You can build muscle with almost no equipment. All you really need is something heavy to pick up—dumbbells, barbells, a rock, or even just comically oversized buckets of protein powder with vaguely sciencey sounding names—with regularity. But while technological gadgets aren’t totally necessary for getting stronger, they can make the process simpler, more efficient, and maybe even more enjoyable. While we spent a lot of our time at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show checking out TVs and other typical gadgets, we also noticed a large assortment of fitness tech ready to get your butt off the couch and into the shape of the peach emoji.
This adjustable kettlebell has weight options from 12 to 42 pounds, which is handy in and of itself since it’ll spare you from keeping a whole rack of bells in your home. Beyond the space saving, however, the kettlebell itself has sensors inside to help track the content, intensity, and duration of your workout.
The hardware is part of a $30 monthly subscription program that provides live workouts via the web kind of like what Peloton does for stationary bike training.
Personally, I think the kettlebell is one of the best training tools you can have in your house. At $350, you’re paying a hefty premium for the connectivity in the hardware, but it may be worth it if the tracking helps keep it from taking residence as a doorstop in your house once you’re bored of the regular workouts.
If you’re used to tracking your training sessions with a fitness watch, it’s a real bummer when the battery dies. After all, if you don’t track your workout and share the results online, did you even really do it? The Matrix Powerwatch 2, however, draws the power it needs to run from your body heat and ambient light. The $395 watch ($249 if you’re one of the early bird backers on Indiegogo) has built-in GPS, heart rate monitoring, a calorie counting function, and integration with third party platforms like Apple’s HealthKit and Google Fit.
We don’t typically cover Indiegogo products, but the first version of the watch was well-received and the campaign has already reached more than 1,100 percent of its goal with lots of time left. I also got to see the watch itself on the CES show floor and it looks promising.