From wearables that track our every movement to ones that track every breath, technology is making fitness personal. This personalization goes way beyond wearables and a new crop of equipment is being developed that can track our progress, our alignment, and give the motivation we’d get from a full-time personal trainer. While getting a 24/7 personal trainer may exclusively be for the elite, the two fitness innovations below bring many of the benefits of a trainer straight to your fingertips and your living room!
Yoga is magic for keeping you feeling and looking great, but any beginner will tell you, it’s not as easy and as effortless as the yogis on Instagram make it look. Getting the most out of yoga all comes down to proper alignment and unless you are in a small class with personalized attention, it’s often difficult to figure out, leaving you feeling frustrated instead of zen. SmartMat is basically a 24/7 personal yoga instructor in the comfort of home. The responsive mat helps you to perfect your alignment by giving you real-time feedback. The first time you use the mat you’ll go through a series of movements that will calibrate your body’s shape, size, and limitations. Each time you practice your progress will be tracked and stored in the SmartMat App which is compatible with your Apple (5+) or Android (4.3+) phone or tablet. Best part is that a SmartMat is completely portable and looks similar to a traditional yoga mat, plus, it’s made of durable Eco PVC material! Pre-order yours now for $297 (40% off!)
The Peloton Bike
While the major metropolitan areas offer killer spin classes that have loyal followings, we don’t all live in a city. If you’re a diehard spin fan but don’t live in an area that offers what you’re craving, check out The Peloton Bike, a spin class in the comfort of home! You’ll get to stream unlimited spin classes taught by top instructors when it’s convenient for you. The bike features a near silent belt, a compact design, and magnetic resistance to avoid wear and tear. You can interact with friends using the microphone and camera or sync your heart rate monitor and wireless headphone on the HD touchscreen. You’ll get the same competition and high-intensity feel you’d get in your fave spin class. They live stream 8-10 classes each day and will show real-time metrics and a leaderboard based on other riders who have taken the same class! Not in the mood for a class? Outdoor adventure is at your fingertips, you can stream a virtual ride through wellknown trails and landscapes worldwide! The price tag is pretty steep, $1,995 for the bike, $125 for the shoes, and then $39 a month for the unlimited classes, but if spinning is your ride-or-die workout, The Peloton Bike may be the way to finally feel satisfied with your workout!