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Shape up with the lat­est gad­gets.


Garmin, $ 55 garmin. com. au

★ ★ ★ ★

Jen­nifer Dud­ley- Nicholson This un­usual piece of fit­ness equip­ment turns your iphone into a run­ning buddy. De­vel­oped by GPS afi­cionado Garmin – bet­ter known for its jog- track­ing watches – the ANT+ Adapter is a don­gle that con­nects to the base of your iphone. It pow­ers the 99¢ Garmin Fit app that can track your walk­ing, run­ning or cy­cling work­outs. Your progress can be mapped by GPS and the app will also log the ex­er­cise time, dis­tance cov­ered, pace and calo­ries burned. While handy, this de­vice is in­fin­itely more use­ful when paired with an­other of Garmin’s sen­sors, like its $ 69 Heart Rate Mon­i­tor. The ANT+ Adapter can con­nect wire­lessly to these sen­sors, adding vi­tal ex­tra in­for­ma­tion.


tests gad­gets to boost your fit­ness cam­paign

Jaw­bone, $ US99 jaw­bone. com/ up

★ ★ ★ ★

■ Jaw­bone’s lat­est cre­ation knows ev­ery move you make. The Up wrist­band is de­signed to be worn 24/ 7 and its wa­ter­proof rub­ber ex­te­rior hides a mo­tion sen­sor, vi­bra­tion mon­i­tor and bat­tery. It records your move­ments and de­liv­ers de­tails to an iphone app that shows how many steps you’ve taken and how much sleep you’ve had daily. The app also shows how many calo­ries you’ve burned and how much of your bed­time was spent in a deep sleep. How­ever, hard­ware prob­lems have damp­ened its re­cep­tion and forced re­funds, and the band does strug­gle to re­li­ably syn­chro­nise with the iphone. But per­sis­tence pays div­i­dends – when it works, the Up is a great coach.


Ubisoft, $ 89.95 ubi. com

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

■ Video games are no longer a seden­tary ac­tiv­ity and this ti­tle proves it. Ubisoft’s Your Shape games use the Xbox 360’ s Kinect ac­ces­sory to track your limbs and the lat­est edi­tion even scans your form and adds it to the game. Many ac­tiv­i­ties have been added since its de­but, with dance, yoga, box­ing and boot camp rep­re­sented, and the game gives users feed­back for safe train­ing. Kinect does a sur­pris­ingly good job at track­ing move­ments, though users need to prac­tise get­ting the tim­ing just right. Par­tic­i­pants can cre­ate in­di­vid­ual workout sched­ules and can now ex­pand their train­ing regimes with down­load­able ex­er­cise packs, in­clud­ing a Back In Shape pack out this month.


Adi­das, $ 100 mi­coach. com

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

■ Adi­das not only pro­vides sports shoes but now of­fers sports coach­ing, too. The Mi­coach Speed Cell is a bat­tery- pow­ered gad­get roughly the size of a 50¢ piece that at­taches to your shoelaces. With help from an ac­com­pa­ny­ing iphone don­gle and app, it tracks your move­ments with great de­tail. Workout modes are avail­able for run­ning, walk­ing, cy­cling and even Nordic ski­ing, and the Mi­coach can list de­tails, in­clud­ing stride rate, in­cline, dis­tance trav­elled and calo­ries burned. It can even plot your course on a map with alarm­ing ac­cu­racy. Choose a pre­set workout, and a vir­tual coach will put you through your paces, talk­ing over the top of your cho­sen ex­er­cise playlist. Work­outs can be shared via your online Mi­coach ac­count.

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