Fitness Gadgets: Pros and Cons

There is never a shortage of new fitness gadgets. They pop up everywhere and it can be hard to determine which ones are right for you and those to skip on. To help you out, here are the pros and cons of the most popular gadgets.


Pros: Pedometers are a great way to incorporate fitness into your every day life. Challenging your self to reach 10,000 steps each day can help you stay fit and active. It’s the small efforts of each day that can make a huge difference.

Cons: Relying solely on a pedometer isn’t the most effective way to keep track of your daily physical activity. They can often be so sensitive that small movements are tracked leaving a false number of daily steps.

GPS Watch

Pros: GPS watches can be a useful tool for long distance and trail runners. These high tech gadgets will give you GPS coordinates to track your location on your runs. This can be an excellent tool to have when hitting the trails to prevent you from getting lost and keeping track of all your runs and progress. Many GPS watches will also track your heart rate and calories

Cons: GPS watches are very expensive. For those who are casual joggers won’t find too much use for this intricate watch, and would be better off with something less expensive that will accommodate less intense workouts. If technology isn’t your thing, these type of watches can be tricky to use and not as user friendly as the fitness trackers.


Fitness Trackers

Pros: Think pedometer on steroids. Fitness trackers can be a great way to track your progress. These little gadgets not only track mileage and heart rate, they track calories, progress, provide music, and some even act as a radio and mobile phone. A fitness tracker like MOTOACTV will collect and combine all your fitness progress and compile all at your fingertips.

Cons: These types of trackers can be expensive. If you already have an mp3 player and aren’t interested in tracking your fitness


Pros: The TRX training system allows you to work every muscle in your body with minimal equipment. It can be brought with you virtually everywhere, which is great for people who travel. With its versatility you’re able to choose from various different routines so you’re less likely to get bored.

Cons: If you have trouble motivating and pushing yourself during at-home workouts you may not benefit completely from this system.

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Fake It Till You Make It!

We’ve all been there at one point or another. You walk into a new environment feeling insecure and out of place. Many people often feel this way when it comes to joining a gym. If you feel your out of shape and fear going to the gym because more often than not the majority of the other gym goers are probably quite fit and lean. Understandably this can be very intimidating, especially for those of you who are not exactly feeling too confident.

Don’t get scared away! The gym is filled with all shapes and sizes, and those with the ripped six packs and bulging muscles might have been in your exact position at one point in time. People go to the gym to get or stay healthy and fit so you already have that in common with every other person there. Good news! We all know that when you look good, you feel good. Now a days there are countless companies that create workout clothes specifically to look good. For example, pants that hug the booty just right, shirts that shape your top and certain designs that compliments your curves. Don’t worry guys, there are options for you as well. Here are some ways to help you look great while you get in shape.


-Choose flattering designs that work with your body type. If you’re a pear shape wear something that draws the eye upwards and vice versa for body types that tend to be bigger on top.

-A very flattering workout pant is a dark colored compression capri pant. You can find these types of pants with such embellishments as ruching, which often gives the illusion of thinner thighs.

-Companies now offer workout clothes that work a lot like spanx would. They tuck you in everywhere you can think. Controlled tops and bottoms give you more shape to your body so you still feel feminine. Shop around because these types of workout gear can be quite pricey.

-When buying pants to workout in, first look for a dark color that is also sweat wicking. The most flattering pants are ones with a wide waistband that won’t cut you off, muffin top style.

-If you’re self conscious about your top half but hate wearing baggy t-shirts, find a tank top that is loose fitting but allows you to adjust the bottom part to synch around your hips. This keeps your top in place but leaves a comfortable loose fit.


-If you’re someone who perspires a lot it would be smart to make sure your workout gear is sweat wicking. The wicking fabric will help absorb the sweat and keep it off your body.

-When choosing shorts, it’s important to make sure you have complete range of motion when working your legs. Great fabrics for shorts are a mix of cotton with spandex or polyester. These stretch materials make for a perfect fit and offer support.

-If you’re more comfortable wearing pants, choose a dark colored pair of track pants. Track pants will withstand wear and tear and stay comfortable throughout your workout.


Don’t let the intimidation of a new situation keep you from getting fit!


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The author, Ray Wetterlund III is an expert in strength and conditioning training and is San Diego’s elite personal trainer with a decade of personal training experience.  He is a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning coach, a USA Weightlifting certified coach and has a master’s license in sports nutrition.  His award winning 1000+ calorie burning RW3 Boot Camps are part of the reason he was voted La Jolla’s best personal trainer and La Jolla’s best weight loss by La Jolla Village News Readers.