Technology has truly advanced what is possible with monitoring fitness and prescribing results. New gadgets come out every year that help us work out better, longer, stronger, and more consistently. I would like to argue that these gadgets are one step above the online workout but one step below going to the gym. Here’s why:
Only slightly more than a month of gym membership, these gadgets will last long after your willpower does. Although, with price ranges from $50 to $250, maybe you will be a little more invested in getting your bang for your buck. Which is pretty much a guarantee if you follow the prescribed workout plan, because these babies are…
The people who make gadgets are experts in their field. These people work to get anyone and everyone with a little drive and motivation the result you want. They know the science and have perfected the workouts. All you have to do is be consistent and motivated….
Yes/No——-Motivation and Consistency
Besides the initial investment, these gadgets do not hold the user to their word. It is up to them to turn on the gadget, and ultimately up them to remain consistent. This can be a difficult task if you feel alone with no real sense of…
A lack of community is a lack of driving force for a person. The bonds made in a group class like yoga or CrossFit are powerful. The real life team environment can’t be beat because it holds you accountable. And accountability is what will keep you coming back.
I recommend pairing these gadgets with a typical gym membership, or at very least a partner who has the same device and will follow along the program with you.
Some of the gadgets are specific to one style of fitness like biking or running. A few of the gadgets apply to every athlete. These gadgets involve a ‘certified personal trainer’ to help guide users along their workouts and to their goal fitness levels.
The most positive thing about these gadgets is their popularity. Over half of gym users also have a gadget like the ones linked above, according to the Department on Health and Exercise Science. There is no complete substitute for the gym of course, but owning one of these gizmos may be your next step towards achieving your fitness goals and realizing your potential.