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The Best Fitness Tracking Exercise Gadgets of 2016

Posted by on March 17, 2016 at 8:11 AM

The health and fitness market has grown considerably in the past 5 years thanks to all the various types of wearable tracking devices and mobile apps exploding onto the fitness scene. This trend has made personal exercise more user friendly to the average person and reduced the dependency of hiring a military styled personal trainer to whip oneself into shape. Throw away your war paint and turn your personal trainer’s volume down because those bootcamp styled training days are behind you.

The Best Fitness Tracking Exercise Gadgets of 2016

Aggressive attitudes and shouting are out and the silent voice of wearable tech is in. Fitness trackers are the single biggest trend in personal fitness today and have been since 2014. The array of technology includes smart watches, heart monitors, GPS trackers and smart fabrics. If you are looking to enter into the world of wearable tech, or planning on upgrading your current device, then these are the best fitness trackers of 2016.

 

 

Fitbit Blaze

Price: $330

Pros

Cons

Comfortable design

Wide face

Large, readable display

Clunky band swapping feel

Great design

Can’t shower with it on

4 days+ battery

Fitstar workouts are pretty pointless

Android and iOS

 

Overview

The Fitbit Blaze records all the standard parameters that you can expect, including steps, heart rate, sleep and floors climbed. It also has technology that can determine the difference between when you are simply walking or fully working out.

This is Fitbit’s first smart watch fitness tracker and for the most part it gets almost everything right. Those aspects that it excels in are comfort, features and price point. However, many Fitbit customers have complained that the design doesn’t make it the most appealing to everyone.

The Best Fitness Tracking Exercise Gadgets of 2016

 

 

Strava Run and Strava Cycling App

Price: Free

Pros

Cons

Free App download

Each new activity shared with friends

Record multiple activities

Data driven approach overwhelms casual runners

Compare against other athletes

Goal-tracking only for paying customers

Shows average pace per mile

 

Overview

The Strava app revolves around running and makes tracking your progress that little bit easier and certainly helps you save money because all you need is a smartphone. There is no additional tech that you need to buy and by using the GPS built into your smartphone, it can deliver equivalent results to other wearable devices. You can compare the performance of you previous route with other athletes that proves very useful for marathon and triathlon contenders aiming to match their opponents.

The Best Fitness Tracking Exercise Gadgets of 2016

 

KuaiWear Coaching Headphones

Price: $199

Pros

Cons

Worlds first biometric headphones

New, untested technology

Real-time voice coaching

Expensive

Olympic athletes voices

3 metre waterproof

 

Overview

These are the first earphones of their type incorporating fitness with real-time voice coaching from Olympic athletes. The product is still in the fundraising stage within Indegogo, but its one of the newest and most exciting fitness gadgets available on the market in 2016. This wearable device can be used for all types of exercise including swimming. The technology has also been clinically validated by two universities and provides very precise data due to its patented technology.

The Best Fitness Tracking Exercise Gadgets of 2016

 

 

Gymwatch

Price: $199

Pros

Cons

900+ workouts

Needs to be on limb of exercise

Video demonstrations

Expensive

Workout tracking

Overview

The Gymwatch helps new gym users overcome their fears of attending the gym for the first time. Those who haven’t been yet or are new to the gym can use Gymwatch as a guide to instruct on how to perform exercises correctly. The only set back is that the device needs to be strapped to the limb of exercise, whilst it works fine when doing bench-press for example, you would have to change it to the arm of exercise when doing single bicep curls.

The Best Fitness Tracking Exercise Gadgets of 2016

 

 

Garmin Forerunner 620 GPS

Price: $549

Pros

Cons

Flagship running watch

Expensive

6 day battery life

Too much data for average user

Science lab amounts of data

Very light at only 43g

 

Overview

This flagship running device from Garmin is one of the most sophisticated running devices available on the planet providing the sort of data one could only expect from a team of sports laboratory scientists. It includes plenty of technology and it’s also Wi-Fi enabled so you don’t need to sync the device with your mobile to view performance stats. The VO2 Max technology helps the device predict your marathon and half marathon times based on current performance.

The Best Fitness Tracking Exercise Gadgets of 2016


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