Free workout app with premium content and features
In our Nike Training Club Review we have covered the best and worst features of the workout app, making it easy for you to decide if it is the right choice for you on your fitness journey. If you want to see other great options available, refer to our home workout app review. Otherwise read on!
|NIKE TRAINING CLUB|
|Use For Free|
|Progress Tracking Features|
|No Equipment Workouts|
- App is slick, stylish and easy to navigate
- Over 500 high quality workouts available in a free app
- Fun achievements to unlock (workout on your birthday, hitting a streak) keeps motivation high
- Fully fledged community features such as follow and track your friends
- No ability to download workout videos
- Lack of progress tracking features
- Athletes are really just there as a marketing gimmick and don’t add value to the actual workouts
If you want it all – great quality workouts with a varied selection of difficulty and duration, rewards and streak trophies for completing activities, and a supportive community where you can follow your friends and like and comment on each other’s workouts, then the Nike Training Club is for you.
It has all the above, packaged in a super slick app worthy of the Nike brand. The app is beginner friendly with a good progression of workouts so it will accompany you throughout the duration of your fitness journey. A selection of Nike sponsored athletes endorse various workouts, and it’s even possible to browse products in the Nike store through the app. You really get immersed in the whole Nike experience which is testament to how well the Nike Training Club is put together.
If you are a Nike fan and aspire to the fitness lifestyle, or if you just want a complete overall workout app with a full set of complementary features, this is a great choice of workout app for you.
Nike have recently unlocked all the premium content and made the app completely free, which combined with the huge set of features make it a hands down winner in the home workout category.
Pricing, Reviews and Signup
- The app has recently been made completely free
- Apple App Store average rating of 4.8
- Google Play Store average rating of 4.3
- Signup is required
At time of writing there are over 500 workouts in the library, which can be filtered on duration, ability level and goal focus (strength, endurance or mobility). Workouts range from 15 to 45 minutes in length so you can get both an intense short hit or grind it out for a longer workout. There is the option to select both time based routines or rep based routines which is great to vary up your exercises. The search is very easy to use which makes it no problem to find the exact workout you want.
In regards to types of workout, in addition to bodyweight only exercises, you can select routines with equipment such as dumbbells and kettle bells, there are running based exercises, and also yoga and stretching options. In theory you could get all your exercise needs from NTC and save yourself downloading multiple apps for different disciplines.
The workouts themselves are good quality, with a variety of exercises to keep the routines interesting. We completed a 15 minute all over workout rated as an intermediate level, intense workout. The workout was definitely tough but very doable, thanks in part to the adequate rest periods at the end of each exercise.
No configuration options are available for the workouts – they are fixed in terms of duration or number of sets/reps. This is a positive if you want a more class-like structure.
A saved workouts option makes it simple to keep your favourite sessions to hand.
The only music integration is from the phone’s media library. It is a shame that Spotify integration is not provided in such an otherwise complete app. There are good narration options where you can switch on more detailed explanations of the exercises to guide you if required.
In summary, there is little to criticise from the NTC offering. There is enough content and variation to keep even the most dedicated fitness enthusiast entertained for months.
There are a few training plans available, with good options to tailor them based on your ability and how often you want to workout. The plans contain a nice variation of workouts, and it is also possible to move days around to accurately reflect when you worked out. Combined with the ability to log manual workouts (i.e. going for a run), this makes the training plan feature extremely useful compared to the more rigid structure found in other apps.
Progress Tracking and Achievements
As with everything else in this app, the achievements area is very slick and well put together. You can earn trophies for hitting certain milestones such as number of workouts achieved per week, or streaks for consecutive workout weeks completed. There are also some fun rewards added to the mix – if you workout on your birthday you get a trophy!
Unfortunately one of the few areas where this app falls short is more serious progress tracking features. There is no weight tracking, and no way to benchmark your workouts against historical data to see if you are improving.
All your social media needs are met, with the ability to follow and engage with friends, including tagging them in workouts. It is also possible to like and comment on the nutrition and exercise articles that Nike mix into the notification feed. If you want more than just a workout app and are seeking a total immersion into fitness culture, this app will tick the box.
A Chromecast option allows you to watch workouts on a large screen. Great for group workouts with several friends!