Cool Fitness Gadgets and Technology for Getting in Shape December 2018

9 Cool Fitness Gadgets and Technology for Getting in Shape

updated December 1, 2018

The fitness technology industry is booming with new types of wearable technology coming onto the market regularly and consumer sales going through the roof. In 2015, there were worldwide sales of more than $200 billion. FitBit alone, had annual sales that broke the $2 billion barrier. More and more companies are entering the wearable technology fitness market, which has become more and more competitive.

All of this makes it a great time to be a fitness buff. Your fitness gadget choices are greater than ever. Competition is driving prices down and quality up. For many people, however, the sheer volume of fitness gadgets on offer can be overwhelming.

In this article, you’ll discover the best and latest in fitness technology. For in depth reviews by brand, check out our range of articles on each of the major players in the wearable tech industry.

Body Fat Scales

Digital Body Fat Scale

Scales have come a long way over the years. The high tech version is now available at an affordable price point for in home use. It allows you to go beyond a basic measure of your weight to give you the break-downs that matter. It will tell you how much lean muscle tissue as opposed to adipose tissue (fat) you are carrying, along with calculating your body fat percentage. You need to input your height, age and activity level. It will then use sensors that are on the scale to read the density of muscle and fat in your body.

A really exciting adaptation in the scale sector is the pairing of body fat scales with a fitness app to provide you with a really detailed breakdown of your data. Leading the pack is Renpho.

RENPHO Bluetooth Body Fat Scale

Body Fat fitness tracker

The RENPHO Bluetooth Body Fat Scale will sync all of your information to the Cloud as well as to your fitness app. An unlimited number of users can use the scale.This scale will work even when you are not connected - it will synch over your phone when your are connected again. On the screen you can get information like your weight, body fat percentage, BMI, WiFi connectivity and battery status. It features rubber feet on all four corners to ensure that the four corners are very stable and sturdy when you stand on the scale. The weight is evenly distributed as its is being measured.

In order to measure your body fat percentage and BMI, the Aria will send a tiny electrical signal through your feet. For that reason, it is best to stand on the scale in bare feet.

Chest Heart Rate Sensor

Chest Heart Rate Sensor

Most fitness wrist based wearables will have an inbuilt heart rate sensor function. It will take your heart rate every minute, or maybe every five minutes. That will give you an interesting overview of your heart rate over the course of the entire day. When you’re working out, however, you need a continuous heart rate monitor. The best ones will sample your heart rate several times every second. To get that sort of coverage you need a chest based heart rate sensor.

Polar H10 Heart Rate Monitor

Heart Rate Monitor

The best chest based heart rate monitor that we have found is the Polar H10. This device works a lot like an EKG. It will sense the electrical activity of the heart through sensors in the chest strap. To get a really accurate reading the sensors require a little bit of moisture. The module on the front of the device snaps into the strap. This means that the strap can easily be replaced if it gets damaged. The monitor contains the battery, Bluetooth LE transceiver as well as the original Polar type transmitter. The unit is very durable, being both water proof and shock proof.

The Polar H10 has an impressive 400 hour battery life.

The Polar H10 has a built in memory that will allow you to store one heart rate training session. It pairs with the GoPro Hero 5 compatibility camera. 

Polar Fitness are a company at the cutting edge of fitness technology, especially when it comes GPS and GLONASS capability and heart rate monitoring. Click here for an in depth review of the Polar Fitness range.

Polar Fitness are a company at the cutting edge of fitness technology, especially when it comes GPS and GLONASS capability and heart rate monitoring. Click here for an in depth review of the Polar Fitness range.​

Activ 5 Isometric Based Exercise

Portable Full-Body Workout

The Activ5 Isometric Based exercise device is a portable full body workout and strength training device that comes with its own workout app. It allows anyone at any fitness level to perform challenging full body fitness workouts. It provides with a completely safe, no impact way to exercise. Whether you are interested in casual fitness, sports performance, physical therapy or corporate fitness this device can get you there. The free Activ5 training app will guide you through 100 unique workout programs. Isometric muscle contractions are held for a sustained period of time and applied along gamified tracking sessions. This device is ideal for kids and seniors.

TEKXYZ Boxing Reflex Ball

Boxing Reflex Ball

The TEKXYZ Boxing Reflex Ball is a headband ball on a string that provides you with the ideal solo training device. With it, you are able to train for speed and coordination with the need for someone else to be holding hand mitts. You don’t have to be a pro boxer to benefit from this device. It is easy to learn how to use it for speed, coordination and overall cardiovascular fitness. All you have to do is to strap on the headband and start working out. The TEKXYZ Boxing Reflex Ball is much lighter than a tennis ball, which is used by other manufacturers. This makes it much safer and easier to use for novices. That means that you will no worries about hitting yourself in the face, eyes, nose and fist.

