Pushing The Boundaries Of Fitness And Performance
When the FitBit was first introduced in the market back in 2007, not many industry analysts gave it much hope of growing into an industry.
Nike’s venture with Apple the Nike + iPod did not gain much traction and the reception to the FitBit was not warm.
In fact, FitBit came close to bankruptcy.
Fast forward nine years later and the fitness wearable industry is ready to introduce a wave of products that represent the new age of fitness technology.
The Second Wave Of Fitness Technology
Finding your own fitness tracker can be a daunting challenge.
Since FitBit’s initial foray into the fitness wearable industry, many other companies have launched their own line of fitness trackers, fitness bands and fitness watches.
From models that have accelerometers and altimeters, fitness trackers have evolved to include features that measure heart rate, sleep quality, distance, speed and recovery time.
Then you have wearable technology that collects data on your running stride so you can pinpoint problems in technique.
There are also specialised fitness trackers that are designed for various sports.
One such fitness watch, the Moto Actv has pre-designed programs for over 40 types of physical activity!
If you believe fitness technology could no longer evolve, get ready for the second wave of devices that are designed to push the boundaries of fitness and performance.
The Most Innovative Products Of Fitness Technology
The Industrial Revolution proved that man’s resilience in finding solutions and ways to improve quality of life will lead to a never – ending cycle of technological evolution.
In the fitness industry, the purpose of technology is to find ways to get users fitter by addressing issues that impinge performance.
The growing popularity of fitness trackers proved these devices were more than just high –tech pedometers.
It created a behavioral shift in fitness from being merely an activity to a way of life.
With the fitness tracker, people have a means of staying on top of their health.
As people become more engaged with the challenge of becoming fitter, healthier and motivated with the prospects of improving performance, technology will further evolve to ensure these objectives are met.
Here are a few of the most innovative products of fitness technology:
Readiband Sleep Tracker – This is a precursor to the next wave of fitness trackers that focuses on the most powerful component of the human organism: the mind.
Readiband Sleep Tracker trackes travel, time zone differentials and sleep – wake schedules which is why it is becoming the fitness tracker of choice of professional athletes.
It uses an “effectiveness score” which measures the effect of fatigue on performance. Players will know based on their effectiveness score if they will perform at their best on the day of the game.
If the effectiveness score is below acceptable parameters, the coaching staff will have enough time to address the issue before game time.
Omegawave – Another new device that evaluates your state of well–being by determining the condition of your internal processes. In this case, the Omegawave focuses its functionality on your Central Nervous System, the cardiac system and metabolic readiness.
The Omegawave package includes a sensor, ECG chest belt, CNS measurement cable, USB charging cable and a bag of 100 electrodes for CNS measurement. Results can be downloaded and viewed through the Omegawave app.
Pureflow – Technology’s answer to faster recovery in between exercise sessions, the Pureflow improves blood circulation by using your heart rate as the main indicator.
When using Pureflow, your legs are fitted inside sleeves that are pumped with air the compression of which depends upon your heart rate. The more tired you are the greater the compression and the more efficient the circulation of blood back to your heart.
Fit 3D – This is a software program that produces a three dimensional scan of your body and gathers data on your body composition such as your waist and hip size and provides these as references to how your body has changed.
The purpose of Fit 3D is to have users view their health and fitness not as a consequence of data but of intuition. Fit 3D seeks to find the answer to the question, “After all the data from your exercise has been collected and analysed, how do you feel?”
Push – The first fitness tracker specifically for strength training. Push tracks the amount of weight you are lifting and the number of reps. You can view data by accessing its mobile application and have Push analyse the amount of power you are generating.
Push can customise a workout for you based on your calculated power output. If your numbers show fatigue, Push will calculate the amount of weight you should carry for the day.
If a fitness tracker can track data at 10 times per second, Push measures data at 250,000 times a second!
Fitness Technology In The Near Future
Fitness technology will continue its evolutionary process in the years ahead. As technology breaks new boundaries, man will continue to find new challenges to overcome.
That is part of who we are as the Human Race. We will always be in an endless pursuit to improve our quality of life.
With fitness trackers, technology has found ways to help us improve our health and fitness.
And with our growing dependence on smart technology and mobile devices, we should be prepared to see more innovative products in the near future.