by Elise Schwartz | January 17, 2012 4:32 AM
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 Random.org 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.
HOW TO ENTER
Mandatory Entry: Visit Gymboss.com, check out their website and tell me one thing you learned (comment below).
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! http://www.healingcuisinebyelise.com/2012/01/product-review-giveaway-gymboss-timer.html @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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