C25K® 5K Trainer

C25K® 5K Trainer Wiki

Written by Zen Labs

Rated 4.75877 From 92,442 Votes
$ 0.00
  • Last Updated: 2020-05-06
  • New version: 5.0.14
  • File size: 204.44 MB
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later. and Android 4.4. KitKat or later

C25K® 5K Trainer

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C25K® 5K Trainer is an iPhone and Android Health & Fitness App, made by Zen Labs. Today, it has gone through many interations by the developers - Zen Labs, with the latest current version being 5.0.14 which was officially released on 2020-05-06. As a testament to the app's popularity or lack thereof, it has gathered a total of 92,442 Reviews on the Apple App Store alone, with an average user rating of 4.75877 out of a possible 5 stars.

How does it Work?

■ The OFFICIAL C25K® (Couch to 5K) program with millions of success stories! ■ Official partners and featured on FITBIT and SAMSUNG smart watches! ■ Featured on The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Men's Fitness, Forbes, Mashable, Glamour Magazine, Popsugar Fitness, CBS News, NBC News, Macworld, Cosmopolitan, The Verge, Lifehacker, WebMD and many more! "C25K is easy to use, as you would hope for a beginner app." - New York Times "Daily programs that alternate between short bursts of walking and running until you're ready to go the distance." - Forbes "One of the highest-rated health and fitness apps... A modest, realistic workout schedule." - Men's Fitness Our community is our priority. Questions? Comments? Suggestions? See why our community has made us the #1 5K training app. contactus@zenlabsfitness.com ≈ Real-Life Inspirational Transformations ≈ ◎ Over 175,000 Likes and 1500 Success Photos at facebook.com/c25kfree ◎ Our community inspires one another (and inspires us!) everyday. Hear their amazing stories. "In this last year I have lost 97 lbs, gotten off insulin and 9 other medications, completed the C25K running app and started the 10k app. Life is a blessing." - Diana “I went from a size 16 to a size 7. I tell anyone I can about the app. because it was nothing short of a life changer.” - Amber "I'm now down 50 pounds from when I began C25K in August. I've gone through the program 3 times increasing my speed by a half MPH each time." - Claire C25K® is the easiest program to get beginners from couch potatoes to 5K distance runners in 8 weeks. The proven C25K program was designed for inexperienced runners who are just beginning. The plan's structure prevents new runners from giving up and challenges them to continue moving forward. C25K works because it starts with a mix of running and walking, gradually building up strength and stamina. ≈ Less is More ≈ ◎ Easy to learn. Just press start! ◎ Ideal for first-time runners ◎ 30 minutes a day, 3 days a week, 8 weeks total. Millions have finished their first 5K. You will too! ≈ Features ≈ ◉ Convenient audio coach and alerts ◉ Map your run at the end of your workout! ◉ Exclusive partners with MyFitnessPal! ◉ Light and dark modes ◉ Health app integration ◉ Free iPad integration for indoor treadmills ◉ Listen to your own favorite music and playlists while you train ◉ Integrated with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram ◉ Access to our forums with thousands of veterans and newcomers starting the app. Join the community and meet other runners! ≈ NEW Zen Unlimited Pass - Try it for free! ≈ ◉ Award winning music curated from top DJ's! ◉ Scientifically proven to increase motivation by 35% ◉ Unlimited access to all pro features across ALL Zen Labs Fitness running apps ◉ Unlock calories, distance, Apple watch integration, and more ◉ Full access to C25K, 10K, 13.1, and 26.2 programs ◉ 4 apps for the price of 1! One subscription, multiple apps! ≈ Connect ≈ Facebook: @C25Kfree Twitter: @C25Kfree Instagram: @officialc25k Hashtag: #C25K Zen Labs is a proud supporter of the National Breast Cancer Coalition. breastcancerdeadline2020.org Subscription pricing and terms: The subscription will automatically renew unless turned off in your iTunes Account Settings at least 24 hours before current period ends. You can go to your iTunes Account settings to manage your subscription and turn off auto-renew. Your iTunes Account will be charged when the purchase is confirmed. If you subscribe before your free trial ends, the rest of your free trial period will be forfeited as soon as your purchase is confirmed. Privacy Policy & Terms of Use: https://www.zenlabsfitness.com/privacy-policy/ Legal Disclaimer This app and any information given by it or by Zen Labs LLC are for educational purposes only. You should always consult your healthcare provider before beginning any fitness program. C25K® is a registered trademark of Zen Labs LLC

