First of all let me start with the positive: I never wrote any reviews before, so the fact that Keelo has made me come here out of free will to do so is a testament of how good this app is. I mean, if you’re into CrossFit and HIIT workouts and know at least the basics of it, trust me, you need to look no further. This app got you covered. The interface, attention to details... It is all so good! However, there are 2 setbacks which prevents me from giving the app a deserving 5-star rating: - Apple Watch connection is a bit glitchy. So far my watch has not been able to update the workout of the day unless I sign out and back in again in the app on the phone. I’ve tried everything I could in order to solve this issue. Eventually I got in touch Keelo Support and they said they didn’t know what was happening since no one else reported that fault apart from me and could not help me any further apart from suggesting me to do things I had tried before. I guess I’ll just have to keep signing in and out of the app so far if I intend to use my watch in the middle of the wod which does make a difference and makes it a lot more fluid to use. - I wish they had wods and strengths workouts which involved muscle-ups - ring and bar. I can understand why they might not have added them considering it’s a pretty skilled movement but it’d be nice to consider ex-gymnasts or people who can actually perform the movement and give scaled options for those who don’t. Out of all the 500 wods - which are highly varied and broad - none of them has at least one with MU’s. Apart from those I highly recommend this app to anyone who wants to stay fit and not bored in a very affordable way.
I normally run powerlifting programs but purchased a Keelo subscription a couple months ago because I wanted to change up the routine with something very different that had a heightened focus on cardio and conditioning that I could run on a caloric deficit. I chose Keelo because I liked that it had a balance between Metcon and strength training (it’s functionally a personal CrossFit program), and for the first half of the formula (ie., Metcon), I am reasonably pleased with Keelo’s offerings. The workouts are relatively user friendly while also being challenging enough (and many of the movements) can be “scaled” down for novices or those who are otherwise unable to complete the movement. For what I wanted out of the Metcon side of the app (ie., an intense but easy to follow, shorter duration alternative to spending an hour on a stair climber), I think it’s a solid app. Where things sort of fall off the rails for me is the strength training component. There’s just not much about the programming that makes sense to me. The app wants you to only do one strength exercise per workout, which means at most four or five exercises a week. While that may seem reasonable in theory (ie., you don’t want to overtax your body before switching to an intense conditioning workout), in practice, Keelo’s strength programming is varied to the point of being incoherent. There are dozens of different strength exercises with different lift variations and (theoretically) periodized workouts, and in the end, it’s all too much to be useful to anybody with any kind of strength goals. If you can only do a maximum of five strength exercises a week (and most users probably do no more than two or three), then the only way to bring structure and coherence to that side of your workout is to limit the kinds of strength exercises you’re doing. I have had the app for two months now and have been running it four or five times a week, and I haven’t done a proper back squat or a front squat in over a month. Yeah, I’ve done squat variations (split squats, overhead), but the back squat is too important of an exercise to fall out of a your strength programming for longer than a week—especially if you’re not doing front squats either. With five strength exercises a week, you should have no more than 8-10 movements (and two or three of them should be foundation movements you do every single week). With three exercises a week, you should have no more than five. Keelo offers dozens, which virtually guarantees that you will plateau almost immediately and/or you will never get experienced enough at any single movement to actually perform it correctly. And if you go against Keelo’s staff suggestion and try to run two or three strength exercises in a single workout, which the app actually allows you to do (and which is not all that thing considering how often the strength exercise is what you might call an assistance exercise anyway), Keelo’s programming isn’t smart enough to build your programming around the exercises you have already done that day or the day or two prior. Numerous times since purchasing the subscription, the app has told me to do (for example) shoulder presses of one kind or another two or three days in a row. And then no more shoulder work for the next two or three weeks. It suffices to say that this is not adequate strength programming. It’s so inadequate, it barely counts as programming at all. I would not recommend the strength training component of Keelo to a novice lifter—and certainly not anybody who has reached an intermediate level. Novices will get some benefit purely on account of the fact that novices will get some benefit out of almost anything, but the programming is clearly not designed for people with even modest strength training goals, so if you’re like me and are attracted to the product because it tries to do both conditioning and strength training in one package, you might be better off running two different apps. But if you’re really just here for the Metcon stuff and think of the strength work as an add-on component that you’re not really going to incorporate into your fitness goals...eh, give it a shot I guess.
Have had for almost a year now, won’t cancel anytime soon. This app has taught me the breakdowns of every movement and gave me the confidence to build on my own. So thankful for this, I do however wish you had the option to do without the videos and having to click the next arrow after each exercise in the middle of the workouts. Otherwise I haven’t been able to find an app that comes close to being on the KEELO level !!
Need to be able to advance in warm up if you forget to push the button.
I have been involved in fitness since I was 16 years old. I have served in the military, worked as a personal trainer for two years, completed several workout programs to include at home workout programs. I’m now 35. At some point, you don’t have time to plan your workout program. This app allows you to go to the gym (or your home gym) and be told what to do. Plus it tracks your workout progress. I do wish the app was a little user friendlier, but you do get use to it. I like this app and will most likely continue my subscription.
This app is amazing, built well and constantly improving. Very structured workout programming for your specific equipment.
Great app! Amazing for WODs. I wish that the “strength” portion of the daily programming has bodybuilding incorporated to it as some of us are trying to look very aesthetic too.
Where have you been all my life!!
For the past many years, my only workouts have been high-intensity, interval training classes at local gyms. The gym I was a member of recently closed, and I decided to give home workouts a try. After trying a few apps/subscription services, I came across Keelo, and it has been awesome so far. I love how the workouts are structured into preprogrammed segments and activity type (it’s big bonus for me over apps like Nike Training), and how variations are offered. I also enjoy the community element, and huge cost savings (I had been paying $85-135 per month previously - yikes). I feel motivated to workout solo, which never happened prior to this app due to feeling like I had no idea what I was doing. Keelo meets me at my level and pushes me. Something I wish Keelo offered is the ability to scale back on a workout (not a variation - just an easier workout programmed). Some days I don’t want to rest, but also don’t want to go hard. Being able to choose beginner level workouts would be awesome. I’d also love more equipment-free and mobility-focused workouts added. Thanks Keelo team!