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Discover The Latest In Sports Fitness Technology

Aug 21, 2008
Thankfully the Beijing Olympics has not been dominated by either doping scandals or controversy about sporting equipment that allegedly provides unfair advantages. It has come down to good old fashion sports fitness and has been a testimony to the philosophy of the Olympics. Technology in sports fitness is always in a state of evolution and this article focuses on the latest developments.

First up is the suit worn by the legendary Michael Phelps at the Beijing Olympics which has now been released on the general market in the US. Priced at around 300GBP you have to be really serious about swimming fast but the LZR Racer does what it says on the tin with 94 percent of gold medals at the games being won by competitors wearing the suit. Although most of those were actually won by Phelps himself the ultrasonically bonded bodysuit reduces skin friction and drag to a massive degree, however it is only suitable for serious competitive swimmers.

Another new sports fitness product to hit the market is ideal for an outdoor enthusiast. The Overboard Carbon Backpack takes the roll-top concept a step further and is perfect for hikers, canoeist or people who carry around stuff underwater. The material is the standard TPU which is 100 percent waterproof and a new combination of roll-top and zips renders the seals 100 percent waterproof also. The best part of the backpack is the design as the storage is excellent and the back padding channelled to distribute weight superbly. At 60GBP it is a worthy investment for outdoor sports fitness enthusiasts.

If you need a personal trainer who will not follow you around slapping doughnuts out of your hand and yelling to drop and give them 20 then the Nokia Sports Tracker might be for you. This technology comes in two parts, first is a free application that is compatible with Nokia mobiles and the second being a website which integrates the data. The software breaks your sports fitness into sections such as daily routine, routes, training diary and settings and enables you to map progress in a user friendly manner. It is a useful assistant however they have not introduced the feature that delivers an electric shock when you go near cakes... yet.

Sports fitness is growing in popularity in the UK and the recent successes at the Olympics will only fuel this fire. It is good to have all the recent technology when it comes to sports fitness equipment however there is a line and you have to ask yourself whether forking out cash is really necessary for the level at which you are competing.
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Shaun Parker is an expert on sports fitness and works as a personal trainer.
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