There are various different great apps to consider if you’re embarking on a new fitness journey. Many of them are designed for cardio, however the Nike Training Club app is more focussed around strength training and aerobic fitness, which is just as important.
In this article, I’m reviewing the Nike Training Club app. I tried the app out for two weeks, using it most days. So keep reading to find out how I got on and whether I recommend the app.
Nike Training Club app Review – Improve your Fitness Level
All in all, it’s fair to say that I was pretty impressed with the Nike Training Club app. It has plenty of exercise guidelines that will help beginners know which muscle groups to work out, and if you’re looking for free guidance on your fitness journey, it’s definitely worth downloading.
Having used and been a huge fan of the Nike Running Club app for many years now, I decided to give the Nike Training Club app a try, in an attempt to increase my physical strength.
I’m very much known for being a cardio-junkie and not paying much attention to my strength at all. However, as a runner, I know that this is important for my performance improvement and for my overall wellbeing.
But strength training and working out, in general, aren’t just for runners or gym-goers. They should be for everyone.
It’s recommended that adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, or a combination of both moderate and vigorous activity. It’s also recommended that adults do strength training exercises for all muscles groups at least twice a week.
The first thing I knew about the Nike Training Club was that it’s free. I was pretty shocked when I first entered the app. I wasn’t bombarded with ads or was pressured into signing up for the premium version. To be honest, this free app already feels like the premium version.
So what’s the catch? Well, there isn’t one. As soon as you log into the app, you’re pretty much ready to start working out. This is different than pretty much every other free fitness app that is constantly sending you push notifications to upgrade to a paid version.
Having tried the app, there honestly isn’t much that I can fault it on and I’m shocked that I hadn’t used it sooner. For a free app, it really is hard to beat.
Pros and cons of the Nike Training Club app
- Easy to follow, tailored workouts and programmes for all capabilities
- Fast and simple workout browsing and enjoyable user experience
- Healthy recipes also offered
- There isn’t an easy way to listen to music while you work out
Though the app has quite a few customizable options, the ability to easily integrate it with Spotify or another music streaming service would be nice.
How does the Nike Training App work?
I’ll now talk you through the steps of how to get started with the Nike Training Club. Overall, the Nike Training app has a great user experience. It’s simple, clean and easy to navigate.
And for doing the actual workouts, this user-experiences is the same. You can easily pause the video or skip on to another if you’re not enjoying it or finding it too easy or difficult.
Log In or Sign Up
First, it will prompt you to sign in or sign up for a Nike Training Club account with your email address. If you already have an account with the Running Club, you can use the same login details and the app will transfer your data.
Answer some questions about your current workout routine
The app then asks you about how often you currently work out. You can choose from 0-1 workouts, 2-4 workouts or 5+ workouts a week. They’ll then use this information to select workouts for you.
There is a vast range of activities on the app and they’re all top-quality, so don’t assume that you won’t get good workouts just because you’re a beginner.
Choose your workout plans and start your journey
Next, the app will direct you to the home page where you can start seeing workouts right away.
Along the bottom panel of the app, you’ll see home, workouts, activity and programmes.
In the workout tab, you can browse workouts, see expert tips and get the know the Nike trainers.
The activity tab monitors your history and the activities that you have logged with Nike. Keeping track of your workouts is a great way to keep yourself motivated and see how far you’ve come.
The final tab, programmes, is where you can look through and choose a programme to follow. These generally range from 4-6 weeks with different trainers.
The programmes will tell you the goals, the duration of the programme and if you need any special equipment. A programme is a good option for someone who needs a little more accountability with their workouts. Having structure helps people stick to their goals.
Features of the app
I’ll now dive into some features that Nike Training Club offers and explore how these compare to some of its competitors.
A community isn’t an unusual feature in any app, especially in the workout realm, so it’s pretty expected that the app will offer this.
You can connect with your friends to see their workouts and communicate. You can also see league tables and compare yourself with other Nike Training Club members.
So overall, nothing too fancy, but it’s a good feature and they do it well.
Coaching and Wellness tips
The Coaching and Wellness feature is something a little different. It offers a range of interesting articles for a more comprehensive membership, as opposed to the full-on work hard, train hard mantra.
These articles cover things like tracking your menstrual cycle, tips for working out as a family, what kind of sports bras you should wear and nutrition tips.
As well as the nutrition tips mentioned above, the Nike Training app also offers healthy recipes. This is another feature that you don’t get with every workout app, so it’s definitely a nice touch.
Member deals in the Nike Store
Being a free member of the Nike Training Club, you can sometimes have access to exclusive deals at the Nike Store. While this is an obvious marketing ploy, it’s still a good feature since most people are pretty likely to buy from Nike anyway.
The app will try to choose workouts it thinks you will like or will benefit from in the ‘workout’ section. So it’s definitely worth trying these out.
You can also join a programme on the app. The programmes are also chosen to suit your workout level, and it offers a range of these, from simple at home with no equipment, to more intense gym workouts.
The programmes also offer nutrition and wellness advice, motivation tips and reminders to do your workouts as well as flexible workout schedules.
The workout videos are easy to follow. You can follow by watching the instructor or following the voiced instructions, which are also very clear.
Track your workouts
The activity section of the app is where you can track your workouts. This is a good feature if you’re a fan of seeing your progress and thrive from self-motivation.
Is the Nike Training Club free?
Surprisingly, yes, the Nike Training Club app is completely free. In my opinion, this is hands-down the best free training app you can use.
Can you use Spotify or Apple Music with Nike Training Club?
While there seems to be an option to hook Apple Music with Nike Training Club, the same cannot be said for Spotify. This means that you’ll have to use the two apps independently.
Is the Nike Training Club for beginners?
While the videos may seem a little daunting at first for beginners, there is a great range of workouts for beginners within the workouts and programmes in the app.
Overall, Nike really impressed me with the Training Club app. Even though I’ve only used it for a couple of weeks, I will certainly keep using the app for strength training.
The user experience and the look of the app are what first had me interested. There’s nothing worse than when an app is clunky and difficult to navigate.
The only issue I have is that you can’t hook up your Spotify and use it while you work out. This is surprising, as you can easily do it on the Running Club app. But with the more interactive nature of the Training Club app, it’s less of a problem.
To sum up, I would definitely recommend the Nike Training App to anyone looking for a high-quality free training app. If you’re interested in improving your strength, it’s the best app out there. For cardio, you may be better off looking at the Map My Walk app instead, which is made to tracking your walking and running activity.
I would remind beginners to not be put off by the initial videos, which make the workouts look very advance, as there really is something for everyone within this app.