After World War II, fitness transformed from something you could only do at the gym to exercises you could finally perform from the comfort of your own home. Yet while home fitness was around decades before, it didn’t really catch on until the 1980s. As a result, the world has embraced fitness for both its health and appearance benefits, a wealth of information behind a simple Google search.

What’s the problem, then? Despite these innovations in diverse activities, exercise is still largely boring or difficult for many people. It’s hard to remain motivated when you have children, spouses, work, and other hobbies that you’d rather spend your time on.

The spread of COVID-19 just makes things even more difficult for people that relied on gyms or fitness centres. That said, many companies are looking at new ways to not only provide people at home with reliable workout routines, but also innovative ways to have fun while exercising.

BlazePod

Imagine a fun workout you program into an app that provides stats and multiple options for any muscle group. Trying to improve on your “rep record”? You can do that. Want to compete against a friend to see who can score the most points? That’s available, too. Want to try new exercises without the steep learning curve? That’s one of the main features of the BlazePod.

What is it exactly? The BlazePod is essentially four to eight palm-sized electronic devices that allows you to create your own workouts. There are LEDs built in that change colour once you touch them. When it’s blue, for instance, you touch it with either your hand or foot; orange, you avoid it.

By placing the Pods strategically, you can make a workout tailored for anyone from beginner to pro. You don’t need any workout gear besides the Pods and the free app. People have gotten really creative with their workouts if you want to check some of them out. There are actually eight colours to choose from, so you can program them any way you’d like.

One of the coolest features about the BlazePod is that it isn’t exclusively a fitness device. It can be utilized in a wide range of sports, martial arts, and even physiotherapy from those long hours working construction or at the office. For example, basketball or soccer drills can be programmed to improve your game if you’d like. With its adaptability, there are some pretty unique activities you can perform; all you need is creativity.

Image by BlazePod via Blazepod.

Price Point

If this sounds too good to be true, it’s because it is. Here’s the biggest issue with the BlazePod – the cheapest package will still cost about $310 U.S. The device is clearly geared towards fitness trainers rather than home use… for now.

While the price is quite steep, however, it’s important to note that the technology is still in its infancy. As the first of its kind, it’s only a matter of time before there are a bunch of affordable alternatives or knockoffs. But to know that the future of the fitness landscape is about to change forever is pretty exciting!

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At techKNOWtutors, we realize that adapting to technology isn’t easy. Although most services have closed, we remain open – digitally – to answer your internet-related questions. If you need help with improving your digital literacy, send us an email at techknowtutors@cscnl.ca or join our Facebook group and send us a message.

Better yet, sign up for one of our online classes that we offer for FREE every week! Until then, stay in the techKNOW.

2 thoughts on “TechKNOW Tomorrow – How Technology is Improving Exercise

    1. You’re right about that, Sergio. It’s just a matter of time before these become more affordable for everyone. Thanks for commenting!

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