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Is Android wear 2.0 your next personal fitness trainer?

Is Android wear 2.0 your next personal fitness trainer?
While the world is excited about the newly added features in the android wear 2.0 updates the fitness fraternity is overjoyed by the fact that there seems to be an overhaul in the way the OS facilitates fitness.
Android wear started with a vision to connect the online world with the real world and give important information at a glance. As the expectations of the user base grew the OS also had to eventually try to incorporate those wishes, one of the most demanded to be an alternative to the personal fitness trainer
Will the Android Wear 2.0 do justice to being your personal fitness trainer?
To help you arrive at an answer, we have listed down the pros and cons of using an Android Wear 2.0.

Pro: Always on your wrist:
One of the top advantages of an Android Wear smartwatch is that it will always be on your wrist. Constantly reminding you to push yourself to your limits, but that being said it won’t be able to spot you in the gym and also won’t tell you if you are pushing yourself to the limits and over exhausting yourself. But it will be able to measure essentials like reps done, calories burnt and heart rate. So it will be able to tell you when you get too hyped or need to get hyped depending upon your heart rate.

Pro: One-time Investment:
An Android Wear smart watch would be a one-time investment rather than be paying your personal trainer on a monthly basis to get the body that you have been drooling to achieve. But in return, you will have to have self-control over yourself to get the desired results as the Watch won't punish you with an extra set or if our trainer is hardcore enough an extra session.

Con: No instant correction
While your watch will be able to recognize exercises and tell you your intensity during the workout it certainly won’t be able to correct you instantly if and when you do an exercise incorrectly while your trainer will certainly be able to do that.

While this is a contradicting topic in itself the smart watch would act as a tool for personal trainers to monitor their clients’ growth. You can cheat your watch and trainer individually but when combined they become one deadly duo. Both of them have their pros and cons while a personal trainer is motivating the android wear smart watch offers convenience so in the end it all comes down to your personal preference.

Getting the Mind-Muscle connection right

Have you ever wondered, bodybuilders like Arnold, Flex Wheeler, Shawn Ray and many others are so committed to working out? How do they get it right every single time? Because they not only work out physically but also their mind is trained for it. They experience a feeling of euphoria. It is a feeling where the body and mind is in unison

Does this seem difficult? Let me tell you, it's not.

Here are 3 simple tips to getting the connection right!



1. Be positive- You can do it.

Arnold Schwarzenegger always believed that the immense power came from "channelling positive energy into his muscles during every exercise". Manier times we underestimate ourselves and end up giving excuses. These are not statements alone, there is scientific evidence to it stating that more positive your mind feels the productivity of the work done is much much higher.

Make your workout plan. Set a Goal. Believe in yourself that you can do it.

2. Warm-up

Take up any sport, players indulge in warm-up sessions before they begin to play.  Think of your muscles like rubber bands. If they spend the whole day sitting at a desk or working with your laptop, your rubber bands (Muscles) are not being used at all. Then, you start your workout by lifting heavy weights or sprinting fast where the muscles get pulled apart quickly and will snap resulting in muscle pain. This is exactly why you need a warm-up. It's a way of telling your body especially your muscles to loosen up. You need the muscles to be prepared for the workout session which is to start in a while. 

Yes, you might tell me that you don't have time to warm up, but let me tell you if you don't have time to warm up you probably don't have time to work out. 

A simple warm up will be:

  • 2-3 minutes of jump rope 
  • 15 body weight squats
  • 15 hip extensions
  • 10 forward leg swings (each leg)
  • 10 side leg swings (each leg)
  • 10-20 push ups 

3. Rest, Rest and Rest.

Rest? means no workout? 

You might be wondering why is this even on my list! 

Allow me to explain. In the process of being fit, most of us overdo our workouts. We keep adding exercises to our plans. You cannot have breakfast, lunch, and dinner together. Your stomach will certainly not take it. Similar there is a limit to how much your muscles and mind can take it for a session. Do not do it all at once.

Give your Mind and Muscles the rest it deserves.

A positive mind set, a warm up session, and proper rest is what it takes to get the balance right.

Batch 2 Shipments Initiated, Batch 1 held up shipment clarifications, Product improvements and more.

Batch 2 Shipments Initiated, Batch 1 held up shipment clarifications, Product improvements and more.

We're glad to update that the second batch has been processed completely for shipping and is expected to be dispatched this weekend. We've tied up with DHL and seems about a week of delivery lead time. Hope to be able to share the tracking details by Monday/Tuesday. We've had a more stringent QC process with us founders getting more hands on and have set up a much more evolved and reliable logistics setup, as we've had a learning curve from our initial experience :)

For people who haven't still received the batch 1 shipments, or whose tracking have shown no progress, we're following up just as vigorously with SwissPost. We know some of you have suggested that we should ship out new units via more reliable carriers and keep a deadline to estimate the lack of delivery. Keeping that in mind, we have agreed to keep the end of next week as that deadline (i.e. April 23) and we better hope they are delivered within those dates, for our sake.

The last couple of weeks may have been the most crucial and the craziest weeks of our journey so far. We've had very very rich engagements with our users, which has led to a lot of initial issues being resolved very quickly with the product and its software and we commend you guys for your patience. We've already had a few app updates and firmware updates to take care of the initial feedback and are a lot more confident now. We will continue to work tirelessly and passionately by taking your feedback positively to make this the product what you want it to be :)

Some of the resolved issues within the last couple of week include integration of workout and 24 hour data, resolving steps mismatch, reducing syncing issues due to android fragmentation while we're continuously running a variety of test cases to understand more sync fail conditions as that seems to be the #1 problem now on highest priority, increasing user-friendliness / UX around exercise recording and training and improvement in actual identification and elimination of a number of bugs.

Lastly, I apologize for all tickets not being answered, we've missed a few in between, but we were swamped with a much higher number than what we expected, given which we've increased our efficiency and will revert back within the same day for any ticket and we encourage you guys to continue to raise tickets for any personal questions. Thanks again for being part of this journey with us.