Now exercising at the gym will acquire a whole new meaning, one which not only encompasses health benefits but also a fun and musical experience. Sports brand Nike together with Apple has announced that their Nike+iPod experience will be coming to a gym near you!
Two years ago, Nokia and Apple had come out with the Nokia+iPod Sports Kit which lets your iPod nano communicate to Nike+ enabled running shoes. Data on time, distance, calories burned and pace is then stored on the nano.
Now, Nokia and Apple are working with gym equipment manufacturers to make their cardio equipment Nike+iPod compatible. This will enable health club members to easily track workouts on cardio equipments like treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes and stair climbers.
Nike+iPod users will simply have to plug in their iPod nano into the equipment in use at the beginning of their workout to record their progress automatically. After this, users can connect their iPod nano with their computer to upload the workout to www.nikeplus.com.
This workout data is also converted to “CardioMiles” so that users of cardio equipment can set goals and even participate in challenges with other users of cardio equipment.
According to Trevor Edwards, Nike’s Vice President of Global Brand and Category Management, “The Nike+iPod experience revolutionized running. Now, we’re revolutionizing the gym cardio experience.”
“We’re enabling people who go to the gym an opportunity to set goals track progresses and compete in challenges with their friends and with other members of nikeplus. It’s a groundbreaking tool for people who want to maximize their workouts,” added Edwards.
After uploading data on to Nikeplus, users will be able to track their progress. Besides, by using the coaching tools, personal trainers now have the ability to help clients chart their progress.