Create different opportunities to time your clients or athletes.

For instance, strength protocols, isometric holds, conditioning intervals and strength work with tempo are all opportunities where a stop watch can be useful.

When timing your client’s activities, it’s not just enough to press a button, you must be aware of your volume level. Whether you are timing a round of charades or sprints or cycling, you must use your voice.

One of the things that allows people to know that you are a newbie at coaching is your voice. If your voice is too low, your clients won’t take you seriously. Let your voice ring out like a referee’s whistle. Your voice must resonate with your clients.

When training, people get really stressed out, with their hearts pounding and them breathing heavily. While in this state, it is physiologically harder to hear anyone so you need to make sure your voice can blast through that state to get their attention at all times. It might be interesting for you to know more at

After sorting out your watch and your voice level, you need to be able to say the right things. The following tricks will help you with what to say.

  • In getting a trainee to start, you can say simply say “READY…….GO”. If you want to get them to stop, you can shout “TIME!” Don’t fall into the trap of using lengthy words like OK and Relax or Take it up. The fewer your words are the better. Your commands should unquestionable.
  • Avoid using countdown of Three….Two….One….Time. Know when everyone is to stop. When you’re close to the last minute, you can say “5 SECONDS” or “ALMOST THERE” as warning. The next thing they should hear from you is “TIME!”
  • Try to wear a digital watch. It’s preferable when you constantly have to set timers for your client’s activities.