Best new fitness tech for 2021
Need something to help those workouts along? Itching for some new tech in the new year? Read on for the Muddy edit of the best flashy fitness buys of 2021.
Hey, look at us: investing in fitness equipment! If there’s ever a case for guilt-free shopping, it’s this. It’s a new year, it’s theoretically a “new me” (that’s a lie), and I’m absolutely going to own some new trainers. That’s the secret to getting fit, right? We’ve got the outfits, now we need the tech. However you look at it, this is the list you need if you’ve been finding your workouts a little bit lacking, or you’re looking to take home fitness up a step. Or maybe you’re just sick to death of your headphones falling out as you run. Read on!
Apple Watch: Series 6
It’s a big name for a reason. Apple’s latest version of the beloved watch is slightly faster, brighter, and (best of all) cheaper. It’s now easier to read when outside and boasts a blood oxygen saturation sensor on the back for the hardcore cardio trackers among you. The strap comes in a series of new styles that include the Solo Loop and Solo Braided Loop, which are easier to put on (no buckle or clasp).
From £379 without 4G
Once you’ve bought that Apple Watch, you’re gonna want to invest in Apple’s new subscription-based fitness service, designed to go with it. Essentially, you’re subscribing to a gym that’ll go with you anywhere: pre-recorded fitness videos, dedicated trainers, and a personalised schedule that takes into account your stats to help you achieve your fitness goals. Great for beginners and enthusiasts alike.
From £9.99 a month
Fitbit Charge 4
Apple isn’t the only player stepping up its game. Fitbit’s fourth generation model builds on its existing successes by bringing you GPS so you can map your exercise route without a phone. There are also more sleep tools, Spotify support, and the introduction of “Active Zone Minutes” to keep you motivated. (These track your heart rate to measure when you’re getting the most out of your workouts). And it’s water resistant to 164 feet, if you felt like doing some deep-sea diving.
Garmin Venu Sq
If you liked the sound of the Garmin Venu but were put off by the price point, this new cheaper alternative could be for you. It’s got all the good stuff you want in a fitness watch: GPS, pulse sensor, heart-rate monitor, and built-in music player. Plus, this model comes with new detailed sleep analysis. It doesn’t have the impressive display of the main Venu, or an altimeter to track your elevation, but what it does have, it does well.
On Cloud X Trainers
Using lightweight but strong and supportive materials, On’s new Cloud X trainers are designed to give you the optimum cushioning for any kind of exercise. This means you can wear them running, cycling, dancing, climbing — however you sweat — and stay stable, agile, and supported. Essentially: spring from one sport to the next, without feeling the need to change shoes.
Bang & Olufson Beoplay E8 Sport Rapha headphones
This one’s quite the exciting brand collab – Sleek Danish tech brand Bang & Olufson have joined up with the cyclist pros at Rapha to produce limited edition headphones that will take your training to the next level. Designed for high impact activity, they boast optimised passive noise cancelling without the bulky appearance. They also have a long battery life, secure grip, and are waterproof for running through the rain. Yes please.
Beats Powerbeats Pro
Sweat resistant, secure, and with a long battery life, these earphones knock the Airpods out of the park. The adjustable ear-hook means they will stay firmly on your ears, no matter how enthusiastically you run. Their Bluetooth connection is also unshakeable, keeping the music going all workout, even in challenging conditions. Most importantly, they’ve got good sound quality, helping you to stay in the zone.
Sage 3X Bluicer™ Juicer
Obviously you’re going to want to be knocking back the juices after all these workouts. This Sage Bluicer is — you might have guessed it — both a juicer and a blender. That means that, as well as juice, you can make smoothies, or blend up soups, or make hummus…all with one piece of equipment. (You could even make cocktails… Just saying.)
Polar H9 Heart Rate Tracker
Want to accurately track your heart rate but don’t want to splurge on a sports watch? The Polar H9 is an easy-to-use strap that goes around your chest and connects via Bluetooth to the app of your choice. It’s a much more affordable way of accurately measuring your calorie burn, be that for running, cycling, or Zumba.
After the wild success of the bike, Peloton’s treadmill has come to the UK. Pricey it may be, but this is not your average running machine. If all you do is robotically run for thirty minutes like ticking a box, Peloton Tread can help you step up your game. With the energy of the instructors urging you on, you can push yourself in a way you never have before, and branch out into optimum-calorie-burning HIIT sprints.
From £2,295 or £59/month for 39 months
Theragun Elite 4th Generation Percussive Therapy Massager
A massage gun might sound a little out-there for a piece of home fitness equipment, but they’re not just a social media fad. Massage guns can be a legitimate therapeutic device to help ease muscle soreness, as the vibrations increase blood flow to the affected areas. If you’re intrigued, Theragun have just dropped their latest line-up, featuring enhanced dynamic control and quieter but more powerful motors.
From £175 for the mini
SURGE Hydro Ball 25 pro
Think a weight is just a weight? Think again. The Hydro Ball is a kettlebell that is filled with water. This doesn’t just mean that you can increase the weight as you wish — it also means that the weight is unstable. So, basically, you have to engage your core to stay steady, activating more muscles than traditional kettle or dumbbells.
Beachbody BOD Rope
No ordinary skipping rope. The BOD rope is cordless and weighted, which means it dials up the intensity compared to standard ropes. Because there’s no cord, you can focus on proper form (tucked elbows, bent knees) and also workout in a smaller space.