September 29, 2015

The Fitness Tracker that Doubles as a Digital Trainer

Our Founder Drew Neisser and our Chief Operating Officer, Linda Cornelius are in constant competition in regards to who takes more “steps” on their Fitbits. In light of this I thought it would be interesting to look at a competing fitness tracker and evaluate its effectiveness. Fitness trackers are the one type of wearable tech that encourage healthy living. They offer users a plethora of data regarding sleep activity, exercise habits, and general heart rate, but they don’t take that next step to tell you what to do with all this new information. Moov goes beyond traditional fitness tracking by providing live integrated smart coaching, which delivers more efficient and effective workouts meant to improve your form and make you more fit by progressively increasing the workout intensity. Here are all the details that will tell you everything you need to know about the new fitness tracker on the market: MOOV-Fitness-Tracker-resized-600 Photo Courtesy of Digital Cosmopolitan Design: Moov has a circular, waterproof tracking disk that can be removed from the band and placed almost anywhere on your body. The tracking disk is specially designed so that you can also fasten it into the laces of your shoes or place it in your pocket. The light indicator around the rim of the disk glows in your chosen color when actively tracking your movements and when charging. Setup: Moov comes with a small charging dock; you connect the tracking disk to the dock and charge via a USB cable. Once the sensor is fully powered, download one or both of the available companion apps for iOS and pair the device to your smartphone. Upon opening the app, you will be asked to make a Moov account, which you can do by connecting to your Facebook account or signing up with an email address. You’re then asked to input basic information, including your age, gender, height and weight, and you can upload a photo of yourself to your profile. Once your profile is complete, the app will prompt you to connect your Moov to your phone. Simply press the top of the Moov to send a signal to your handset; once the Moov is recognized, you will be asked to name your Moov and pick the color you want your Moov to glow during activity and charging. Performance: Moov’s apps encourage you to engage in a variety of fitness activities, while catering to a wide range of abilities. For example, the “Cardio Punch” app for boxing allows you to choose from three intensity levels: Light, Semi-Pro and Champion. However, if you’re a beginner, simply follow along the “Basic Training” workout that teaches you how to box from scratch. You can use the Moov “Cardio Punch” app at home with no boxing equipment, as the device and app track your movement and force. Battery Life: Moov lets you know when your battery is low by glowing red. Moov is rated for eight hours of active tracking, meaning if you’re working out for an hour a day, four days a week, Moov can last up to two weeks without needing to be recharged. Conclusion: Moov brings something unique and necessary to digital fitness. For those of us who can’t afford personal trainers, this seems like a sure way to reap the benefits of personal training without dishing out a boatload of cash.