For your home gym or CrossFit box, it’s crucial for any gym owner to invest in a good timer. A good gym timer allows you to focus on your workout without fiddling with a watch or dealing with your phone when you’re out of breath.
There are a few options on the market, so doing a little research about the right CrossFit timer for you is a good idea. Here’s a bit about CrossFit timers and some of the best fitness clocks available.
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GymNext Flex Timer
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Rogue Echo Gym Timer
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Synergee Premium Timer
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Rogue Home Timer
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Rogue Echo Two Sided Timer
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What Is a Crossfit Timer?
A CrossFit timer sits on the wall of your facility or home gym and, well, times your workouts. The best ones come with multiple functions, allowing you to count up, count down, do clocked repeats, or even do intervals like Tabata.
CrossFit timers, also known as a countdown timer, workout timer, or an interval timer are standard in almost any CrossFit box or a serious garage gym and eliminate the need to track scores or WOD times on your cell phone or a stopwatch.
How To Use A Crossfit Timer
Each CrossFit timer will come with a set of instructions. Coming from a guy who usually throws the instructions away because “I can figure it out on my own”, I’d recommend you hang onto these.
Why? Well, the best options on the market come with a ton of features. They also come with remotes that have many buttons on it that require some explanation. Life will be simpler if you know how to do things with it like set interval timers.
For example, the Rogue Echo timer has a FGB button on it, which stands for “Fight Gone Bad“. In this case, one click of a button programs three 5-minute rounds, with a beep at the end of each minute and a rest between rounds.
Benefits of Crossfit Timers
Having a CrossFit timer for your gym alleviates the hassle of having to time workouts on your phone or with a watch. You’ll be distracted less throughout a HIIT workout and may even get a better time on a WOD because you aren’t taking two steps forward to squint at your phone in the middle of a set of kettlebell swings or pull-ups.
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Considerations Before Buying
Here are a few things to consider when buying a CrossFit timer:
- Price– Good gym equipment is never cheap. Even the cheapest timer costs over $150, so be prepared to shell out a few bucks if you’re buying a new one.
- Warranty– Check to see how long your clock’s warranty lasts, and what they’ll replace it for in the event of an accident or malfunction.
- Display– You’ll want to buy a timer with a bright LED display that’s at least 4″ so that it’s visible from across the gym.
- Can You Buy It Used?– Sadly, the surge in CrossFit boxes opening across the country makes it hard for every gym to stay open. There may be a gym in your area selling off fitness equipment. You may be able to get a used timer from them a little cheaper.
Top Crossfit Timers Reviewed
Here are 5 of the best CrossFit timers available, as well what buyers have said about them.
Overall #1 Pick
Along with the Rogue Echo, the Flex Timer is the most commonly seen fitness clock inside CrossFit boxes. It’s also one of the most expensive, but if you are looking for total convenience and flexibility, this is the one.
The flex timer connects to it’s own app, so you have the choice of using the remote or your phone to control it. That said, if you’re looking for something for your home gym, this is probably overkill – look at the home gym option below from Rogue Fitness. However, if you just love some of the features this one has, and don’t mind the price, then this is an awesome one to have in your home.
One of the coolest features is that the Bluetooth on this device will sync with other Bluetooth speakers that you maybe using to play music. This is important because when the buzzer alarm goes, it reduces the volume of the music so that you can clearly hear the buzzer sound over the music. So let Pandora, Spotify play through and the sync’ing between the music and the clock sounds are seamless.
Either way, this is a loud buzzer timer, coming in at 95db, which also is one of the complaints of the Rogue Echo Timer.
The timer also allows for syncing between multiple timers. So if you own a box and need one inside and one outside, you can have these sync’d. This is an awesome feature for when you are running or working out in the parking lot.
The app is truly an extension of the timer and gives you all the functionality at your finger tips. You can save and share an unlimited number of custom workouts spanning 6 common timer modes: standard, round, interval, Tabata, EMOM, and Stopwatch/Laps.
