FlexiTimer - interval/fitness timer app for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by FlexiTimer, Apr 18, 2014.

  1. FlexiTimer macrumors newbie

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    I'd like to announce my iOS interval timer app.

    The app is called FlexiTimer, and it is an extremely flexible interval timer, which makes it easy to perform time-based interval training (eg. HIIT, Circuits, Tabatas, Rounds, etc.), along with other forms of training/time-keeping (eg. MMA, weights, Yoga, etc.). I use it for my own training/tasks and find it useful.

    You can get more details/screenshots/release notes at the FlexiTimer website and keep up to date by following the FlexiTimer twitter feed. There is also a discussion forum for the app.

    A new update has just been submitted to Apple, adding support for timer creation wizards, to make creation of specific types of timers even easier (eg. HIIT, Circuits, Tabatas, Rounds, Pyramid etc.)

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    A summary of the features:

    • Easy to use and configure
    • Create and save Multiple timers
    • Timer creation wizards (eg. HIIT, Circuits, Tabatas, Rounds, Pyramid etc.)
    • Unlimited number of intervals/steps per timer (limited only by device, but essentially unlimited)
    • Run multiple timers simultaneously
    • Powerful grouped intervals feature (create multiple groups, each containing multiple intervals). This makes creating complex timers easy!
    • Configurable number of sets/iterations for intervals, groups, and entire timer, independently of each other
    • Highly optimized timer engine to maximize battery life
    • Play different music for each interval, use same music for all intervals (with options for what to do when moving onto a new interval), or have no music
    • Configurable alert sounds for interval ending (including configurable duration, eg. last 3 or 5 or 10 seconds etc.) and interval ended/changed. Alert sounds can be different for each interval, or can be overridden with same sounds for all intervals)
    • Configurable timer ended alert sound (including ability to repeat alert sound multiple times). Each timer can have a different timer ended alert sound
    • Large timer display in detail view, and even larger display in Landscape
    • Colour display differently for each interval
    • Skip to previous/next interval, or skip to any interval
    • Pause timers
    • Runs in background

    Many more features are planned, including timer sharing and voice prompts. A version 3 major update is in the works with lots more new features (will be free update)

    The app normally costs $6.99, but is currently on sale at $4.99 for approx. 2 weeks.

    Would love to hear any comments (good and bad) and suggestions. If there's a feature you want to see added, let us know about it.

    I would also greatly appreciate any help in spreading the word about it (eg. on social media), and if you like it please consider leaving a review on the app store when you have the time.

    If you got this far then thanks for reading!
     
  2. Mannen2 macrumors newbie

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    #2
    Hello! Your app seams to be great to me. But I I want to find a app that is able to lover the music in the rest between the intervals so when I play my spotify will it turn down the sound when the sets stops. And put it up again when it starts.
    Would that be posseble to do with this app? In that case will I buy it and recommend everyone else I meet in the fitness industry that I meet.
     
  3. FlexiTimer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    #3
    Thanks for your interest!

    FlexiTimer allows you to specify alerts and music (or no music) independently for each interval, from within the app (although it only allows picking music from your iTunes library).

    If I understand your question correctly, you want to use the Spotify app to play music, and just have FlexiTimer lower the Spotify volume in the rest intervals, and then increase the Spotify volume for work intervals ?

    If so, FlexiTimer is not able to do that at the moment but I will investigate and add it in the future.

    If you have any more questions/comments please let me know.
     
  4. CoolFeet macrumors newbie

    CoolFeet

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    Location:
    Bay Area
    #4
    I am searching for a versatile HIIT timer for my iphone and your app came up first in the serps!

    My needs are simple. I want to program it for intervals that switch from low intensity to high intensity. Here is an example of what I would like to program. Let me know if this can be done.

    3 Minute Warm Up #3 (Optional)

    Shoulder Breather

    30 seconds each direction

    Floating Elbow Circles


    30 seconds each direction

    Side Shift Lunges


    1 minute


    Shoulders Block


    Rocca Feet Elevated* 40 seconds


    Rest 20 seconds


    Rocca Standard* 40 seconds




    Rest 20 seconds

    Most Advantage


    Rocca Hands Elevated*


    40 seconds




    Rest


    50 seconds

    *If you need to decrease difficulty, start with Standard and then hands slightly elevated, finishing with hands further elevated.

