Overview | Overview

There are lots of fitness apps on the market, but Tabata’s high-intensity interval training (HIIT) model is a unique technique that really only requires a timer. When you’re short on time, a high-intensity workout can offer you the health benefits of aerobic exercise without having to spend hours at the gym.

Here are the best and most useful apps for timing your Tabata and HIIT workouts.

Quick 4 Minute Workout — Tabata | Quick 4 Minute Workout

iPhone rating: ★★★★

Price: Free

Quick 4 Minute Workout provides a popular Tabata routine. The timed workout goes through 8 rounds of 20 minutes of intense exercise, followed by 10 seconds of rest. Its simple, colorful design makes the app easy to use and a good choice for beginners. There are also in-app purchases for those who want additional features, like HD exercise videos featuring personal trainers and voice cues to guide you through exercises.

Seconds Pro Interval Timer | Seconds Pro Interval Timer

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★

Price: $7.99 on iPhone, $4.99 on Android

Seconds Pro’s colorful design and large timer make it easy to keep track of the remaining seconds in the middle of your workout. It includes timer templates for Tabata and other HIIT circuit training. You can also customize the timers and coordinate your music with the workout. Seconds Pro will tell you which exercise is coming next, so you can keep moving.

Tabata Trainer | Tabata Trainer

iPhone rating: ★★★★

Price: $1.99

Tabata Trainer comes with preloaded traditional Tabata workouts, or you can create your own. The app’s design is colorful with a large screen that makes viewing and navigation easy. You can also run a music app while using Tabata Trainer.

Interval Timer Pro | Interval Timer Pro

iPhone rating: ★★★★

Price: $2.99

Interval Timer Pro is made for a variety of interval training and HIIT workouts, including Tabata. The app continues to run when your screen locks and plays your music playlist during the workout. There are lots of ways to customize your sets, intervals, and rest times. Use the app to track all your workouts and share them with friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Tabata Stopwatch Pro | Tabata Stopwatch Pro

iPhone rating: ★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★

Price: Free

Tabata Stopwatch Pro was made for both beginners and advanced users. It offers tons of ways to customize each workout, including number of sets, rest time, exercises, warmup, and cool down. The colorful display is designed to be seen from far away, and different colors represent the amount of energy you’re using during the workout.

HIIT & Tabata Interval Timer Pro | HIIT & Tabata Interval Timer Pro

iPhone rating: ★★★★

Price: Free

HIIT & Tabata Interval Timer Pro                is more than just a timer — it also supports heart rate training using a Bluetooth heart rate monitor. You can create a heart rate profile and set the app to give information about your heart rate and zone during workouts. The sleek red, black, and white design makes everything easy to see as well.

Tabata Interval HIIT Timer | Tabata Interval HIIT Timer

Android rating: ★★★★

Price: Free

Completely customize your workout with Tabata Interval Timer for HIIT, then save your settings to use them again and again. You can set warmup, rest time, workout sets, and cool down intervals to meet your needs. The free app is also ad free! You can plan your workout sessions using the app’s calendar feature.

MyTabata | MyTabata

Android rating: ★★★★

Price: Free

In addition to a loud, clear timer, MyTabata provides instructional videos featuring exercises used in Tabata workouts. Trainers Jonathan and Hanna demonstrate the moves and explain how to practice them safely. You can choose the exercises to include in each session.

Tabata Timer for HIIT | Tabata Timer for HIIT

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

It’s always motivating to see how your level of fitness improves. One of the bonus features of this timer app is the ability to record your weight, BMI, and daily workout history to track your performance over time. Tabata Timer for HIIT also comes with a colorful display that makes it very easy to use and see from a distance.

Home Workouts | Home Workouts

Android rating: ★★★★

Price: Free

The colorful Home Workouts app by Caynax can be used for much more than Tabata. It offers several different workout styles that mix and match over 30 exercises, all aimed at helping you get in shape. You can create your own Tabata routine and set a workout schedule.

Tabata Pro | Tabata Pro

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: $3.99

Tabata Pro was made for professional trainers and athletes who need a HIIT timer. In addition to supporting Tabata, the app can be used for HIIT, weight training, running, cycling, and more. It’s fully customizable and has a split screen for multitasking. Use Workout DJ to start and change music automatically during your workout.

SWIFT Tabata | SWIFT Tabata

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

If you’re new to Tabata, SWIFT may be the app for you. It explains what Tabata is and walks you through the basics, including how to perform the workout safely. There are lots of helpful video demonstrations and training plans for men and women.

Tabata HIIT Interval Timer | Tabata HIIT Interval Timer

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Tabata HIIT Interval Timer is also designed for the traditional Tabata workout with 8 rounds of 20 minutes of intense exercise, followed by 10 seconds of rest. The app divides training plans by the area of the body you’d like to focus on. You can also create customized workouts, adjust timers, and set workout reminders to keep yourself on track.

Abs Workout — HIIT, Tabata, Fitness Challenge | Abs Workout

Android rating: ★★★★

Price: Free

This app is great for ab day! It offers lots of challenging ab routines, including a Tabata program focused only on ab muscles. Graphics and demo videos show you how to perform each exercise and reward you with achievement badges to keep you motivated. Use the app to set workout reminders and track your healthy habits.

Tabata Timer with Music | Tabata Timer with Music

Android rating: ★★★★

Price: Free

This Tabata timer uses music to keep you motivated during intense intervals. Use it to set workout time and music in one place. The app’s bright, colorful design also makes it easy to see how much time is left in the middle of a workout.