First, nicely done. The interface is clean, the progression bar is helpful.
A few suggestions:
It would be nice to have a bell go off both at the beginning and end of the rest period, so you don't miss the beginning of the next 30second sprint. On my phone I only hear a bell at the start of the rest period.
I would also suggest displaying the graphic for the next exercise during the rest period. I work out regularly but I still didnt know what a "push up and twist" was so by the time I figured it out I had already missed 5-8 seconds of the sprint.
Nice to see products like this generating conversation. Keep up the good work.
The main problem is that the standard timer app on iOS only acts as a stopwatch...so the final ten seconds of each interval, I'm watching the clock so that I can hit "Lap" and move on...this is awkward when I'm also wearing headphones to listen to music.
What would be ideal for me is to have a simple timer that would alert me when the interval was done and automatically move on to the next one....like a repeating event on a calendar. I'm sure there's an app for that but I just didn't feel like downloading a bunch and doing trial and error.
One more twist: I can't do all the exercises in the 7-min workout (as made famous in the NYT)...jumping jacks would annoy the shit out of the people below me. So I make up my own. A timer that would allow me to set up my own sequence would be fabulous.
Anyway, this is just a longwinded way of saying that there's a need for a niche app here, and it would definitely be a fun coding project...I'm glad someone else thought of it first :)
However, as an old fogie, I recall a craze back in the 70s and 80s called 5BX, which stood for 5 basic exercises, created by Swedish aircrew iirc. The reason I recalled it is the mention of rapid-style jumping jacks and push ups in the 7-minute workout. 5BX had increasingly quickened routines for jumping jacks (from a crouching position), sit-ups and push-ups (with claps thrown in as you completed each push-up).
All of this worked very well in terms of actually toning your body, getting a good daily cardio workout, and a sense of fitness... until it did irreparable back and other damage to quite a few people. So just be careful, especially if the high intensity and the 7 minute time limit drives you to a regimen that gets anywhere close to a 5BX style work out in terms of quick, jerky movements.
Personally, I've reverted to playing basketball like I did in my college days, with high intensity worked into it with repeated lay up, jump shot routines, etc. It's working great for cardio and overall body toning. I would like to do weights as well, as there is a body of evidence pointing to its value, but basketball is plenty far for me at this stage.
This is a good free one I use myself:
Someone, presumably a fellow named Will Wilson, also made an app a few days ago (pretty much as soon as the article was released - [http://willwilson.co/7minworkout](http://willwilson.co/7minw....
I really like that you've added second ticks and a starting countdown.
Will's version has a nice whistle to start and pause & stop buttons. He also has a small 'info' link that explains the exercise routine. Please consider integrating these as well as a skip button.
Unfortunately, neither version works with sound on my phone.
Can you make a way to skip sections?
Living in a house built in 1840, jumping jacks are out of the question...
(Also if you click rapidly on the 3/2/1 countdown you can kind of skip things, because the app goes to all madness.)
Using Firefox 21 on Win 7
They could then create workouts by creating a list of exercises and rest periods and play their routing with the timer you created.
Does this exist? I want one.
Once again a wonderful example of something incredibly simple but incredibly useful. This would be particularly beneficial for Crossfit style workouts that are closely linked to a timer and where there is a different set of exercises every single day.
I made an app called RipDeck based on the deck of cards workout that is great for providing variety to your routine.
We have a weekly featured deck or you can create custom decks. Great for bodyweight exercises. Give it a try. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ripdeck/id409921624?mt=8
The featured decks are available on the site if you want some workout ideas for use with a regular deck of cards.
It seems to be a mutated misunderstanding of "accommodation", which is almost entirely a nervous system phenomenon having almost little to do with adaptations in muscle tissue.
The best form of "changing it up" for hypertrophy is to modulate standard acute training variables. Merely randomly changing exercises is ... not efficient.
Would also just let you set the time interval for cues and have ability keep them repeating indefinitely until you close the app. eg I have 3-4 stretches I want to do after working out and sort of count in my head to 30 seconds for each one.
One small suggestion: Perhaps a louder audio cue for transitions between exercises in case you aren't looking at the screen.
A few notes for you and others:
1) There are a few that switch sides/legs and I would handle them differently. For the lunges and step-ups, I think alternating sides is good. For the side planks, I think it would be useful to give the other side a whole segment. Splitting it in half wouldn't be much of a workout.
2) This is awesome because for the most part, you can modulate the workout however you want. In fact, keeping a log of the number of pushups/situps/high knees/etc would be cool because people could see progress. This might be a nice extension for the site!
3) It may be good to balance things out as far as muscle groups go. Pushups are repeated multiple times, as are squat related exercises. It is important to balance these out with the muscles that oppose these exercises.
4) Even better (at least for me) would be to have a series for desk workers that open up your body. We spend so much time crouched forward that a series of exercises to counteract this would be awesome.
Thanks and I hope you keep building on this!
"THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!!
That's. The. Most. Ingenious. Thing. Ever.
Now, I just have to bring my phone with me. Woohoo!
When I play it on the computer it ticks down, my phones doesn't so I'll have to pay attention to it, which could be tricky, but that's sweet. Thanks!"
I don't want to presume anything. Did you purposefully shorten the workout from that described in the ACSM article? It indicated 30 seconds on and 10 seconds off. (Your total duration variable should be 480--don't ask me how they added that up to "7 minutes"!) This has lead to some confusion in the comments here. And, although their intervals are somewhat arbitrary, and asserting this routine is "scientific" is debatable to begin with, it would be more accurate.
Again, great job.
1. The images don't update until after the first tick of the new exercise. It would be nice if the updated when the rest screen changes to the new exercise screen with the timer and the text.
2. It would be cool if for exercises like the side plank (I think that's the only one in this set), where you hold something on each side, it gave you a halfway warning to tell you that it's time to turn over.
3. The rest period at the end isn't really necessary.
Thanks for this. I'll give it a try in about an hour!
1.) You can now change the length of the workout
2.) Sounds now work (as well as they can) in IOS
3.) Changed duration of the breaks to 10 seconds no matter how long the workout
4.) Added a sound-effect to tell you to switch on exercises that need it
5.) Made some UI tweaks to improve the look
Thanks for making my week.
P.S.: Great job! And great website idea!
I also wonder why the images or better the whole site isn't responsive? I would also add a link to one of the sources.
Feature request: a nice sound when each section is finished. Sometimes I'm not looking at the screen while doing the exercise, so a sound marking the section changes would be nice.
One suggestion would be to add a Switch pop-up if you run into exercises like Side Plank.
I will be using it. Although I have to second others.. It'd be nice to choose my exercises.
Would definitely be interested in downloading and tweaking this for my own. Github, perhaps?
Edit: FYI, don't release production code with console.log() if you can help it. :-p
My son started doing this and was fumbling with timing on his watch. I'll have him use this now.
According to wkiipedia, it's safety is disputed: might be injure someone with bad knees... something to keep in mind.
Speaking of knee injury. Practice squat techniques very well. IT might look easy, but doing them well takes a lot of practice. Your knees shouldn't go further than your toes, otherwise it's really bad for your knees!
To be more accurate: according to an unsupported claim made by a single random individual.
aside from this the site looks good, simple and to the point, props for it.
The last two should be repeated twice though (one for each arm)
Are you sure you are on the right site? This is a pretty tech-heavy news site.
EDIT: but this is an awesome thing, regardless