Now you can take your fitness to the next level with these 6 weird fitness bands that offer more than tracking your fitness. Check the list below.
This fitness tracker will help you get ripped. The Push Band slips over your forearm and connects to an app. You can plan a lifting workout—say, shooting for 50 reps in 20 minutes—and have the band keep track for you. It also tracks information such as your balance, explosive lifts, tempo, and speed. As with most fitness bands, you can share the results with friends and push the results out to Facebook or Twitter. It is priced at $149.
Currently in an alpha stage with testers, The Hug is an armband for your water bottle. As you work out, the device tracks how often you are hydrating. It syncs to a smartphone via Bluetooth, so you can check to see if you are drinking enough water during a workout. The app analyzes your bottle movements for each sip against the hydration levels you need for your age, weight, and even the local temperature in your area. No exact ship date has been announced yet. It is priced between $65 to $70.
Climbax, a climber’s activity tracker includes two different bands, one for each wrist. Each time you climb, the wristbands track your movements, holds, and how long you pause between ascents. You can then compare each recorded climb using an app. The Kickstarter campaign did not reach its funding goal, but the founders say they are going to continue developing the Climbax anyway.
Due out later this year, the RunPhones Intensity is a personal motivator in the form of a headband with built-in speakers. As you work out, a training instructor gives you motivational tips that last about 10 minutes. Upbeat music plays for about 20 seconds to pump you up and slower music plays for about 10 seconds to cool you down. The headband also tracks your movements using a built-in accelerometer so you know how long you exercised.
Built for players of impact sports like football or boxing, the CheckLight helmet can track the severity of bows to the head. Lights on the back show the impact level as light, medium, or heavy (green, yellow, or red). The CheckLight cap is available in sizes from S to XL. Reebok says the device is not intended to track concussions but is more of a tool to measure impact levels to help you know if you need to take a break. This one is priced at $150.
This workout device includes a small sensor that clips to clothes and a wireless game controller that clips to a workout machine such as a treadmill. The idea is to make fitness a game: Goji Play offers several free games for the iPhone or iPad (sorry, no Android) that involve boxing, racing, or collecting power-ups with an animated character. As you progress, the game tracks your calories, movements, and speed. You can get higher scores by running faster in the game or working out longer. This one is priced at $100.
These are some of the latest and most weird fitness gadgets.