When you hear “smart fitness”, you probably jump to wearables like Fitbit that measure steps. These are great, but just the tip of the iceberg. So, we wanted to share with you some other cool fitness innovations that make working out even cooler.
1. LiftUp Resistance Band: $99
LiftUp, which just recently launched a Kickstarter campaign, takes your standard resistance band and gives it a major upgrade. It pairs with your phone to automatically track your reps, strength progress, and calories, and you can even compete with friends.
Many still equate resistance bands with physical therapy, but more and more personal trainers and athletes have incorporated them into their routines. Not only are they great at toning and building muscle, but they’re also very convenient. Just try traveling with a Bowflex in your luggage and you’ll come to see why a resistance band’s portability is a nice benefit.
2. Physiclo Resistance Tights – $125
You know what’s better than wearing tights when you work out? Wearing tights that make the workout more effective. Physiclo has designed compression tights that actually enhance caloric burn and muscle output through built-in resistance bands.
By adding resistance to the movement, Physiclo activates key muscles like the hamstrings, quads, and glutes by an additional 23%. Meaning, your same 5-mile run is now a super 5-mile run, without changing anything else about your workout. They are definitely worth trying out.
3. Hidrate Spark – $59.95
Once called “the water bottle of the future”, Hidrate Spark at first just looks like a sleek, beautifully-designed bottle. But then you realize it connects with an app to automatically track how much you’re drinking. Pretty cool, but it doesn’t stop there. It also glows when it’s time to drink.
You may not have known you needed a glowing water bottle, but now you do. This is the type of gym accessory that’s sure to be a great conversation starter.
4. Withings WS-50 Smart Scale: $129.99
Having a scale is great, but it requires you to remember your numbers – or, God Forbid, bring a pen and paper into the bathroom. Fortunately, Withing’s smart scale saves you from having to record by tracking your weight automatically.
Through what can only be described as fitness magic, the scale also measures your body fat percentage and heart rate, making this much more versatile than your standard scale.