If your confused about the abundance of Smart phone Fitness apps and best HIIT Timers available to you, read this article to help you choose the best one for you!
Got a weight loss goal this year but no time to spend at the gym? You’re not alone — we’re sure you’ve heard the statistics about the flurry of gym dropouts that typically happens by the end of January every year.
So instead of wasting money every month on a gym membership you won’t use, get out of the gym mindset altogether and start working out at home with HIIT workouts.
HIIT stands for high intensity interval training, and it’s a style of exercise that involves alternating between short periods of strenuous exercise and even shorter periods of rest. A typical HIIT ratio includes eight rounds of 20 second work periods alternating with 10 second rest periods, for a total of four minutes. Get your heart rate up by repeating the whole thing three or four times and you’ve completed your entire workout for the day in under 20 minutes.
The unique thing about HIIT is that it relies on time rather than repetitions, so you’re going to need a timer before you start your first workout. We rounded up all the best HIIT timer apps so you’ll have all the tools you need to have an awesome (and quick) workout the first time and every time.
For more info on HIIT, check out our definitive guide to HIIT. It’s got the full rundown on what exactly makes HIIT such a great fat burning workout, plus tons of other reasons you should try it and where to start if you’re new.
Best HIIT Timer Apps for iPhone
Interval Timer – Timing for HIIT Training and Workouts. Free. This app has a fresh, modern looking interface and runs in the background, allowing you to continue to listen to your music or use other apps during your workout. It also keeps records of your workouts so you can track your progress by week or month. iTunes rating: 4+. Premium version also available for $2.99.
Seconds – Interval Timer. Free. Includes pre-programmed intervals for circuit training, HIIT, and Tabata (or create your own). When you create your own interval workouts, on-screen prompts remind you which exercise is coming up next. iTunes rating: 4+. Premium version also available for $4.99.
4Time. $0.99. Simple and customizable interval timer app. The timer is displayed in large numbers that are easy to read from far away. During rest periods, you can tap the screen to easily record the number of reps you completed in the previous interval. iTunes rating: 4+
Workouts+. Free. When you program your workout into the app, it will prompt you with exercise names so you don’t have to stop to look at your phone. If you’d rather hear beeps or music, those options are available too. iTunes rating: 4+
Bit Timer. $1.99. Minimalistic interval timer app with a clean design. Simply decide how long your work and rest periods will be and how many rounds you want to complete, then tap start. iTunes rating: 4+
Simple Interval Timer. Free. Just as the name suggests, this is a very simply-designed and simple to use interval timer. Set the number of rounds, the length of work intervals, and the length of rest intervals, then tap to start your workout. iTunes rating: 4+. Premium ad-free version available for $2.99 as an in-app upgrade.
Best HIIT Timer Apps for Android & Google
Tabata Timer Interval Timer. Free. A clean, monochromatic design makes this app pleasing to look at, and an intuitive interface means you can easily customise your intervals by tapping +/-. Colour-coded screens make your workout easy to follow from afar. You’ll have the ability to run the app in the background as well as to save your workouts for future use. Google Play rating: 4.8
Interval Timer. Free. This app makes it easy to customise your intervals, and it displays work and rest periods with colour-coded screens that make it easy to follow your workout even when you’re across the room from your phone. Google Play rating: 4.7
Impetus Interval Timer. Free. Quickly set up a workout in basic mode, or choose from a number of preset workouts. Alternatively, program your own workout with any number or sets and with any length of intervals. You can customize sounds, colors, and even your interval titles so you’ll know which exercises is coming up next. Google Play rating: 4.5
Interval Timer – HIIT Training. Free. This app has a fresh, modern looking interface and runs in the background, allowing you to continue to listen to your music or use other apps during your workout. It also keeps records of your workouts so you can track your progress by week or month. Google Play rating: 4.4
Seconds – HIIT Interval Timer. Free. Includes pre-programmed intervals for circuit training, HIIT, and Tabata (or create your own). When you create your own interval workouts, on-screen prompts remind you which exercise is coming up next. Google Play rating: 4.4
Gymboss Interval Timer. Free. From the makers of the ubiquitous Gymboss handheld interval timer. Create workouts with custom interval names and save them for future reference. As you work through intervals, the color in the background fades like an hourglass to show progress visually. Google Play rating: 3.9
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