GEAR: High Tech Fitness

Take in calories the old-fashioned way; sweat them off with the latest clever gadgets

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BEST FITNESS APPS


MAP MY...

FREE Android and iTunes

Available in Walk, Run and Ride varieties, all essentially work like a GPS tracker to record where you went and how quickly you got there, presented on a map format.

RUNTASTIC SIX PACK

FREE Android and iTunes PREMIUM EDITION $4.99.

If your midsection is more keg than six-pack, this is the app to get you there with 50 exercises, displayed in HD.

JOHNSON & JOHNSON OFFICIAL 7-MINUTE WORKOUT APP

FREE Android and iTunes

Strident corporate branding aside, this app has 13 predesigned training regimes, customisation features so you can create your own and the freedom to select music from your personal library. Should you wish to go for more than seven minutes, you can alter the number of reps and time between sets accordingly.

High Tech Fitness

Take in calories the old-fashioned way; sweat them off with the latest clever gadgets

AS WITH so many other areas, technology that was once available only to the elite and the moneyed has made its way to your average fitness punter. Never before have you been able to chart the frequency, pace and efficiency of your workouts with such accuracy. Fall off the pace in any of these areas and the cold hard data will make it glaringly obvious, but with a bit of commitment, this technology could turn into the best training motivation you’ve ever had.

Nike + Sportwatch GPS

Nike + Sportwatch GPS

1. NIKE + SPORTWATCH GPS - $200

nike.com.au

Powered by TomTom and working in conjunction with a sensor that attaches to your sneakers, this watch is a virtual personal trainer for runners. It tracks your route and pace while automatically congratulating you when you clock your fastest mile, 10km, marathon or your longest distance. Data is uploaded to a computer via a USB port and you have access to the Nikeplus.com portal where there are new routes and coaching tips.

2. FITBIT FLEX 4.0

2. FITBIT FLEX 4.0

2. FITBIT FLEX 4.0 - $119.95

fitbit.com/au/store

Looking more like a piece of futuristic jewellery than high-tech sports kit, this bracelet functions as a 24/7 monitor to track everything from your sleep quality and the number of steps you take a day to the amount of calories burned off in the process. It syncs via Bluetooth to Android and Apple devices, is water-resistant and gives you on-the-go updates as you hit 20 percent increments of your workout. For a more holistic approach, the Fitbit website also allows you to log food intake and weigh.

 

3. WIRELESS BICYCLE COMPUTER

3. WIRELESS BICYCLE COMPUTER

3. WIRELESS BICYCLE COMPUTER - $39

kogan.com

If you’ve been swept up in the two-wheeled, lycra-clad mania sweeping Australian men, this affordable gadget will record your speed, distance travelled, top speed, average speed and how much time you spent bent over the spokes. If you’re a bit sceptical about the whole fitness-gadget thing, this is a good entry point which will cost you no more than a steak and a beer at a decent restaurant..