The latest smart fitness gadgets and tech you want to buy but can’t afford

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You know better than anyone that in order to sculpt that summer beach body of yours, you need to follow a suitable fitness programme and eat a nutritionally balanced diet. It’s that simple but it takes time and it’s not fun to do, so that’s why the market is full of gadgets which track your performance and help you get better whilst making you feel like a professional athlete. 

Please note that we have taken into account the fact that not all credit cards are obtained to be maxed out and that’s why we have provided a budget alternative to the items in each of the categories. 

Smart Hydration

You loose quite a bit of fluid relatively quickly whilst exercising particularly when doing cardio. If you don’t top up the lost fluid, you can get dehydrated and compromise not just your workout but your health too. That’s why you need to drink plenty of water before, during and after a gym session and through the day. 

Water helps you to control your body temperature and keep up your energy levels. It also helps fuel your muscles and it prevents cramps. You can, of course, use the drinking fountains at your gym or bring a bottle with you but if that seems too last century for you, then try some of these smart hydration bottles. They connect to your mobile phone and help you keep track of your water intake as well as remind you when you need to drink water. 

Moikit Cuptime2

It’s a rechargeable smart cup and an intelligent water bottle which tracks your hydration and reminds you when you need to drink more water according to your hydration needs. It also measures the temperature of the water and warns you if it’s too hot to drink. 

ulla, smart hydration reminder

Ulla Smart Hydration Reminder 

It’s a smart hydration reminder which you can strap to the side of a normal cup or a water bottle. It monitor your water intake and glows when you forget to drink.

SHO Bottle 

This is the ultimate stainless steel vacuum flask and water bottle. It doesn’t come with an app and it doesn’t have any fancy features but it’s pretty good at keeping your water cold for 24 hours. You can also use it fro store hot drinks for up to 12 hours.

Posture Trainers

You need to appreciate the importance of good posture because it affects not just your every day life and the tasks that involves but your performance at the gym too. It helps you maintain correct form during exercise, minimises the risk of injury and it can even increase those important gains. There are various exercises which are designed to improve your balance and strengthen your posture but if that sounds like too much hard work, then try these posture trainers.

Upright Smart Wearable Posture Trainer 

It does exactly what it says: you attach it to your upper or lower back and when it detects that you are slouching, it vibrates to remind to sit upright. It comes with an app for IOS and Android too. 

UPRIGHT GO Smart Wearable Posture Corrector and Trainer

It’s another wearable posture corrector and trainer with its own app for IOS and Android. Its creators claim that you can see noticeable improvements in your posture in just two weeks.

Modetro Sports Posture Corrector Spinal Support 

This is an old fashioned posture brace for both men and women which is designed to provide spinal support as well as back, shoulder and neck pain relief.

Smart Shoes Technology

The advanced science and technology have made it possible to use your footwear to track your fitness progress and use the data to take your training to a whole new level. If you are not very good with directions and finding your way, don’t worry – you can also get insoles with built-in GPS which tell you where to go. 

Under Armour HOVR Phantom NC Running Shoes

This is Under Armour’s response to the adidas Boost and Nike React technologies. The manufacture claims that these shoes provide a cushioned ride and an energy return thanks to the “Energy Web” mesh fabric. If you purchase the sensor-enabled versions, you can track and record your performance by connecting them to the MapMyRun app.

Lechal Smart Navigation and Fitness Tracking Insoles and Buckles

These insoles can turn any old pair of shoes into smart shoes and help you find your way anywhere you go. The battery lasts for over 15 days and they even vibrate to tell you which way you should go. You can connect them to the app to track your routes, monitor your performance and even set fitness goals.


If you want to take your running and walking to the next level, then you need to consider one of these waterproof trackers. Just clip the pod to your shoe and connect it to the app to start tracking your performance. It can even track your shoes’ life and connects to comparable third party apps and smart watches.

Wireless Workout Headphones

It’s time to leave your fancy noise cancelling headphones at home and grab a pair of smart wireless ones which are designed to help you get the most out of your workout without. You can use them to listen to your workout playlist or you benefit from the builtin personal trainer functionality. 

Jabra Elite Sport True Wireless Bluetooth Headset with Heart Rate and Activity Monitor

These earbuds do exactly what they say as well as provide you with personalised audio coaching. The battery lasts up to four hours, they are waterproof and come with three year warranty against sweat.

Jabra Sport Coach Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headphones for Cross Training

Sweat and waterproof to US military standard rain as well as shock, sand and dust proof, these wireless bluetooth stereo headphones are optimised for cross training and other interval based indoor training. 

Letsfit  Bluetooth Headphones

Noise cancelling wireless headphones with touch controls and built-in microphone. They don’t come in with integrated audio coaching but they have good reviews on Amazon.

Muscle Scanners and Body Fat Testers

You can now scan your body to measure your muscle mass and body fat at home with the help of some smart tech. These devises are portable and designed to be used at home by people like you and me. 

Skulpt Chisel Muscle Scanner Performance System

This is the devise which claims to accurately measure the muscle quality of up to 24 muscle groups. It can also identify imbalance and asymmetries of your muscles. It uses the information to track your progress and provide tailored fitness programmes based on your muscle developent. 

OMRON BF511 Clinically Validated Full Body Composition Monitor

This is a clinically validated body composition monitor which measures your body fat percentage, resting metabolism, skeletal muscle percentage, visceral fat levels, your weight and BMI.

Accu Measure Fitness 3000 Personal Body Fat Tester

The original personal body fat tester which comes with a complete set of instructions and body fat tracking charts for both men and women.

Smart Fitness Scales

Like everything else on this list, the scales nowadays have to do more than measure your weight. The ones which are featured in this article, also have their own apps 

STYR Labs Connected Vacuum Insulated Smart Bottle Bluetooth Hydration Tracker

In this package, you get an activity tracker, wireless digital scale and a connected smart bottle. They all connect to an IOS or Android app to track your motion, sleep, nutrition and hydration.

Withings / Nokia Body+ – Body Composition Wi-Fi Scale

A full body composition scale which monitors your weight, body fat and water percentage plus muscle and bone mass. It delivers instant feedback via its weight trend screen and you can also connect it to an app for more detailed tracking.

iTeknic Body Fat Scale

This not just a scale but a health monitor which helps you to keep an eye on your overall health by calculating your weight, body and visceral fat, BMI, body water percentage, your metabolic age, skeletal muscle, protein, subcutaneous fat, BMR, bone mass and muscle Mass data. Of cource, it connects to its own app too.

Smart Dumbbells – Strength Training at Home (or the office)

With all of the other smart fitness tech and gadgets covered, it’s time to invest in a pair of dumbbells and start building your muscles.

Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells

These are definitely the #dumbbellgoals of dumbbells which you can’t afford even if you earn a decent salary. You definitely don’t need them but it’s worth knowing that they exist so that you can get them when your lottery numbers come up.

Body Revolution Adjustable Dumbbells

An all-in-one workout tool with simple and fast weight plate changing system. It’s good for use at home or at your office and it’s suitable for beginners as well as advanced athletes.

York Fitness Cast Iron Dumbbells 

They are chunky and a bit fiddly to use but they do the job just as well as the fancy dumbbells on this list. The grips maybe a little harsh on your hands, so it’s worth considering a pair of workout gloves when purchasing.

Our Verdict

Of course, you don’t need most of these gadgets but it’s nice to know they exist. If you have a birthday coming up, why not share this article on your social media as a hint to your present-buying loved ones? Cheeky but if you don’t ask, you don’t get.

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