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The Best HIIT Apps of the Year

 

best hiit apps of the year

We’ve selected these apps based on their quality, user reviews, and overall reliability as a source for people who want to up their HIIT knowledge and prowess. If you want to nominate an app for this list, email us at nominations@healthline.com.

Wouldn't it be great if you could work out for fewer than 30 minutes a day and still get maximum health benefits? It might sound too good to be true, but it's possible to do just that with high-intensity interval training (HIIT).

HIIT combines a mixture of short bursts of intense activity punctuated by periods of rest. It's this focus on high-intensity that makes HIIT one of the most effective workouts to help prevent a number of ailments. In addition to the health benefits, HIIT also burns calories more efficiently than other exercise regimens. One study found that men who use HIIT burn more calories than other types of workouts, including biking, weight training, and running.

HIIT workouts can vary dramatically. But whether you run, bike, or jump rope, the activity should get your heart pumping. Ready to get started? Talk to your doctor before starting a new HIIT program and then download one of these awesome apps we’ve selected to help you make the most out of your workouts.

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Seven

Seven

Seven

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

If you're new to HIIT, the Seven app is a great place to start. It features illustrations to help you understand unfamiliar workouts. It even allows you to design your own workouts once you get the hang of it. Plus, many of the exercises use your own body weight for resistance, so there's no need to buy any costly equipment. Prefer a competition? The Seven app lets you create personal fitness challenges and even compete against your friends. You can download the app for free, and then optionally purchase a 7 Club membership ($9.99 per month or $79.99 per year) to unlock more workouts and exercises, and receive support and guidance from a personal trainer. As another option you can also purchase workouts a la carte.

12 Minute Athlete

12 Minute Athlete

12 Minute Athlete

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: $2.99 with more optional in-app purchases

The 12 Minute Athlete app has something for everyone. For newbies, it features full directions and video demonstrations for every exercise. For seasoned pros, it includes an interval timer and stopwatch, so you can create your own workouts at any time. The app itself is free and offers more than 185 workouts. It also includes social sharing, so you can post your workout directly to social media. For $4.99 per month, join the virtual Super Athlete gym, which features insights into your workout trends and personal records, immediate access to more than 200 additional HIIT workouts, and reminders to help you meet your workout goals.

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J&J Official 7 Minute Workout

Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout

J&J Official 7 Minute Workout

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

If you're looking for science-based workouts, this app is for you. Designed by a director of exercise physiology, it offers the ability to use Smart Workouts, which gauge your motivation and fitness level, and create a custom workout. This app also features plenty of workouts, workout reminders, video tutorials to help you nail the exercises, social sharing, and an in-app music player that lets you customize your music to your workout.

HIIT Interval Training Timer

HIIT Interval Training Timer

HIIT Interval Training Timer

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

If you're ready to create your own workouts, then this app is for you. Featuring sound-based signals so you can focus on your workouts instead of looking at your screen, this app offers existing presets and the ability to create custom presets as well.

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Seconds Pro

Seconds Pro - Interval Timer

Seconds Pro

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: $4.99

This app is a full-featured timer. Seconds comes with templates for intervals, but also supports the creation of custom intervals or even the combination of multiple templates. It supports music integration and even allows you to match artists and songs to the intensity of your workout. Plus, it supports Bluetooth heart rate monitors and lets you customize the app to display your heart rate data.

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Sworkit

SworkIt

Sworkit

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Variety is the spice of life — and SworkIt. This app offers a number of activity-based workouts ranging from cardio to yoga, and the premium version features categories like “Older Adult Workouts” and “Sports Conditioning Workouts” to keep your workouts fresh. You can select workouts from 5 to 60 minutes. For HIIT, however, you should stick to 30 minutes or less. The app displays your workout, goals, and calories burned. Plus, it allows you to set reminders to stay on track.

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Fitbit Coach

Fitbit Coach

Fitbit Coach

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

If you've always wanted a personal trainer, Fitbit Coach is the next best thing. This app integrates with your Fitbit, MyFitnessPal, and other popular exercise and weight management apps to get a clear picture of your fitness journey. But it doesn't stop there: Fitbit Coach actually uses the information from your Fitbit to recommend exercises based on the activity tracked by your Fitbit. In addition to these features, it’s a comprehensive workout app. It offers personalized video workouts, new monthly HIIT workouts like “7-Minute Workout,” and hundreds of individual exercises to choose from. The app is free, but not all features are available without upgrading to the premium version.

myWOD

myWOD

myWOD

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: $3.99

Whether you work out in a Crossfit box or at home, this app gives you access to hundreds of workouts. Track your WOD in the gym, or access your box's WOD remotely to keep up at home. Traveling? You can easily find local gyms in the app to stay on track while on the road. In addition to hundreds of workouts, including many HIIT, myWOD offers a variety of timers: standard, lap, countdown, interval, and Tabata. The app automatically backs up your data and allows you to search through older workouts to find old favorites.

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7 Minute Workout for Women

7 Minute Workout for Women

7 Minute Workout for Women

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

For women with busy schedules, this app is just what the trainer ordered. It offers easy-to-follow video workouts that don't require a gym or any specialized equipment. Plus, like the name implies, these workouts can be done in just 7 minutes a day.

Article resources
  • Falcone PH, et al. (2015). Caloric expenditure of aerobic, resistance, or combined high-intensity interval training using a hydraulic resistance system in healthy men. DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000661
  • Karlsen T, et al. (2017). High intensity interval training for maximizing health outcomes. DOI: 10.1016/j.pcad.2017.03.006
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