Last week I shared my success so far with losing weight and getting more fit and healthy.
My friend Dayle approached me sometime in October about joining a private Facebook group. The purpose of the group was to encourage and support each other in doing HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts 5 days a week. The group is located all over the country and a couple girls even live in Taiwan.
This week I’ll celebrate my 100th day of HIIT (high intensity interval training). That’s 5 days a week for over 4 months!
For the type of workouts that I’m doing an interval timer is a must. It allows me to focus on how hard I’m working out and not trying to keep track of the time.
I’m excited that I finally get to spill the beans about this new iPhone app. Peiter Buick (my friend Dayle’s husband) designed this just-released Bit Timer app. I’ve even had the privilege of beta-testing and using it for my workouts.
And I officially LOVE it!
Here’s an example of the chicken scratch that I write down before and during my workout.
Before I start, I write down the exercises included in the workout and make spaces to write down the reps in each work interval.
Next I set the Bit Timer to the intervals for the workout of the day. For the workout pictured I set the work to 0:50, the rest to 0:10 and repeat to 20 rounds for my 20 minute workout. Simply press and drag to set the value.
After my warmup, I push the play button and get a 10 sec. “Get Ready” countdown.
The Bit Timer leads me through the workout.
I work out at maximum effort for the work interval and get the rest interval to write down my reps and switch to my next workout. It even gives me a 3 second countdown letting me know the work is about to begin again.
One of the things that I love the most about the Bit Timer is that I’m able to see the numbers from across the room. If I’m “dying” during a particular exercise (aka burpees) with a quick glance, I check to see how much longer it’s going to last and push out my last bit of effort.
Another thing that I love is that it’s simple. Some days my workouts have different parts and I need to change the set-up in the middle of the workout. It’s so easy to quickly change it up.
If you listen to music on your iPhone while working out, the music automatically fades to allow you to hear the beeps. Brilliant!
If you do any sort of HIIT training (Bodyrock, Cross Fit), this is an affordable way to get an interval timer.
Head over to the App Store and grab it for $0.99. For more information head over to BitTimerApp.com. There’s a promo video that shows how it works and you’ll see my friend Dayle doing perfect form full push-ups in the background ;)
For being a beta-tester of the Bit Timer, I received a free app with the release today. I’ve received no other compensation for my review and these are my honest opinions about this product. I really do love it. Remember that I’m not giving medical advice. Please consult with your doctor before starting any workout program.