Android Interval Workout TimerOctober 24, 2014
I would like to introduce my new free Android app: Flexible Interval Timer. BBWorkout Log takes care of weight training, but cardio sessions were left out until now.
Why did I need another interval timer? All existing workout timers look the same: prepare interval, work interval, rest interval, the difference is in colors and layouts only. This works well for simple routines, but if you want to skip rest after a certain exercise or perform one exercise for 30 seconds and another one for 1 minute, you will face a problem. 90% of existing timer apps do not allow to create a slightly more complicated routine, other 10% allow to do that, but use such horrible interfaces that creation of a single workout might take half an hour.
Flexible Interval Timer is suitable for many types of workout: Crossfit, Tabata, any kind of HIIT, running, etc. You can even use it for yoga or stretching. The app is especially useful if you train using a commercial program (Insanity, P90X, Rushfit, Ruthless, Tapout), and are tired of watching the same videos over and over again. If you know all exercises, as well as trainer’s jokes, by heart, give Flexible Interval Timer a try. You can perform the same workouts with seconds precision while listening to your favorite music, an audio book or even watching a movie.
Flexible Interval Timer uses plain old text files, that you can create in a simple Notepad or any other text editor that is available on your platform. How long would it take you to type your favorite routine into a file? A couple of minutes max, even if you are a slow typist. This is how fast creation of routines in the app is. Furthermore, you can do anything you like with those files, you are always in control: send them by email to your friends, edit, backup, delete, copy/paste contents – possibilities are endless.
File format is very simple: activity name followed by duration in seconds. One activity per line. Example:
jumping jacks 30
See how simple it is? Add as many activities as you like. Name the file as you like. You can create a file on your computer and upload to your phone using a USB cable, a cloud storage, Bluetooth or any other method that is convenient for you.
As a bonus for blog readers I uploaded this sample cardio workout that you can try with the new app: download free sample cardio workout.
The app not only makes creation of cardio routines a breeze, but also has all features needed for successful training:
- activity end sounds;
- routine end sounds;
- speaking activity names aloud (you have to setup a text-to-speech engine on your phone first, but it takes minutes, and there is a great chance that you have it enabled already);
- displaying of total training time;
- clean interface.
Please give this interval timer app a try, it may change the way you do and plan your cardio. Like I mentioned, it is absolutely free. As always, I would love to hear your feedback and suggestions.