The fitness industry is becoming more technologically advanced. Products are rapidly being released that transform members’ fitness experiences. There are wearables that can track your heart rate, virtual reality fitness companies that help transport your workout to a fantasy destination of choice, and even body scanners that can analyze your risk of obesity or heart disease within 30 seconds.
So what’s next on the horizon? Gadgets that can help enhance your personal training. Don’t believe us?
Here are three you should keep an eye out for.
Late last year, Canadian startup Ollinfit launched a 44-day Kickstarter campaign to raise $60,000 CAD to fund their real-time coaching wearable. The Toronto-based company’s vision is a product composed of three wearable sensors attached to the body with velcro. Depending on the type of workout the member plans on doing, the wearables can be strategically placed around the body in places like wrists, chest, legs or even in their shoes.
The sensors allow the system to capture the full body’s motion for analysis. Using vibration and voice notifications through Bluetooth earbuds, Ollinfit will then be able to let you know if you’re doing an exercise wrong and what you need to do to improve. Ollinfit’s virtual trainer will enhance your real personal training by preventing injuries by amending bad habits and helping users reach their fitness goals by targeting the correct muscles.
The Ollinfit will sell for $199 CAD and is set to release in May 2016.
2. FORM Lifting Collar
If you’re into any type of lifting, from CrossFit to deadlifts, the FORM Lifting Collar could change how you workout forever. Created by engineer and CrossFit addict Scott Mahr, the goal was to create a device that can help improve personal training by measuring improvements in his lifting technique. To improve on anything, he says you need to be able to measure it first. Within a month his kickstarter campaign raised over $108,000.
The collar attaches onto the barbell to hold the weights as a normal clip would. The difference? It syncs with an app on your smartphone to send real-time metrics about every one of your reps and sets. The FORM Lifting Collar uses three sensors to measure force applied to the bar, bar speed to give metrics on hip drive, speed under the bar and maximum force applied. It can even identify eight types of lifts, including squats, deadlifts and bench presses.
FORM Lifting Collar will sell for $249 and is set to ship in August 2016.
3. Beast Sensor
Beast Sensor is another strength training wearable aimed towards a more casual lifting audience. The sensor is worn on your wrist and like the FORM Lifting Collar, it sends data to your phone where you can see immediate feedback on your movements. Members also have the option to magnetically attach the sensors to the weights. The data from your workouts is saved in the cloud and can be viewed on a personalized dashboard that shows workout history, progress and statistics like average power, total time under tension and intensity.
The Beast Sensor mobile app shows in real time details for each rep, how the barbell travels as you workout and even how fatigued the user gets after different amounts of reps.
The Beast Sensor is available now for $199.
Personal training technology isn't the only tech trend taking over the fitness industry in 2016. For more, check out our 10 Tech Trends in 2016 guide!