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Old 10-22-2004, 04:31 AM   #1
John Walsh
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How do people keep track of the reps in these tabata work outs? I get confused trying to watch the stop watch then jotting down the reps during the 10 seconds rest. I usually just end up doing it to the best of my ability and scrap the score but I'd like to measure my progress. Any tips?
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Old 10-22-2004, 04:36 AM   #2
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I use a wall clock w/ a sweep second hand to track the interval times.

A partner would be quite handy in this situation. But I'm thinking I can remember the lowest score for each exercise round, and will be able to write that down during the one minute rest.
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Old 10-22-2004, 06:37 AM   #3
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Mark I Mod 0 cheap-o WalMart wall clock with sweep seconds that I move to wherever I need it (wall for pullups, hang on bike for squats, on floor in front of face for pushups), and notepad and pencil right next to me.

It's fun to look at the notes afterward. Starts out neat, then turns to kindergarten writing with big sweat smears. Ugg write good. Ugg strong!
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Old 10-22-2004, 08:53 AM   #4
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I use this watch and it is fantastic. It does it all keeps interval times and sets as well.

http://www.crossfit.com/cgi-bin/disc...5021#POST15021
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Old 10-22-2004, 08:53 AM   #5
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By the way it cost me $50 at Target.
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Old 10-22-2004, 12:24 PM   #6
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I second that Michael! Makes keeping track of TABATA WODs pretty easy. I just wish the beeps to signify time-up was as loud as the chime to start...
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Old 10-22-2004, 12:48 PM   #7
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John,

I count each rep for the 8 eight sets and then scribble down the lowest number during the minute rest.

Actually, I'm keeping track of my minimum as I go along. If my first set of squats is 15, then I am going to try to get at least 15 in the next set. If I get more, I forget about it, because I'm only concerned with keeping my minimum high, so the 3rd set I'm thinking, beat 15 again! by the 6th or 7th set, if I score a 12, then the 8th set is all about getting at least 12. Basically, I'm always worrying about what my lowest score is and not trying to let myself fall below that number.

Also keep a paper and pen handy and write down everything else but the number before you even start. Just leave the space for the number blank. rows ___ , squats___, pushups ___, etc. just jot down your number as soon as you can steady the pen and keep huffing for air.
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Old 10-22-2004, 01:25 PM   #8
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Here are some other threads on the subject:

http://www.crossfit.com/discus/messages/26/3627.html
http://www.crossfit.com/discus/messages/26/2930.html

Hope this helps,

Ryan
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Old 10-22-2004, 02:12 PM   #9
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:happy:Thanks for the tips lads. They helped me to keep track. My perfomance was a whole other story.
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Old 10-28-2004, 09:52 PM   #10
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Rene suggested to last week to set the stop watch for 28 seconds (to allot for reset) and just start working your next set when it reaches 20 seconds.

For keeping track, I make a grid in my log book with 1-8 across the top and the exersice as the row.

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