout doesn't start. Evidentially there is a bug that needs to be fixed.
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  • Buggy timer on iOS 11 Dec 6, 2017

    By HM to the Mache
    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.
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  • Mar 24, 2021

    By Mike
    App stops or freezes after 15 to 20 minutes of running in lock screen. If the app gets minimized at any point when active it will dump all data gathered for the run.
  • Used to be good Oct 12, 2018

    By AlaskaLove(907)
    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.
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  • Killing it Mar 12, 2020

    By sydneyc w
    Let me preface this by saying I am a person who enjoys fitness and started Couch to 5K at a decent base level of cardio fitness. Not amazing, but I’m not a couch potato either. I’ve never been great at distance running, but it’s been on my list for a few years to run a 5K so this year is the year. Highly recommend paying money and signing up for one so you’re motivated to stick with it. The first 4 weeks of this program make sense and work you up in sensible intervals. Then week 5-7 are madness. Like I looked at them and I was like HOW!? Who came up with this?? But surprise of all surprises... I did it! I actually was ready for those crazy hard weeks. So needless to say, I’ve been very impressed with this app as far as fitness programming. The app itself has also worked well for me. Once in a while I think it may not be playing the “walk” or “jog” bits but that might be because my phone is on silent.
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  • Apr 9, 2021

    By Jeff Idalski
    Great app. Love it so far. Like being able to switch between training avatars and being able to control my music through the app.
  • Mar 27, 2021

    By Allie Libersky
    It is so nice not watchingy watch for jog/walk times. You just start your workout and the app does all the "time watching" for you! You can just enjoy the workout! Love it!
  • So Happy! May 5, 2020

    By shwnsmith12
    I’ve been working on the Cto5K for about a year now, starting at being able to barely run for a minute at a time. I’ve tried a few different times and always ended up stopping because I would pop something in my calf - which is obviously my error. Then I learned how to actually prepare my body before runs, and now I’m nearly complete with the program. Today I ran past my week 8 day 1 queue for a cool down (I didn’t hear it!) and actually ended up clearing the distance for a 5K. I know this sounds like a paid review but it isn’t, I swear. I’m so grateful for this app. I’m happier, healthier, and recommending it to all my friends who are trying to get themselves to where they want to be too. Small steps turn into big progress if you stick to it, and I’m so glad that I have. Can’t wait to register for a 5K once the ‘Rona is clears up!
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  • Feb 1, 2021

    By Claire Reeves
    Using in the house so distances aren't entirely accurate and I'm doing most days not 3 days a week, but in 13days I've gone from struggling to do 1:30m to 'week 5' doing 20 minutes with no intervals! I'm about 5st over weight so if I can do it anybody can 😀
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  • Mar 6, 2021

    By Kelv
    Good app. Been using it for six months now and it can be tough and you need to probably be walking or something before you start. Probably needs some more motivation it it but it works well. Have since moved to the 10k for free which is not as good as the 5k. Hoping they eventually make a 21k app too. Well worth the purchase.
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  • Helped me with pacing Jan 4, 2018

    By Cmblanch
    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.
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  • Apr 14, 2021

    By Jordan Brainard
    Really good for what it does. Could be improved by synching to Fitbit so I don't have to carry your phone with you the whole run
  • Feb 14, 2021

    By Mike Hines
    Pretty bloody decent for begginers. Only problem I've had is the distance run doesn't always appear accurate.
  • Good for new runners May 17, 2018

    By LauraBellRunRocks
    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.
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  • Apr 9, 2021

    By Wandering Redhead
    A bit wonky. For paid app I expect it not malfunction. The sound isn't matching the screen...screen telling me to walk while voice telling me to run. Screen went blank at one point and when I try to fix it suddenly started a whole new workout and lost current one.
    more
  • Used to be great Mar 27, 2018

    By Ultra Cool Kid
    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.
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  • Great program, mediocre app Aug 16, 2019

    By rachel_3094
    I 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.
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  • Mar 18, 2021

    By Jana Dugo
    I did my first run today and it was great I like that it broke me into it with the walk/jog intervals. I got the paid version. But there is no way to add music to the playlist.
  • Feb 4, 2021

    By N R
    The app is good. However, should be provide an option to sync with all Garming watch. Also should be provide an option to identify when you running in track not only in pavement. Last but not least update the articles that are in the app.
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  • Not as good as it used to be Sep 16, 2019

    By samisgross
    I 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.
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  • Mar 1, 2021

    By Joshua Morden
    I just downloaded this app and I'm giving it two stars right now due to the fact the app doesn't do anything. I select a training coach in the app and then go to the workout and nothing happens. The workout doesn't start. Evidentially there is a bug that needs to be fixed.
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  • Buggy timer on iOS 11 Dec 6, 2017

    By HM to the Mache
    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.
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  • Feb 9, 2021

    By Jess West
    Not for a true couch to 5k. If you took someone who does no physical activity and place them on this program they would be lost after week 4. There's no gradual change.
  • I want to love it, but it simply doesn't function Sep 24, 2017

    By Devilstower
    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.
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  • Mar 24, 2021

    By Mike
    App stops or freezes after 15 to 20 minutes of running in lock screen. If the app gets minimized at any point when active it will dump all data gathered for the run.
  • Used to be good Oct 12, 2018

    By AlaskaLove(907)
    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.
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  • Meh... some good, but bad is more. Sep 18, 2017

    By Chess fan1543987
    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.
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  • Doesn't worth the money Oct 16, 2017

    By Abdulm
    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.
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  • Slow and buggy! Wish I could give 0 stars! Dec 13, 2017

    By justronni
    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!
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