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Old 07-16-2007, 06:13 AM   #1
Steve Sheffar
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I use these for counting my reps/sets on the longer WODS. Very easy to use and cheap to make.

Ranger Beads 12 thumbs up

Also called "pace beads," "SAS beads," and other names.
Beads put on a string that are held in place by friction, and can only be moved when slid up or down the string purposefully by the user.
These have been used for centuries, now they are used by militaries and mountaineers to judge the distance they have hiked.

*How to use*

After each set/rep lower a bead. There are nine beads on the bottom so on the 10th set you lower one top bead and return the lower beads to their original position. Making the count 10. Great for Cindy as I always used to loose count. Not anymore!


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Old 07-16-2007, 07:40 AM   #2
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Do you wear them on your wrist?

Is the secret to get the holes in the beads big enough that they don't slip along accidentally, or is there something I'm missing? What is the lace made of, leather?

Good idea.
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Old 07-16-2007, 07:47 AM   #3
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You want the holes to be small enough to create friction so the beads won't slip accidentally. I use "paracord" for the lace but "laces" would work just fine. Just make sure the bead holes are not too big. Rubber washers work well too! Take your laces to Home Depot and test before you buy!

I hang the beads on the wall near the pull up bar so when I do a set I can lower a bead. You could also use your ties on your "board" shorts.
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Old 07-16-2007, 08:16 AM   #4
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No, no, you've got it all wrong. They attach to the suspenders on your modular, load-bearing equipment on your non-firing side!

Humor aside, I've used one of those during land navagation to keep a pace count. I never though they were good for anything other than to keep track of every hundred meters covered, which they are great for. Nothing's more annoying than tripping over a log 500 meters away from a nav-point, losing count, and having to walk the thing over again.
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Old 07-16-2007, 08:51 AM   #5
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Darren,

I feel your pain. I have nav'd way too far cuz my pacer "forgot" his pace.
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Old 07-20-2007, 11:15 AM   #6
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Steve excellent.... pacing is an art form in it self judging hills, forest density, night time, sand ect... but I find the number one thing that made people a good or bad pacer is fitness level... a person that is weak will always tell you you are at the objective before you have reached the objective (the weaker persons stride has shortened with fatigue)

for fitness I have run with my beads for years, I will occasionally do trail runs or blind neighborhood runs just running for time or distance.... method is the same just number change from speed....(if you are an inconsistent runner expect inconsistent distances)

PS. the glow in the dark skulls are only for the most elite and hardcore pacers....lol
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Old 07-24-2007, 09:52 AM   #7
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Thanks for the great idea. It's never convenient to use pen and paper.
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Old 07-24-2007, 12:27 PM   #8
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Ranger beads! Aruuugah snake eater!
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Old 07-24-2007, 01:47 PM   #9
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Steve, I love the skull beads!

I use a high tech system for counting Cindy reps called a cup full of pennies.

I place a handful on the floor where my nose touches during pushups. Move one from the big pile to the little pile after every set. It's magic:gunsmilie:

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Old 07-24-2007, 05:29 PM   #10
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Another low-tech solution I use on my whiteboard. Make two parallel sets of marks. e.g.

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Then, after each set, erase a mark on the lower (or upper) band. At the end, count whats left and subtract from the original count (this part may confuse you after an intense workout :-) )

It's better than having to open the marker up and make a mark (kinda hard to keep em straight when you're beat down from 20+ rounds of cindy).

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