Are Virtual Fitness Challenges Free?

Five Ways to Smash a Virtual Fitness Challenge

May 17, 2023

The Fitwins virtual fitness challenge can be taken on completely free. Fitwins virtual fitness challenges are an excellent way to build and maintain your motivation to get fit and stay healthy. Whether you’re a cyclist, walker, distance runner or casual jogger, they offer a variety of benefits, including: 

  • Accountability: When you sign up for a the Fitwins virtual fitness challenge, you are committing to working out for a certain amount of time or distance each week across the space of a month, with a view to smashing your distance targets in that time. With the addition of a mapped route that’s been designed by our in-house sports coaches and competitive athletes, it’s an interesting and engaging way of helping you stay motivated and on track. 
  • Variety: We have two defined challenges at any one time, which will suit any user, whether you like to exercise using your bike or your feet. The virtual cycling challenges take on the likes of Great Britain, France and Italy across the space of two months. In contrast, the monthly challenges are perfect for those who enjoy walking and running for their exercise. Starting with a distance target of 25 miles, they can be taken on by simply hitting a mile per day.  
  • Support: Our motto is ‘Virtual Challenges, Real Community.’ We are very proud to have built a great community of users who interact with each other on a daily basis in our Fitwins Community Facebook Group. If you’re struggling for motivation, or have a little while to go to complete the challenge, then the Fitwins community will be the very first to give you an encouraging chat.

What stands Fitwins apart from other virtual challenge providers? 

One big reason our app is so highly rated, beyond our commitment to providing a dedicated community and a great variety of challenges to suit people of all ages and fitness levels, is that we offer a free version of our challenges.  

Fitwins is not just another virtual fitness challenge provider that charges through the nose for merchandise and medals. We are an inclusive brand, offering access to anybody that wants to give themselves something that will help to maintain motivation, gain accountability, and ultimately get fit.  

Why take a free virtual fitness challenge? 

There are a few reasons why you might want to take the Fitwins virtual cycling or running challenges for free; perhaps your personal budget might not allow for upgrading to a monthly fitness challenge, or you’ve got some reservations about spending money when you don’t understand the experience you’re going to get.  

We understand, and we want you to be able to participate, no matter what your budget. We do offer half price entry to the premium challenges, with the introduction of our amazing refer-a-friend discount bonus. Simply register for an account, and you will be provided with an exclusive discount code. Share this with your friends, and all of you will receive half price entry, which means that medal entry is priced at just £9, versus the full price of £18, or prices as high as £50 with other virtual challenge providers.  

If you want to try-before-you-buy, then we’re just delighted that you’re here and taking the challenge on, and you can always upgrade to a medal entry once we’ve earned your trust.  

What do I get with a free virtual fitness challenge entry? 

When you take on the Fitwins virtual cycling challenge or running challenge for free, then you get access to the global leaderboard, where you can see how you stack up against all the other participants in the challenge. This can drive you on to push harder to rise through the rankings and gain personal glory.  

You will also see your progress around the pre-designed routes that have been created by our resident long-distance runners and sports coaches, and you will receive message of congratulations when you hit your target distances.  

Why upgrade to a virtual fitness challenge with medals?

Upgrading to a paid challenge will unlock all the available features within the app, which gives you much greater freedom to browse the app, which are all very good, but the key benefit to signing up is that you will receive a real, tangible reward for your effort in the form of a premium quality rewards pack, which includes an exclusively designed, heavyweight medal of achievement. There are 8 distance targets for runners and walkers, and 7 distance targets for cyclists. Each of these targets unlocks a new ribbon for the medal, which highlights exactly how far you achieved during the challenge.  

These medals are of a superior quality to many small medals you might receive for taking on a marathon or park run, and they are guaranteed to be hung next to your race medals with absolute pride.  

What do I get when I upgrade to a fitness challenge with medals? 

The features you get with a paid entry challenge are greater in number than the free challenge entry. When you take on a paid fitness challenge with medals, you will of course receive the medal as part of a reward pack that also includes certificate of achievement and treats from our partnered brands.  

In terms of app features, you will gain access to your progress at Google Streetview level, which means you can indulge your curiosity about the cities and countries you’re taking a virtual tour of. It will give you views of places you never knew existed.  

You will also gain the ability to create small, private groups with friends and colleagues as you take on the challenge together, ramping up the motivation to take on just one more mile.  

Whichever way you do it, you will have a great time taking on the Fitwins virtual fitness challenge, and who knows? You might even just make some friends along the way! 

Give it a go for free, if you’d like, by simply downloading the app for free via this link. Check out our reviews, and see what other users say about the Fitwins virtual cycling or virtual running challenges. If you’re ready to take on the world and earn real medals, delivered directly to your door, then simply buy a credit when you’re in the app and you’ll be good to go.  

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Not sure how virtual fitness works?

The easiest way to learn is to try Fitwins for yourself! The app is free to download, and you only pay for challenges you take part in, so why not take it for a test drive?

In the meantime, here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about how Fitwins compares to other virtual walking challenges.

No! We believe that flexibility is the key to fitness success, so instead of forcing you to complete a set distance, we let you set your own goal.  This means you can be flexible in how you complete YOUR challenge: so if you are smashing your target, you can raise the bar and aim for more. 

All entries into our challenge will receive a great medal, with a ribbon specific to the challenge type.

For our “iconic challenges”, your ribbon will have a unique design related to the challenge. For our regular monthly challenges, your ribbon will reflect the total distance you covered.

Running and walking ribbons are awarded based on 25, 50, 75, 100, 125, 150, 175 and 200+ miles. Cycling ribbons are for distances of 50km, 100km, 200km, 500km, 1000km, 2000km and 3000km. 

Absolutely! Not only that, but all the distance you’ve covered since the start of the month will count, as the Fitwins App syncs with Strava and logs all activities from the start of the month, regardless of what date you sign up for the challenge. 

If you are hitting the streets with your app activated, verification is completed automatically by sycning with Strava. You can focus on completing your challenge, and we’ll take care of the rest.

If you’re using a treadmill, exercycle or other stationary equipment for some of your challenge, you’ll need to log this manually.


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