Best Fitness Tech in 2018
I don’t know about you, but I have always been of the discipline that despite technology and all its conveniences, it leaves me baffled in the world of fitness. What I mean is that I’m a no-bull kinda girl when it comes to exercise and for me it’s always been quite simple - just go do a workout. You don’t need gadgets to get your body moving. No, I don't own an Apple Watch as I despise the idea of a connected device being attached to my body for a large portion of the day, nor do I really see the need to track my steps.
BUT, after doing a bit of research, scouting around and some trials, I have to give merit where it's due. There are some pretty cool tech gadgets out there that I think are worthwhile investing in, and I dare say, nothing motivates me more to get moving than wanting to try out my new gadgets! I’m pretty pleased with the list I've come up with.
Peloton Spinning Bike
This baby has won a place in the homes of uber fit figures like David Beckham, Hugh Jackman and Michael Phelps. I gave the Peloton Spinning Bike a whirl after a friend shipped one back to Australia last month and I was pleasantly impressed. This spin bike allows you to stream live and on-demand spin classes from around the globe and from some of the best instructors in the world, all in the convenience of your own home. It also monitors your progress in real-time and stores it so you can see your improvement over time. I would be torn with this one though as I do love the energy of my health club’s spin class - cycling away to pumping music in a nightclubby New York style warehouse with other fitspo's. However some days it just doesn’t suit my schedule so this could be on par thanks to the convenience and world class instructors. It’s pricey though, at US $2245 and it’s not available through retailers in Australia just yet.
If you love going to the gym but hate the idea of being locked into a long term contract, then Esquared Fitness could just be the perfect download for you. This London-based app, and newly available in Australia, gives its users the flexibility of booking one-off classes or two-hour gym sessions in some of the coolest health clubs accross the city. With no membership fee, users can also get free workouts by referring a friend. Former city accountant and founder of the app, Eleni Plakitsi, says she saw a gap in the market for a pay-as-you-gym service. As of September 2018, the Esquared Fitness app became available in Australia, starting in NSW. So far 50 Sydney gyms are on board, with plans for it to roll out in Melbourne and Brisbane in the near future.
Brompton Electric Bike
Yes, another bike is on the list, but this one looks just plain fun with a side effect of outdoors, fresh air and fitness. The Brompton Electric Bike is basically the electric version of one of UK’s most popular bikes. Four years in the making, this nifty apparatus folds up making it super convenient for commuting, allowing easier access up and down escalators, public transport and safe and easy storage wherever you arrive. Even better, no more mounting the bike on your car roof - you just chuck it in the boot! It also allows you to glide at a top speed of 25km/h which is pretty decent.
Each Brompton is handmade in London, with the retailer offering full customisation on every bike - consumers can order bikes to their specifications, including components of their preference. With two to six gears and an external battery pack mounted on the front, biking your way around town or the country has never been easier, cooler or more fun! With stores in New York, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Milan, Kobe, Beijing, Shanghai, Munich, Tokyo, Barcelona, Valencia and... lucky for Australia, Brompton will soon have a home in Melbourne too! You can still find these bikes locally at the moment with stockists around Australia. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these.
Bose SoundSport Free Wireless Headphones
What’s more motivational to get your body moving than cranking up some of your favourite tunes? If you want the Rolls Royce of earphones, look no further than Bose’s SoundSport Free Wireless Headphones. Not only do they pump out crystal clear audio, they are water resistant and they have been specifically engineered to stay in place (hallelujah!). The earphones play for five hours off a single charge and its clever case will not only keep them protected, it charges them, providing two additional full charges (or up to 10 hours of battery life). It retails for AUD $299.
Beko Vacuum Blender
While fitness is integral when it comes to a healthy lifestyle and toning your body, experts agree that good nutrition accounts for 80% of weight loss, while activity attributes to 20%. And it’s no secret that a balanced, nutrient-dense diet with an abundance of fruits and vegetables is key to optimal health. I love starting each day with a veggie juice or a nutrient dense and power-packed smoothie. Ahead of the curve in kitchen health gadgets is Beko’s state-of-the-art Vacuum Blender, which according to Beko, increases the Vitamin C in your blended beverages by 40% over standard blenders. Beko says its vacuum blender does this by removing all air before it blitzes your fruit and veggies, thereby reducing oxidisation and retaining more vitamins and nutrients from the contents. In addition, it says the vacuuming process retains more antioxidants, fibre and Vitamin E in the juice for longer, meaning you also don’t need to consume your drink as soon as you make it and you can take your blended goodness with you to the office or a day out.
Well, those are my top picks for top fitness technology inventions in 2018. I'm curious to see what will be bustling in the fit-tech market come 2019.