You’re struggling through the last of your chest presses, thinking “Just one more, just one more” when it hits you: You have no idea what rep you’re on. Ten? Twelve? Fifteen? It’s easy to get distracted at the gym, and while your activity tracker might be tracking and measuring your workout, it can’t tell you if you’ve finished your set or not. Unless…. Well, you’re not using the Push tracker are you?
If you were, the armband and companion app would easily be able to tell you where you were at in your workout. Not only that, but Push could tell you how much force and power you used throughout your session. The first activity tracker designed specifically for strength training, Push works like most other trackers on the market: It measures metrics via a body-worn device then syncs the results to a smartphone app.
However, unlike other trackers, Push is intended to give you in-depth analysis on your performance while strength training. The hardware, a square-ish device with a single button, is worn on an armband just below the elbow and uses motion and orientation sensors to measure a number of metrics including reps and sets, force, power, balance, velocity, volume load, tempo, and explosive strength. It pairs via Bluetooth 2.1 to an iOS or Android app that displays all the data in handy charts and graphs. It also connects to a web portal that helps motivate athletes, manage schedules, educate users, and help them review their performance.
Useful for gym rats, professional weight lifters, trainers, and athletes, Push allows you to create your own training programs as well as providing you with metrics that are difficult to get in any other way. Halfway to Indiegogo success, Push is already being approached by physical therapists and trainers in every sport from volleyball to cross fit. At $149, it’s significantly cheaper than alternatives (cough, force plates), and can track squats, dead lifts, kettle bell lifts, pull ups, push-ups, and bench presses. Beta testing is due to start in December, with shipping anticipated in April.
This story, "The Push activity tracker asks: Do you even lift?" was originally published by TechHive.