Back in January I decided I wanted to fit more interval and strength training into my weekly workouts––but now that I’m about to start training for my very first full marathon they’re pretty much essential. The Workout of the Week has certainly helped keep me on track but I recently discovered a new interval timer app that’s made the logistics of my interval workouts so much easier!
It’s called Bit Timer.
Have you heard of it? It’s been around for a while so I’m not breaking any new news, but I’m obsessed!
There’s not a lot to it, which is precisely what I love. Generally speaking, I’ve found most other interval timer apps get way too complicated with all of their rep, round and sound options. It literally took me over a month to learn how to navigate this one, and even once I was familiar with it it still wasn’t easy to use.
As soon as I tried Bit Timer though, I fell in love with how sleek, intuitive and simple it is.
Here’s a quick overview of Bit Timer’s best features:
- The main screen has three sliders––one for work time, rest time, and number of repetitions. All it takes is a simple slide of your finger to set the number of seconds and reps. To figure out the number of reps, simply multiply the number of exercises in one round by the number of rounds in the entire workout. For example, this week’s workout has 5 moves and goes for 6 rounds, thus the total number of reps is 30. Oila!
- Work and rest intervals can be set in 5 second increments for up to 4 minutes, which makes it perfect even for cardio workouts on the treadmill, elliptical or stairmaster.
- When you hit the start button, Bit Timer begins a 10 second countdown to give you time to get ready for your first exercise.
- The chimes are pleasant––but can be a little hard to hear if your music is turned way up.
My one complaint is the chimes don’t sound if Bit Timer isn’t showing on your screen. For those of us who pull up workouts from blogs or Pinterest on our phones, this can be problematic because you’re left having to switch back and forth if you don’t know the next move in the sequence. I’ve been able to manage though, either by jotting down the workout on a piece of paper beforehand or switching back and forth, and putting on my workout music before hitting Start. I’m hoping they’ll fix this in a future update, though!
Regardless, I heart Bit Timer. It’s by far the best dollar I’ve spent in a while and I just had to share!
Interval timer apps: Do you use Bit Timer or have another one you love? Do tell!