The UK fitness industry is in rude health, with more gyms, more members and greater market value than ever before. And from part-time enthusiasts to professional athletes, many of us are constantly searching for ways to improve our workouts.
Alongside wellness activities and HIIT sessions, fitness technology has been a growing trend in recent years. Some devices can enhance your gym-going experience, while others are ideal for home workouts and the great outdoors.
Below are some of the best innovations on the market, from cardio through to recovery.
Are you ready to work up a sweat? Then hop on a Peloton exercise bike. This internet-connected device allows you to join live classes with world-class instructors from around the world alongside a growing army of fanatics.
The Peloton is on the pricier end of the scale, and with a training subscription on top, you may want to spread the cost on a credit card providing you can pay it off on time each month. You could be able to try one out at a local gym if you’re not ready to commit.
Weights and Toning
Now it’s time to build some muscle. The Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Dumbbells can switch between 2-24kg with the turn of a dial, saving the need to store the same range in individual weights.
The JaxJox Connect Kettle Bells do effectively the same thing, allowing you to add or drop weight in seconds. They also come with an app to help plan and track your workouts. Both products’ simple storage makes them ideal for home use.
Wearable activity trackers are handy for monitoring both health and performance. The Myzone heartrate system is one of the more developed options out there, recording heartrate, calories and time to reward effort rather than fitness levels.
You can view all this data in the Myzone app, a slick platform from which you can also take on personalised challenges and set new goals. And like the Peloton, you’ll also be able to connect with a growing fitness community around the world.
It’s normal to feel pain in your body after exercising. Luckily, there are ways to speed up and enhance your recovery that don’t mean spending 30 minutes with a foam roller.
Massage guns recreate the healings effects of a massage but with greater convenience and privacy. These devices help relieve muscle tightness and improve blood flow by delivering a circular or thumping motion with varying speeds and pressure. If you regularly suffer with muscle pain, a massage gun could be the perfect remedy.
Are you keen to invest in fitness technology? Whatever your level of experience, try the innovations above to see if you can reach new targets.