The majority of kettlebell workouts I do myself and with clients have a time component to them. Whether you’re keeping track of rest periods between sets, the length of your entire workout, if you’re doing as many reps as you can in a pre-determined amount of time, or if you’re doing a specific interval method like the Tabata protocol, having a reliable and accurate way to time yourself is essential.
A simple stopwatch is one solution, but it doesn’t give you much flexibility and definitely leaves a few features to be desired. A great solution is the Gymboss Interval Timer.
There’s all kinds of cool stuff you can do with the Gymboss. You can simply set a specific rest interval, hit the start button every time you finish a set, clip the device to your belt and set it to vibrate every time it’s time to go again – great for keeping your rest intervals consistent. You can program a specific time interval, 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off, for example, and set up as many rounds as you want of this interval to lead you thru your workout (perfect for things like the Viking Warrior Conditioning program by Kenneth Jay). You can even use it to learn to run – set up 2 min on, 2 min off intervals, for example, clip it to your belt, and run/walk every time the beeper goes off. Decrease the walking interval and increase the running interval every workout until you’re running continuously for whatever amount of time you’re shooting for. Your imagination is seriously the limit with this thing.