Top Reviews

  • Back into shape and an active life

    By Daalgrim
    I used to be an avid runner- my Mile was down to 4:50 pace. As you get older, muscles and dynamics change especially if one does not keep up with fitness. I was trying to get back down to 6min but was going about it the wrong way with a slow jog and getting mileage in. It was frustrating and would take a lot of time just to run. I couldn’t keep at it because I also had this sore on the side of my knee. Come to find out I was going about my run all wrong because of my defeated mentality. This app has changed all that. The mixture of walking and jogging encourages a faster pace and to kick up your knees. The reason; because it’s only 30 min- it’s like that carrot dangling to encourage one to run harder and correctly to build not only calve and thigh muscles, but also the glutes. I cannot emphasize enough on how this app encourages kicking up my knees and picking up my pace during the running portion, thus targets the correct muscles and taking pressure off my knees. Because of all those factors, I can remain consistent and actually look forward to it. I still don’t like running- but 30 min isn’t that long and is a nice escape either with music or talk radio. The best part- being active helps me keep up with my son when I’m playing with him. Just 30 min of my own three days a week- enables me to go the extra mile with my son after a difficult day at work.
  • Life changing app

    By gcrowland
    I’m 46 years old and haven’t exercised regularly since high school. My philosophy about running has always been that it can’t be worth it because I’ve never seen a jogger with a smile on his face. But once I realized that I was 30 pounds overweight and was out of breath after just a few minutes of basketball with my 10 and 7 year old sons, I knew I had to make changes. I saw this app and decided to give it a try. On my first day it was all I could muster to run for 60 seconds, but knowing I had 90 seconds of walking afterward gave me just what I needed to get through. That pattern continued each day as the app gradually ramped up my running time. Suddenly after three weeks I found that I was able to manage the work load with a bit more ease. Encouraged, I thumbed through the next two weeks to see what was ahead. However, I forgot to thumb back to the day I was supposed to be on when my next run started, so suddenly I went from the end of week three to the beginning of week six. To my amazement, I was able to do it! So, I just kept going. This morning I ran 5K and felt exhausted but great afterwards. I have lost 20 pounds and have gone from barely able to run for 60 seconds to comfortably running for over 30 minutes. This app works! I doubt that I have a smile on my face while I’m jogging, but I sure do have one afterwards!
  • DO IT!!!

    By Amanda Koz
    I never ever write reviews because I don’t care about this kind of thing enough usually to do that. But this app truly changed my life. I hate running. I hate exercising. I also hate feeling fat and gross after having three kids so I decided to make an effort by exercising. The problem is, I’m 33 years old and have never truly put effort into any kind of exercise so my body was all around out of shape. This app helped me completely ease into becoming a regular runner. I am one day away from completing the program and I’ve lost almost 20 lbs. I have WAY more energy to play with my kids and I feel like a better person all around. I plan to start the 10K training after I finish the 5k (today!) and I’m feeling so proud of myself. If you’re willing to just do the dang thing, you’ll find that you actually can. Don’t tell yourself that you’re not a runner. Don’t tell yourself that you’re too fat or out of shape to do this...trust me, if I can, you can too. My closest friends and family are now doing this app because I can’t stop talking about it...and guess what, they’re losing weight and getting healthy too! JUST DO IT!!!!
  • Shhh...just trust the app

    By gopipsqueaky
    Ok so I have always hated running and running for even a minute straight was tough. I laughed when I saw some of the workouts through out the weeks on here...me running 5 minutes straight? Several times a workout?? Hah! Well after reading the other reviews and people with similar background having success I gave it a try. It’s like the app puts a finger up to your lips and says “Shhh...just trust me.” You nod your head in silence and reluctantly jump on board. Some how, some way, you get through the workouts. Each week they get a little harder, but somehow you find yourself being able to sustain longer run times. You can’t believe it, it seems too good to be true. But you just don’t think about it and keep going. Because in the back of your mind you are afraid if you do think about it you’ll wake up and it won’t be true. Next thing you know you are running for the longest you’ve ever run in your life!! It’s a miracle! You feel great and your confidence is through the roof! Then it asks you if you want to start training for a 10k. And the panic and self doubt sets in all over. But it works!
  • Good Progression

    By Proverbs3118
    If I can keep going so can you. I am about halfway through, I think I am on week five. It has been decades since I was physically active on a regular basis. I have never been a runner; I still do not like running. But I keep going with the help of this app, for three reasons: 1. The pacing is just right. I have been surprised how quickly my endurance is building up, and I’ve not yet once felt like it pushed me too hard; 2. I’ve noticed running gives me better clarity and brain function the rest of the day, no doubt because I am feeding my oxygen-starved brain; 3. Each workout begins with a little inspiring quote to remind me of the mindset I am establishing through this new habit. As for this particular running app, I really like the fact that it allows me to listen to podcasts or training videos while it runs in the background. The prompts to change from running to walking are just loud enough to make the switch without interrupting whatever multitask thing I have going on. I am a 55 year old mother of six and looking forward to running my first 5K.
  • This app is changing my life!!

