Fitness equipment to buy in 2012
26th Apr 2012 | 11:55
Jawbone UP works via a very basic method - simply wear the motion-tracking bracelet and occasionally pair it with the app to receive the data and your job is done. For those more desk-strapped individuals, or couch potatoes, it will even vibrate at regular intervals to remind you to get up and wander down to the coffee machine.
Adidas Medicine Ball
Just a few decades ago, medicine balls were made of sand-filled bladders. These days, they’re constructed of rubber, with easy-grip dual handles. Well, this one is, at any rate.Medicine balls are great for dynamic weights exercises and circuit training and when used correctly, they can do wonders for both strength and cardiovascular training.
Link: John Lewis
Gill Quick Dry Towel
This lightweight microfibre towel absorbs six times its own weight in water and dries in an instant. It also has an anti-bacterial finish and comes in a handy little bag.
Run Personal VisioWeb
This internet-enabled treadmill has a 19-inch touchscreen from whence you can surf the web, watch TV, control the radio, connect your MP3 player or work through one of the numerous training routines. With a top speed of 18kph and a maximum incline of 15%, this treadmill is not just extensively equipped, but is also rather pretty to look at (for a treadmill).
CamelBak HydroBak 1.5l
Keeps you hydrated when running, cycling, hiking or making an especially arduous trip around Ikea. The quick-snap cap avoids spillage and its profile is lower than Lord Lucan’s, reducing drag.
Deep Freeze Cold Spray
A mix of pentane and denatured ethanol delivers a rapid icy blast to soothe sprains, strains, muscles and joints, and chill post-run martinis.
Price: £3.87 for 150ml
Raise and lower the platform to punch at any angle on this swivel-mounted system. A heavy duty hand-locking mechanism helps to eliminate vibration during your frenzied assault.
Nike T90 Setiro
With a micro-textured, hand-stitched surface that alleviates drag, the Premier League’s new ball has a 360-degree sweet spot and colours that allow you to see it more easily when in flight.All you need now is the jumpers for goalposts...
Tanita BC1000 Body Composition Monitor
This reads muscle mass, calorie intake, metabolic age rating, various fat levels, physique rating and, perhaps most handily of all, bone mass. Readings are sent to your PC, Tanita remote display or Garmin fitness watch.
Link: Scales Express
Nike Lunarglide+ 3 Shield
Primed for night running in the rain, the LunarGlide+3 Shield which hosts a waterproof mesh to help your feet breathe and stay well ventilated and also features a reflective sections for visibility in low lit conditions. Added arch support ensures that when you make impact with the ground your feet are secure, while plush cushioning will help you go the distance.
Link: Nike iD
After the Vibram’s these are the next craziest looking lightweight shoes. They look a little bit like Crocs with protective honeycomb outer. Inside there’s a super comfy slipper that keeps your twinkle toes warm and safe. The puncture resistant sole is a great confidence booster on those inner city streets.
Link: Vivo Barefoot
Vibram Fivefingers Komodo Sport
The original foot glove is guaranteed to get you noticed on the streets. Before you slip a set of these one your plates, you’ll need to work on changing your running style to avoid injury. Protective enough for road-running but leaving your feet to land in a more natural arch. These latest pinky protectors come with a stitch-free. 2mm footbed that feels like a second skin.
Asics Gel-Trabuco 13
Tackle woodland trails and other more rugged, mud-caked, gravel-surfaced terrains in the Gel-Trabuco 13s. Rear and forefoot Gel cushioning systems and a Rock Protection Plate ensure the uneven ground doesn't damage your feet while comfordry sock liner technology provides added comfort and cushioning. The incorporated Solyte midsole provides increased responsiveness, further improving your footing on challenging, off-road surfaces.
Nike+ Sportwatch GPS
It’s not the most feature-packed run tracking tool we’ve used but then the real beauty is its superb simplicity. It doesn't over-complicate things, instead offering just enough information to suit most levels. Sporty good looks and indoor and outdoor capability, coupled with NikePlus.com’s refined tools make this a good solid run partner.
Link: Nike iD
New Balance 606
Weighing in at just 170g per shoe, the 606 is an ultra-lightweight, spiked trainer for middle- and long-distance track running. Featuring seven scientifically positioned spikes on the forefoot for improved balance and all-round grip, each of the streamlined shoes boasts N-Lock technologies for a snug, supportive, foot-hugging fit. That's further enhanced by a compression-moulded sole, which provides a flexible construction.
Link: New Balance
Nike Vapor Flash Jacket
Nike's self-proclaimed 'brightest jacket on the road' is also likely to be the brightest jacket at your next 60-watt lightbulb convention. The reflective laminate surface produces a massive 400-candlepower reflectivity, meaning that you'll be easily spotted at any time of day. Additionally, the jacket is reversible and has a matte silver finished on the other side, so you don't always have to run around blinding people left right and centre.
JayBird Bluetooth Sportsband 2
You tap the ears of these Bluetooth headphones to adjust volume, change track etc. The output volume is a little on the low side, but these headphones are as snug as they come and perfect to provide a little bit of music on your morning jog.
