You don’t need fancy equipment to get healthy or build muscles. Instead, you can achieve your fitness goals by running around the park and picking up heavy items such as rocks, dumbbells, and kettlebells. While technological gadgets are not necessary for building muscles and getting back into shape, they can make the process simpler, more efficient, and perhaps more enjoyable. Here, we will look at the best and most interesting technology to get excited about in 2019.
CES 2019 Gave Us a Lot of Exciting New Fitness Technology
If you began 2019 with health and fitness goals in mind, then getting in shape may have just gotten easier for you. This is because CES 2019 gave us a lot of exciting new fitness technology that makes getting into shape a breeze. For those who don’t know what CES is, it is an annual trade exhibition organized by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).
One of the most awaited events in the tech calendar, CES takes place in Las Vegas in January each year. The event attracts technology experts, consumers, and some of the biggest names in the tech industry. Every year, CES is host to the prominent technology companies that showcase some of their latest inventions. It is also a platform for startups and upcoming brands to introduce their innovations to the world. Companies focused on fitness technology are also part of this.
Just like previous events, 2019 CES was an event where we saw a lot of ‘cool’ new technology. This includes high-tech fitness technology aimed at helping people became the best possible version of themselves. Most of the fitness technology in CES 2019 centered around practicality, convenience, and app connectivity. Also, the brands that had put up these technologies on display were focused on helping consumer ‘personalize’ their fitness plan. Following are some of the fitness technology on display at CES 2019 that fits this fill:
1. JaxJox KettleBellConnect
A smart kettlebell, JaxJox comes with adjustable weight options. The weight on the kettlebell can be adjusted from twelve pounds up to forty-two pounds. One of the best fitness technologies on display at CES 2019, the JaxJox KettleBellConnect eliminates the need to maintain an entire rack of bells at home.
However, the benefits of this smart kettlebell go beyond space spacing. The kettlebell is equipped with sensors that allow you to monitor your workout’s duration, intensity, and content. Featuring a rotating weight-selection core, the kettlebell functions through a bullet tracking system. Because of this, you can drop the kettlebell’s weight between 6 and 20 kg within seconds. This helps to save time and space.
2. Mirror Fitness
A product of a startup based in New York, Mirror Fitness is an LCD mirror that allows users to live stream fitness classes from their home or wherever they may be. This is great news for all those people who get a lot of requests for conducting fitness classes on social media, YouTube, etc. Doubling as a full-length mirror, the LCD mirror can change into a screen on which you can view on-demand fitness classes. Operate through an app, the technology looks like a standard mirror.
In addition to streaming on-demand classes, you can enable a competition mode by synching the mirror with an Apple Watch or Bluetooth heart rate monitor. This will allow you to monitor your ability to accomplish, keep up, and recoup from your target heart rate zones.
3. The Matrix Powerwatch 2
Do you use a fitness watch to keep track of your training sessions? If yes, then you’d know how frustrating it can be when your watch’s battery dies during a session. Not being able to track your training sessions and sharing the results online is nothing short of a nightmare. The good news is that the Matrix Powerwatch 2 is here to save the day.
Unlike a traditional fitness watch, the Matrix Powerwatch 2 draws power from ambient light and your body heat. The watch comes with a calorie counting function, heart rate monitoring, and built-in GPS. Additionally, it can be integrated with third-party platforms such as Google Fit and Apple’s HealthKit. People have quickly warmed up to the first version of the watch and the watch has easily achieved its goals with lots of time to spare.
FightCamp is the perfect fitness technology for all those who have an interest in boxing but don’t want to get a gym or boxing club membership for it. A smart fitness system, FightCamp has been designed to allow people to practice boxing at home. The system includes gloves, punching bag, and exercise mat, and hand wraps.
However, the special thing about FightCamp is that it comes with gloves that have a connected sensor. This allows users to record every hit and they receive feedback in the form of a score via an app. Additionally, you can get access to FightCamp workouts by subscribing to a monthly package.
5. Withings Move ECG
A dedicated ECG function is one of the best features of the Apple Watch 4. Seeing the popularity of this Apple Watch 4 function, other companies have also started to offer similar features. An example of this is the Withings Move ECG. An analog fitness tracker, the Withings Move ECG comes with a battery that can last a full year, depending on usage.
As for the function of the tracker, it takes a full-on ECG and provides the report of this to your phone after you place your fingers on specific areas. After you receive the report on your phone, you can decide whether you need to reach out to a specialist. The analog fitness trackers can also monitor routine stuff like your speed, step, and exercise performance. This is great news when you consider that the Withings Move ECG is just a piece of wrist wear.
“Strength does not come from the physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Ghandi
by Bobby J Davidson
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