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    We are pleased to introduce you to the Finis Tempo Trainer Pro. It is a waterproof metronome for swimming. You turn it on, place it under your swim cap or one a clip attached to your goggle strap. It creates a BEEP sound on the interval that you set with the buttons. This is small, but extremely useful device. We would say it would be the most important part of your training gear after after your suit and goggles.


    Coordinating The BEEP

    For use #2, you can time that beep with any part of the stroke you want, anywhere on the body.

    You could concentrate on timing the beep with one of these easily identifiable points:

    • The fingers of your spearing hand cut the surface of the water in front
    • Your lead arm reaching full extension point
    • Setting the catch
    • Initiating the hip thrust
    • The timing of the kick

    Tempo Trainer Instructions

    You may want to view the official Finis Tempo Trainer Manual (pdf download).

    On the Tempo Trainer Pro there are three modes it can be set to. When you depress for 2 seconds, the top button toggles between Mode 1, 2 and 3.

    For most of our training assignments in the Dojo we use Mode 1, which works in ‘seconds per stroke’. Mode 2 can be set for longer intervals, such as the seconds per length or lap, so that you can try to come to the wall on the BEEP. Mode 3 is an inverse of Mode 1, and works in units of ‘strokes per minute’ – this is more useful for open water swimming, or is preferred by those who think more in terms of SPM.

    To learn more about how to use it, please view the Introduction To Training With Tempo article.



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