Like intervals? Got an iPhone? Here’s an app to try

Hey Everybody:

CORRECTION: I need to let everyone know that this free app I refer to below just went up to $0.99 and it literally happened TODAY…after I wrote the post and sent a message to my email subscribers.  Embarrassing to say the least, but unavoidable.  I sent a retraction email to everyone and I’m editing the article below.  My apologies for the inconvenience.


Everyone at Hybrid Fitness is a huge fan of intervals.  Interval training in a nutshell, is a combination of high intensity exertion, followed by a rest interval.  The duration, intensity and frequency of the interval bouts and rest bouts vary, depending on what your overall goals are. We recommend and program interval training for most of our athletes and clients.  Intervals are a superior conditioning method, great for burning calories, they burning fat more efficiently when compared to long-slow-duration aerobic training and they take a fraction of the time to complete.  Honestly…is there a downside?   If so, I haven’t found one.

What I did find is a sweet little interval training app for the iPhone.  I’m a big iPhone fan and I use mine for all the usual purposes like phone calls, checking email, texting, internet, etc. but when it comes to apps, there are only a handful I use regularly.  One I just came across is the Gymkit app.  It’s a basic interval/rest timer and repetition calculator that’s extremely easy to use.  I think it’s also one of the top 100 apps in it’s category on iTunes…last time I checked anyway.

What I like about it is that it doesn’t try to be all thing to all people.  The app focuses on a few basic functions, one of those being time.  The countdown interval timer can be used to time work and/or rest intervals and all of the interval times are customizable.  I’ve adjusted mine for Tabata intervals and a handful of other sprint interval times that I run regularly.

Here’s a link to the app:

Below is a screencap of the timer interface.  You just tap the preset time interval and it immediately starts counting down.  It also gives you a 3-second warning when the interval is ending and a solid tone when time is up.

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For the record, I have no affiliation with the developer of this program.  I simply think it’s a worthwhile app.  Give it a try and see what you think.

Of course, we also highly recommend the Gymboss interval timer.  We have used these things for years and at $19.99, the Gymboss is still one of the best bargains you’ll find for a product you use (or should use) everyday.

The choice is yours. Until next time, keep training hard!