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Tempo Trainer Pro

Tempo Trainer Pro

Develop consistency and avoid lulls with a personal pace coach, the Tempo Trainer Pro.

Tempo Trainer Pro Reference Guide

SKU# 1.05.120

Availability: In stock

$49.99
Develop consistency and avoid lulls with a personal pace coach, the Tempo Trainer Pro. The small, waterproof device easily secures under a swimmer’s cap and transmits an audible tempo beep. Athletes use the beep to train smarter and discover their perfect pace. Now with the option to replace the battery, the Tempo Trainer Pro will last multiple lifetimes. The advanced unit also has a new Sync button and a new mode in strokes/strides per minute for increased functionality. The Tempo Trainer Pro includes a clip for dry land exercise.

Tempo Trainer Pro Reference Guide

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Audible Beep
Loud enough to hear in and out of water
Adjustable
Tempo can be adjusted by 1/100 of a second
Replaceable Battery
Allows for an extended life
Sync Button
Synchronize the device to a pace clock or stopwatch
3 Modes
Single beep from to 0.20 seconds to 99.99 seconds
Triple beep from 1 second to 9:59 minutes
Single beep in strokes/strides per minute Perfect for Pacing
Consistent stroke tempo eliminates lulls in races or workouts
Multi Sport
Applicable for swimming, biking, running and more
Floatation
Unit floats in water
Small Convenient Size
Easily place under swim cap
Dryland Clip Included
Use the removable clip to secure to clothing

Customer Reviews

A tool of immeasurable benefit to swimmers Review by Aquatic Rhino
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Knowing how to swim with proper rhythm, how to move on a consistent cadence, and how to adjust your stroke rate up or down are all critical to swimming your best, and the Tempo Trainer Pro is the best tool I have found on the market to learn those skills. And beyond those, the TTP has various other abilities and applications as well, such as helping to track your speed, while swimming, in a novel and simple way that makes holding (or building) pace much easier.

For anyone interested in learning the various ways to use them, there are a wide variety of posts and articles available from different coaches and authors about the TT's and ways to use them. A search on Google should give you plenty. One thing I have noticed is that all or almost all of what is out there discusses matching the beep to the hand entry when swimming free or back. I feel this places too much attention on the arms and takes it away from the body/hip/core rotation, which is where the power and stability should come from in these strokes. I therefore instruct my swimmers to look to match the beep to their hip rotation (whichever hip is moving from higher to lower) instead. It accomplishes the same result with regard to stroke rate, but changes the focus to initiating the stroke at the core.

Beyond a pair of goggles, it could be argued that a waterproof metronome is the most valuable piece of training equipment a swimmer could own. As an age group coach, a masters coach, and a competitive swimmer/triathlete myself, I use them constantly, and have witnessed so many athletes benefit from them.

All of that said, the TTP is not perfect. As a coach, I have been involved in the use of dozens of these, and there are a couple shortcomings I have found with them:

First, I and many of the swimmers I work with prefer not to wear a cap during practice, however the clip that comes with the TTP is clearly not meant to secure the unit to a goggle strap, as the water pressure (especially during pushoffs) will often dislodge the unit from its clip. Without the clip, the only option is to try putting it under your goggle strap, but I have not seen success there either. So, for now, I find the only consistent way to secure the TTP while swimming is with a cap. It would think it should be possible to design some form of clip that would be effective without need of a cap.

Second, I have seen more than a few of them stop working and upon investigation, found that the metal contacts in the battery compartment were not tight enough and therefore, not maintaining constant contact with battery. Bending the contacts in toward where the battery goes has fixed this issue in most cases, though, so this is not a particularly big deal to me.

In final analysis, these are not sufficient complaints to undermine the Tempo Trainer Pro's value, and as I do with my own swimmers, if you are serious about maximizing your results in the water, I strongly recommend using one.

(Posted on 5/31/13)

Good product but Review by Ryan
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ensure you buy a replacement battery beforehand as upon first use mine was completely dead (it flickered OFF and then went dead). Nothing like getting to the pool and having adead battery :-).

Unfortunately I've read this is a common complaint and you'd think Finis would install one of those strips that you get on most toys.

(Posted on 5/31/13)

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