Most fitness wearables are geared towards tracking things like calories burned, distance travelled, pace and other endurance related factors. This is great for swimming, or running, but not so good for resistance training, which requires a whole different set of metrics to be considered. Fortunately the wearables scene is nothing if not inventive, so of course there’s a product for that too. It’s called the Push and it’s designed to track your strength during workouts, allowing you to compare yourself to others doing similar routines.
The push is a small, fabric band that attaches to your forearm and can measure things like reps and sets, the force being applied at any one time, your overall power, balance, speed, explosive strength, volume load and tempo. It can even calculate your one rep max based on past performance.
All of this information is tracked at the push of a button during your workout. At the end, you can hook the Push up to your smartphone to record and analyse how you did and whether you’re improving over time. Much like manual fitness loggers like Fitocracy, the Push allows you to compare your personal bests and recent workouts with friends to see how you’re performing.
Of course you can also link this information up with your personal trainer or coach, letting them keep an eye on you even when you’re not in-front of them, letting them recommend additions or changes to your routine or your workout form.
Push even offers a specific coaching app which is designed to keep track of multiple wrist-band wearing athletes, letting you compare their performances in real time.
While the Push isn’t available for purchase just yet, it is available for pre order on the official site, costing $150 each, though you’ll only be charged when it actually ships. It’s said that the first batch is heading out sometime this summer.
What I wonder about the Push, is whether it can track multiple exercises and know what they actually are. For example, if I have it attached to my forearm while I’m doing bicep curls with one arm, do I then have to transfer it over to the other to track that arm? What if I decide to do some squats? Do I have to move it again, or can it track my movements from an entirely different body part? If I do have to move it around, that could be a real pain in the neck and something that easily makes easier for people stop using after a while.
I’d like to give the Push strength tracker a try, but I’m dubious about how well it would work if your routine doesn’t do a split style, focusing on individual body parts. If you’re cross training, you may need to be constantly adjusting where the Push is for it to be effective.