The top fitness trend since 2016, wearable tech (think Apple Watches and Fitbits) has evolved into personalised healthcare devices – clocking sleep patterns, stress levels, menstrual cycles and even fertility windows.
Peloton streams classes for its sophisticated bikes and treadmills. Mirror offers live and on demand fitness classes on a hidden LCD screen. Brick-and-mortar ones like Barry’s Bootcamp and Core Collective also offer condensed virtual versions of their in-person classes.
Merging virtual reality with working out, Fit XR claims to put ‘the fun back into exercise’ by turning fitness into a game. The catch? Body movements control the game. Scientists say VR workouts make exercise 26% more enjoyable.
Workout pods and yoga domes are a couple of ways COVID-19 has changed the face of fitness. What’s more, 34% of gymgoers have no plans to reactivate their memberships, and 46% of survey participants intend to make virtual classes part of their post-pandemic routines. Not to mention the cost-benefits of these at-home alternatives.
Tech is taking over home gyms. There’s JaxJox’s digital kettlebell system; Tonal, the all-in-one smart gym; the Tangram smart skipping rope; NURVV insoles or Hexoskin clothing, both delivering truly personalised training using cutting edge technology.
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