Your purchase of the TEKXYZ Boxing Reflex ball provides you with . . .

  • 1 reflex ball with elastic cord (black for novices)
  • 1 reflex ball with elastic cord (red for experts)
  • 1 boxing ball headband
  • 1 user’s guide

URBN Fit Balance Board

Balance Board

The URBN Fit Balance Board is a core trainer that provides a great way for you to train your core while also enhancing your balance and coordination. This makes it great for ballet and dance training as well as general increases in flexibility, proprioception and balance for everybody else. Working out on the URBN Fit balance board will allow you to strengthen all of your muscles. It will specifically target the muscles of your lower body as well as your core. The board is 15.5 inches in diameter. The maximum user weight is a massive 550 pounds. 

The URBN Fit Balance board is a well built, attractive and durable device that comes in at an attractive price point.

Coaching Headphones

KUAI Fitness Headphones

The KUAI Coaching headphones are the world’s first biometric feedback sports ear plug-in that also acts as your training coach. It features biometric sensors that track your heart rate, VO2 max and calorie burn. It also features an accelerometer to monitor your speed, pace, cadence and distance. But that’s just the start of what these amazing headphones will do. You’ll also get live feedback of your training performance. It will give you voice alerts and training plans.

The KUAI will track all sorts of workouts with precision accuracy, including swimming, running, cycling and gym workouts. It comes with an MP3 player, 8 GB of memory, is water proof to 3 meters and has a battery life of 7 hours.

EmFit Sleep Monitor

EmFit QS

EmFit QS is a sleep and wellness tracker that provides you with a real and accurate three stage sleep classification. As a stand alone sleep tracker, it is far more accurate than fitness trackers that have built-in sleep monitoring. In addition to total amount of sleep, you will also get detailed feedback on light, deep and REM sleep.

Sleep Monitor

EmFit QS also tracks and records heart rate, respiration rate and tossing and turning during the night. It will even score the quality of your sleep. Tracking your sleep results will motivate you to focus more on the lifestyle choices that affect your sleep.

The EmFit Qs is not a wearable device. It can be placed under your mattress.​

Cooling Towel for Sports

The ALFAMO cooling towel is an extra long sports towel that is 40 inches long and 12 inches wide. The large size makes this towel ideal for athletes, runners, sports people and gym-goers. The hyper evaporative breathable mesh material makes it easy to activate the chilling towel. You simply soak, wring out and snap the towel. Unlike PVA material that dries to cardboard, this towel is silky soft, and pliable. It will easily fold to fit into your gym bag. The towel stays chilled for up to 3 hours and will reduce body temperature by up to 30 degrees. 

The soaked fabric is pleasant to the touch. It even provides UPF 50 sunscreen protection. Your purchase comes with a carry pouch with carabiner clip. You also get a full life-time guarantee. 

Lumo Run Smart Running Shorts

Lumo Run Smart Running Shorts

Lumo Run is a motion sensor that fits into the waistband of your running shorts. It collects data about your running biomechanics from your core. It then suggests adjustments to your core that help to maximize your true potential while avoiding injury. It will provide you with a full post-run analysis on your Smartphone.

The Lumo Run provides you with all of the monitoring and feedback you’ll ever need without the need to use a wristband, wires or onboard monitors.

CONCLUSION

There are more and more cool fitness gadgets coming onto the marketplace every month. We are living in a time when the internet of things is about to transform the way we live our lives, including how we exercise. For fitness buffs, that is a great thing. Fitness technology is growing in leaps and bounds.

​To discover the very latest and best wearable tech and exercise gadgets, keep checking back here regularly. To find the latest and best pedometer and step counters of 2018 click here. You may also like to read our review of Polar fitness trackers and the complete guide about best fitness trackers in the market today.

9 Cool Fitness Gadgets and Technology for Getting in Shape
9 Cool Fitness Gadgets and Technology for Getting in Shape
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  • Jim
  • July 13, 2016
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My name is Jim Roose. I'm a former competitive power lifter and gym owner. I've bought millions of dollars of fitness equipment over the last 20 years. This site is my way of giving back to the fitness community that's done so much for me. Every article on here is carefully researched and written by me. Leave a comment if you have any questions.

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