    Iso-Dynamic Set




    Exercise


    Time

    Iso


    Isometric Shoulder Spread


    30 seconds

    Dynamic


    Screw Press


    45 seconds




    Rest


    30 seconds

    Iso


    Isometric Shoulder Spread


    30 seconds

    Dynamic


    Screw Press


    45 seconds




    Rest


    30 seconds

    Legs Block—7 minutes

    Mechanical Advantage Set




    Exercise


    Time

    Least Advantage


    Single Bound Squat (or supported) alternating


    40 seconds




    Rest


    20 seconds

    More Advantage


    Front Lunge Alternating


    40 seconds




    Rest


    20 seconds

    Most Advantage


    Rear Lunge Alternating


    40 seconds




    Rest


    50 seconds

    Iso-Dynamic Set




    Exercise


    Time

    Iso


    Wall Squat


    30 seconds

    Dynamic


    Squat Jump


    45 seconds




    Rest


    30 seconds

    Iso


    Wall Squat


    30 seconds

    Dynamic


    Squat Jump


    45 seconds




    Rest


    30 seconds

    Arms Block—7 minutes

    Mechanical Advantage Set




    Exercise


    Time

    Least Advantage


    Scoop Curl (Standing far from anchor)*


    40 seconds




    Rest


    20 seconds

    More Advantage


    Scoop Curl (Standing mid-distance from anchor)*


    40 seconds




    Rest


    20 seconds

    Most Advantage


    Scoop Curl (Standing close to anchor)*


    40 seconds




    Rest


    50 seconds

    *The further you stand from the anchor point of your bands the more difficult it will be.

    Iso-Dynamic Set




    Exercise


    Time

    Least Advantage


    Bent Over Triceps Kickback (Far from anchor)*


    40 seconds




    Rest


    20 seconds

    More Advantage


    Bent Over Triceps Kickback (Mid from anchor)*


    40 seconds




    Rest


    20 seconds

    Most Advantage


    Bent Over Triceps Kickback (Close to anchor)*


    40 seconds




    Rest


    50 seconds
     
  5. FlexiTimer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    In short, yes.

    FlexiTimer can handle that kind of workout easily. For example, for the 3 minute warm up #3, do the following:

    1) Create a new timer (call it whatever you want)
    2) Add a new interval called "Shoulder Breather" (or anything else you want to call it) with duration set to 30 seconds and iterations set to 2 (ie. do this 30 second interval 2 times).
    3) Add another interval called "Floating Elbow Circles" with duration set to 30 secs and iterations set to 1.
    4) Add another interval called "Side Shift Lunges" with duration set to 1 minute and iterations set to 1.

    You can either save this as a separate timer (eg. "3 Minute Warm Up #3") and create a new timer with the actual workout intervals, OR you can continue adding the Shoulder Block intervals...

    5) Add new interval called "Rocca Feet Elevated*" with duration set to 40 secs and iterations set to 1.
    6) Add new interval called "Rest" with duration set to 20 secs and iterations set to 1.
    7) Add new interval called "Rocca Standard*" with duration set to 40 secs and iterations set to 1.
    8) Add new interval called "Rest" with duration set to 20 secs and iterations set to 1.
    9) Add new interval called "Rocca Hands Elevated*" with duration set to 40 secs and iterations set to 1.
    10) Add new interval called "Rest" with duration set to 50 secs and iterations set to 1.

    -- You can continue adding as many intervals as you like to the timer (eg. add the Iso dynamic set), or save each workout/block as separate timers (you can create as many timers as you need).

    When the above example timer is run, you will get the following sequence of intervals:

    Shoulder Breather 30 secs (1 of 2)
    Shoulder Breather 30 secs (2 of 2)
    Floating Elbow Circles 30 secs (1 of 2)
    Floating Elbow Circles 30 secs (2 of 2)
    Side Shift Lunges 1 minute
    Rocca Feet Elevated* 40 secs
    Rest 20 secs
    Rocca Standard* 40 secs
    Rest 20 secs
    Rocca Hands Elevated* 40 secs
    Rest 50 secs

    Each interval has many additional options associated with it (eg. music, colour etc.). Your options are unlimited.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.

