One of my favorite reasons to work out and work out regularly is to try all the new fitness products that keep popping up. Technological innovations have really made the world of sport and exercise something interesting. With greater research comes improvements, evident in everything from a pair of shoes to nutrition to a smartwatch. Here are five new products worth trying this rainy season. Independence Day discounts and offers are still being extended by many online marketplaces and you may also find some good deals.
Garmin Pioneer 965: Let’s start with the most expensive. It’s the latest update to Garmin’s high-end adventure and triathlon-ready Forerunner 955. The most significant hardware update on the Forerunner 965 is the Amoled touchscreen and titanium bezel. The interface is much brighter and sharper, and the company has also improved the graphics and animations for its activities.
However, the brighter display also drains the battery faster and the watch has a battery life of 23 days in smartwatch mode and 31 hours in GPS mode, which is slightly less than the FR955. At 47mm, it’s huge, but Garmin makes good use of this real estate on the wrist with the ability to display maps, which you don’t get in the mid-range FR265.
Garmin’s trackable running, cycling, and swim metrics are some of the best out there, and the company has finally tweaked its algorithm to include soccer and racquet sports. The watch is also smart enough to detect the exercise you are doing and count the reps too.
However, these two features can be a bit off the mark sometimes. The watch also supports music streaming apps like Spotify and can store songs locally. My favorite feature on this one is the Morning Report which gives me sleep data, heart rate variability, training readiness, training status, suggests workouts and ends with a positive message. Rp63778, garmin.co.in
Adidas Switch FWD: An editor friend of mine called me with an urgent question. She wanted a pair of shoes that she could wear to the gym, use for short sprints and also wear smart casual. My recommendation is Ultraboost. With the Ultraboost, Adidas took a pair of wildly successful running shoes and launched a lifestyle design on them. It looks great, is still a great running shoe and can easily be worn to the gym. But on Rp18,999 is expensive.
With its new Switch FWD, the brand is taking a lifestyle-first approach to creating a versatile, more affordable shoe. The FWD Switch is spot on with the chunky, textured sole that’s popular in today’s sneakers. The sole also has a hole under the back leg which is compressed on contact with the ground during walking/running and then jumping backwards propels you forward. While great for some gym workouts on machines and treadmills, starting runners and for walking, they’re best for looking good on your feet. Rp13.999, adidas.co.in
HealthifyMe smart scale: There was a time when gyms used to charge that much Rp1,200 to provide body analysis— printouts detailing metrics such as fat and muscle percentage, or bone density. Now, all you need to do is download the app and buy a smart scale. There are a lot of them out there, but I find HealthifyMe the most convenient to use.
You don’t need to buy the Pro plan to use the scale. Once you’ve downloaded the app and paired your smart scale with your phone, all you need to do is press the “plus” sign next to the scale icon in the app and then click “add” automatically. After that, stand on the scale and within seconds it gives you a complete body analysis including body fat, muscle mass, baseline metabolic rate (BMR), bone mass, body hydration, subcutaneous fat and much more. Best of all, the app keeps complete logs with date and time and graphs depicting your journey. Rp1.699, store.healthifyme.com
Shokz OpenRun bone conduction open ear headphones: Running, walking or cycling with headphones on is one of the most dangerous things you can do on Indian roads. But if you really need music for your cardio, turn to bone conduction headphones from the American company Shokz. Try the lightest, sweat-resistant open-ear titanium headphones, OpenRun, with 8 hours of battery life. The sound quality is excellent for something that’s close to your ear (and not in or over it) and still keeps you aware of traffic. It doesn’t have a built-in music player, so you’ll need to connect it to a smartwatch or take your phone with you. Rp13,499, headphone.in zone
Fast & Higher Creatine: A few years ago if someone included creatine monohydrate in your daily nutrition chart you would not enjoy it. Back then, it came in a small bottle in the form of a white crystalline powder, looking like powdered sugar. But unlike sugar, it never dissolves in water or other liquids: swallowing it is like drinking sand mixed with water. Fast&Up, which started with Vitamin C effervescent supplements and hydration solutions and endurance sports gels, has now introduced creatine in the form of effervescent tablets. All you need to do is put one in a glass of water, wait for it to dissolve completely and drink it to get 1000mg of creatine into your body. Rp600 for 20 tablets, fastandup.com
Shrenik Avlani is a writer and editor and co-author of Shivafit Roada book on functional fitness.
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