“The Tens” Running Workout + TomTom® Spark 3 Cardio + Music Watch Review

Good morning!

I hope you’re ready for an awesome, high-intensity sweat session because I have just the workout for you! It’s a running workout that doesn’t require any equipment, so you can do it just about anywhere, which means it’s perfect for the holiday season, especially if you’re traveling to visit family. Just save this workout to do later! 🙂

I named this workout “The Tens” because you’ll complete 10 reps of each of the three movements, 10 different times. That’s right, by the end of the workout, you’ll have done a total of 100 reps of each movement. It’s definitely a tough one! If you’re just starting out or new to running, feel free to modify the workout to 8, 6, or even 4 rounds. Whatever makes sense for your fitness level. It’s still a great full-body workout!!

THE TENS WORKOUT

Ok, here’s how it works:

  • Start with a 200 meter run.
  • Then, stop and perform 10 Push-Ups and 10 Triceps Dips. (I used the guardrail on the side of the road, but any sort of bench, wall, platform, or big rock would work.)
  • After that, you’ll run another 200 meters, stop, and then complete 10 Split Squats (5 each leg).

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It took me just over 27 minutes to finish, and all of my post-workout data was available thanks to the TomTom MySports app that I downloaded to sync with my new TomTom® Spark 3 Cardio + Music watch that I recently received. I’ve been wearing the watch during my workouts (both running and at CrossFit), and it’s really cool to see my results.

I actually haven’t used any sort of fitness trackers since my Jawbone days back when Quinn was first born, and it’s amazing to see how far the technology has come. And with the holidays and New Year right around the corner, it is the perfect gift for someone to get back on track and make smart choices!

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Ok, let’s start at the beginning with getting the watch set-up. I’m typically not a fan of reading directions or time-consuming tutorials (I just want to get going), so I was especially appreciative of how easy it was to get started with the TomTom® Spark 3 Cardio + Music watch. I needed to charge the watch and wireless headphones ahead of time, but once they were ready, it was a piece of cake!

I immediately loved the TomTom® Spark 3 Cardio + Music watch, and, guys, running without a SPIbelt is life-changing! No bouncing around, no extra stuff, everything I need is included in the watch. I lovvveeee that I’m able to work out without my phone, but with music. And my love doesn’t end there!

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More features that I love about the TomTom Spark 3:

Activity tracking + built-in heart rate monitor: You can record your heart rate, steps, active minutes, and calories burned throughout the day. It’s offers so much more than regular activity trackers. The heart rate monitor is especially awesome because you don’t need to use a chest strap. The watch and app also share your data over five different heart rate training zones, so you can see just how hard you were working during your workout (pictured below).

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Multisport modes, including indoor tracking: You can track ALL of your workouts, including running, biking, swimming (yep, it’s water-resistant), indoor treadmill, gym (i.e. CrossFit), indoor cycling (i.e. SoulCycle), and more. I’ve never tracked a CrossFit workout before, so it’s been really cool to see the data, and I love that this watch works indoors.

GPS tracking: Includes time, distance, speed, pace, route, live stats, and a race mode, so you can select one of your past workouts and race against it. How cool is that? FYI: Finding the GPS signal is so much faster than any watch I’ve ever used because of the GPS Quickfix.

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FYI: The thick green line on the bottom part (above) is my running route from “The Tens” workout. There’s a cul-de-sac close to my house, so that’s me just running back and forth 10 times. The numbers are mile markers.

3 GB of music and podcast storage: Hello, podcasts! Now I can listen without my phone, which is especially convenient, and I often use the Spark 3 on walks with Murphy or around the house when I’m doing chores. The Spark 3 allows you to upload 500+ songs directly onto the watch and listen to them using the Bluetooth headphones that come with the watch. The only downside is that you can’t stream music/podcasts to the watch, which is kind of a bummer since I love Pandora and Stitcher, but it just takes some pre-planning on my part. The watch is compatible with iTunes and all of my music is stored there, and it’s as simple as downloading and dragging a podcast over to the watch folder, so it’s really not a big deal, especially since I don’t need to carry around my big, bulky iPhone.

Training options: You can work on improving your speed and overall fitness with interval training/custom work-rest sessions. There’s also audio performance feedback, so you can push yourself during your workouts.

Route exploration: This features allows you to find your way back to the start of your route and explore new ones, which is especially awesome when traveling or running in new places.

Wireless headphones: I have to admit, they’re pretty amazing! I didn’t think I’d love the wireless headphones, but they’re so easy to use, sync quickly, and stay in my ears, no problem, during runs.

Customizable watch straps: You can select large or small watch straps to ensure the perfect fit for your wrist, and the straps come in a variety of colors.

Question of the Day

Do you use a fitness watch or heart rate monitor during your workouts? What is your favorite/most important feature?

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11 Comments

  1. I used to use a heart rate monitor with a GPS but haven’t in a long time. The battery died and I haven’t gotten around to replacing it. I love that this one has all the music on it although I do like having my phone on me for emergencies.

  2. Thanks for the review, just bought this for my son for Christmas. So excited hope he likes it. I just pulled out my Fitbit again going to try using it again.

  3. I haven’t used a fitness watch or tracker yet (other than map my run on my phone) but really want to start tracking my heart rate.

    Did you find the heart rate monitor on this watch to be accurate?

  4. I used to wear a GPS watch to track my runs. Since it broke, I haven’t replaced it. I miss it sometimes, especially the track and log feature as it helped with my motivation.

  5. I’m also training for a half marathon with SportMe running app which calculates distance, pace, time and calories and adjusts running plans to my progress. What runner apps do you use for marathon training?

  6. Thanks for sharing, yes last week I already purchased a Mi fitness band, to measure my heart rate, but I can’t listen to music from it, and I need to carry my cell-phone too, Now can’t purchase another gadget for the same thing for at least 1-2 month, my bad luck.

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