Is Wearable Tech Good For Fitness?
Not long ago, wearable technology meant a watch. We wore it on our wrist and looked at it when we wanted to know the time. Brilliant!
Well, how time flies; now tech industry giants and wannabe giants from Samsung and Apple to Garmin, Fitbit and Forerunner are turning wearable technology into a fitness phenomenon.
Is this a good thing for the fitness industry? Is it good for trainers and clients alike? Let’s don our wearable-technology-rating wristband (not a real item) and take a peek.
First, what seems to be clear is that some tech developers are genuinely concerned with improving our fitness experience. As a result, they’re developing products that do help us to map our progress from a variety of biological and managerial angles.
So who wins?
Can wearables help the average fitness enthusiast?
Well, for a start, a heart rate monitor is standard on most wearables. Many also include useful workout trackers allowing you to monitor your progress on up to 15 different workouts. Some have step counters, altimeters and GPS for road work. Others incorporate functions to track calories burned, sleep and stress levels while others are able to count your reps. Some wearables even come resplendent with music players for breezing you through training to your own soundtrack.
All you have to do is choose the Smartphone app or wearable to suit your needs and budget. And these wearables do make personal fitness more personal with real-time monitoring, fitness trackers, activity trackers and other useful bits and bobs.
Wearable fitness can help you keep track of your fitness goals.
Wearable technology is great for group trainers
Think about this if you’re a group trainer; a bunch of gym-goers are moving with you, getting a good sweat on in the belief that your entries in their weekly calendar are doing them a world of good. And it sure feels like it, at least for you.
There are a few sweaty-palmed handshakes, high fives and nods of appreciation as everyone files out the gym door at the end of each session; more than enough to make you think you’re doing a good job.
But are you? Not one of those people has a clear and present gauge on whether that session was good for them or not. Yes, they’re puffed, they’re soaked in sweat, and a few limbs are burning, but they leave none-the-wiser as to their progress.
So what if they went home with a bunch of real-time data that showed them they’d done well?
Wearables can help to make things far more personal for your clients even if group sessions are too big for any lengthy one-on-ones. So encourage your clients to invest in wearable technology. Where possible, take the time to discuss their monitored results after each session.
In other words, try to personalise what is otherwise a fairly impersonal session. Remember, the closer you get to your clients, the closer they get to seeking you out for lucrative one-on-one sessions, especially if you’re already a qualified personal trainer.
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