Product Review & GIVEAWAY: Gymboss Timer

I am very excited to finally be sharing one of my favorite products with you, the Gymboss Interval Timer!  If you’ve ever done interval training with your kitchen timer, by watching the second hand on the clock, a stop watch or by trying to keep track in your head, it’s a pretty difficult thing to do.  Interval training is intended to be done at precise intervals which is what makes them so effective.  And this is what makes the Gymboss Interval Timer an exceptional tool to have in your fitness arsenal.

Dave and I have been using our Gymboss Interval Timer for over a year.  My mom actually gave it to Dave as a Christmas gift last year.  We started incorporating it into our workouts in January 2010 and have been attached to it ever since.  It has made our workouts extremely easy and stress free!  No more worrying about exactly how many times the second hand passed around the clock!

Let me explain how the timer makes life easier for you.  I’m going to keep this review short and sweet, because there really isn’t much to it.  The Gymboss Timer is a small device, about the size of a small pager, that is easy to setup and use.  What makes it unique from other timers is you can set it for a variety of interval settings, and it will keep you on pace for the interval settings you choose.  It offers a simple, easy to use 3-button setup that allows you to quickly change interval times for different workouts.  You don’t have to stop exercising or cheat yourself by checking on the time.  The timer vibrates or beeps each time you need to switch/stop.  (I love using the vibe setting while listening to my iPod with headphones!)

Here are all of the Gymboss Timer’s features:

-  Ability to track 1 or 2 intervals (anywhere from 2 seconds up to 99 minutes)
-  Beep, vibrate or both, options
-  Alarm duration lasts 1, 5 or 10 seconds
-  May repeat intervals up to 99 times
-  Clip that attaches to your clothes to keep it out of the way but secure
-  Compact design, about the size of a small pager
-  Tough – water and shock resistant (believe me, we’ve stepped on, dropped, and even gotten ours wet…still works perfectly)
-  Comes with a AAA battery (haven’t had to replace ours yet)

From this list of features, you can probably already realize there are endless ways that the Gymboss Timer can be extremely helpful to your workout routine.  If you are part of the Maximized Living movement, you probably practice surge training (also known as burst training).  This is the type of workout routine Dave and I practice on a regular basis.  We do it right in our apartment using free weights, bands, a stepper, chin up bar, and our own body weight.  The rest is completely interval based while performing an exercise move to 80-100 percent of our ability — 20 seconds workout, 20 seconds rest, 20 seconds workout, next move; repeat.  I can’t explain in words how the Gymboss completely transformed our home workouts.  They went from a time management chore to an easy 12 minutes out of my day that I now look forward to.  And I believe exercise should be fun.  The Gymboss Timer did that for us!  If you are using the burst/surge workout format, I can’t stress enough how helpful a Gymboss will be for you.  Give it a try!

Not into surge training?  You can use a Gymboss Timer with just about any fitness activity (including strength training, boxing, martial arts, interval training, high intensity interval training (HIIT), running, Cross fit, and just about everything else you can imagine).  Whether you want to shed pounds or increase your reps in a given time period, this timer will help you reach your fitness objectives.

You can order your own Gymboss Interval Timer here for $19.95 (plus flat shipping rate).

Colors Available: Silver, Black, Pink, and Green.


The folks at Gymboss would like to offer a giveaway to all Healing Cuisine by Elise fans!  And great news for you, I have TWO Gymboss Interval Timers to giveaway!  The giveaway runs from now until Friday, January 20th at 4:00pm.  I will use to select the winner, and winner will announced here at Healing Cuisine at 5:00pm on Friday, January 20th.  Two lucky winners (open to U.S. and Canada residents only) will each receive a brand new standard Gymboss Interval Timer.


Mandatory Entry:  Visit, check out their website and tell me one thing you learned (comment below).

Additional Entries:

1.)  Comment below telling me how you would use your Gymboss timer if you won.

2.)  Follow Gymboss on Facebook (comment below telling me you’ve done so).

3.)  Follow Healing Cuisine on Facebook and SHARE this giveaway with your friends (tag me in your Share: @Healing Cuisine).

4.)  Follow Gymboss AND Healing Cuisine on Twitter (comment below telling me you’ve done so).

5.)  Tweet about the giveaway: “#Win a @GYMBOSS, 2 chances! @EliseJSchwartz #giveaway #fitness”  (One entry per tweet, can tweet it up to 3 times per day — at least one hour between tweets.)

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Written by Elise Schwartz
Elise Schwartz

Elise has been living a sugar-free natural lifestyle since 2008, after discovering her PCOS, infertility, and inability to lose weight were caused by toxicity in her food and daily life. She became a certified nutrition and body detox coach, and provides consultations to clients across the world. By living the principles she teaches, Elise proudly welcomed her son, Austin, into the world in 2011. She and her husband, Dr. Dave, own and operate a natural health clinic, Triad Health Center, in Greensboro, NC.


