Couch to 5K® - Running App and Training Coach

Couch to 5K® - Running App and Training Coach

Designed & Published By Active Network, LLC

  • App Category: Health & Fitness
  • Release Date: 2011-08-10
  • Current Version: 3.6.8
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 100.90 MB
  • Developer: Active Network, LLC
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
  • App Ratings:
    4.5/5 (4,078 Reviews)
  • Price:
Couch to 5K® - Running App and Training Coach App Ratings: 4.5
Based on 4,078 Reviews

Couch to 5K® - Running App and Training Coach App Description

Get off the couch and get running with the OFFICIAL Couch to 5K® training app! This oft-imitated program has helped thousands of new runners move from the couch to the finish line. Spend just 20 to 30 minutes, three times a week, for nine weeks, and you’ll be ready to finish your first 5K (3.1-mile) race! Get more information about the Couch to 5K app here: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. The Couch to 5K coach you select talks to you during your workouts. To save your battery, Couch to 5K sends audio notifications when your screen is locked or another app is in use. To be sure you hear the coach during your workout, please do the following: • Turn on Notifications permissions • Turn on the hardware ring/silent switch (no red showing) • Turn your ringer volume up • Turn off Do Not Disturb (swipe up for Control Panel and the moon button should not be white) • Within the app, in Settings > Workout Options, be sure the Trainer Volume is up Without granting notification permissions, during a workout you can click the lock icon at the top left to keep the app active and still hear the coach. For support please contact us at: We would love to hear from you. WINNER of the 2012 Appy Award for best Healthcare & Fitness App! Features • Training plan designed by trainers • Choose from 4 different motivating virtual coaches—Johnny Dead, Constance, Billie or Sergeant Block • Hear human audio cues to guide you through each workout • Listen to your favorite playlists with in-app music player • Calculate your distance & pace and map your routes with FREE GPS support* • Log your workouts and share your progress on Facebook • Get support from the largest running community on Trainer • Repeat workouts and track your best performance • Treadmill support allows manual entry of workouts • Track your progress with total distance and average pace • Graphs for workouts to compare distance and pace Finished the Couch to 5K program and ready to take your running program to the next level? Check out our 5K to 10K app to prep for your first 10K race here.! Praise "The popular Couch to 5K app helps new runners avoid injury from doing too much, too soon." —Runners World, June 2012 "It's ridiculously easy to use (it's hard not to, as you just do what you're told) and it's fantastic that you have an encouraging voice talking you through things." —Engadget, June 2012 "’s Couch to 5K is one of my favorite… apps. With its customizable features, interactivity, and well-rounded interface, I may actually stay off the couch this time." —148Apps, October 2011 "I knew as soon as I decided to start the Couch to 5K program that I would need something to keep me accountable—not just to showing up for my training, but to actually doing it properly. Of course there’s an app for that." —CalorieLab, April 2012 "If you have been struggling to get your buns off the couch and somewhat in shape before the summer hits, training for a 5K is not a bad way to start. If you are looking for a program to help get you there, then the “Couch to 5K” running plan by CoolRunning is probably your best bet if you haven’t done an ounce of athletic activity for a number of years." —Droid Life, April 2012 FAQ • Once you purchase the app, it is yours to keep. It does not expire after 9 weeks.

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App Reviews

  • Love it

    By Hammer San
    Great app
  • No audio notifications when screen off

    By ScooterRT1977
    Despite following instructions (notifications on, phone not on silent, ringer all the way up), I get zero audio notifications when screen is off, just Apple Watch vibration that is difficult to feel when jogging. That's fine when I'm on the treadmill and watching Netflix but not when I'm outside and phone is in my pocket. Please fix this otherwise app is pretty useless.
  • I want to love it, but it simply doesn't function

    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.
  • I love it!

    By Jooshie91
    *Edit* I still love this app. I’ve fallen off but get back on it so easily. Can you make it so the app doesn’t lower the volume of the music. It effects it by at least 50%. I absolutely enjoy this app!! My run time and overall cardio has substantially increased. I really enjoy the training program, however the UI can be better. My halfway indicator word rarely and when it shows the GPS it won't tell me what the dropped pins were. I believe the entire feel of the app can be updated, it feels a little out dated and doesn't have a fresh feel to it. Overall really great program to hit the hardball road! Oh and the Apple Watch app needs some serious updates. The app on the watch lags by at least 15-20 seconds.
  • Watch app needs work

    By timmietiger
    Overall the app works well but the watch app either hangs and won’t connect to the phone or is constantly out of sync... the phone says jog and the watch says walk.
  • Fantastic Program

    By hstavenger
    Well worth the money. The free app was only free for two weeks, so you might as well start with this one. It eases you in, even when I think I can't do the next work out I always can, I've improved so much and am on my way to a 5k!!
  • Great for a working mom!

    By MommaClea
    Just what I was looking for. Quick workouts on the treadmill at home while the kids play. Can't wait to see how it progresses
  • Zombie love

    By kodigirl2
    I can be quoted as saying I'd never run even if I was being chased by zombies. My roller derby league is putting on a 5k so I decided perhaps it was time to try. Johnny Dead my zombie trainer is perfect. Not annoying. Even comical. I'm on week 3 and feeling great. 5k here i come.
  • Meh... some good, but bad is more.

    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.
  • It's really helping me stay moving!

    By SG 42
    Great app, great idea. Really like the different trainer personas. Also, really like the graphs and performance breakdown. Some of the trainer "jog" and "walk" clips could have another second lead-in so your music has time to cut out, especially if you're using Pandora.