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Archives for the day Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Finis Tempo Trainer Pro


The Finis Tempo Trainer Pro is a nice simple timer that slips into a swim cap or under the band of your goggles.  It has 3 buttons and a clock.  The top button is for mode select and timer reset.  The bottom two buttons are for the timer up/down and the on/off functions.  Push the right button to turn it on.  The top button is to select your mode and push both bottom buttons to turn the unit off.
It is really easy to set the unit up.  Select the mode you want to try, set your desired time, push the reset button and you are off.  The tempo trainer is advertised as a stroke tempo timer.  I really like to use it as a lap tempo trainer.  The instructions give you a lot of good advice on how to set the timer to suit your needs.  It is also easy to figure it out for yourself.  I don’t like to carry instructions around so I just do my own thing.  Here are some of the things I like to do with the temp trainer:

  • Set the timer at 30 seconds then see how long it takes me to lap the timer.  Take a 30 second break the repeat until I can’t catch it anymore.
  • Set the timer at 30 seconds, increase the speed by one second until I can’t keep up any more.  Take a 30 second break then repeat.
  • Set the timer for 25 seconds then maintain the pace for a mile.  If I want to see if I can do a sub 30 minute mile, I try to stay ahead of the timer.

I like the tempo trainer.  It is a simple device that helps me vary my workouts.  I tend to get into a rut with swim training.  Having an easily changeable metronome in your ear encourages change.


  • Fits well under the Finis Lightning goggle band and does not fall out
  • Very comfortable
  • The timer is very easy to reset while swimming
  • Easy to use while swimming
  • It encourages change to workouts
  • Instructions are not really required to get the thing working
  • Different beep tones, I prefer the triple beep
  • Easy to reset, when things go wrong
  • Replaceable battery
  • It floats


  • It falls out of the headband of wide lens goggles
  • If it falls out, it can cause weird things to happen to the timer.  The timer has to be turned off then back on, to reset the matter

I really like the Finis Tempo Trainer.  It can be found for $40 to $50.  If you have wide lens goggles, it can be troublesome to get in the band just right.  You have to be careful when using the cadence timer.  It can cause short stroking, in an effort to keep up with the clock.  I did not feel the timer under the race goggles.  When I was wearing wide goggles, I did not feel the timer until it fell off.  Once I got it into a good position, I could not feel it on my head.  This is one of those times, when simple is good.