A lot of trainers and trainees are into the GymBoss and that’s cool. They work very well. But me–I’m Old School. I go with the wall clock with a second hand.
Like this one:
OK, admittedly, this is even fancier than mine. Mine has a black plastic shell and it’s just black and white. It was the cheapest one in Target.
What are the benefits of using a Wall Clock over the GymBoss?
Glad you asked.
- You can see the seconds tick by in relation to the time. Now granted, I’ve barely ever used the GB, and it has it’s fans, but I don’t think it has this feature.
- You can literally watch the seconds tick by in anticipation for your next set. I find this deeply more motivating than watching the actual numbers. Don’t ask me why…
- It’s just plain “frills-free.” The GB is just too fancy for my taste. Sure, it’s convenient and you can carry it anywhere. But, hey, who trains just anywhere? Your training hall should be like a shrine–a place of reverence, where only the devoted tread–but I digress–that’s for another post at another time.
Not only that, it hearkens me back to when training was simpler. Harder. Tougher. Sweatier. Bloodier. I never trained in any “nice” places, except in college on breaks, and I hated them. The college weight room was a dump, until they renovated the place–then it sucked; my first weightlifting coach had almost all 2nd and 3rd hand equipment with some homemade extras, and Alfonso’s place was a hard-core bodybuilding gym in West New York, NJ with old-school equipment and a “platform” in the basement. So, the wall clock reminds me of those places. This is important because I am trying to get back to those strength levels, so I need to mentally chunk those reminders.
Being strong feels great.
Wall clocks are a throwback to those days of strength.
Plus time waits for no man so it’s a visual reminder to get on the stick.