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Nike+ enabled gym equipment coming to 24 Hour Fitness


24 Hour Fitness has announced that they will be bringing in new gym equipment featuring support for Nike+ iPod connectivity to several of their locations in New York, San Francisco, Miami, Denver, Portland and Salt Lake City.

The new machines will allow you to record data from your workout and upload it to NikePlus.com where you can keep track of your stats and challenge others from around the world to a virtual race.

Carl Liebert, CEO for 24 Hour Fitness, says “24 Hour Fitness is proud to be the first in the industry to offer members this innovative technology which will enhance the workout experience both inside and outside of the club…The new Nike + iPod compatible equipment is a great way to monitor workouts and achieve your fitness goals, whether you are a triathelete or a stay-at-home parent trying to get in a workout twice a week!”

“Nike and Apple worked with major gym equipment manufacturers to make their cardio equipment Nike+iPod compatible so gym members can easily track and record workouts on cardio equipment like treadmills, stair steppers, elliptical trainers and stationary bikes.”

Look for the new equipment to arrive sometime in July.

For more info about Nike+ check out the official page here.

Check out the full press release here if you’re interested.

[Via TUAW]


Nintendo announces price for Wii Fit and fitness game combo

wii_fit_balance_boardNintendo announced today that Wii Fit accessory and fitness game combo for the Wii video game console will be sell for $90 when it hits store shelves on May 19th.

Included in the combo will be the balance board itself and a disc with over 40 specific games and will include yoga, aerobics, strength training and balance activities.

The first 1,000 people to put down a $5 deposit at the Nintendo World store in Rockefeller Plaza, New York, will receive a limited edition Wii Fit t-shirt.

[Via Electronista]

Nike+ coming to iPhone, iPod Touch?


According to Stuff.tv, who is at Nike’s headquarters in Oregon checking out footwear for all 32 Olympic events, they had a chance to speak with a Nike+ spokesperson about what’s next for the Nike+ system.

“Nike+ will definitely be extending its compatibility beyond the iPod Nano to the iPhone and iPod Touch. No surprise there really, but the interesting detail is that it could also make use of both devices Wi-Fi (and, ultimately for the iPhone, 3G capability) to let you update your training log on the fly.”

A new website called Nike+ Coach is scheduled to go live any day now and will server as a web-based personal trainer and be able to use your recorded data to see how you’re doing.

[Via Engadget]

Excercise on the road with JumpSnap ropeless jump rope


If you travel around a lot one thing you might not be able to do as often as you’d like is workout.

Sure, a lot of hotels have gyms, but…they tend to not be so clean and/or equipped.

You could bring a jump rope and exercise in your room, or you could bring JumpSnap and get the same workout without the trip hazard.

JumpSnap is basically a jump rope without the rope. Put batters into the handles and as you swing them they produce the sound of a jump rope snapping, plus they have an mini computer onboard where you enter your height and weight and it keeps track of your workout for you.

$59.95 gets you the JumpSnap, extra weights to add to the handles for more resistance, a workout DVD and a travel bag.

For more information check out the product page here.

[Via Geeky Traveller]

Wii Fit launching in US on May 19, Europe on April 25


According to the Wall Street Journal, the Nintendo Wii Fit will be released in the US on May 19 and to Europe on April 25.

What’s the Wii Fit?

First shown off at E3 2007, the Wii Fit is a new controller and game disc for the Nintendo Wii that builds on what they started with the Wii Sports title.

The controller, called the Wii Balance Board, looks like a little step and is weight and motion sensitive. The disc that comes with Wii Fit includes a series of new activities to get you up and active like aerobics, yoga, muscle stretches, and games that you’ll interact with using the Wii Balance Board.

Here’s a page with more details.

Could be interesting…

[Via Gizmodo]

TreadDesk office treadmill lets you workout at your desk


If you’ve been trying to start an exercise routine but just can’t get yourself away from your desk to actually do it, TreadDesk has a solution for you: do both at the same time with their treadmill and desk hybrid.

Both interesting and odd, the TreadDesk combines a desk that can adjust from a height of 28-inches up to 48-inches with a treadmill. This combination lest you either lower the desk surface to sit down while working, or raise the desk to walk on the treadmill while working.

The treadmill part can either lay on top of your existing floor or recessed right into the floor so that your office chair is able to roll over it.

At $695 for the treadmill and $900 – $1,500 for the desk its a bit pricey. For more info check out their website here.

A suggestion if you’re considering this: please don’t put on headphones and sing, hum, whistle, etc. while working out in your office. Your coworkers will not enjoy hearing those sounds as much as you enjoy making them.

[Via FitSugar]

Garmin releases new Forerunner 405 GPS watch


Although this isn’t the first watch Garmin has released with a built-in GPS, the new Garmin Foreruner 405 is much sleeker than the others and manages to cram all of the electronics into an small, attractive package.

The Forerunner 405 is able to monitor and record speed, distance, heart rate, course and location, has a touch-sensitive bezel for controlling features, and supports ANT+Sport wireless syncing with a PC.

Regarding the syncing, looks like you won’t need to worry about a cable–the watch will be able to sync with your PC as soon as you enter the room.

Priced at $299, the Forerunner 405 will be available in black and green when it hits later this year.

[Via Gizmodo]

It’s the new year–need help getting started with your get in better shape resolution?


New Years resolutions are popular, and the most popular one by far has got to be to get in shape and/or lose weight and gym attendance spikes.

Then, by February, maybe March, a lot of people stop going for various reasons, and the resolution is put off until the next year.

Want to avoid being one of those people?

Try one of these ten tips from That’s Fit to help get you started:

  • If you’re an evening snacker find healthy alternatives. If you’re a social eater, plan outings that don’t involve restaurants.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Leave room for mistakes. We all make mistakes and not all plans work out all the time. If you make a mistake and eat something you shouldn’t, get over it and move on. BUT, don’t use this as an excuse to eat whatever you want. Remember–you’re trying to get in better shape, not find excuses to stay the same.
  • Make a list of things you’d like to change and tackle them one-by-one.
  • Eat brightly colored fruits and vegetables, plus whole grains.
  • If you relax in the evening with a cocktail, try a low-calorie or no-calorie beverage instead like an herbal tea or some other low-calorie drink.
  • Take smaller forkfuls. You’ll eat slower and end up eating less.
  • When you’re eating, don’t multitask. Eat while you’re eating so you don’t get distracted and just keep shoveling.
  • Learn to fight cravings and win.
  • Stop eating when you’re not hungry anymore, not when you’re full.

Don’t give up–keep at it and you WILL succeed!

[Via That’s Fit]