In general fitness centers are relatively low-tech. Maybe this is the charm of a gym, its rawness. Still there is a lot of technology that can actually make our training more effective and efficient. This article will discuss several of those technologies.
Nowadays, technological progress allows more and more sensors to be manufactured on a microscopic scale due to MEMS technology. The basic idea of a sensor is that it detects changes in the environment and provides an output.
For instance, “the beast” is a little device that is suitable for all exercises and gives results in real-time. In theory this is supposed to motivate and prevent you do the wrong movements when you lift. This beast sensor is configured as a small magnet, which enables it to be easily plugged any gym equipment. The beast is originally developed for pro athletes and coaches, yet an initiative on Indiegogo crowdfunding platform wants to make it publicly available.
Another example of sensor use that could be implemented in the Gym is “the Dash”. It’s a pair of Bluetooth in-ear headphones that also offer up performance tracking via in-built health and body sensors.
Next to sensors, there are a lot of application and web-based initiatives that help us with our workout and corresponding diets. Examples are Traineo, and Wellsphere. Also the smart watches and other wristband will join our Gym. Look at for example PushStrength, which will be available from this fall onwards. This device will track, visualize and optimize your results.
Furthermore, one of the biggest burdens in a gym is the occupancy. Try to go the gym around 6PM. For most gyms – especially low-budget gyms, which basically have no limit on members – it’s nearly impossible to get you workout done around that time. A problem so obvious can be reduced significantly if one would just build an app that shows the occupancy at the gym at a certain time.
I, for one, would welcome these technologies at my Gym. I would be great to see how these technologies would change (and improve?) our time at the gym.