A critical component in making a time goal is interval training or speed training. Without increasing your intensity a couple of times a week, pushing the boundaries, making it uncomfortable and feeling exhausted at the end of your workout you wont become faster.
It's that simple.
What's also simple is how to make your speed training easier. I think we can all agree that it is taxing and intense and who wants to do interval training longer than necessary? I don't know about you but when I am running an interval I want to go out there be strong, be accurate in my times and Be. Done.
Not that I don't enjoy interval running. Once I'm in my running outfit and at the track I feel excited to do my interval training and cross it off my training for the week. But…I'm always looking for ways to make it easier both physically (ok, it's not supposed to be) but also mentally.
Gymboss Interval Timer does both of these. I absolutely love it!
Let me tell you what it does first though before I go professing my love for it.
Gymboss is an interval timer with a stopwatch function. With this timer you can set two alarms. One that will let you time your interval and then beep at you (or vibrate whatever you prefer) to signal that you're done. So say you want to run 2 minutes fast then you would set the interval for 2 minutes and when done it will beep at you to stop.
You can set the alarm to beep for 1, 5 or 10 seconds. After it beeps the timer will count down to the time that you decide you want to rest. At the end of this it will signal at you again to ramp up your workout and set out on another interval until you hear the wonderful beep again.
Another great way to use a Gymboss is during your strength training sessions. You can set how many reps and sets you would like to complete and let it beep at you to keep you on track.For some great ideas on how to use it to strength train and what workouts you can use your Gymboss for see this page: Gymboss Strength Workouts There is such a wide variety from kettlebell to HITT to Tabata.
Jeff Galloway, Marathon Olympian, likes to use the Gymboss even during long runs, half and full marathons. If you are wanting to run/walk a marathon this is also great for setting your intervals of walking and running. By the way this form of marathon training is less stressful on your body and will therefore reduce your risk of injury, shin splints, etc. but don't look to meet a time goal with this method. Evening running with a time goal the Gymboss will keep you on pace and focusing on your race.
Why? Because Gymboss will tell you when you're done.
So with that being said I have found that my $20 spent on the Gymboss Interval Training Timer has been well worth it and earned its value many times over.
Oh, one more reason. You can use it for so much more than just running intervals! Strength training reps, resistance training intervals and other day life tasks.I love Gymboss. Buy it now.