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A trainer's take on tech GRANT, A VETERAN TRAINER, ON HOW TECHNOLOGY CAN HELP YOU STAY FIT Stay on track According to Grant, wearable technology like a fitness tracker can be a useful workout tool. By recording data like steps taken and calories burned, these products are great for setting goals and tracking results. Seeing your progress can motivate you to push yourself harder to reach goals. "You'll be inspired to take the stairs more often, park farther away at the grocery store, or replace car trips with walking trips," he says. Grant uses a fitness watch himself to try and meet his goal of 10,000 steps per day. It's a vast improvement over the handful of gadgets and mobile apps he used to rely on. Help your trainer help you "It's important for trainers to leverage technology in their clients' fitness plans," says Grant. "Trainers tailor workouts to the specific needs of individuals based on age and overall physical condition." Feedback from wearables can help a trainer fine- tune your personalized workout goals. If your trainer can see how well you've slept, or what your heart rate was when you woke up, they can tweak your workout to better suit your needs. Reward yourself Tracking your fitness goals online or through a wearable device lends itself to what Grant calls "gamification". You can reward yourself with prizes for reaching your goals. That makes putting in the work even more gratifying. Music motivates "I wouldn't last five minutes on a treadmill without music," Grant says. For outdoor excursions and working out on stationary equipment, he says headphones are essential. He has tried countless headphones, and according to him, comfort, fit, and moisture resistance are the most important factors. Jess, a personal trainer at ACAC Fitness and Wellness in Charlottesville, VA, prepares for her workout with Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones and the Garmin Forerunner 235 smartwatch. Grant Gamble is Vice President of Membership at ACAC Fitness and Wellness in Charlottesville, VA. He's been in the Rtness industry for 32 years. D 51

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