The Tabata Timer is a device that will help you maintain the proper interval during your Tabata workout. For those unfamiliar with Tabata, a Tabata workout is an interval training cycle that consists of a period of sustained, intense activity followed by a short period of rest. This cycle continues over a number of iterations to form an entire Tabata workout. The unique thing about the Tabata workout is that it is very short, with most intervals measured in seconds rather than minutes or hours. That standard Tabata workout consists of 8 cycles comprised of a 20 second intense workout followed by a 10 seconds rest period. If your workout happened to be running, you would run absolutely as fast as you possibly can in an all out sprint for 20 seconds. When your time is up, you would rest for 10 seconds. Repeat this cycle 8 times. It may sound easy, however you'll be surprised at just how difficult it is. Some studies suggest that a Tabata workout may actually be more beneficial than the standard cardio workout.
Be sure to consult with a physician prior to engaging in any exercise program, especially Tabata.
The difficulty with a Tabata workout is properly timing the exercise and rest intervals. This is where the Tabata Timer comes in. All of it's timing components are configurable by you to meet your workout requirements. The Tabata Timer gives you visual cues on the screen and sound cues that will overlay any music that you have playing to alert you to the various stages of your workout.
Keep in mind that the Tabata Timer is NOT a general purpose timer. It is specifically designed for and dedicated to Tabata workouts.
Perform a web search on "Tabata" to learn more.
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Corrected issue with display of remaining cycles.
Ratings and Reviews
The good - The timer works as described and besides the large easy to read numbers counting down each period of activity or rest, the screen changes color from blue for Startup Delay, to green for Activity (high intensity workout) and red for Rest (low intensity workout).
The bad – the duration of the timers are too short. The startup delay should at least go to 5 minutes instead of 30 seconds maximum so it can be used to time a warm-up. Also, the Activity and Rest timers only go to 60 seconds. The rest timer needs to go to longer to accommodate workouts of 30 seconds activity and 90 second rest periods.
Easy awesome app
This app is totally perfect for tabata workouts - takes about 5 seconds to figure out how to use it.
Used to be the best
This app used to be great. Now every cycle attempts to access my Apple Pay. Delete.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.