12 Jun The Future of Professional Fitness is Now
The world of fitness is moving faster than ever, and technology is moving faster than even the best of us can keep up with. Just look at the number of communication apps/formats available; WhatsApp, Line, Viber, iMessage, facebook messenger, BBM, Skype, Google Hangout, ChompSMS, the list goes on. Heck, I have an entire folder on my iPhone dedicated to “communication apps”, but the fact is, we live in an age where we need to keep up with it, or we find ourselves relics of the technology age.
However with all these advancements there has never been a better time to be a fitness professional. There are so many apps, programs and wearable technologies these days that there is truly nothing we cannot record, track, categorise and quantify. ASPATA offers the cutting edge in fitness education and certifications, so it only seems fitting that we bring you our list of the “Top 10 Techs” available, whether wearable, application, or a combination of both.
- PUSH Armband: The new PUSH wearable armband by PUSH Technologies out of Toronto, Canada has taken the professional measuring of exercise to a whole new level. Until now all we could track was weight, reps, and sets, but now with the wearable PUSH band, and app., we can now track additional variables like velocity, balance, explosive strength (power) and tempo. They are also working on an HRV application.
- HRV (Heart Rate Variability): If you don’t know what HRV is, you’re already falling behind (good thing you’re reading this). HRV basically is a measure of the time intervals between heart beats, and can tell you a lot about how your body is responding to the training. Too much or too little variability tells us that your body is under certain kinds of stress, and certain measures need to be taken to regain an optimal HRV. A couple of the leading HRV systems are the BioForce HRV System by popular MMA S & C coach Joel Jamieson or ithelete.
- Atlas Fitness Tracker: One of the ultimate fitness trackers, Atlas can distinguish between exercises, example, it can tell if you’re doing a standard pushup or triangle pushups. It tracks workout in a 3D trajectory and monitors heart rate, and can correct form with vibrations. It is also works as a high end swimming watch, and can distinguish between different strokes. (Coming Soon).
- Sony Waterproof MP3 Headphones: Have a client who loves to swim but gets bored with no music to keep them rockin? Well no more! The Sony Walkman NWZW273 is a complete headphone and MP3 system in one. Designed to go underwater, and available in 4GB and 8GB. This little headset has taken the boring out of laps! No phone required.
- Withings Blood Pressure Meter Cuff (Arm or Wrist): A doctor in your gym bag. This wireless BP cuff connects to your Android or iOS device easily. It also tells you resting hear rates as well. No trainer should be without! Great for those basic fitness assessments and healthy client/personal goal setting.
- Activity Trackers. These range from $50 to $350 and have a number of options. But most include steps taken, distance, calories and sleep. Popular models / companies include Jawbone, Fitbit, Fitbug Orb (very inexpensive), Pebble, Nike + Fuelband, and Garmin.
- Smart Clothes: What if we told you there is now clothing that can track which muscles are working, and how efficiently or powerfully they are working? With clothing lines like Athos and Hexoskin we can! Smart clothing uses micro sensors and EMG technology to measure the electrical activity of muscles and relay it to a smartphone. They can also measure heart rate, HRV, ventilation and much, much more.
- My Fitness Pal: Creating a community or tribe is so important these days, with programs like CrossFit doing so well, trainers have discovered that “Community Keeps Clients”. My Fitness Pal allows users to become members of a global ‘tribe’, where they can record workouts and compete against others globally. Trainers may also want to check out FitRanx, a community creating & tracking system made for commercial use for gyms, coaches, group exercise instructors and trainers.
- Coach’s Eye: If you’re into details, then this app is for you. Coach’s Eye allows coaches and trainers to record, and analyze exercises and to create both visual corrections, and audio voice overs to correct technique. The advanced version also allows you to also measure angles, toggle, use slow motion and more.
- Smart Watches. There are so many smart watches now available the list can go on and on. Of course the top is the Apple Watch sport version, but there is also Wellograph, Nike + Sportswatch, and Samsung Gear Fit, Gear 2, and Gear Neo.