Gymboss Max interval timer review

beernutz

Hall of Fame
I asked my wife for a Gymboss Max for my birthday after seeing a youtube video about it and have now had it about a week so I thought I'd write a review.

Before getting the Gymboss Max I was doing Tabata interval workouts (20 seconds as hard as possible with a 10 second rest for 8 reps) and counting the intervals in my head or glancing at my watch. Neither method is optimal.

Since getting the Gymboss Max I've used it at least twice a day or more every day for jumprope workouts or pushup or pullup tabatas. I have also used it with my FitDeck bodyweight workout cards to do timed card intervals and I can't say enough about how awesome this little device is. It is a great little workout motivator plus it allows me to totally focus on whatever workout I'm doing and not worry about timing it.

FWIW, the Gymboss website lists these features for the Max:
Up to 25 different intervals
Repeat groups up to 99 times
Save up to 15 programs
LCD Backlit screen
Alarm by beep, vibration or both
Alarm duration of 1, 2, 5, 9 seconds
Stopwatch function
Belt clip
Water and shock resistant
1 year warranty

The Max is about 2 inches wide, 1.5 inches tall, and 1 inch deep including the belt clip. Here's a picture:

The company actually makes two models--the Max I have ($35) and a regular model just called the Gymboss ($20). They aren't that different except for the number of intervals and if you are just doing a few types of intervals the regular model would probably be fine. Since I asked for mine as a gift I went with the high end model.

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with Gymboss and could not care less if you buy one or not. I just wish someone had told me a long time ago how great they are.
 
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I asked my wife for a Gymboss Max for my birthday after seeing a youtube video about it and have now had it about a week so I thought I'd write a review.

Before getting the Gymboss Max I was doing Tabata interval workouts (20 seconds as hard as possible with a 10 second rest for 8 reps) and counting the intervals in my head or glancing at my watch. Neither method is optimal.

Since getting the Gymboss Max I've used it at least twice a day or more every day for jumprope workouts or pushup or pullup tabatas. I have also used it with my FitDeck bodyweight workout cards to do timed card intervals and I can't say enough about how awesome this little device is. It is a great little workout motivator plus it allows me to totally focus on whatever workout I'm doing and not worry about timing it.

FWIW, the Gymboss website lists these features for the Max:
Up to 25 different intervals
Repeat groups up to 99 times
Save up to 15 programs
LCD Backlit screen
Alarm by beep, vibration or both
Alarm duration of 1, 2, 5, 9 seconds
Stopwatch function
Belt clip
Water and shock resistant
1 year warranty

The Max is about 2 inches wide, 1.5 inches tall, and 1 inch deep including the belt clip. Here's a picture:

The company actually makes two models--the Max I have ($35) and a regular model just called the Gymboss ($20). They aren't that different except for the number of intervals and if you are just doing a few types of intervals the regular model would probably be fine. Since I asked for mine as a gift I went with the high end model.

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with Gymboss and could not care less if you buy one or not. I just wish someone had told me a long time ago how great they are.
Thanks for the review.

It is amazing how some gadget can motivate so many of us.

And the gadgets seem to be ever more ingenious.
 

Talker

Hall of Fame
A very nice device that I've always wanted.
I do some timed events and looking at the clock takes away from my complete focus and sometimes under/overshooting my time.

Good review

and I would go for the higher end model too if asked what I wanted. :)
 

pvaudio

Legend
Oh gosh, this bring backs so many memories. When I boxed, my sparring partner had one of the regular silver ones. I think it had like 2 buttons on it for like 15 functions. It was seriously like programming a nuclear submarine for launch just to set the thing for 5 3-minute rounds :)
 
Some sports/running watches have an interval function

My relatively cheap Ironman watch I got some years ago has an interval function. It does not have the extensive functionality that the Gymboss has. It is just a basic interval timer. I prefer having the function on a watch as opposed to the separate "beeper" device you clip to your shorts/belt.
 

beernutz

Hall of Fame
My relatively cheap Ironman watch I got some years ago has an interval function. It does not have the extensive functionality that the Gymboss has. It is just a basic interval timer. I prefer having the function on a watch as opposed to the separate "beeper" device you clip to your shorts/belt.
Yeah, my Casio G-Shock has the ability to do a single simple repetitive interval too. However, for me the Gymboss is so much easier to set up and has so much flexibility as well as the ability to save different interval types that I couldn't go back to my watch now. I keep the Gymboss in the same little cheapo camera case that I keep my headphones in which I always use when I'm working out so its not like I'm carrying anything extra around. But, as always, YMMV.


 
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beernutz

Hall of Fame
Oh gosh, this bring backs so many memories. When I boxed, my sparring partner had one of the regular silver ones. I think it had like 2 buttons on it for like 15 functions. It was seriously like programming a nuclear submarine for launch just to set the thing for 5 3-minute rounds :)
That may have been a different device since I could program that interval in 15 seconds with one eye tied behind my back.
 
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