I wrote a post some time back about how to setup your Gymboss timer for Tabata interval training. However, I still get asked via email about what tool I use to keep track of my workouts. So I decided to create a detailed video showing how I use the Gymboss Interval Timer specifically for Tabata intervals. Watch the video below:
Also, the Gymboss Timer can also be used as a stopwatch that is suited for “for time” type of Crossfit workouts.
What I like about this timer:
Its affordable – only $19.95 for the basic version
Its small and lightweight
It has a clip to clip on to my workout attire
Loud beep with vibration option for when I’m working out to music
After 3 months of adopting a pure Tabata routine, I am happy to report losing 3 inches of fat around my waist and for the first time in my life, I can actually see my six pack forming. My body fat percentage is now around 12.5%. Target is to get it to 10% – 11% range.
I definitely think that high-intensity interval training really does burn fat and develop muscle (aside from improving overall fitness). There’s no going back for me now. I am addicted to the intensity and adrenaline rush of each workout.
Something new this week – I started a trial membership at a local Crossfit gym and so I have started to get into Crossfit exercises too. What this means is that I’ve started to do Crossfit WODs (work out of the day) that aim to hit a certain number of repetitions instead of just pure time-crunched Tabata exercises as I have been doing for the past few months.
The Crossfit exercises are really challenging to say the least but as tough as it is to do say 100 pullups, it does not leave me feeling as intense as just 4-minutes of doing Tabata style pull ups. With the modified WODs from this gym, I am doing about 8 different exercises instead of the 2-4 Tabata exercises that I normally do.
The verdict? I think its still too soon to tell which program I will adopt long term. I am attracted to the Crossfit culture but I also like the intensity, effectiveness and brevity of my Tabata workouts.
I am going to continue with the Crossfit program as is for another couple of weeks but I am planning to modify some of these exercises in Tabata style. For example, instead of doing 50-30-20 Kettle Bell Swings as prescribed by the Crossfit trainers I would do the Kettle Bell Swing but do as many as I can for 20secs with 10sec rest for 8 rounds.
Anyway – more updates as I progress. In the mean time, continue to enjoy the Tabata workout videos as I collect more here on this blog. 🙂
Tabata training sets are intense and grueling. The last thing you want to have happen is the distraction of having to monitor the time.
The Gymboss interval timer is a handy little solution. This tiny timer has a clip at the back and can either be placed next to you or attached to your clothing.
The Gymboss interval timer allows you to set two timed intervals for each training round. For Tabata training, I set the first interval at 10 seconds. This gives me a 10 second preparation time after I hit the “start” button so I don’t need to rush.
Setting the rest interval first also ensures that the timer ends immediately after the last activity cycle finishes.
Next, you will set the timer mode to auto-countdown for 8 rounds. You could also set it to manual where you have to hit the “start” button after each round. I prefer to set it on full auto so that the urgency of the next round keeps me focused on my workout.
Once the timer is setup up, just hit “Start” and let the fun begin! I prefer to set the timer to beep loudly and to also vibrate. I like to clip it on my waist so that I can feel the vibration between each interval. This is very handy when I am doing Tabata sprints where I am moving around a lot and saves me from having to look at the timer altogether.