Another cool feature is the ability to control the app and the timer with your apple or android watch. This is another unique feature of the app and is well ahead of the rest of the pack. This allows gym owners to focus on the people, and less on time.
The timer does not come with batteries but you can use a 12v rechargeable battery pack with the timers (sold separately).
It is not often that a product beats out Rogue Fitness when it goes head to head, but we really think that for the price (same as Rogue), this product is better in many ways.
If you own a CrossFit Gym or if you want to have a top notch timer in your home, this is the one to get. If it is for personal use, you can also have your heart rate show up on the timer.
Like Rogue does best, another piece of high quality equipment with a pretty heavy price tag to boot. Coming in at $285, this is an expensive timer when compared to the plethora of timers available on Amazon. However, note that Rogue is known for high quality, and they know CrossFit better than anyone.
If you need a gym timer for a CrossFit Box, this is a great choice. The remote control is built for CrossFit. The sound of the timer is a bit on the lower end compared to our top pick above from GymNext. This is the main reason why it was not picked as the top pick.
Otherwise, it has everything, a crystal clear screen at 4″ height of digits that can be seen from very far in red and green colors. The timer is mountable to the wall or to a floor stand (sold separately). It comes with instructions but is fairly easy to use. However, keep the instructions just in case.
It also comes with various international plug adapters. This is because Rogue is almost synonymous with CrossFit equipment, and is used worldwide.
On the timer itself you can create and save up to 10 different custom intervals. The look and feel of the timer are also top notch. It is heavy and you will see why it costs as much as it does as soon as you get your hands on it.
If this timer had the bells and whistles as the GymNext one with the bluetooth sync’ing capabilities, this would easily have been our top pick.
We cannot not give you a budget friendly interval training timer that also works great. This CrossFit Timer give you a remote control that has an incredible range, clear LED screen with high contrast display, and a fraction of the price of the previous two.
This timer comes with an array of countdown settings useful for CrossFit (Tabata, EMOM, count up/down, and the standard stopwatch). Amazon page says it comes in 3 different sizes, but you can only purchase two different sizes, small and medium. This is perfect for most home and CrossFit boxes. I would recommend more than one in a gym however.
They also have a compatible stand that is sold separately to have the flexibility to move the timer around. The remote for the timer claims a range of 60ft, which is incredible. Lastly, when not using this timer for CrossFit workout, just use it as a clock.
Rogue Home Timer
- Connect to smartphone, with up to 30 different custom workout intervals saved
- Wall mount, or place it anywhere
- comes with international plug adaptors for charging batteries
At a length of 13″ this timer is roughly half the size of the Rogue Echo Timer, but offers the same quality. It comes with two chargeable batteries to make this uniquely portable. Just place it on the floor or your plyobox during your workouts, or mount it on the wall.
Similar to the Rogue Echo Timer, this one comes with all the international plug adapters. It also comes with a very cool app that can store up to 30 different custom workout intervals.
If you are looking for a home gym timer, we cannot recommend this higher. The price point is just right, and it comes with a great brand to support it.
This timer is pretty much self explanatory. It is the same as the Rogue Echo Timer, but with the capability for a 360 degree viewability. It obviously needs to be mounted on a Floor stand (sold separately on the same page). This is meant to really for the gyms that need the flexibility to move the timer around, and have clientele on both sides.
It has all the same feature functionality and the quality of the one sided timer, and looks amazing. This timer can also be used for other sports where the athletes might be spread out like rowing, or boxing.
Buying a CrossFit clock for your home gym or box is an investment. Having a good gym timer allows you to focus more on your (or your client’s) training without having to fumble with stopwatches or cell phone timers.
Still, do your research before buying and look at all of your options. They aren’t the cheapest piece of equipment you’ll purchase, but they are an integral part of any CrossFit gym and a useful piece of equipment for your garage.