How I failed Freeletics
Short story of my failure with freeletics
I believe you can sense it from the title that I failed the program and not the other way around. Almost a year ago I got an interesting link from my friend to have a look at a new exercise app called Freeletics. I checked it out, and I downloaded instantly the free version to try.
Never been a big fan of gyms. I think I was 14 when I visited the first one with my friends. The place was full with Conan the Barbarian type of fellas, so I was not impressed. I never liked that look so I lost motivation straight away. I honestly still do not understand why somebody wants to look like that.
I understand that it is challenging to maximize the amount of muscle you can gain or push your body to the absolute limit, but as I can see at one point all bodybuilders go over a line and became unrealistic with their image. But I do not want to judge anyone. I admire the dedication and the effort they put into their project. (if they do it without any steroids and stuff)
So gym never been a good option for me. I only played football with friends and basketball sometimes and I kept my body weight and look at a healthy level. Then came life along. Friends chasing a career, including me and the good times on the football field have stopped.
Work, stress, unhealthy eating habits and boom you are about to change.
I wish I could have freeletics back then. Instead of watching a movie after a hard day and thinking about how to manage the next one I could do some exercise in the living room. I was stupid enough not to look for gym alternatives and just became lazy.
This way of living started to show it`s negative side but once again I was dumb enough not to connect the dots. I started to have joint pain in my wrist area then came the back pain. Just to clear things I do not blame my work. It was my fault not to use my time and body wisely.
Then all with this new me I ended up in England. Got a good paying job where I could save lots of money. I was a live-in carer. My duty was to look after a disabled guy in his 30`s. We got along fairly well due to the close age range, but the place was stressful and super boring. Imagine a small town and you live on the edge of it. Bus stop 10 min walk same the nearest shop (1)
No social life because I worked 24/7. Working from around 8-10pm then sometimes had to wake up to do stuff in the middle of the night. So basically I left the house for a maximum of 1 hour each day.
Brits love their take aways, and the guy was no different. Until that period I might have Junk food once a month. And now I had around three times a week. Now here comes the biggest statistic from this six years. I went from a healthy 80 kg to 104. Yes, you heard me right, 24 kg plus, no sport, no social life.
In my last year, I realized that I am in trouble so wanted to start something to lose weight. I was not fit enough so wanted to start with something light. Oh yes, let`s do yoga. 5 min later I heard a big popping, cracking sound coming from my back. I could not move for few days because had terrible back pain. Hospital, doctor, etc. but they said it is all good.
Ok let’s play tennis. Start it right and pay for a coach.
We did, but he did not do any warm up, and I used probably wrong shoes for the wrong surface because I ended up with Shin Splints. The pain was unbearable at times. Gave 3 months rest then my friends invited me to play football.
After 20 seconds I sat down in the middle of the football pitch in pain. I could not walk at all. It was around 3 years ago now and I still can not run long distances.
Ok enough from the long Intro. Back to Freeletics. So I downloaded and tried the app. Loved it. Finally, something telling me that I can have a sporty body without spending a minute in the gym and I can do it anytime anywhere.
Upgraded my app to the Coach system and off you go started the program. First days were fairly easy with short exercises so I was motivated and also I could fit it in easily to my daily routine. Weeks passed and I saw my body is changing and I can do more and more each time. So started this blog to share my view and progress and set challenges to myself.
All went well and then something hit me. I got an awful ear problem. My head was exploding from the sound my ear made, and I lost my hearing completely on the left ear. Later the right started to fade away too. After a visit to the doctor got some medications but Doctor said I should be patience and manage the next few weeks and It might go back to normal.
Well with this problem I was not really into anything including freeletics. I thought I will continue when my ear is better. It took around 3 weeks. Then because everybody in the house was sick I was the next in line. We were in San Francisco for the first time. Maybe US version of flu is different than our good old Hungarian one It almost killed me 🙂
10 days. Taking medications like tic-tac and nothing helped. Could not sleep for a week. You probably know those sprays you can spray to your throat!? I bought almost every brand, and I pumped it like a maniac non-stop. I just could not deal with that pain. I never had such an experience with an illness ever.
So at the end, I skipped more than 6 weeks in freeletics. Lost drive and motivation and tried to get back on my feet.
So basically this is why I failed
I simply thought if I skip a little it won’t be a problem and the days just past without me exercising. I think even with the pain I had and struggles I faced i could do differently. How? Maybe next time instead of doing the exercise I sit down and improve this blog just to make sure I keep my eyes on the goal. Or as soon as feel better trying to do some basic exercises. The app is perfect for that too.
If you ever see a transformation video or when a famous athlete talks about how they reached the top it is almost 100% that they will tell you, at one point they reach a hard patch when they all forced themselves through. I did not do that. Maybe I could. Maybe I will next time.
What I regret is not only the fact that I stopped my progress in Freeletics. I regret that I did not share with you what was going on. Who knows maybe someone could write me a helpful comment to raise my motivation or someone could give me advice. I learned from my mistakes, I always do.
- I got over confident setting up extra challenges
- lost focus
- did not share my problems and asked for advice
What to do next
I want to start to build up the whole thing again. I am in a busy period where I have to manage our new company, have to focus on my primary job 5 days a week but I do want to live long and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. I believe it would have a great effect on all aspects of my life so it is time to pick up the phone, click on the app and follow the moves!
Please share if you have or had similar hard period during your training and let me know how you deal with it. Or let me know If I can help you by any means! Please leave a comment and share! Thank you