A couple of months ago I read a New York Times article on the 7-Minute Workout and how it appears that even very short (but intense) workouts can be as physically beneficial as longer workouts. The New York Times refers to an article in the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal that advocates an intense 7-minute regimen of exercises that alternately targets the major muscle groups of your upper body and legs with short breaks in between. Using just your body weight, a chair, and a wall, you can lose body fat, improve your overall fitness, and more according to recent research.
These seven minutes aren’t meant to be pleasant but they apparently can be very effective. But staying on track during this short but intense workout can be a challenge and developers saw fit to give you the guidance and motivation you needed to get through them with iPhone apps. There are a bunch of 7-minute workout apps in the App Store now and a few of the paid ones just went free recently.
The main screens of each app described below, in order
Ivory Consulting’s 7 Minute Workout – With Voice Prompts debuted in the App Store just last week at $.99 and its price just dropped to free yesterday. It will guide you vocally through all of the exercises with 20-second and 10-second countdown notices and announcements of the next exercise you need to complete. It includes links to videos showing each exercise but doesn’t include any text descriptions. It has basic calendar and reminder functions to track your workout completion over the past 30 days and remind you to do the workout again tomorrow.
Bytesize’s 7 Minute Workout hit the App Store in May at $.99 and went free last month. It also guides you through all of the exercises vocally with announcements of what’s next but doesn’t give you any vocal countdowns as you complete each one. If you want to track the workouts you’ve completed or customize the order or duration of the exercises, you’ll need to pony up $1.99 via in-app purchase to get a “Pro” version of the app.
UOVO’s The 7 Minute Workout provides vocal guidance through all of the exercises along with countdowns and announcements of the next exercise you need to do. You can access both written descriptions and video overviews of the each exercise easily but it lacks any tracking or reminder functionality. It was released in the App Store in May for $.99 but just dropped to free earlier this month.
It’s not clear if these apps will remain free for good or if these are only temporary price drops so act quickly if this 7-minute workout phenomenon has piqued your interest. Out of these three apps, I’ll be keeping UOVO’S The 7 Minute Workout on my iPhone since it has the best vocal countdowns, which are important to me with intense, maximum effort exercises like these.
Before you try this or any type of workout, please see your doctor to make sure you’re physically able to do these without injuring yourself. And if you’re in an area suffering through the current heat wave, stay cool!