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StrongLifts 5×5 Workout: mobile app user guide
  1. Nash Anderson1,
  2. Saara Stevenson1,
  3. Jenni Brozena2
  1. 1 Enhance Healthcare, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
  2. 2 Aqueous Co, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  1. Correspondence to Nash Anderson, Enhance Healthcare, Canberra, ACT, Australia; nash.anderson{at}

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iOS version: 2.87. Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Android current version 2.4.9. Requires Android 4.0 and up.


Free. In-app products $1.99–$9.99 per item.

About the app

As discussed in Robert Sallis’s ‘Exercise is Medicine’ paper, ‘There should be a merging of the fitness industry with the healthcare industry, so that patients can be better helped to find an appropriate fitness regimen’.1 StrongLifts 5×5 is a mobile app that can be used to promote the resistance training aspect of physical activity. Resistance training is an essential aspect to improving public health.2 With >10 000 5-star reviews on the iTunes App store and 500 000 to 1 million downloads for Android, StrongLifts 5×5 is a popular gym training mobile application. This app can be used for recommending moderate physical activity to patients. An understanding of how this app works is essential for clinicians.

Based on the principles of exercise selection and prescription, the 5×5 app recommends various compound movements. Movements vary between the deadlift, squat, bench press, overhead press and bent-over row (figure 1).

Figure 1

Choice of various compound exercises.

The 5×5 app also provides instructional videos on how to perform the above compound exercises (figure 2).

This approach is not personalised to a great degree. This …

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  • NA, SS and JB contributed equally.

  • Twitter Follow Nash Anderson at @Sportmednews; Saara Stevenson @IceHockeyChiro; Jenni Brozena at @AqueousCo.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.