A few years back I started using a Gym Boss timer with my clients and on occasion during my own workouts. I did a review of the Gym Boss timer over on my Foresight Personal Training website, back in 2014. As it has been a number of years since this review I thought it was well about time for an update.
Now the biggest question that i get from fellow trainer and clients alike is why do I still use the Gym Boss… They often try and explain to me as though they are educating a caveman that there is this place called the ‘app store’ and all I need to do is download the app version to my phone or ipad and I will be teleported to the modern age. There are a couple of key reasons that I love the Gym Boss timer rather than having it on my phone…
First of all I am still using the timer that I got all those years ago when I first reviewed this product and it is going strong. Although the poor little thing has been abused over the years. It has been dropped, stood on, and out in the rain more times than I can remember. This just shows how robust this little unit really is. Now if I had been using my phone and put it through the same punishment as i have the timer I would have been one of the top customers at the Apple shop. Additionally the timer is much less of a temptation to all those light fingered gym goers, as opposed to propping up your phone to use as a timer.
Secondly, and maybe it is because I am from a slightly older generation here… but I always feel that a trainer using their phone as a timer, or even looking at it during a session looks more than a little bit sloppy. The Gym Boss has some greta features and is really all that is needed in the gym environment to run some awesome circuits, intervals or just used and a good old stopwatch.
The main idea behind the gym boss is to be able to set work and rest periods to do interval style training, it does this with ease. It takes a little time to get used to the set up, but one mastered it can be set in a matter of seconds. The start and end of intervals are indicated by a loud and audible (even in a loud gym) beep. But I found that more so when teaching that doing, I also set the vibrate function that when clipped to the belt allowed me to seamlessly move from work to rest intervals. Although I did get asked a number of times ‘is that a pager?’
The device is inexpensive, so much so that i have bought a few for clients over the years as a little gift, with them retailing at between £15-20 they are a bargin. I am trying to think if there is anything that I was not so keen on… well really the only thing is that the clip can become a little loose on the back. Besides that I am pretty happy… three years on and going strong! Have a look at some reviews on Amazon here.