FIT­NESS & OUT­DOORS

Damian Hall checks out the tech that could turn you into Lionel Messi (well, kinda)

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Sports tech can help you train like a footballer

Premier League teams have been us­ing per­for­mance-track­ing wear­able tech for some time, and now it’s avail­able to ama­teur play­ers. Track­tics (track­tics.com) records your num­ber of sprints, top speed, over­all dis­tance, stop­ping time and much more. A tac­ti­cal heatmap de­tails po­si­tion­ing and your ar­eas of in­flu­ence on the pitch.

You could also spend this sum­mer im­prov­ing your ball skills us­ing a con­nected football called the Drib­bleUp (drib­bleup. com). Drib­bleUp’s smart­phone app tracks the ball in real time and analy­ses thou­sands of data points, syn­the­sis­ing it into per­son­alised train­ing feed­back. In­ter­ac­tive drills in­clude shoot­ing, jug­gling and ground work, with a vir­tual trainer grad­ing your per­for­mance and giv­ing au­dio feed­back.

If you’ll be do­ing HIIT work­outs, Moov’s HR Sweat (moov.cc) worn in­side a head­band mea­sures heart rate from the side of the head, where skin is thin­ner and in­creased blood flow de­liv­ers more re­li­able read­ings. Moov’s app pro­vides four cir­cuit work­outs, with an AI-pow­ered coach bark­ing or­ders to get you match fit.

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