Local Gym Using Technology To Help Keep New Year’s Resolutions
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
MyZone is a monitoring device that tracks people’s heart rates, calories burned, and general effort, then transmits the data wirelessly to a computer system in real time so the client can keep account of his or her performance and progress.
“It's essentially adding more value to each work out,” says FNTS owner, Frank Nash. “Members might act like they're working harder than they actually are. This real-time feedback helps our coaches read our members better and respond appropriately, whether that means pulling them back a little bit or pushing them out of their comfort zone. It also helps us track the activity of clients when they're outside of the gym and not with us.”
MyZone was developed in 2011 and has become popular among 18- to 65-year-olds. FNTS is currently the only gym in Central or Western Massachusetts that features the system. The MyZone technology is available in multiple applications, including a belt that a person can use both at home and at the gym. The device automatically uploads at the gym or within a few feet of the MyZone computer program, and will display all data since the user's last workout. The information then transmits to a large monitor for the whole club to see in real time; the system can hold anywhere from 1 to 30 or more members at once. FNTS trainer Diane Hastings says the technology is helping trainers as well as clients.
“Our trainers’ workouts have intensified. With MyZone, we’re faster, more intense, and more effective," says Hastings. "Nobody wants to be at the gym for two hours."
Nash introduced the technology to his members the first week of December, and within the first few days 40 clients had signed up for the program. He says the system has enormous potential for facilitating friendly competitions and teamwork among members. A MyZone belt retails for about $70.
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