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20 Clever Fitness Gadgets That Actually Work

20 Clever Fitness Gadgets That Actually Work

In a moment that's sure to go down in muscle-head history, the fitness and nerd worlds finally share some common ground! Thanks to the accessibility of modern technology, there are some tiny, yet powerful, gadgets out there that can help you optimize and monitor your fitness and activity levels, driving you to push your physical boundaries and get in pristine shape.

Fitness freaks get a chance to nerd out, and geeks can get their fitness on. A little more balance for everyone.

Before you scoff at the very idea of geeking out on muscle, take a hard look at this list of nerdy gadgets for improving your strength, physical activity, vigor, and overall fitness levels. Rawr!

Updated: 4 months ago

20Adidas miCoach Pacer

Adidas miCoach Pacer
Awesome pedometer that syncs with your MP3 player, measures your heart rate, speed, distance, stride, rate and calories burned. Push it on at any time to hear real-time audible reports.  Learn more »

19HAPIfork Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Fork

HAPIfork Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Fork
A smart fork that coaches you into healthier eating habits. Pair it with your smartphone to track your eating habits over time.  Learn more »

18iHealth HS5 Wireless Digital Body Fat Weight Scale

iHealth HS5 Wireless Digital Body Fat Weight Scale
This weight scale measures weight, muscle mass, BMI, body fat, bone mass, body water, DCI, and more, all through syncing with your iPhone, iPad or iPod.  Learn more »

17Misfit Shine Activity Monitor

Misfit Shine Activity Monitor
This is an interesting-looking fitness tracker that serves as both a watch and your newest fitness buddy. Not only is it fully waterproof, but it's also versatile in how you wear it. Set your goals with the Shine App, then tap shine to see your progress. No cables, buttons or recharging. Strong and wearable, you can track fitness activities… See more »

16Fitbug ORB Activity Tracker

Fitbug ORB Activity Tracker
Tracks your activity day and night, including steps, distance, calories burned and sleep, sends all data to your smartphone or tablet at the click of a button. Learn more »

15BodyMedia Body FIT CORE Armband + Activity Manager

BodyMedia Body FIT CORE Armband + Activity Manager
You wear this tool on your upper arm and four sensors track your motion, including skin temperature, heart rate, and skin response. Through this, it calculates your calories burned and gathers information, such as your sleeping pattern.  Learn more »

14Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band And Heart Rate Monitor

Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band And Heart Rate Monitor
This activity tracker is a pedometer and calorie counter, and can also be a heart-rate monitor. It also assigns you daily goals, to help you reach your fitness levels.  Learn more »

13Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer, Black: Health & Personal Care

Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer, Black: Health & Personal Care
This scale can measure your body fat as well as take your heart rate. It will automatically upload your measurements to your iOS or android device. Learn more »

12Nike + Sportswatch GPS

Nike + Sportswatch GPS
This sportswatch also has GPS tracking, takes spilts and reminds you to run.  Learn more »

11Jabra SPORT Wireless+ Bluetooth Headphones

Jabra SPORT Wireless+ Bluetooth Headphones
These Jabra SPORT Wireless+ earphones connect to your phone or MP3 player via Bluetooth, so no more tangled gym wires! Plus, they are water resistant and durable enough for even the sweatiest workout.  Learn more »

10The Smart Pedometer

The Smart Pedometer
This smart activity tracker uploads your data to a paired smartphone, so you are able to track your steps, distance, pace, length of a workout, fat and calories burned and so much more! Learn more »

9Basis Health Tracker for Fitness, Sleep & Stress

Basis Health Tracker for Fitness, Sleep & Stress
This health tracker uses sensors to track your heart rate, sleep, calorie counts, and activities, while syncing to your smartphone or computer.  Learn more »

8Vitagoods Bluetooth Smart Digital Body Analyzer

Vitagoods Bluetooth Smart Digital Body Analyzer
This is a bluetooth, digital body analyzer that can track and record your weight, body fat percent and BMI. It's easy to use, as it uses bluetooth to pair your information to your smartphone, using a free app.  Learn more »

7Wellness Monitor

Wellness Monitor
This monitor automatically tracks your daily movements and sleep cycles, to help you determine if you are getting enough exercise and sleep. This sensor fits into the included wristband, which you can then upload via Bluetooth to your computer or smartphone.  Learn more »

6Under Armour 39 Module and Chest Strap

Under Armour 39 Module and Chest Strap
This Under Armour chest strap tracks your workout stats, including calories burned, heart rate and duration. Made out of sweat-wicking fabric so it stays dry and comfortable when working out.  Learn more »

5Polar Loop Activity Monitor

Polar Loop Activity Monitor
This activity monitor shows how active you've been during the date, by tracking your daily activities at different intensity levels. Also monitors your heart rate, counts steps taken during the day, calorie counter, stores all daily activity so you can easily analyze your physical activity.  Learn more »

4Fitbit Fit Aria WiFi Smart Scale

Fitbit Fit Aria WiFi Smart Scale
This high tech weighing scale is perfect for weight watchers. It tells you more than what you just weigh, it also tracks your body fat percentage, your Body Mass Index - up to 8 users! - and transfers your data to your computer or smartphone, to track your progress.  Learn more »

3Nike FuelBand SE

Nike FuelBand SE
Nike+ FuelBand SE tracks the intensity of your training sessions. It can count your steps and even gives you the time. Designed with all the durability, elegance, and functionality of Nike+ products, this bad boy is made to look great and work like a dream. The tracker keeps you appraised of steps, time, calories burned in your workout, and more.… See more »

2Jawbone - Up24 Wristband

Jawbone - Up24 Wristband
This Jawbone UP24 JL01-52S-US wristband keeps track of steps taken, distance traveled, hours slept and more for comprehensive fitness and sleep monitoring. Learn more »

1Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband

Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband
"Livestrong" band meets fitness tracker with this bad boy. The battery lasts for up to 7 days at a time, and the Web experience is top-notch. While not as versatile as the Fitbit One, this fitness tracker is much less visible and much more comfortable. Tracks steps, distance, calories burned, and active minutes. Also monitors your sleep and wakes… See more »

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Jamie’s sweet enough to be the girl next door, but with wickedly indescribable edge. She’s smart. She’s sexy. And she knows what men like. Jamie understands what makes a man desirable and also has an eye for the gadgets and gear that discerning gentlemen need. As Faveable's man stuff expert, she manages fitness, outdoors, girls and fashion.

She loves her hiking sticks, yoga mat, the smell of a book, cowboy boots and heavy weights. Orange County, California may be where Jamie lives but home is wherever her passport and carry-on travel bag take her.