Counting reps and recording them in a PITA when you’re in the gym. Rithmio EDGE pairs with your Android Wear smartwatch to sense the way you move. It uses that data to determine what exercise you’re performing and to count the reps.
The data then automatically syncs to an app – sorry iPhone users but it’s Android only.
Rithmio EDGE does have limitations. The sensor data relies on wrist movement so activities when your wrist is stationary aren’t counted. But the app lets you log those activities manually.
When we exercise, it easy to feel the immediate and short term benefits. Increased flexibility, better stamina and feeling “better’ are easy to tout. But many people fall away from regular strength training as they get older.
An article Jason Bennie (Research Fellow, Institute of Sport, Exercise & Active Living (ISEAL), Victoria University), Stuart Biddle (Professor of Active Living & Public Health, Victoria University), and Zeljko Pedisic (Senior research fellow, Victoria University) looks at the benefits of maintaining an appropriate strength training program in our senior years.
With gym memberships costing anywhere from $50 to $90 per month plus personal training sessions, it doesn’t take long for a home gym set up to pay for itself. But what do you need? There’s the question of what gear to buy, setting up a safe space and ensuring that you know what you’re doing so you don’t injure yourself. Continue reading →
When I was a member of Fitocracy, those who trained with particularly heavy weights, doing fewer reps, often derided this how preferred to use lighter weights and do more reps. In particular, the arguments were often over which approach was better for increasing muscle mass. So which approach is best? Continue reading →
A look at the app store on any mobile platform will reveal literally thousands of apps to support you on your health and well-being journey. Whether that’s an app for your preferred fitness tracker, or an app that records data while you’re running or cycling, or an app to help to record your food intake and count calories – there are thousands to choose from. I’ve played with a lot of them and these are the ones I’ve settled on. Continue reading →
For most of last year I was focussed on running. But having now ticked a couple of goals off my list I’m spending less time on the road. But that doesn’t mean I’m training any less. In fact, I’m probably exercising more and having more fun as well. Continue reading →
My friend Nic Healey recently shifted his training to include split sleep (sometimes called biphasic sleep). This is where you break your typical night’s sleep into two segments. For example, you wake up early in the morning, carry out some activity and then go back to bed for the rest of your sleep.
For example, say you go to bed at 11:00PM. A typical split sleep cycle might have you wake at 3:30 AM, carry out some activity and then return to bed at 4:00AM for another three or four hours.