Sport-ing New Technology
Sports gear and gadgets that make exercise easy
Issue: Aug 2012
Advanced technology sportswear makes exercising easier, more productive and safer
The London Olympics has taken the world by storm and sports lovers all around are in a frenzy of excitement cheering on the best of the best in the international sporting arena. All that adrenaline-pumping action can certainly be inspiring. So, if you are motivated to get healthy and get exercising, there are some sports gear and gadgets that will make light of your workout and ease you into the routine.
Nike’s LunarGlide+ 4 provides dynamic support and comes with Flywire technology that moulds the shoe to the top of the foot. Photo Credit: www.asportinglife.com
Tech-y Sports Wear
Nike is known for their running shoes and this season’s offering is the LunarGlide+ 4 which boasts dynamic support that provides added stability. It is designed to reduce pronation. Pronation is when the runner’s arches flatten as the feet hit the ground, forcing into the front of the shoe. The LunarGlide+ 4 is made to minimise this and comes with Nike’s latest Flywire technology allowing the shoe to wrap around the top of the foot, ensuring comfort and a customised fit.
For footballers, Adidas has upgraded its Predator football boots with new technology to make the 18-year old shoe even more deadly. The new Predator has five Lethal Zones on the shoe, each designed for controlling the ball in a different way. Made of super-light (SL) rubber, the material allows for optimum grip on the ball for controlled dribbling. Other features include a large contact surface on the forefoot with recessed ribs that create a vacuum effect to help stop the ball. Memory foam with a 3-D sticky print is used on the medial side of the boot for increased ball contact time as well as consistency in passing.
Adidas Predator® Lethal Zones has five zones all designed to afford perfect ball control
Nike+ SportWatch GPS powered by TomTom works with an integrated system that allows you to tap into an online running community
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The Predator ® Lethal Zones is compatible with the Adidas microcap Speed Cell. This training system lets technology be your trainer. The device sits inside a specially designed space in the outsole of Adidas footwear. Once in the shoe, the device collects your unique stats such as maximum speed, number of sprints, steps and stride during practice and competition for up to seven hours. The information can then be transferred wirelessly to any iOS device, Mac or PC for analysis, and shared on Facebook or compared with professional players such as Lionel Messi, as they upload their personal results. In addition, the stats can be uploaded to existing training plans via the miCoach website. The information can be then built into personalised coaching programmes.
Another tech trainer you can count on is the Nike+ SportWatch GPS powered by TomTom. The watch combines Nike’s understanding of athletes with TomTom’s GPS expertise. It keeps track of your location, running routes, time, the distance run, pace, running goals and even the calories burnt. You can also discover new routes. Plus, it is water-proof up to a depth of 50 metres. Working with the sensors in the Nike+ shoes, the information can be downloaded onto Nike’s own running website, Nikeplus.com. You can then receive coaching tips, challenge your friends and share your progress through Facebook and Twitter.
Enjoy great music even when you are swimming with the LifeProof iPhone case
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Tech-y Training Buddy
Since most of us find music a great motivator in our workouts, technology that protects our musical training buddy is something worth looking into. TheLifeProof iPhone case makes an admirable companion to the iPhone of the exercise-lover. The case is hard, light and thin, adding only 1.5 milimetre and 28 grams to the handphone. The case gives military grade protection, being able to withstand a two-metre drop; and seals the handphone against water of up to two metres in depth. It is also dust-proof and snow-proof so you can take it on just about any extreme sport you like.
The Sony Walkman NWZ-W262 is a fuss-free MP3 that comes with the hassle of wires and fits perfectly around the head
Photo credit: www.sony.com.sg
Another training buddy you might enjoy is the Sony Walkman NWZ-W262. It is basically a pair of headphones with the MP3 player built in. The headpiece wraps around the back of your head snuggly, leaving your hands free to lift weights. With this Walkman, there is no need for exercise gear with pockets either. Since there are no cables, you need not worry about exercise equipment snagging your wires. The Walkman is light and totally water resistant. In fact, it can even withstand a good wash, which is great because the device can get rather sweaty after a good workout. There is 2GB of storage, and you only need to charge it for three minute for the batteries to last an hour.
Technology has made our lives easy in so many different realms. Incorporated into sports, the union has given birth to a wealth of sporting gadgets and gear that can truly make sportsmen out of the everyman.
Nike (Bugis Junction)
230 Victoria Street
Tel: +65 63360367
Adidas (ION Orchard)
2 Orchard Turn
Tel: +65 62387908
Nubox (Funan the Digitalife Mall)
109 North Bridge Road
Funan Digitalife Mall
Tel: +65 63343531
9 Bishan Place
Tel: +65 63539028
Nubox (Raffles City)
252 North Bridge Road
Raffles City Shopping Centre
Tel: +65 63348132
22 Jurong East Central 1
Tel: +65 6684 2068
200 Victoria Street
Tel: +65 6837 0646.
2 Jurong East Street 21
Tel: +65 6566 9212