Trying to get in shape? Here are some tools to help you track your progress.
1. Nike + Sportswatch GPS
This high-tech device, made with Dutch navigation systems company TomTom, can do much more than tell time. It takes note of where you are, checks how fast and how far you’ve run, monitors your heart rate, remembers your personal bests, and gives you a push when you need it. The watch gives you access to nikeplus.com, and with the 2012 edition coming in several new colors, it also serves as great eye candy.
Tech specs: More than 8 hours worth of recorded runs, 8-hour battery life, 3-axis accelerometer, water resistant up to 40 meters
Price: $149 (P6,250), nike.com
Sick and tired of doing standard fi tness drills? Zigyt gives your training regimen a shot of variety: more than 20 randomized exercises with different difficulty levels and diagrams. It’s perfect for those who play tennis, squash, basketball, or soccer, all of which require quick and instinctive movements. And even if you’re not into those sports, you can still have a killer workout with this iPhone app.
Tech specs: Over 20 drills for agility/ footwork/plyometrics, plus instructions and diagrams with each drill
Price: $1.99, itunes.apple.com
3. Pro-Tec Shovelhead 2 helmet
Bicycle motocross (BMX) is a fun and challenging way to whip yourself into shape. But the risk of sustaining a head injury remains high, particularly if you’re new to the sport. The second edition of the full-face Pro-Tec Shovelhead BMX helmet line comes in three colors and four sizes, and is made with light but high-quality materials— something you’ll be more than happy to wear while on the track
Tech specs: High-impact ABS shell, removable/adjustable visor, compression-molded EVA crown pad
Price: Upon inquiry, pro-tec.net
4. adidas adiPURE Lace Trainer shoes
Here’s something for the ladies who love to pump serious iron or do Olympics-style weightlifting: a pair of shoes that provide excellent support and comfort as they show everyone how it’s really done. The five-finger indoor shoes come with adidas’ adiPURE rubberized midsoles and outsoles, and are constructed to provide wearers with a snug fit and the right traction while they hoist weights above their heads.
Tech specs: Textile lining, air mesh upper with welded overlays, nonmarking rubber outsole
Price: $95, adidas.com