Wednesday, 20 June 2012
Firstly, let's start off with how this thing works. Essentially, the tempo trainer makes a beeping sound at a regular interval that you set. Using the two buttons located at the bottom (the right sets the interval faster, while the left one sets the interval slower), you can adjust how many beeps per minute that you want to hear. The tempo trainer has a clip that allows you to clip it onto your goggle straps close to your ear. You can also put the tempo trainer within your swimming cap; both methods allow you to hear the beeping underwater.
The tempo trainer's main use is to keep a steady beeping interval. The purpose is to take a stroke every time you hear a beep. Being able to customize how fast the beep goes allow you to work on your stroke rate and general speed. The possibilities are endless with this device; you can keep lowering the frequency of the beeps to practice a low stroke rate, you can heighten the frequency of the beeps to work on a fast stroke rate for sprinting, you can use it to count your strokes for each length, to work on even timing of your strokes etc.
This very useful piece of equipment has an average pricetag of $30-40. It is a very reasonable investment for what it's worth.
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed. Be sure to stay tuned for more equipment reviews, swimming tutorials, and athlete bios. So long for now!