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    I forgot to mention that you can group intervals together if you wish using a group. The advantage of this is that you can name the group, which will be displayed when you run the timer. You can also repeat this group of intervals independently of other intervals in the timer.

    Each timer can have as many groups of intervals as you like, and each group can contain as many child intervals as you like.
     
  6. CoolFeet macrumors newbie

    CoolFeet

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    Location:
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    #6
    Thanks for the quick response. With this kind of excellent help, I will buy the app.

    My workout is a 6 day program with redundancies on various days. Many of the routines are combined or grouped. Is this what you are referring to about groups? I am wondering if I can copy/export the redundancies into a another day so I don't have to program again. For example, on Thursday, could I copy routine "A" from Monday's routine "A"?

    Thanks!
     
  7. FlexiTimer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your support!

    At the moment, it's not possible to copy intervals/groups of intervals, so you will have to re-enter them for each timer, but that feature is on the roadmap (along with copying timers) and will be implemented.

    Re. groups, it allows you to group several intervals together within a timer, with the main reason (at the moment) being that you can then repeat just this group of intervals. As FlexiTimer allows repeating individual intervals, groups of intervals and the entire timer, you could create the following complex timer if you wished (note that the number of intervals you have to add is a lot less than the number of intervals when run):

    Complex Timer (repeat 2 times)

    Interval 1 (30 secs, repeat 2 times)
    Group 1 (repeat 3 times)
    Child Interval 1 (20 secs, repeat once)
    Child Interval 2 (10 secs, repeat 4 times)
    Child Interval 3 (15 secs, repeat 2 times)
    Interval 2 (60 secs, repeat once)

    This timer would expand to the following:

    Interval 1 30 secs
    Interval 1 30 secs
    Child Interval 1 20 secs
    Child Interval 2 10 secs
    Child Interval 2 10 secs
    Child Interval 2 10 secs
    Child Interval 2 10 secs
    Child Interval 3 15 secs
    Child Interval 3 15 secs
    Child Interval 1 20 secs
    Child Interval 2 10 secs
    Child Interval 2 10 secs
    Child Interval 2 10 secs
    Child Interval 2 10 secs
    Child Interval 3 15 secs
    Child Interval 3 15 secs
    Child Interval 1 20 secs
    Child Interval 2 10 secs
    Child Interval 2 10 secs
    Child Interval 2 10 secs
    Child Interval 2 10 secs
    Child Interval 3 15 secs
    Child Interval 3 15 secs
    Interval 2 60 secs
    Interval 1 30 secs
    Interval 1 30 secs
    Child Interval 1 20 secs
    Child Interval 2 10 secs
    Child Interval 2 10 secs
    Child Interval 2 10 secs
    Child Interval 2 10 secs
    Child Interval 3 15 secs
    Child Interval 3 15 secs
    Child Interval 1 20 secs
    Child Interval 2 10 secs
    Child Interval 2 10 secs
    Child Interval 2 10 secs
    Child Interval 2 10 secs
    Child Interval 3 15 secs
    Child Interval 3 15 secs
    Child Interval 1 20 secs
    Child Interval 2 10 secs
    Child Interval 2 10 secs
    Child Interval 2 10 secs
    Child Interval 2 10 secs
    Child Interval 3 15 secs
    Child Interval 3 15 secs
    Interval 2 60 secs

    As you can see, Group 1 is simply a container for the child intervals, with the ability to repeat only the child intervals, independently of the timer, or other intervals (including the child intervals).

    Although this is a contrived, complex example, it shows the flexibility of FlexiTimer (hence the name).

    A future version will allow you to select which intervals and groups you wish to copy, and then allow you to paste them into a new/different timer.

    At the moment I'm working on getting the next release out which has support for timer wizards/templates and a couple of bug fixes. It may also include an option to export timers, as the version after that will be a big re-write with most (if not all) requested new features/enhancements.

    If you like the app, please spread the word and consider posting a review on iTunes, as this helps us a lot. If you have any other questions/suggestions/comments (good and bad), then let us know.
     

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