As you may know I have a serious love of interval training. I get bored on the treadmill. I enjoy a good bike ride, but schedule and weather don’t always cooperate. I love to do fat blasting body weight exercises like jump squats and power moves like medicine ball slams, in my own workouts and with my clients, because they are efficient and effective.
While my clients may disagree with me, I think hardest part about intervals is, well, the intervals.
It’s challenging to know when to stop and start with a watch or clock. Yes, I have a stopwatch. But when in motion it can be very hard to see. I have the same issue with the stopwatch on my iPhone. The last thing I want to do is short change my workout, either in time or form, by being distracted by clock watching.
Recently I found a great solution – the Gymboss interval timer. It is my absolute favorite toy right now. I use it in my own workouts so I can pay more attention to the task at hand and less to the time on the clock. One beep lets me know when to stop. Another lets me know when to start.
More importantly, it lets me manage my client’s workouts more effectively. Most of my sessions are 2-3 people at a time, each with their own workout. If someone is doing intervals it’s hard to manually manage their time as well as the workouts of their teammates. Now I set it for the number of intervals they need to do and the appropriate times for work and rest. Then I demonstrate the exercises and let them do their thing. They love it too because they know I haven’t added a second or two to their time or shortchanged their rest. The Gymboss is much fairer that way than I am.
I want you to get the most out of your interval workout too. The wonderful people at Gymboss have partnered with me to give away one of their amazing timers. To be entered into the drawing to win please comment on this post with the answer to this question – what’s your favorite form of interval training? A winner will be chosen at random out of qualifying commenters who post by 10 pm CT Tuesday June 19th, 2012. Open to US Resident Only! Good luck!