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The Best Tabata Apps of 2017

 

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We’ve selected these apps based on their quality, user reviews, and overall reliability as a source of support for people who want to achieve their fitness goals. If you want to nominate an app for this list, email us at nominations@healthline.com!

In the world of fitness, there are countless approaches that can lead you to better health and weight loss. Tabata is one such method.

Tabata is a type of high-intensity interval training, or HIIT. It involves doing timed rounds of intense bursts of exercise. One of the draws of Tabata is that it’s over quickly, with each circuit lasting as little as four minutes — eight rounds of 20 seconds of exercise, followed by 10 seconds of rest. The technique was named after its originator, scientist Izumi Tabata, who concluded this type of training could improve both aerobic and anaerobic health.

In most forms of Tabata training, the only equipment needed is a timer. Useful Tabata timers can be found for just about any device. We’ve rounded up the best here.

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Quick 4 Minute Workout - Tabata

Quick 4 Minute Workout - Tabata

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Quick 4 Minute Workout is set up for the traditional Tabata-timed workout of eight rounds of 20 minutes of intense exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest. The app itself is simply designed and free, which makes it a great choice if you’re a beginner. If you want more, including videos of possible Tabata exercises, those are also available for purchase.

Seconds Pro - Interval Timer

Seconds Pro - Interval Timer

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: $4.99

Seconds Pro’s display includes a large timer so you can see the time remaining at a glance mid-workout. It also includes custom timers, so you can go with the traditional Tabata times or set your own intervals. You can also input exercises and create several different customized Tabata workouts. The app will call out what exercise to do when it’s time.

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Tabata Trainer

Tabata Trainer

iPhone rating: ★★★✩✩

Price: $1.99

Tabata Trainer includes a large display and the ability to customize your Tabata times. The app is loaded with nine different Tabata routines, or you can input your own. You can keep track of your workouts over time and run your device’s music through the app, too.

Interval Timer Pro

Interval Timer Pro

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Price: $2.99

Interval Timer Pro offers numerous customizable features for your interval training. You can use it for Tabata workouts or any other timed workout session. Change your active and rest session lengths, the number of rounds you complete, a countdown time, and even different high- and low-intensity sets. The app keeps running even if your phone locks, reducing the need to interrupt your workout mid-set.

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Tabata Stopwatch Pro - Tabata Timer and HIIT Timer

Tabata Stopwatch Pro - Tabata Timer and HIIT Timer

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

As far as free Tabata apps go, the Tabata Stopwatch Pro is top-notch. Customize all aspects of your interval training with this app, including your workout and rest times, warm-ups, and more. You can even program several sets on top of one another for a longer interval routine.

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HIIT & Tabata Interval Timer Pro - Free

HIIT & Tabata Interval Timer Pro - Free

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Not only is every aspect of your Tabata workout customizable with this app, but you can also connect it to a Bluetooth heart rate monitor to see how your cardiovascular system is keeping up with your sessions. You can use the location tracking system if you’re running with the app and program it to play your favorite songs during your intense workouts.

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Tabata Interval Timer for HIIT

Tabata Interval Timer for HIIT

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

The Tabata Interval Timer for HIIT allows users to customize just about every aspect of their workout session. From the active and rest sessions to the number of sets and warm-ups, you can make your HIIT workout just right for your needs. You can even attach your heart rate monitor and set target heart rates. Plan your workouts ahead of time with the calendar log features.

MyTabata

MyTabata

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

If you want your Tabata workout to come with a coach, MyTabata may be right for you. It comes with several instructional videos to walk you through each Tabata session. Trainers Jonathan and Hanna perform the workouts alongside you and offer tips to make each round more effective and safe. Choose the exercises you want in your session ahead of time and get started.

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Tabata Timer for HIIT

Tabata Timer for HIIT

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

One of the best features of a Tabata app is perhaps the simplest: a bright and large display. After all, you don’t want to have to stop mid-workout to get closer to your phone and check your progress! The Tabata Timer for HIIT has a colorful and brightly lit display. It also has many of the other features you’d want — customizable workouts and music and a place to log notes on your workouts.

Home Workouts

Home Workouts

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

The Home Workouts app from Caynax is more than a Tabata app — you can use it for nearly any type of home workout session. Set challenges for yourself or customize your own Tabata routine. The app comes loaded with 30 different exercises to choose from and several different workouts. You can also use the app to create a workout schedule, so you’re never at a loss on what to do.

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