RIP, Walkman! Do you remember what it was like to work out before the existence of activity trackers, iPhones, Bluetooth headphones, and dry-fit tees?
When getting ready for a workout, we put our leggings on one leg at a time, just like we did in the '90s. And we still listen to music, of course—but that’s pretty much where the similarities end.
Now, before any workout, we sync our activity trackers, open our fitness apps, or, if we're doing an at-home workout, flip through our workout library on TV. Sure, we get frustrated when those trackers don’t work or when our favorite workout is deleted from our archives, but one thought about life before fitness tech (both on our wrists and on our backs) and we’re thanking our lucky, VO2-Max-reading-tracker stars. We bet you can relate.
These days, we don’t have to shove our Walkman in our sweatshirt to run up and down stairs.
Or limit our playlists to just 10 songs. (We've got tons of suggestions!)
When working out at home, we don't have to rewind the Pilates VHS beforehand.
Or deal with VCR glitches during the workout.
Now, we can find a workout on demand or on YouTube. (Let us point you to our very own SweatTV.)
And we're not stuck flailing our arms and legs to a cheesy video—unless, you know, you're into man headbands.
Workout classes are super easy to sign up for online. (Just make sure you brush up on the Proper Sweatiquette.)
So we don’t show up just to find out there’s no room left.
Thanks to surround sound and fancy lighting, our dances classes have gone from this:
New equipment, like the TRX, has revolutionized our workouts. (Try these 7 Tone-All-Over TRX Exercises.)
Compared to some old gear, which just didn't deliver.
And thank god for the invention of the treadmill. (Even if it Used to Be a Torture Device.)
Today, it's even more tricked out than ever, with TV and audio hook-ups to make workouts a breeze.
Now that there are Bluetooth headphones, we can run and lift weights without cords getting tangled and messing up our form.
And with an armband in our workout arsenal, we never have to run like this again.
We've ditched our sweatbands for sweat-wicking tops. (And Helmets That Help Athletes Beat the Heat.)
So when we get all sweaty, we don't look like a hot mess (even when we are).
Even post-workout recovery is better with the advent of vibrating foam rollers.
We now have shoes that sync up with our fitness apps to track pace and distance. (Find the Best Sneakers to Crush Your Workout Routines.)
Instead of memorizing a route on MapQuest.
Now there are fitness trackers that do all of that—plus, they read our heart rate, energy expenditure, and even sleep patterns.
So we know exactly how much activity we need to do to reach our fitness goals.
The only question we have: What can't technology do for us?