View Full Version : Ring Timers vs. Personal Interval Timers
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I am in search of an interval timer. I am hoping that any of you might make some suggestions. I pefer something that is portable so I can take it to with me when we train at various backyard locations. Has anyone had experience with the personal workout timer offered by www.ringside.com (http://www.ringside.com) It seems like it would be ideal but I just want to make sure before shelling out my hard earned dollar. I am sure you all understand. Thanks in advance for your help.
I answered your pm about this Jason but I wanted to share the answer with the group as well.
WWW.RINGSIDE.COM has several timers.
One of which runs on both plug and batteries.
They have CDs that play music in round intervals and a pager size personal timer.
There is always just having someone with a stop watch.
THE FIGHTERS NOTEBOOK tells you how to record music for rounds.
I have also just made tape recordings of my ringtimer.
One side is 2 minute rounds and the other is 3 minute rounds. Not great but efficient.
I found an interval timer that is a Palm Pilot application. Best thing is it was free. Just do a google search for Palm Runner and install it (assuming you have a PDA)
Although for a large room or big crowd, it can be difficult to hear.
I almost spent 120.00 on a ringside timer.
Then I bought a digital cooking timer at Super Walmart for 5.95.
It was all we needed and I am satisfied.
My problem with the ring timers is that most only give you a few choices of time length. 2 or 3 minute rounds and 30 sec or 1 minute rest. I would like one with more options.
Ringside also makes a interval trainer. Various settings along 15 second intervals.
Does the cooking timer renew the countdown? Or are you resetting it at the end of every round.
How loud is it.
The ringside timers can be easily be heard in a noisy gym. Just ask my neighbors.
I do have to reset the cooking timer but it has infinite adjustability, timer and countdown.
It is also fairly loud although nowhere near the *pong pong pong* of the boxing timer.
Still, it was only 5.95.
At the very least, it is a cheap backup.
Didn't at one time in an earlier post mention you had plans or designs on how to make an inexpensive ring timer?
I would be interest in that if you have plans.
I tried a few options.
Good enough and by far the cheapest was recording the ring timer.
One side of a tape 2 minute rounds with a 1 minute rest and the other side 3 minute rounds with a 1 minute rest.
Of course if if making money was the goal Id have this little shop in China make a timer similar to Ringsides.
To solve the whole ring-timer issue, I wrote a Visual Basic app, compiled it on my laptop, and I just carry that with me to the dojo(s). I made it totally customizable as far as time of round, time of warning, number of rounds, continuous, etc...
If anyone's interested (if you have a laptop like me, or computer at your dojo), just let me know and I can put it out here.
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