My New Gadget Obsession

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For Time
50 RKB (2/1.5)
100 DU
2k row
2k run
100 DU
50 RKB


5rds for time:
12 DL #155/105
6 Jerks (or shoulder to overhead)
cutoff: 20 min
What’s the fun in things if you don’t periodically find a new toy to play with? Years ago it was my Garmin watch, but these days my new gadget obsession is my Exerspy arm band. Might sound like a silly name, but it’s actually an amazing device. It tracks my body temperature, heart rate, and sleep patterns amongst other things, and acts as a calorie counter, pedometer, and general all around activity tracker. I’ve been using it for about a week and it’s not only really cool to know what’s actually going on with my body, but it’s really useful information. For example, we though my fiance, Winslow, was getting lots of sleep, but it turns out while he’s lying down for plenty of time, he’s not actually sleeping solidly or enough. It’s also intriguing to see how many calories you burn sleeping, sitting, and working out. On the particular day below I did two sets of interval training – one running set and one rowing set later in the day. I’m pretty sure you can pick out exactly where I did these!

What you can’t see is that if you click on physical activity it will show you how much you did and how much was rated moderate or intense activity. And if you click on sleep it shows you when you were horizontal versus when you were actually sleeping. And if you click on steps you can see when you took how many steps over the course of the whole day. You can also zoom in and out of any of the charts, and see your average mets during any time range as well. The information is endless!

Overall I’m finding this tool a great impetus to make small changes for my health and set new goals (just how many steps can I take in one day??). Not to mention, gadgets are just plain fun.

Becca Borawski served as Program Director at CFLA for seven years and is now part of the extended coaching family. She is the managing editor for Breaking Muscle, a website designed for real athletes and real coaches. She lives in Portland, OR and is most likely preparing a paleo meal at this moment.

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