How's that New Year's resolution going?
For those of you who are powering hard through month number 2 of your gym membership, as well as you well established gym junkies - your motivation is always going to be based on seeing results. So we've put together a list of some of the best ways of making sure your hard work is shown in facts, figures and helpful fitness plans.
Get that sweat on!
The best alternative trackers
Nabi Compete ($40): the one for competive dads
Getting kids to move isn’t normally the hard bit, it’s sitting still – but this sprog-friendly activity tracker connects to an iOS or Android app over Bluetooth and turns steps into food for a virtual Tamagotchi living inside a phone. You won’t need to buy your nipper a £600 phone to use it – the Compete is sold in pairs so you can connect both of them to yours and challenge Isambard Jnr to a distance goal. Well, a win’s a win, right?
Gymwatch (€100): the one for weightlifters
If you spend more time pumping iron than an Arnie impersonator, the Gymwatch is your ideal spotter. Whether you’re using free weights or gym machines it’ll scrutinise your arms or legs (it can be worn on either) to count reps and check you’re doing each exercise correctly, with real-time feedback on the iOS and Android app. It knows over 900 movements and will correct you like a tiny robotic personal trainer.
BSX Insight (from $300): the one that knows exactly how hard you're working
While most trackers ride on your wrist, the Insight’s sensor has its own compression sleeve that’s worn on the calf; this takes oxygenation readings directly from your muscles, so it knows how hard you’re working. If you want to measure heart rate as well, it’s compatible with ANT+ monitors. Back at base, check out the data in the Android or iOS app to work out where you can push a bit harder.
Track My Fitness (£free): the extra sensitive one
It’s quite possible you’re already wearing a fitness tracker. It’s called your smartwatch. Track My Fitness from Vimo Labs (available for Apple Watch and Android Wear) supercharges the sensors in your wearable, detecting what exercises you’re doing, tracking reps and calories burned, with routines and instructions delivered by a ‘personal trainer’. New workouts are added every week.
Whoop (£poa): the one for the pros
As if any more proof were needed that pro athletes get treated differently to the rest of us, they have their own tracker. Designed to be worn 24/7, Whoop’s wristband collects data on heart rate, body motion, skin conductivity and ambient temperature over 100 times a second, and feeds it back to an online analytics platform where a coach can make sure they’re not being overworked, poor lambs.