The Best Workout Gadgets for 2012

By Jonathan Bales , last updated January 20, 2012

The year 2012 figures to see its fair share of technological advances and many of these will come in the form of workout gadgets. Although nothing can replace hard work, there are a lot of cool new gadgets which can really aid your workout efforts. Whether they are used during the actual workout or implemented to track progress, workout gadgets can boost productivity and, ultimately, fitness. The best workout gadget is the one which you will use the most, as there is no reason to spend a fortune on something which will collect dust. Without further ado, here are the best workout gadgets for 2012.

Philips DirectLife Activity Monitor
One of the most efficient ways to get a good workout is to track your progress and make adjustments. The Philips DirectLife Activity Monitor allows you to do that. Simply place the small monitor in your pocket and let it do its thing. The monitor tracks all of your movements throughout the day, including during your workout, providing you with real feedback you can use. Are you fatiguing near the end of workouts? The Philips DirectLife Activity Monitor will let you know so you can make changes to your workout to compensate. The waterproof monitor lets you set goals and try to reach them, giving you information on all of your movements, energy output, and so on. The Philips DirectLife Activity Monitor runs for $149 and comes with a year's access to your own personal workout coach.
Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale
This 2012 workout gadget is actually used at times other than your workout to track your progress. The Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale is unique tool that connects to the internet, posting your body fat and weight online. If that does not provide you with motivation, nothing will. You can even share your progress with your friends on Facebook and Twitter, giving you a reason to hit the gym. The Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale also lets you set weight and body fat goals, e-mailing you each week to provide you with progress updates. The high-quality body scale retails for $159.
Adidas miCoach Video Game
One of the most innovative workout gadgets for 2012 is the Adidas miCoach Video Game. Teaming up with THQ, Adidas has developed the ultimate workout video game. The miCoach athletic training system can be hooked up to major video game consoles and allows users to be trained by well-known athletes. You can put in all of your specifications and training goals, allowing the system to develop a personalized training plan for you.
The Adidas miCoach Video Game comes with a heart rate monitor which can be worn during all workouts, giving you instant feedback on your performance. You can also specify the sport for which you would like to train, allowing the video game system to set goals and create a plan for you to meet those goals. With real-time performance updates and personalized profiles, the Adidas miCoach Video Game makes sport-specific training quite easy. Available for Xbox 360 and the Playstation move, the Adidas miCoach Video Game does not yet have a price.
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