American Fitness Magazine, published by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) includes the following list in their January/February 2012 issue. The article is entitled “Go, Go, Gadget, Go” and focuses solely on tech gadgets that can improve your performance. Now you know that’s my type of article! Sadly, I’m not likely to use either of these gadgets because they’re geared toward the walker/runner/swimmer/cyclist types and I’m more of a strength training, boot camp, group fitness type (gym rat!). But, these should be useful for you folks who do like to hit the trail (or pool)…
Here’s the list:
Endomondo Sports Tracker (free, or $3.99 for PRO version) – this would be better for runners, walkers and cyclists. Endomondo maps your workouts, tracks calories burned, provides audio feedback, and updates Facebook to let your friends know how you’re doing. Available for iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows and Symbian Phones. Get it at http://www.endomondo.com/download/ or through your device’s app store.
Garmin Edge(R) 800 ($449, Garmin.com) – The Garmin Edge 800 is a touchscreen bike computer that tracks trip and training data and with additional equipment, can also track the athlete’s body composition.
Nike+ Sportwatch GPSpowered by TomTom ($199, Nike.com) – Meant to compete with Garmin GPS watches, the Nike+ Sportwatch tracks speed, distance, and performance info. (Note: I just hope it’s more accurate than the TomTom I use in my car!)
FINIS: Swimsense ($199, FINISInc.com) – The Swimsense watch counts laps by analyzing the swimmers’ strokes. It also track distance, speed, performance info and links to Facebook.
To read the original article, check out American Fitness Magazine, January/February 2012.