Tabata Timer v1.2.0's colourful workout screen

March 7, 2019

During a Tabata workout at my Wednesday group fitness class, our trainer’s phone was propped up in the corner while she was moving around checking people’s form

The timer app she was using was doing the things you’d expect:

  • Large countdown timer text so it can be read from across the room.
  • Countdown pips so we knew when the suffering was about to end (finishing on 6 rounds of burpees into jumping pull-ups 💀).

I noticed it was also doing something the Android Tabata timer app I wrote to learn Flutter and Dart doesn’t do - the workout screen changed colour so it was easy to tell at a glance what we should be doing.

Since Flutter is lovely in many of the same ways React is, this was an easy enough feature to add to the app’s WorkoutScreen:

class _WorkoutScreenState extends State<WorkoutScreen> {
  // ...

  _getBackgroundColor() {    switch (_workout.step) {      case WorkoutState.exercising:        return;      case WorkoutState.resting:        return;      case WorkoutState.breaking:        return;      default:        return Colors.white;    }  }
  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return Scaffold(
      body: Container(
        color: _getBackgroundColor(),        padding: EdgeInsets.symmetric(horizontal: 15),
        child: Column(
          // ...

Other than a few minor tweaks elsewhere, that’s it for v1.2.0 of Tabata Timer!

Workout screen in Excercise mode, indicated by a green background

Workout screen in Rest mode, indicated by a blue background

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