From an ideal fitness app to a camera that will record your best moment wherever you are, Matt Risley profiles the latest gadgetry you need to get your hands on
Cy-Fi Wireless Sports Speaker
Hands up who hasn’t decried the oblivion-sparking solitude of the generic headphone? Cy-Fi’s groundbreaking Wireless Sports Speaker aims to change all that by allowing you to plug a nifty looking shell-shaped speaker onto your bike/boat/hiking bag to transmit your iPod/iPhone’s playlist out loud. It erases the risk of your earphones affecting your hearing and the dangers and obstacles all around you, and with a wireless range of up to 30 feet and up to six hours playback time, it’s the perfect sound system for those on the move.
Powerball 350Hz Metal Pro
Spending hours in the gym and taking time out to try the latest outdoor fitness craze are tried and tested ways of burning up calories – but they’re also guaranteed to take up much of your precious time. So it’s good to know that the Powerball is the ultimate in multi-tasking fitness brilliance. What looks like little more than a shiny tennis ball is in fact a non-impact conditioning and toning device that helps strengthen your arms and wrist with baffling but proven success. The ball within rotates faster and faster until it reaches almost 15,000 rpm, exerting up to 80lbs of pressure on your arm, wrist and shoulder. Looks weird, feels weird, but the simplicity of use and guaranteed results are hard to beat.
GoPro HD helmet camera
For those of us who like to live life at its most extreme, the hardest thing is learning how to capture the small moments as the world goes whizzing by. Luckily, GoPro has come up with a helmet mountable camera that allows you to record your most jaw-dropping motocross, biking, ATV or snowboarding moments in glorious wide-angle 1080p (and 60fps in 720p). With over 2.5 hours recording time on a single charge, there’s no better way to capture the thrill of your craziest fitness high.
There are countless fitness tracking apps out there, but Endomondo is not only the most comprehensive, it’s also the most responsive to the needs of its audience. Continually updated to remedy irritating glitches, it can track almost any exercise automatically using its GPS tracker.
It also has some useful techy algorithms based on your height and weight to determine calories lost. You can manually update the more obscure ones with ease. Throw in the now requisite (but always mildly eerie) personal audio trainer (“You can do it,” it keeps telling you) plus a thriving online community to help share your latest workouts and compete against each other, and you’ve got a near never-ending motivational fitness machine.
Sky Sports News
When it comes to keeping on top of breaking news and the latest sports scores (and for once that doesn’t merely translate to “football results”) on your smartphone, there’s really no better contender than the Sky Sports News app. Quick, incredibly fluid, intuitive and stuffed with gorgeous video content, it allows you to search results and major news stories with ease, and even comes bundled with Sky Sports radio too. The only thing it doesn’t have just yet is your own personalised Georgie Thompson avatar to cheer you up when your team/sporting hero crashes and burns. But give it time…
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