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The Tempo Trainer Pro boasts a number of features that were not available on the first model of TT. The replacable battery, sync button, and alternate mode functions have expanded the functionality of this device exponentially. Whether you are managing stroke rates to the hundredth of a second in Mode 1 or doing repeats at your designated Strokes Per Minute pace in Mode 3, there is a Tempo Trainer Pro setting for every style of training.
Mode 2 is most commonly used as a pacing tool, as it uses full seconds rather than fractions of a second. Use this Mode on longer solo swims to keep pace or during sprint sets to determine goal benchmarks and challenges. Mode 2 has a range of one full second to 9 minutes 59 seconds, making it a great choice for interval training.
Try the following set using the Tempo Trainer Pro!
Find your goal 100yd repeat pace. Divide by four and plug this number into your Tempo Trainer Pro in Mode 2. For example, a 1:00 100yd pace would be 15 seconds. This number will be your 25yd split and will improve your pacing throughout the set!
You will want to beat or match the beep to every wall in order to hold the desired pace. Swimmers typically start out fast and the beep will catch up to them gradually as they break down. Over time they will learn to build into a swim properly. This is also extremely valuable for controlling pace and effort level during a taper workout.