Fitness trackers that do more than just count steps

Wearables ≠ pedometers. You'll be amazed by what the latest fitness trackers can do for your workout regime

Fitness trackers and smartwatches are all the rage nowadays. With the promise of changing your habits and helping you become a better version of yourself, wearables have taken the tech industry by storm.

However, on hindsight, some of you might have already realised that most trackers out there are just glorified pedometers and sleep trackers. Step-tracking and sleep logging are probably metrics that your existing smartphone can already do.

What you may not realise is that there are a tonne of interesting wearables that do so much more than just count your steps. So here's our pick of five cutting-edge devices that'll give you a peek at what the future holds in store for us.

PUSH Band (S$390)

Pump chasers in the gym have probably been whining about how useless fitness trackers are in the weight room. After all, they aren’t cardio monkeys that hop on a treadmill for hours on end. Designed with weight training in mind, Push Strength counts your sets and reps, and allows you to log which exercises you do and the amount of volume you're pushing.

That’s not all. It also helps you to train with greater precision, calculating your movement velocity and power. Push uses these parameters to help you decide if you are overreaching or holding back and then suggests to you whether you need to increase or decrease your load.

Skulpt Scanner (formerly known as Chisel) (S$135)

Working out isn’t enough – making progress is. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to lose weight or bulk up, the Scanner is a device that can certainly come in handy when you are trying to monitor gradual changes in your physique. You don’t get ripped and toned overnight, and while it may be demotivating to see the lack of progress, the Scanner can help you monitor not only your body fat but muscle quality across different regions of your body, from your biceps to your abs.

Using the latest EIM technology, the Skulpt Scanner is able to detect minute changes in your physique and give you a general idea of how well you are doing. It even provides workout and nutritional guidance based on your unique physiology.

Of course, with EIM technology, there are still some inaccuracies, so don’t expect a 100% accurate device since readings can fluctuate even seconds apart. But seeing changes weekly can give you the extra motivation you need to keep going.