Pumppod – the personal trainer on your iPod.
Pumppod is a personal trainer program. You can use this gadget to access 1 hour workouts or you can customize your own workouts from a computer.
It is easy to use and provides information that can help you improve your workout:
It tells you how to do proper squats (for example); how many sets you have to do and for how long you should rest in-between.
Available at $19
iPod NANO – fitness tracking software.
If you’re not keen on spending extra money, you don’t have to if you already own an iPod NANO. It already has a fitness program built into it. With Nike + support and a pedometer it tracks your steps, distance, pace, time and calories burned.
How it works:
With its built-in Bluetooth technology it wirelessly connects to heart rate monitors and headphones.
You can go online at nikeplus.com to track your daily activity and set goals.
Plus it gives you a musical motivation: listening to your favourite music or radio while you exercise.
Free (included in iPod NANO)
Pear square one – like having your own running coach
Pear square one is a small electronic device, about the size of an iPod NANO. It provides you with real-time coaching and workout data.
Its Training Intelligence System combines a heart rate monitor and wireless foot pod which measures your body’s response during your workout. The customised plans will have you sweating in no time. It also provides workout stats, pace guidance and motivation. You can customize the audio feedback and set it to when you want to hear it.
It’s easy to use and you can listen to music while you exercise.
With all this added features the price may seem steep. If you order it from Amazon you only have to pay $162.13 plus free shipping.
Rebounder – looks like a mini trampoline
The Rebounder guarantees you full body workouts focusing on your legs, thighs, abdomen, arms, hips, heart and muscles. It provides a low-impact workout that is easy on your back and joints.
You can choose to jump or jog (in one place) on the Rebounder.
It reduces body fat, increases agility, improves your sense of balance, strengthens your muscles and provides an excellent aerobic workout for your heart.
Rebounders are usually available at gyms or you can buy your own and excercise in the comfort of your own home. Put on your hifi on high or turn on the television and start jumping!
You can order your very own Rebounder from www.reboundsa.co.za
For courier delivery in JHB: R40. Can be delivered within 24 hours.
For courier delivery in Cape Town: R80. Takes about 2 -3 days to deliver at your doorstep.
An optional book and DVD are included.
They have two rebounders on offer:
The Health Bounce Rebounder (specifically for someone weighing up to 90 kg)
The Heatlh Bound Pro Rebounder (for someone who weighs up to 130 kg)
Garmin Forerunner GPS Watch – mapping your running
The Garmin Watch provides you with maps and tracks where you have been to. It tracks your walks or running workouts. It monitors the time, distance, speed, calories and has a built-in heart rate monitor.
You can upload the maps to your computer and customize your own cardio workouts.
If you order it online from Kalahari.net:
Garmin Forerunner 210 + Premium HRM.
Cost: $200. Delivery within 11 days.
Garmin Forerunner 10 (available in black or red)
Cost: $150. Delivery next working day if ordered on a weeksday before 12:00
Garmin Forerunner 70 HRM SS (available in pink)
Cost: $150. Delivery within 11 days.
Garmin Forerunner 10 (available in pink or white)
Cost: $150. delivery within 11 days.
All of the above runs on a GPS format.
If you buy at Sportmans Warehouse:
Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS Watch
In store or online. Free delivery if ordered online.
Dean is a fitness fanatic working for the popularbased in Pretoria, South Africa.