Runtastic Results • 12.11.2015 • Runtastic Team

How René Transformed His Life With Runtastic Results

My name is René Giretzlehner, I am one of four founders of Runtastic and I am really proud to say, honestly and wholeheartedly, that the Runtastic Results app changed my life. At the beginning of 2015, we started working on this concept for a new bodyweight training app and the first draft was rolled out to the entire company for internal testing. My initial thought was that I just wanted to take the chance and try to change my body using the Results training plan. I wanted to see if this product we were going to launch actually worked and I wanted to see how far I could come.

René before and after

I wasn’t really what you would describe as “fat,” but I was definitely out of shape and had some extra pounds on my belly, hips and chest. I worked a lot, I still work a lot, but with Results I found the time and made the time to completely transform my mindset and my body.

Of course, I was really motivated at the beginning of the 12 weeks, we all were, but it became really apparent that I was going to have to figure out ways to get rid of excuses and form some solid habits that would keep me going strong for 3 months. One of the things that helped me the most was working out in a group with my colleagues and my friends. When you have extra people around you encouraging you and getting through the same type of workout, it makes a huge difference. I took it upon myself to organize groups and to get others together so that I wouldn’t have any excuse not to get out of bed to do my workout. I created my own accountability and pressure because I really wanted to succeed.

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Another thing I did was create “new” free time by waking up 2 hours earlier in the morning to do my workouts. Instead of waking up at 7:00 or 7:30, I would wake up, and still do, at 5:00 or 5:30 to create time. This worked out really well and was a great start into my day. Yes, there were mornings when it was cold and dark outside and all I wanted to do was stay in bed – but I didn’t.

“I knew that if I stopped my routine and my habits, it would be really hard to get back at it.”

The workouts were really intense. They pushed me to my limits but they aren’t very long. The best part was when I started to see changes in my body. My weight went down, I had much more endurance, I started to see some muscle definition and that made me really motivated and really happy. In addition, my girlfriend (now my wife) started to notice changes in my body and so did my friends and family!

“The great thing about seeing and feeling results is that it motivates you to do more.”

Rene Success Story

Although I had been biking to work for years, I now started running more in addition to my training – I felt incredible. I also changed my eating habits a little bit. Nothing crazy: more fruits, vegetables and protein, less fat, fewer processed foods and considerably fewer sweets!
After the 12-week plan was over, I didn’t even think about stopping my training. I started with the Standalone Workouts and completed every single one of them. Here are some other things I am really proud of accomplishing as well:

      • I signed up for the Red Bull 400, a 400 meter sprint up a ski jumping hill, three months before the race and placed in the top 30%!! I joined the Runtastic Running Team, an internal group with a running trainer, and improved my running technique so I started to enjoy running.

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        • did the Linz Business Run (a 5.4km race) at a pace of 3:59 min/km, which was my best pace ever! Honestly, my goal was to beat my other co-founders and that I did. 🙂
        • In March 2015 my resting heart rate was 55 bpm (measured with the Runtastic Heart Rate app) and in September 2015 my resting heart rate dropped to 39 bpm.
        • I can run 8-10 km at a 4:40 pace on a route that includes uphill!

Now, when I look in the mirror, I see a person who achieved something I never could have expected. I see tons of hard work and self-discipline. I see someone who did not, and will not, give up. I fit into “normal” clothes now and I don’t have to worry about the material of the shirt being too thin because of my big belly and chest. I can see some abs coming through and some muscles in my shoulders and arms which is really cool. My body fat percentage is still going down little by little and that also makes me really happy. I feel in shape and I feel strong! Working out, especially in the morning, changed my whole life. I have learned to live a balanced lifestyle by making time for regular workouts, eating healthy and also enjoying some not-so-healthy treats in between.

Since I started working out, words like headache or backache are a thing of the past. My biggest advice to anyone reading this is that you really can achieve things you never expected if you stick with it and work hard! If I did it, you can too.


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  • Giampi

    I guess it’s hard to work for Runtastic and not to be motivated to be fit! Going to start my Results Training Plan tomorrow morning!

    • Runtastic Team

      Hi Giampi, thanks for the positive feedback! Keep up the motivation! Yours Runtastic-Team

  • Runtastic Team

    Hi! Yes, we are working on that. Stay tuned! 🙂

  • Runtastic Team

    Hi Nocode, the whole bodyweight training trend is a success, not just Freeletics. The Runtastic Ecosystem serves more than 75 million users, of whom many have been asking for just such an app. If you try the Results app, you will discover many unique and personalized features. Stay motivated, your Runtastic team

  • Runtastic Team

    Hi Nicola, thanks for your feedback! We have our own Support Team for such questions. Please log into your Runtastic account and send over your request to our Support Team via this link & they’ll get it taken care of ASAP. Stay awesome!

  • Guillaume

    How many run did you do per week? Incredible. Congrats.

  • Runtastic Team

    Hi, it is never wrong to be active! 🙂

  • Runtastic Team

    Hi 🙂 Thank you for your question. That’s what Runtastic Results has to offer:
    – You’ll get a customized plan: Our 12-week personalized training plan based on your individual fitness level will get you fit and confident. The plan was tested by nearly 300 Runtastic employees (plus some of our family and friends) 🙂
    – All Results workouts can be completed using nothing more than your own body weight (no equipment needed!).
    – You’ll also get a free health & nutrition guide with week-by-week tips on healthy eating, sleep & more.
    – 120 + HD exercise video: Our detailed videos provide you step-by-step instructions!
    – You can also do individual standalone workouts in addition to your 12-week training plan.
    – And you can also take advantage of our first 30+ Runtastic Results groups (hosted on Facebook) for more motivation 🙂

  • Runtastic Team

    Thanks for getting in touch with us. This topic is not our team’s specialty, but if you send your request directly to our Runtastic support platform, by logging into your Runtastic account and following this link, our hard-working team will get back to you with a solution as soon as possible.

  • Runtastic Team

    Hello, just take as many breaks as you need between rounds. The longer you train with Results, the better your sense will be of what pace is right for your body.

  • I’m 52.. I’m constantly losing weight by variety of my efforts, but not as I expect.. As You rightly said for yourself.. I’m too not FAT, but of course out of shape.. I have difficulty sticking to plans.. But reading your story, I have decided to get my plan & DO IT.. Now It has to be & it will be, NOW OR NEVER.. 🙂

    • Runtastic Team

      You can do it 🙂

  • Rajat Saxena

    Congrats! Really inspiring work. I’ve been using Runtastic app from 3 weeks now. I already notice the change!

    • Runtastic Team

      Hi Rajat, that sounds great. We’re glad you like it 😉 Keep up the good work!

  • Runtastic Team

    Hi, we are glad that you find Rene’s story so inspiring! Yes, Rene did the 12-week Results Training Plan. Plus, he totally turned his lifestyle around and he is much more active now than he used to be. Best regards, Your Runtastic Team.

  • Runtastic Team

    Dear Brad, thanks for your comment! René is still training with Runtastic Results on a regular basis. He feels awesome.
    We definitely plan on adding more Results Groups for cities in the US, but remembered you can always create your own in your hometown and encourage your friends to join you.