Have you looked around the gym lately and noticed what nearly everyone is wearing? No, not running tights or inspirational t-shirts. Fitness trackers. They’ve come a long way over the past few years. The very first batch of wearable technology could only track your steps. For a premium, you could even get one equipped with a GPS.
Fast forward to the present day, and the wearable options are endless. While fitness trackers were a great novelty adopted only by the true fitness fanatics, nowadays most gym-goers don’t workout without one. Here’s the rub: everyone works out differently, and fitness trackers aren’t exactly one-size-fits-all. A device that was built for cardio bunnies might count squats as steps, while ignoring the 30 stories you climbed on the stair stepper. We’ve done the research. Here are 4 of the best fitness trackers for all your favorite workouts.
Find the best fitness tracker for your favorite workout
The beauty of working out at a gym is that you can do almost any exercise your heart desires. If you’re a dedicated runner, you can log dozens of miles on the treadmill. Or if you’re in love with CrossFit workouts, (but not the price of box memberships), you can do your daily workout with the weight equipment at your favorite gym. Regardless of how you get your sweat on, there are wearable options for everyone.
The best fitness tracker for…. weight lifting.
Raise your hand if you love the idea of a fitness tracker but you’re annoyed that your bicep curls are throwing off your step count. Look at that! By just raising your hand, your trusty Fitbit thought you took a few steps. If your workouts mainly consist of strength training exercises, you want more than just a fancy pedometer. That’s why we love the Atlas Wristband 2. It’s basically like having a personal trainer on your wrist. While it’s a little pricier than most others on the market ($199) it’s well worth it. Here are some of it’s unique features:
- Smart technology identifies your exercises (e.g. bench presses) AND you can teach it to recognize new ones.
- Automatically logs your workouts to your phone as it counts your reps for you.
- Heart rate monitor gives you an accurate account of how many calories you burn during your workout.
- Their app is like a personal trainer in your pocket. It gives you training tips, such as telling you to skip leg day because you already worked your legs too much this week.
The best fitness tracker for…. running.
Are you a casual runner who likes to jog around the neighborhood, (or treadmill if it’s rainy?) Then the TomTom Spark 3 is a great affordable option. It comes with a whole host of features including GPS, heart rate monitoring, and tracking sleep patterns. While it’s great for a whole host of activities, Garmin makes some of the best running wearables on the market. You can set it to an indoor training mode if the weather outside isn’t perfect, and can even sync with your favorite fitness apps. There’s also a model upgrade which allows you to put up to 500 songs on your watch, meaning no more dragging your phone along for the ride.
The best fitness tracker for…. spinning.
If you have a traditional tracker, you’ll inevitably be disappointed when the 15 miles you pedal in spin class aren’t tracked towards your step goal for the day. We’ve seen some dedicated spinners strap their Fitbits to their shoes, but we think the Moov Now is a more spin-friendly alternative. It may not be the prettiest fitness tracker– are any of them?– but it gets the job done. The Moov Now comes as two pieces: the first you wear around your wrist, and the second around your ankle. The ankle piece tracks how hard you’re working by measuring metrics such as rotations per minute (RPM), which provides a better representation of calories burned than most other wearables. If you want to see this information while you’re riding, you’ll have to keep your phone handy.
The best fitness tracker for…. weight loss.
Do you do a little bit of everything at the gym? Then don’t bother investing in a fitness tracker that’s specifically designed for one activity. If you want relatively accurate numbers from your Zumba class and free weight training session, we recommend purchasing the Fitbit Charge 2. It’s easy to use, and its heart monitoring feature provides insight into how many calories you burn a day. Not to mention that a Fitbit will seamlessly integrate with some of your favorite fitness apps. Want to keep it simple? We love Fitbit’s app because you can track your sleep, workouts, and meals all in one place.
No matter what your workout preference is, today’s wearable tech options are (nearly) endless. Need a place to test out your fancy new fitness tracker? Why not try it out at your nearest Boost Fitness facility? Get your free day pass today.