If you haven’t shopped for fitness gear lately, you’re in for a big surprise. From pedometers that digitally read almost everything except your horoscope to sensor shoes that set you on the right track, it’s a brave, new, high-tech world.
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“Good athletic shoes are the most vital fitness gear,” says Sherry Wilson, co-owner of Snap Fitness, a new fitness center in
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Suzette Jones is president of Evolution Health & Fitness, a private fitness center featuring group and individual exercise classes, Pilates, active-isolated stretching and Corepole, a technique that emphasizes strength, cardio, flexibility and stability training. She’s wild about PTontheNET.com, a Web-based program connecting fitness trainers to their clients. If your trainer has signed up, she can train you from anywhere on the globe (about $20 per month). Another favorite new gizmo is the Nike+iPod Sports Kit, a wireless hookup between Nike footwear and Apple ear gear. Basically, your shoes talk to your iPod, then your iPod talks to you. How cool is that?
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John Krotec and his wife, Ann, own Environeers, an outfitter’s shop combining rugged outdoor adventure with a green sensibility for nearly 20 years. For power walkers, Krotec recommends a set of Leki trekking poles ($40-$100). “They let you do Nordic walking, like a cross-country skier. It’s a great aerobic workout; the poles help with balance and reduce stress on the knees.” He’s also a big fan of pedometers. “Brunton offers a great line,” he says. “Their pendulum system is personalized for the user’s natural gait. It’ll show your pace count, how far you’ve gone and how many calories you’ve burned.” ($28-$50) Krotec agrees with Sherry Wilson that footwear is important. “Outdoor hiking is like any other sport,” he says. “You don’t want to cut corners.” Vasque is his top-selling line of shoes. (Cross-trainer outdoor shoes are $80-$130; hiking boots, $100-$260.) He adds that eyewear is equally important. “Ignore the ZZ Top song,” he says. “Don’t buy cheap sunglasses. They dilate your pupils but don’t block the harmful rays.” He advises sunglasses by Julbo or Native Eyewear. “Both offer fantastic, photochromatic, protective lenses,” he says. “They eliminate high luminosity and glare, and they look cool, too!” (From $45) With all that vigorous hiking, you’re bound to get thirsty. Krotek recommends the CamelBak hands-free hydration system. “After two or three miles, you’ll be very glad you have it.” ($28-$50)