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The Problem With Fitness Wearables

Serious weightlifters just aren't embracing new fitness tech -- here's why.

The Problem With Fitness Wearables

If we look at bodybuilders, you’d think that population would be hyperaware of every movement they make and calorie they burn, but the reality is that nutrition and body fat percentage is more important for them. 

“Sometimes I use a wearable device while weightlifting to monitor the calories I’ve burned at that time,” says Pierre Vuala, IFBB Men’s Physique Pro and fitness model. He adds that the ideal fitness tracker would “give me an accurate reading of my body fat percentage daily.”

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Programs like Skuplt Aim provides body fat percentage measurement using a handheld device and this product has direct utility in bodybuilding. In addition, apps like "My Fitness Pal" and the "Bulk Up Protein Tracker" use slick organization tools and barcode readers to help bodybuilders keep track of macros. Aside from that -- it's more of a mind game. Vuala says he thinks the bodybuilding community prefers a combination of notebook and mirror to track their progress so tools that can make that easier would likely appeal to lifter.

What Weightlifters Want

Us weightlifters are still waiting for a versatile, non-invasive, body fat-tracking, form-checking device that's durable enough for a workout and stylish enough to wear every day. The past crop of wearables spent far too much time finding flashy ways to visualize data and not enough time gathering it. It's nice to see snapshots of a day's work, but there's some untapped potential that, if used correctly, could be a game-changer for peope who are serious about fitness.

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