July 11, 2014
It will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me that I have never liked running. Even back when I was in better shape and did not have a bum ankle to go with it, I never liked running. My most hated two days out of every school year were the mile run in Phys Ed. Those days meant I would have to sport the leg brace, which was always uncomfortable as it kept my foot completely stiff, and pad along well behind everyone else. Given, I was never the absolutely slowest but I did always come in with the last ten or so. Though called the “mile run/walk,” for some reason the gym teachers were always keen on forgetting the “walk” part of the activity’s description. Back when I was younger, and doing martial arts five days a week, I had no problem doing exercise. 200 jumping jacks? No sweat. 100 pushups and sit-ups? Never liked doing them, but sure. Squats? Easy. It was just the running. I could just never stand the running.
For all of you that do not share my disposition towards the accelerated pace, there is a new toy out on the market for you, the Adidas miCoach FIT SMART. It is a device you wear on your wrist that works with your heart rate, your pace, calories burned, distance gone, and the rate of your stride, all which connect to the ADIDAS myCoach Train and Run app on either iOS or Android, so you can customize your own training plan and track your physical activity throughout the day. In sort, it is a 24/7 wearable fitness coach, only without all the annoying pep talks.
While not the first of its kind, this device is breaking the market by being one of the least expensive available. With its price-tag set at 199 dollars, it beats out many other wearable activity trackers such as the LG G Watch (229 dollars), the TomTom Runner Cardio GPS Sports Watch with its Multi-Sport Cardio GPS (also 229 dollars), or the Polar V800 Sports Watch (which runs at a very steep 449 dollars). ADIDAS claimed that they were “going back to basics” with the design of the Adidas miCoach FIT SMART in order to keep costs, and thus price, down. Rather than having a full LCD display, the FIT SMART has a LED dot display on top. This somewhat limits what it is capable of doing as a whole, putting it squarely in the real of smartband rather than full-bore smartwatch, but for what it is it does boast quite a few features (listed previously) that will make it a solid buy for all those health-conscious consumers out there in the market for such a device.
In addition to the LED watch-face, the strap is made from a soft-to-the-touch silicone similar to that used in the Nike FuelBand SE to ensure that it will be comfortable for the user to wear for long periods of time. Currently, it comes in black and in white and has a small LED line running along the side that will change its color based on the intensity of the workout, giving wearers a way of checking how they are doing with a glance without interrupting their workout.
So put on those running shoes, sweatbands, and grab your Adidas miCoach FIT SMART. Why just run when you can run smart?
With cheesy lines like that, I should be in marketing.
Image Credit: Adidas