Original Penguin Bag
This lightweight, retrostyled canvas barrel bag is roomy enough to fit all your gym kit and colourful enough to standout in the changing room.
Reebok Premium Fitness Gloves
Leather training gloves with soft suede inner palm for comfortable, slip-free grip on weights. The have an adjustable velcro wrist-strap and are available in black, white, blue or pink.
Link: John Lewis
Speedo Sports Towel
This compact, ultra-absorbent towel dries in double quick time. Despite being made by Speedo it isn’t absolutely tiny – a result, we think…
Reebok claims the soft and springy ride of these trainers reduces wear and tear in key leg muscles by 20 per cent. Zigtech absorbs the impact of your heel and transfers it along the length of the shoe, effectively re-using this energy to push you forward.
Link: JJB Sports
Moto has recently branched out to the world of fitness with its smart music player and performance tracker that is very much in the iPod nano mould. Using advanced AccuSense technology and GPS the MOTOACTV to track your every turn and every hill, there's Android compatibility to take calls while the MOTOACTV works out which songs motivate you the most and arranges them into playlists.
Price: £244.99 (8GB model)
Adidas adiZero F50 miCoach football boot
Want to know if you cover more distance than Gareth Bale and Lionel Messi? Amateur footballers can record and analyse speed, distance covered and work rate during a game or training session pulling on the F50 boots and SPEED_CELL chip that sits inside.
Price: £200 (boots), £245 (boots and SPEED_CELL
Whether you're packing MiCoach, Nike+ GPS, Runkeeper or any other iPhone fitness apps, the armband allows users to listen to music via the top mounted headphone ports with a small pocket to keep your key or loose change that might interrupt your rhythm.
Link: Griffin Technology
Fetch those double-XL jogging bottoms, still in their wrapping paper under the tree; it's time to make penance for all that brandy butter and food wrapped in bacon. Endomondo will track your progress through virtually any sport available, allow you to plan routes, record best times and upload your proudest achievements to the web, where friends and family can applaud or deride as they see fit.
Platform: iOS and Android
Better Than Naked Jacket
If you are brave enough to take on the rain, sleet and snow and put in the miles, this water-resistant lightweight jacket has laser cut venting for increased breathability and mesh panels to help keep your head cool while you pound the ground. Reflective logos will also come in handy for those night time runs.
Link: The North Face
We all know how important a bit of cardiovascular activity is, and this is one of the best apps to keep you on track.With four main options to choose from, you can record your workout, a weight loss trainer and have the option to race against yourself.
If you’re outside and have GPS enabled, the app will chart exactly where you run. The phone recounts how many steps you have taken, the distance you’ve travelled and your speed. If jogging isn’t your thing, then there are plenty of sports to choose from – including kayaking!
Buy this app: Download Cardio Trainer Android app now
T3 App Chart: Read the Cardio Trainer Android review
Men's Health Workouts
Turning that perennial beer belly into a six pack, the guys at Men's Health has condensed their expertise in this Android app which has a detailed breakdown of exercises for each of your major body parts and a comprehensive number of activities. So you can reject the advances of that personal trainer and his introductory free class.
Buy this app: Download Men's Health Workouts Android app now
T3 App Chart: Read the Men's Health Workouts Android review
Nike Pro Combat Hyperwarm Shield Mock
This winter-battling base layer has all you need to stay warm without compromising on breathability. With Nike Shield water-repelling tech on the sleeves to fight off the rain, Dri-Fit fabric around the neck, chest, back, and sleeves will also help fend off sweat leaving you to focus on putting in the mileage.
Adidas adizero adios trainers
When Patrick Makau broke the marathon world record in Berlin clocking up 2.03.38, knocking a massive 21 seconds off the previous time, he was shod in a pair of Adidas adiZero adios 2s. The trick – special rubber under the toe for extra traction. Might help you run faster, world record not included.
Adidas Virgin London Marathon Jacket
Part of the official Adidas Virgin London Marathon running clothes range for 2012, this water resistant running jacket is great for retaining heat during your warm up and light enough to wear even on the longest runs. The Climaproof fabric is water resistant while clever mesh inserts down the back keep heat build up to a minimum where it’s not needed. It sounds like a simple touch but the inclusion of two zipped pockets is a god send when you’re doing long miles and need somewhere to store your emergency cash and your iPod or phone.
Link: Virgin London Marathon
Asics lightweight running bagpack
If you are considering swapping your commute for a leisurely jog into work, this lightweight, waterproof bagpack has enough room to hold a water hydration bladder, an MP3 player and a set of clothes with an LED clip attachment to help keep you in sight when the sun decides to pack up for the day.
Helping to aid recovery and reduce the aches and pains post big running session, the SKINS compression kit has 400 key fitting points to help benefit all muscles groups where the strain is greatest. Odour protection combats the inevitable sweaty whiff, while 50+ UVF protection will help fight off the sunshine.
Price: £65 (long sleeve top), £75 (tights)