By Francisco Garza
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High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a cardiovascular workout designed to enhance fat loss with short periods of intense activity. A typical workout consists of six to ten repetitions of high intensity exercise, separated by longer intervals of medium intensity exercise. You can use running, cycling, rowing or any other type of aerobic exercise.
Traditionally a stopwatch or timer is used, however this makes it hard to listen to music while you work out. HIIT Workout solves this by taking songs from your iTunes library, joining them together and overlaying a series of beeps and prompts to keep you in time. This way, you can listen to music while you perform your workout, without having to focus on your watch.
Workouts are fully customizable with intervals lasting anywhere from five seconds to two minutes in length. You can use music, podcasts, or any other audio items in your iTunes library. Simply add your songs, configure your workout and export to iTunes. You can then add the audio workout to your portable media player, or play it straight from the app.
Note: Songs purchased from the iTunes Music Store prior to January 2009 may contain Digital Rights Management (DRM) encryption and cannot be used. Sorry.
Way Too Basic for $7.99
Expected for $7.99: An advanced app that would allow me to create a custom HIIT workout and playlist with appropriate song changes and overlaid cues signaling the change in intensity level. For example, the Body for Life HIIT workout uses a pattern of graduated intensity levels, the first 2 minutes is warm-up (intensity Level 5), the 3rd minute is your Level 6, 4th minute - Level 7, 5th minute - Level 8, 6th minute - Level 9, then at minute 7 you start back over at Level 6 and run this cycle four times; the 19th minute is your Level 10 and the 20th minute begins your cool down. I had hoped to be able to select a different song for each intensity level, or each minute, and have the app create the playlist, fading out the current song and in the new song when a new intensity Level is reached or minute begins. Figured the beeping would be an optional feature and there would be several options to choose from for the different levels of intensity.
Got for $7.99: An app with the very basic function of creating a playlist (just like in iTunes) and adding beeps (only two different beeps, one to signal fast and one to signal slow). It doesn't crop the song selections to fit the different intervals so if you've chosen a slow warm-up song that is longer than your warm-up period, you'll still have to listen to it through your higher intensity periods until it's over. Also the voice the app uses is the barely comprehensible computer voice, Fred. Honestly, I have created better HIIT playlists using GarageBand, I just thought if this was quicker it would be worth the $7.99; it isn't. :(
Totally a waste of money
Doesn't work with audible podcast.
can't seem to get the playlist into iTunes... waste of 7.99 :(