  1. You can you a gymboss for cooking!! :-) I would love to use it for surge training on the treadmill or outside or weight work outs. Thanks for sharing about yours Elise!

  2. Boy, do I need the GymBoss in my life! At the site I found out how truly versatile it is. Even a stopwatch setting.
    If I won, I would use it as you do for MaxT3.(I am frustrated by the time spent watching the preview of each exercise.)I tend to multitask and will start food cooking or clothes drying that are permanent press..I could set the times and do other things…no burnt food or wrinkled clothes!I just ‘liked GB on FB’ and am already following HC. I will go now and share the giveaway & tag you. I don’t Twitter. I’m doing well to be on FB! Thanks for showing me a product I can’t live without now!

  3. Thanks for introducing me to gymboss!! I would use my Gymboss to fit interval workouts into my ROUTINE.
    I already do maximized living but the only part I seem to be doing poorly on is a “consistent” workout schedule. The Gymboss would make my workouts shorter with less effort; I think it would make it easier to get on a workout routine! I already follow you on fb and twitter. I’ve posted on fb and twitter and have like gym boss on fb and followed on twitter! I’m so EXCITED – I hope I win!! Have a wonderful day everyone :-)

  4. The Gymboss has a 1 year warranty – that’s sweet!

  5. I want to use this amazing little device for sprints (Tabata and other), but it’ll be great for cooking as wel1!

  6. Oh… and I liked Gymboss on Facebook as well.

  7. Wow! This looks great! I would use it to do intervals on the treadmill. I have been doing them watching the clock on the treadmill but this would keep me more focused on my form.

  8. I liked gymboss on facebook!

  9. I didn’t know it had a stopwatch type setting — I thought it was all intervals. Love that!

    I’d love a GymBoss for burst training, of course :)

  10. I am now the 921st follower of Gymboss on twitter. :)

  11. I learned what Tabata is!

  12. What a sweet product! I didn’t know it also had a stopwatch feature also! I would use the Gymboss for my burst training as well as my cooking. Love your website Elise!!

  13. Elise, you are a mind reader! I have been using my kitchen time for surge training and it is actually quite a pain. I went to the Gymboss site and learned that it can do Repeating Intervals!!!! Yeah!!!! You find the best products. I love your site.

  14. I would DEFINITELY use this in surge training.

  15. I am following Gymboss on Facebook.

  16. I could use a universal timer, for working out, and in the kitchen.

  17. I would use this for running on the treadmill, or else bodyrock.

  18. I’m following healing cuisine on fb.

  19. Following gymboss on fb.

  20. kathy m – I love that the gymboss has repeating intervals. This is the product that is going to make me successful at burst training. The one factor that has made burst training difficult is trying to watch the time. I love this product.

  21. Some of the things I learned from the Gymboss web site:
    * it has a stopwatch function
    * it will repeat up to 99 times
    * it can have 1 or 2 intervals
    * intervals can range from 2 seconds to 99 minutes.

    I am excited to learn about the Gymboss!!

  22. Following on Facebook and Shared Healing Cuisine.

  23. I learned the Gymboss can do: 1 or 2 intervals – 2 seconds to 99 minutes
    Repeat up to 99 times
    Beep and/or Vibrate alarm

    Would be a great way to do the surge training!!

  24. I learned that Gymboss has a 1 year warranty and it’s water resistant….which is great because I tend to have a bad habit of spilling water on electronics…;)

  25. I would love to own a Gymboss because I could easily burst anywhere as long as my Gymboss was with me! I love MaxT3, but sometimes having to watch the entire DVD to follow along with the time is inconvenient

  26. I followed Gymboss on Facebook :)

  27. I follow both Gymboss and Healing Cuisine on Twitter :)

  28. Hi all, a quick reminder that in order for your votes to count for #3 (facebook following Healing Cuisine), you must also SHARE this giveaway with your friends (tag me in your Share: @Healing Cuisine). Your name will not be entered additionally if you simply already follow Healing Cuisine. You must complete the Share for it to qualify.

  29. I learned that it has a 1 year warranty against defects – pretty good for anything at this price.

  30. If I won, I’d use it for running – a wall clock will do for a lot of activities, but I’d like to get outdoors more often.

  31. If I won, I’d use it for running – a wall clock will do for a lot of activities, but I’d like to get outdoors more often.

  32. Good article… The Gymboss is a great little thing, totally indispensable for athletes of ANY kind!

    And yes, Kristin, you can use it for cooking… I do it all the time! There’s really no end to the uses for that thing.

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