Monday, May 16, 2011

HIIT Made Simple with "Seconds Interval Timer"

So you like to weight train, but you need to incorporate some cardio to burn some extra fat. Like most "weight lifters" or whatever you wanna call us types, I do not want to waste 40 minutes of my day on a treadmill. I need an intense burn. Give me something that will feel excruciatingly painful for a fraction of the time and give me the same result. Here's the answer:

Anyone who has tried programs like Beachbody's Insanity understands the feeling. You burn calories, increase your endurance, annnnnd thennnn you pretty much pass out. It's very rewarding in its own right. Click on the link above to get a deeper understanding of how HIIT works.

Now, say you know the ins and outs already. Here are a couple scenarios:
  1. You are tired of popping in that DVD.
  2. You want to create your own HIIT workouts from scratch.
  3. You're out of town and a DVD player isn't an option.
  4. You hate treadmills and elliptical machines.
Here's one solution for anyone with an iPhone. It's an app called "Seconds." With it, you can customize your workouts in timed increments so you don't have to stop or reset a stopwatch or other timer. At 3 seconds before the next interval, you will get 3 beeps per second, then a long beep that signifies it's time to switch up. Very simple, right? Here's how it looks:

The app is very simple. Customizing workouts is fairly easy and self-explanatory, but it'll take some getting used to. I get a lot of use out of it, mostly every day, so check it out if you want to start making your own workouts. Oh, and you can play your music while working out... an added bonus.


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