My Favorite Interval Timer App

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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!

15 Comments on My Favorite Interval Timer App

  1. Jeff
    February 11, 2015 at 9:10 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Elle, I wasn’t satisfied with the Interval Timer apps out there so I built my own, called Intervals. I’m currently beta testing it and would love your feedback. Let me know if you’re interested. Here’s a link to a short video of Intervals in action:

  2. Kristina @ Love & Zest
    April 10, 2014 at 10:35 pm (3 years ago)

    Congrats on training for your first marathon! You’re going to rock it!

  3. cmilan
    April 10, 2014 at 7:39 pm (3 years ago)

    I use the GymBoss app, it’s free and I’ve found it to be user friendly! It lets you save routines so you can have multiple intervals of different lengths. And you can label them so I take some time to punch in all moves I’m going to do. It solves the problem of having to switch back and forth between pinterest, etc. But as with Bit Timer, it doesn’t beep when you’re out of the app either.

  4. Lauren
    April 10, 2014 at 5:12 pm (3 years ago)

    This is so much prettier than the Gymboss app I’ve been using! Just downloaded it -thanks!

  5. kait
    April 10, 2014 at 2:14 pm (3 years ago)

    I love the shoes in your picture! What brand are they?

    • Elle Penner
      April 13, 2014 at 6:13 pm (3 years ago)

      They’re the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10s – my absolute favorite brand when it comes to running shoes!

  6. Amalia
    April 10, 2014 at 1:48 pm (3 years ago)

    I can see this being VERY useful for interval work! Exciting.

  7. Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog
    April 10, 2014 at 11:41 am (3 years ago)

    Sounds like a great app! I don’t do much interval/timed training now, but when I do I just use the timer feature on my iPhone. Not the best because I constantly have to start/stop it. This app sounds so much easier!

  8. Lindsay
    April 10, 2014 at 10:33 am (3 years ago)

    Love this post — I just recently downloaded two tabata timers and I LOVE them. It really took my home workouts to another level (of not being able to breathe). When I took breaks before between moves/sets I was resting too long and not getting as good of a workout as I do with the timer. I’m going to download this one, too, and give it a try :)

    • Elle Penner
      April 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm (3 years ago)

      I probably have one of those same Tabata timers! This one can certainly do it all though, and if your phone looks like mine, I can certainly do with a few less apps. :)

  9. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West
    April 10, 2014 at 10:32 am (3 years ago)

    Hi Elle,

    Great suggestion. I’ve never used an interval timer for my workouts, but this sounds like a good one. Thanks for the tip.

  10. Emily @ Zen & Spice
    April 10, 2014 at 10:08 am (3 years ago)

    I’ve been wanting to start interval training for a while now. I’ll have to check this app out! Where do you usually get your interval workouts from?

    • Elle Penner
      April 10, 2014 at 12:44 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Emily! My blog workouts tend to be mostly interval-focused but I also love doing workouts from PB Fingers, Pumps and Iron, Blogilates and the Tone It Up Girls!

  11. Courtney @ Harness Your Energy
    April 10, 2014 at 9:27 am (3 years ago)

    I want to check this timer out. I’ve been using the Gym Boss interval timer which is perfect- although it’s a little tough to switch the intervals easily. I like the fact that this is on your phone because it is a pain to remember the Gym Boss sometimes.


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