shit bit

i don’t get the recent fad of fitbits, iwatches, ‘fitness trackers,’ and the like. they’re so fucking hot right now. why? all the ads i see and all the conversations i have with people about fitbits and whatnot only amount to, “this way i can see what my pulse is while i’m doing stuff!” as if that’s some amazing feat. well guess what, there’s a much cheaper, easier way to check your pulse. it’s this.

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or this.

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are people so fucking lazy and gadget-obsessed that they’d rather spend hundreds of dollars on a goofy watch that is going to break in a year or two or get thrown out in a year when the trend dies down, rather than take a few seconds to learn how to manually check a pulse?

yes, they are. actually, i think it’s worse than that. i think this fad ties in with another thing i’ve bitched about before, where people spend lots of money on exercise clothes and books and shit just so they feel like they’re making real progress on getting fit, even though they aren’t actually using any of that stuff and exercising like they should be.

people don’t need fitbits and other gadgets to get off their fat asses. they just need to get off their fat asses in the first place. and if they really, REALLY want to know what their pulse rate is, just fucking feel it — no special gadget required.

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6 thoughts on “shit bit

  1. I think it’s good and bad…I think one of the reasons they may be worthwhile is they allow tracking of heart rate during exercise. This allows users who may have have suffered health problems to exercise safely. Also for performance, if a person was trying to increase aerobic capacity then knowing heart rate zones is essential and it would be less efficient to try and find you pulse during this :)…saying that, many people are not using them for this reason

      1. What type of exercise though? Scientifically, manual measurements during exercise would be unreliable due to movement and subjectivity. Think about how difficult it would be to measure an aerobic heart rate at 70% Vo2 max (highly moderate running) whilst trying to count 140 beats accurately…and doing this consistently throughout the workout at regular intervals. I rekon this would be impossible in certain situations :p

      2. i have no problem checking my heart rate manually while running. it’s just a matter of putting your fingers on your wrist for 15 seconds and then multiplying that # by 4. for weightlifting, i just check it between sets. for biking i check it while waiting at stop signs, and during swimming i just tread water for that time.

        i think that serious olympic-level athletes absolutely benefit from real-time monitoring, but for the 99% of people who simply want to work on their spare tire, it’s a sad, useless, expensive, wasteful joke.

      3. Would you say that is accurate-scientifically? There’s a few drawbacks to manually performing this also…as you said you are measuring this between exercise bouts (rest periods)…this isn’t accurate as it’s not representative of your HR during exercise as your body is recovering not performing. Also, applying this method would interrupt the time required to allow aerobic thresholds to be built, thus negatively having an impact on training.

        Olympic athletes need much further analysis than heart rate monitoring. They require oxygen uptake analysis, biomechanical analysis etc. As much as I am not the biggest fan of the watches…the purpose they serve (if used properly) serves as a basic level of monitoring training using a quantifiable method for a relatively cheap solution (compared to alternatives mentioned).

        I’ll admit I don’t have one haha 🙂

      4. i agree that people who are serious about training for competition purposes benefit from serious monitoring, but that’s not who i’m talking about since they are only a tiny minority compared to the hordes of obese wal-mart slobs walking around wearing fitbits. slobs who are barely exercising, if at all, don’t need fitbits.

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