A mentor of mine once told me, “timing is everything in this game.” I’m still not sure if he realised just now right he was. It’s amazing how much time dictates your day-to-day life as a personal trainer.
From time management, to punctuality, to making important decisions on your business and your service based on the time you have or what time it is.
Considering all of this, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to trainers that investing in a good watch can make a big difference to both your personal and professional life, helping to make you more productive and efficient.
But, choosing a good watch can be difficult, due to the highly active lifestyle you might have as a trainer, and the wide range of functions you’ll need the watch to serve. So, a good watch should be sturdy and lightweight, but also highly functional.
To help you find a watch that best suits your needs, we put together a short review on the best watches for personal trainers below. All of these choices should help you get the most out of your business and help you be more productive.
Personal Trainer Watch #1: Aposon Men’s Digital Electronic Waterproof LED Sport Watch
- Slick, simple design
- Durable material
- Supports two time zones simultaneously
- LED backlight
- Integrated alarm function
- Can’t press any of the side buttons in the water
- No stopwatch or timer function
For highly active personal trainers, especially online personal trainers, that are looking for a simple, no-frills watch to keep time, this watch could be a good choice.
The dual time-zone function makes this an ideal choice for trainers who frequently travel and the alarm is useful for time-keeping. However, the lack of a timer or stopwatch makes this a more limited choice if you’re looking to use it in your training sessions with clients.
Personal Trainer Watch #2: Fanmis Mens Military Multifunction Digital LED Watch
- Multiple functions including a calendar, stopwatch and alarm
- LED backlight
- Shock and water resistant
- 3 year battery life
- No timer function
- Display is a little crowded
- A little bulky
This watch offers a slightly more functional option for any personal trainer who is looking to use their watch to keep time during a training session as well as in their daily life.
The second display also offers some use for timing while the alarm and calendar display is useful for time management.
Overall, this choice is the most cost-efficient on the list. So trainers who are a bit more strapped for cash may want to consider this option.
Personal Trainer Watch #3: BINZI Big Face Sports Watch for Men
- Analog and digital time display
- Trendy design
- Water resistant
- Multiple functions including an hourly chime, alarm and stopwatch
- LED backlight and luminous analog hands
- Cannot be worn when swimming or bathing
- Display can be overwhelming
This multi-functional option could be a good choice for most trainers due to its multiple uses. The hourly chime is very useful in keeping you aware of what time it is and helping you manage time with clients.
The inclusion of a stopwatch is also useful for keeping time during sessions. However, it should be noted that the display can be a little crowded and this may make checking the time a little difficult at times.
But, this is only a minor issue in what is otherwise a feature-rich and stylish option for trainers looking at improving their time management.
Personal Trainer Watch #4: PALADA Men’s Sports Digital Wrist Watch
- Simplistic, easy-to-read design
- Water resistant for up to 50 meters of submersion in water
- LED backlight
- Alarm, stopwatch and calendar functions included
- Buttons can’t be used underwater
- Slightly more expensive than other items with similar functions
This option is a more simplistic form of BINZI watch, with a larger display making it easier to check the time and stopwatch. This makes it a bit more functional in fast-moving situations, like fitness classes, for checking time.
It should also suit the more active trainer, who enjoys activities like swimming, with a high level of waterproofing.
Personal Trainer Watch #5: Men’s Digital Sports Watch LED Screen Large Face Military Watch
- Multiple functions, including a stopwatch, alarm and calendar display
- Large, easy-to-read display
- Shock and water resistant or up to 50 meter submersion in water
- Large size
This is another easy-to-read watch which could prove useful for timing classes or for older trainers who may have difficulty reading smaller displays.
However, the relatively large and slightly awkward size of the watch may make it a bot uncomfortable to wear around all day. So, this option may best suit trainers who are only planning on using their watch in their workplace.
Our Best Pick: BINZI Big Face Sports Watch for Men
Despite having a slightly crowded display, BINZI’s sports watch is a great overall choice for nearly any personal trainer.
The large amount of functions and a modest cost means that it can suit a wide range of uses, from timing sessions at the gym, to setting daily reminders.
This makes for a great general watch that is also stylish and can be worn anywhere, from your workplace to a more formal work event.