I almost want to scream, “I hate you but I love you!”
My interval timer showed up in the mail today and I just got to try it out for the first time!
So, what’s the big deal?
I was able to set up two intervals on it :
1st interval: 20 seconds
2nd interval: 10 seconds for rest
Of course, the times are up to you!
Then I was able to set how many interval repetitions I would like and I set that up to 9 because I planned on doing 9 different exercises.
With that set up, I was doing an exercise for 20 seconds ( as many repetitions as I managed to do) and then I got 10 seconds of rest where I well rested a little, wrote down how many reps I did and got ready for the next exercise. Note that the timer beeps every time an interval ends so you know when to rest or switch exercise. Once all of my 9 intervals were done, I took a 1 minute break and then repeated the whole exercise again. The whole exercise lasted only 9 minutes but it was very high intensity! I was sweating and panting once I was done and even got a little bit of a headache. I’m not used to this yet and I hope to get better.
I’m still trying to figure out what exercises I will be doing with this. I stole some from p90x today and did the following:
- jump squats
- jump squat reach up
- run stance squats
- leap frogs
- squat jacks
- military march
- mary katherine lunges
- plank knee tucks ( I made that name up but it makes sense doesn’t it?)
These are just a few examples but boy did that kick my butt! I’m planning on using this timer on a regular basis. It’s challenging, fun and makes exercising a bit more structures and disciplined.