    By rocky6290
    I’ve kind of been putting off writing a review, because I don’t know if I can accurately put into words exactly how I feel about this app & how it’s helping me.... I’ve never been a runner. Never thought I would become one. If I ever made it into a gym, I would leave before really doing anything. I felt just as uncomfortable in the cardio room as I did in the weight room. I finally had enough & became miserable enough to do something & make a change in my life. Someone suggested this app and I reluctantly tried it. I couldn’t even run for 30 seconds before I started using this app. I just completed week 6 day 2, running two 10 minute stretches. Every day I run using this app, I’m just speechless. It’s helping me build my endurance & confidence more than anything ever has. Coming to the gym isn’t a chore anymore. I actually enjoy it.. it’s a challenge, but I know I can do it now! I just signed up for my first 5K :) and I got my best friend to try it with me... she’s in her 50s, has never run either & every day is progressing with this app!
  • Makes running FUN by pairing music that motivates YOU

    By Chicken Marie
    I’ve never understood runners that run w/o music. Some like peace & quiet and taking in the run but I’d rather not hear myself panting :) Cheap me actually purchased the $50/yr music that plays with the C2K5 run as I can change genres, tempos, etc and it’s not the same ole music that I already have. So fun to be in the middle of a run & hear a song from “the good old days.” Also figured that if I ended up stopping after the 8 weeks that the prorated amount would be small when I canceled the music. The app is SMART too. I got through 6 weeks and then concentrated on another health issue for a few weeks and was a bit intimidated to come back to C25K, knowing that I hadn’t run in a few weeks. Well, it actually took me BACK a week for every week that I missed so that I didn’t start over but it also didn’t put me in a position of taking on too much/potentially injuring myself (or my psyche :)) coming back to more than I can handle.
  • Great for beginners!

    By Mishi 8402
    I've never jogged in my life and I had poor cardio endurance. I had never jogged more then a minute and a half, even that was a struggle. I am a physical therapist assistant so I know a little about exercise. I believe this app has helped me lower my hate rate and build up endurance. I thought I would drop back a day or two because of the lack of confidence and faith in workout apps, but this app was perfect. I haven't repeated one day yet. I can tell they did a lot of research and put forth a lot of knowledge to prepare this app for anyone. I'm not a person who gives many apps 5 stars. I only thought of one thing I would change in this app. The way the music is set up. I am on my fifth week and excited to run my first 5k in July. I believe I am a healthier person and I'm excited the designers of this app have done an exceptional job in creating a way to make it easy to be healthier. All you need is motivation and drive and you can succeed!!! Good luck!
  • Keeps crashing on my IPhone XR

    By Travis528
    I’m really disappointed that this app didn’t work out for me. This app crashed 2 of 3 workouts that I tried to use it. This app does not give you any distance, map or heart rate stats unless you pay for it. Which is fine but the app apparently doesn’t like it very much or there are some bugs. I ALWAYS have my apps and IOS software update and restart my phone just in case if I start having app issues. The first time I used it everything was going great but my Apple Watch detected I was doing a workout and I started the outdoor run, shortly afterwards my app crashed and lost my workout. Day 2 I used the default workout app on my Apple Watch and everything was fine no issues. Day 3 did the same steps as day 2 and the app crashed halfway through my workout. It’s extremely frustrating losing your progress so I downloaded a competitor and if it’s stable during my 7 day trail they will probably get my money. Sorry C25K you missed out on some $$. I at least gave you 2 stars because I did like the app layout and the screen lock feature for keeping the app in the foreground.
  • Got me running again after 10 years!

    By RedFocus
    I was a competitive runner in high school but after a couple of injuries in high school and college I stopped working out consistently. This past winter a friend suggested we run a 5k together. I had been wanting to try running again and this seemed like the perfect opportunity plus I had someone to hold me accountable. It has taken me longer than the plan laid out in the app but that was by choice. I figured if I came back slowly this new habit would be more likely to stick. Every time I run it gets a little easier and I get more confident. This weekend I will be running my 3rd 5k for the year. I'm not sure I would've gotten to this point without the app. Thank you! My only suggestion for improvement would be to allow me to lock my phone while the app is on. I found that if I lock my phone and allow my screen to go black the app will stop speaking. Other than that everything works great!

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