Gym of the Future: 10 Fitnes Gadgets Changing the Way You Get Fit

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Thanks to the influx of new technologies - wearable and machine-based - going to the gym is so much more rewarding these days than simply plodding away on that brand new treadmill or clanging and banging the free weights. There are now USB keys doubling as personal trainers, wearables that can determine muscle quality and video games that use your own movement to power characters. Here are some of our favourite futuristic advancements for gym nuts.
 
 
 
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Atlas Wristband

Most fitness trackers are based on pedometers, which are great for step-based workouts, but what about gym-rats who enjoy resistance training? The Atlas is the answer. Its advanced motion sensors can detect individual activities, counts your reps and your sets. For example, it can tell the difference between push-ups and triangle push-ups. It’s also got a built-in heartrate sensor.
 
 
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Technogym Wellness Key

If you’re lucky enough to be at one of the highly advanced gyms using Technogym equipment, this is the activity tracker for you. These machines allow you to plug in the USB Wellness Key and load a customised training programme. It’ll tell you how much weight you need to lift, how many reps and how much recovery time to take between sets. The Wellness Key will sync all data back to your smartphone and give you movement points for your efforts. ]
 
 
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SmartMat Yoga Mat

In an ideal world, yoga aficionados would attend classes at their local gym or studio, but it sure can be time consuming. Thankfully, the SmartMat enables you to have the same experience at home. The first time you use it it’ll calibrate your body, find your physical limitations and yoga abilities. By hooking up with your smartphone or tablet and delivering classes, it’ll give you real time feedback on your form and an overall score for your performance at the end of the class.
 
 
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Athos

Bad technique in the gym can lead to injuries, while low levels of ‘muscle effort’ can hinder your abilities to get the results you deserve. Athos’ suits are packed with sensors, enabling you to track muscle activity, heart rate and breathing, sending all data to a Core module and then to the smartphone. So, you can analyse your form in real time and ensure the correct muscles are getting the work out they need.
 
 
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BitGym

One of the most disheartening aspects of treadmills or cycling machines is the sheer boredom experienced when using them. The scenery never changes beyond the sweaty rear-ends of other gym patrons. The BitGym app, which hooks up existing machines, will replace those views with interactive Google Streetview-powered city tours (65 to be precise), which play at the speed of your workout and match the contours of the landscape. You can run through the Alberta Rockies or cycle through Chilean Patagonia. It’s an iOS and Android app and can be downloaded now.
 
 
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Goji Play

Another big inhibitor to process in the gym is motivation to give it that extra push, rather than just going through the motions to get it over with. To combat this, the creators of Guitar Hero have created a game where your efforts on the treadmill are transferred into power in the game! Goji Play comes with a motion sensor and two wireless controllers while the games themselves can be downloaded to a tablet.

So, if you peddle harder during a fighting game it’ll boost your strength. If you run faster during a bowling game, it’ll aid your quest for strikes. The idea is to make 30 minutes of excise so fun that it feels like 5.
 
 
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Skulpt Aim

When attempting to get in shape, we often use metrics like overall weight and Body Mass Index (weight for height). However, seeing as muscle weighs more than fat, these may not be the best things to focus on.

The Skulpt Aim aims to detect muscle quality and body fat percentage by sending a small current through your muscle and surrounding fat. You can monitor individual muscle groups and track your progress over time using the Skulpt smartphone app. No more pinching those skinfolds!
 
 
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Sensoria Sock

Yes the wearable technology revolution is even stretching to your socks! If you spend the majority of your gym time on the treadmill then you may want to invest in a pair of Sensoria's finest footwear. Packed with sensors, they track your cadence and how you land.

All of the data is synced to a Bluetooth-enabled anklet which communicates with a smartphone app. You’ll be able to see how close you are to your perfect form and adjust your technique in real time. Not only does it boost your performance, but can help prevent feet, ankle, knee and calf injuries caused by bad habits.
 
 
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FitBit Surge

The previous generation FitBit wristbands weren’t that much use for gym fanatics, but the company has upped its game with the latest ‘Super Fitness Watch’. The Surge includes a heartrate monitor, displayed in real time on an LCD display. This makes it great for zone training. Thanks to its 8 sensors, it can now track strength workouts also and serve up metrics like workout intensity and calories burned. This, rather than the FitBit Charge or Charge HR, is the tracker for those going all-out in 2015.
 
 
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AmpStrip

In the not-too-distant future (this summer, to be precise), your fitness tracker could take the form of a plaster-sized sticker that attaches to your chest. The prototype AmpStrip is loaded with sensors to monitor your movement, body temperature and heart rate, sending all that actionable data back to your smartphone via a Bluetooth connection. Designed for multiple uses, it can be recharged – you guessed it – via a wireless charging pad.
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