Coach Britt’s Nike+ FuelBand Review
Aug22

Coach Britt’s Nike+ FuelBand Review

So you’re asking ‘what is the Nike+ Fuel Band?’ Well, it’s actually pretty awesome. To be more specific, here’s a short clip from Nike that will give you the gist: The Nike+ FuelBand measures your daily activity and turns it into Nike Fuel. It also tracks each step and calorie burned through activity. As they say, if THAT doesn’t impress you, it’s also a really cool watch. How It Works Nike+ FuelBand tracks your activity through a sport-tested accelerometer. Then translates every move into NikeFuel. Nike+ FuelBand tracks running, walking, dancing, basketball – and dozens of everyday actions. It also syncs up with a motivational web and mobile experience. So put it on and get moving. It starts with a goal How active do you want to be? Set your Daily Goal and Nike+ FuelBand tracks your progress, lighting up from red to green throughout the day. Get to green and you’ve hit your goal.             Make life a sport Turn every day into a game. Challenge yourself to capture records, reach new milestones, and unlock special achievements. Go on a streak by seeing how many days in a row you can hit your daily goal. Track your progress Sync your Nike+ FuelBand every day to visualize your results. See your peaks, your valleys, and your progress.     Go mobile Get the free Nike+ FuelBand mobile app to sync wirelessly, track your progress, and get extra motivation on the go. With the app you can compete with yourself, or share results with your friends to compare, compete and celebrate.         Get the Software If you already have a Nike+ FuelBand, get started by downloading the Nike+ Connect software. This software allows your Nike+ FuelBand and computer to communicate with each other. It also lets you customize your Nike+ FuelBand settings.       Coach’s Review I have to admit that I’m a fan of electronic gizmos that do this and that. I’m what you’d call an “early adopter” LOL. I first spotted one on the wrist of a neighbor checking the time and I thought it was the coolest watch I’d seen in a long time…having NO IDEA what a Nike+ FuelBand actually was. I did a little research with Google and figured it out. I purchased mine about 10 days ago and I have to say it’s been fun setting goals and tracking my activity (“Nike fuel”) each day. What it isn’t: The Nike+ FuelBand isn’t a replacement for a workout heart rate monitor. If you want an accurate measurement of your heart rate and caloric burn during exercise,...

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P90X Equipment – What You Need To Get Started
Jan08

P90X Equipment – What You Need To Get Started

In order to maximize your results with P90X, I consider the following “MUST HAVES”: If I had to go back in time and repeat my first round of P90X, knowing what I know now, there is a short list of items I feel I couldn’t do without.  Every one of these items, in my opinion, were critical to maximizing my results with the P90X program.  I used each of them several times per week, if not every day.  I hope this list helps you weed through all of the available equipment and supplements to determine which best meet your needs and your budget!  (Please don’t feel like I’m giving you a sales pitch.  These are all items I feel really work FOR ME and are worth the money, but my budget may be different than yours) 1)  Pullup Bar with multiple hand positions = The workouts involve a variety of pullups, and having a good, seven position pullup bar will help you maximize this portion of your workout.  Plus, you’ll be using it a lot so you’ll want a sturdy one that will last.  I bought mine from Beachbody due to its stronger materials and durability, although it was a little more expensive than the knockoff brands (I paid $59).  I’m glad I did, because it held up to my abuse just fine. (I’ve since installed a permanent pull-up bar I got on Amazon.com in my basement) 2) Dumbbells = I know the exercises can be done with bands, but free weights will definitely maximize your results.  I lot of people I know use adjustable dumbbells (LifeSmart, Bowflex, etc.), which are much cheaper than buying a whole set of individual hex dumbbells like I have.  They typically adjust from 5-55 lbs, and are very durable.  Get them as Sports Authority,  Academy Sports or online. I got my rubber hex dumbbells from Sports Authority when they were on sale AND when they were having a 25% off one item coupon (…a lot of individual transactions…I was lucky to find a very patient cashier LOL). 3)  PowerStands = These are more expensive ($39) than the cheap pushup bars you can get at a retail store, but they are solid, very stable, and very durable.  They won’t tip over shake when you are pushing hard for those last reps.  They also put your wrists in the correct positon to prevent joint problems.  I love my PowerStands.  They take my pushups to the next level, and they will last forever! 4)  Yoga Mat = Get one of these for Ab Ripper X and YogaX .  If you try to do a bunch of situps with your tailbone directly on the floor, you’ll regret it!  I have...

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Product Review: Suunto t6d Professional Wristop Training Computer
Mar28

Product Review: Suunto t6d Professional Wristop Training Computer

A lot of folks ask me which Heart Rate Monitor I use to track my workouts. This simple answer is: the Suunto t6d Professional Wristop Training Computer. Bufore Suunto I’d owned various Polar models, and while they worked fine, at the time they didn’t have all the features I came to realize that I wanted, and they also tended to last me only a year before needing to be replaced. I also wasn’t a big fan of the standard chest straps that came with them… They tended to slide down my torso during plyo, cardio and running routines unless I made them uncomfortably tight. When I purchased mine back in 2010, I was looking for some pretty specific feaures. These included: An interval timer A countdown timer Programability (most HRMs us pre-coded heart rate “Zones” based that are really not accurate for people that are “fit”) Availability of Pods I could attach to a bike or a pair of sneakers to track additional workout metrics when I headed outside for supplemental, non-P90X training. A downloadable or online tool that would allow me to track heart rate (max, min, avg.), heart rate zones, calorie burn, etc. throughout my workouts A little about my particular Suunto from the manufacturer: Suunto t6d – Stay in tune with your body Reaching your goals can be tough. It takes the right tools, knowledge, and guidance to be able to improve with each training session. Use your t6d and Suunto Dual Comfort Belt with the tools provided through Movescount.com to get a detailed analysis of seven physiological parameters, with accuracy previously available only in sports laboratories. This detailed analysis breaks down nearly every aspect of your training so you can make adjustments of how to train more efficiently in the future. Easily check your real-time Training Effect for an accurate measure of how hard your body’s working, and quickly adjust your workout as needed. The Suunto t6d also gives you a read-out of your EPOC – your excess post-exercise oxygen consumption level – which lets you measure and adjust your training loads to ensure that your body is safely getting the most from each workout. Use the altimeter to monitor your climbing or hill performance to know how your body will react when training at various altitudes. Securely pair your t6d and Dual Comfort Belt – through interference-free digital ANT transmission – to monitor your real-time heart rate and calorie consumption, or pair it with an optional POD to measure your real-time speed, distance, or cadence. Reaching your goals can be easier – analyze your workouts with pinpoint accuracy and develop an optimal training regimen with...

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