A few weeks ago I was asked by Gymboss to do a review / giveaway of their product. Of course I said yes; it’s been on my wishlist for awhile now. But before I get into the review, I want to talk a bit about HIIT workouts – no, I didn’t just misspell hit in my post title – because what good is a product review if you don’t know what to use the product for?
HIIT stands for high intensity interval training. Briefly summed up, a HIIT workout is a short, balls to the walls workout. You go through several cycles (intervals) of max intensity to fatigue your muscles followed with a brief low intensity break. These workouts are highly favored for their fat burning and metabolism boosting properties. The graphic below gives you a small idea about interval training but you should really check out the full infographic when you get a chance.
HIIT workouts are becoming more and more popular as we become busier and busier. If you can get a 20 minute workout that reaps the same benefits as a 45 minute workout, you’d be all over it, right? Uh, yeah.
So how exactly does Gymboss fit into all of this HITT madness? Well because, my dear fitness friend, you need something to help track your effort. Something to alert you when to start/stop both the high intensity and low intensity parts of your workout.
Sure, a basic stopwatch works for one round but you have to reset it for each high & low intensity interval. This means that you’re having to start and stop your workout every time to fool with the dang stopwatch. It’s really less than ideal when you think about it. With Gymboss you just program your high intensity interval time, the low intensity time, how many reps you want to do and hit start. Voila, it does the rest.
Gymboss vibrates and alerts you with a loud beep every time you should switch from high to low (or vice versa). And it’s really, really user friendly. Seriously. I hate reading instructions and I was able to figure out how to work it less than 30 seconds.
Here are some of the product features:
- Program 1 or 2 intervals – 2 seconds to 99 minutes long
- Intervals repeat up to 99 times
- Beep or vibrate alarm settings
- Compact Size (1 ¾ x 2 ¼ x ½ inches)
- Stopwatch setting
- Water resistant
- Shock resistant
- Belt clip (can be used to clip onto shirt, sports bra, wrist strap, shorts, shoes, etc.)
I’ve used this at the gym several times already and love not having to keep messing with the stopwatch on my phone. I’m slightly a germaphobe so I love not having to touch my phone with gym hands (you know what I’m talking about) and then put the phone to my face later. I don’t have to worry about sweating on the Gymboss or getting sand stuck in it like I do my phone. It clips onto clothing, is roughly the size of a pager/beeper and is very light so you can’t even feel it. And the best part of it? It comes in fabulous neon colors! Y’all know how much I love my neon colors.
The Gymboss retails for $19.99 which is well worth it in my opinion and cheap compared to other fitness gadgets. HOWEVER, one lucky Noshing on Asphalt reader is going to WIN a Gymboss interval timer. Say what?? Yep, the lovely folks at Gymboss want you to win a timer so you can HIIT it like a boss, too. There are several different ways to enter:
Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment telling me how you would HIIT it like a boss if you won.
Additional entries (please leave a separate comment for each):
- Follow Gymboss on Twitter.
- Like them on Facebook.
- Tweet about it, something like: I want to HIIT it like a boss and win a @gymboss timer from @asphaltnosher! http://wp.me/p28bf6-Ni
- Load a picture on Instagram of you getting after in your workout (make sure to tag both @asphaltnosher & @gymboss).
That’s 5 chances to enter! The contest closes Monday, June 17, 2013, at 12amCST and the winner will be announced Wednesday, June 19th. Good luck!