Forget just counting calories, distance or time. Today, workout equipment is using advanced technology to supply more stats to sweat-drenched sessions.
From displays that track your total energy output and cadence to 3-D body imaging that monitors changes in your physique, you can measure your performance better than ever before.
"Fitness monitors are helpful in setting goals and holding you accountable to achieving them," said Dyan Tsiumis, head instructor at cycling studio SWERVE Fitness. "It also keeps people honest about how hard they are working. Harder work equals better results."
With more data, fitness fanatics have more benchmarks to hit every time they hit the treadmill or strap into a bike. But Tsiumis does warn against overdoing it or getting too disheartened if you don't reach your goals.
"For some, it can be discouraging if their output numbers are decreasing or not improving as much as they'd like," Tsiumis said. "You're going to have days when you're not at optimal performance levels, so you always need to look at the full picture."
Similarly, Christine D'Ercole, head coach at Peloton Cycle, reminds spinners to stay positive and not get too distracted by the numbers.
"Too many times I have witnessed individuals so intensely focused on the heat rate monitor that they could not find any enjoyment in their workout," D'Ercole said. "Developing a healthy relationship with technology is key."
And at the end of the day, the tools and tech used to tighten and tone are only part of the equation.
"Technology can tell you that you need to do something," said Carl Helmle, vice president of group and personal training at DavidBartonGym. "But it's still up to you to actually do the work."
Ready to get in shape with the latest in fitness technology? Here's a look at some of the innovations being used at NYC studios:
What it does: The 3-D scanner captures an individual’s full physique in just one minute, taking a 360-degree shot and recording circumference, height, volume and length measurements. Gym-goers can then track their exercise progress every few weeks online.
Find it at: BFX Studio, 555 Sixth Ave., 917-382-5573; $30/assessment
SWERVE’s performance tracking technology
What it does: The cycling technology is attached to a bike and measures RPMs, resistance, total energy output, distance biked and calories burned, as well as team score and rank. After the class, riders can check their online profiles for their individual stats.
Find it at: SWERVE Fitness, 30 W. 18th St., 212-242-3330; $30/class
What it does: This bike monitor shows personal RPMs, resistance and power output during a cycling session (the competitive kind can opt to have their data sent to the Torqboard, a flat-screen display that shows the class stats). Post-ride, bikers can go online to view their mile and calorie stats.
Find it at: Flywheel Sports, multiple locations, flywheelsports.com; $34/class
What it does: Whether you’re pedaling it out in the studio or cycling at home via a live-streaming or on-demand class, this bike measures cadence, resistance, miles and watts — it’s even more accurate when age and height are inputted. Riders can choose to view or hide their own metrics on screen during the workout.
Find it at: Peloton Cycle, 140 W. 23rd St., 646-277-4497; $30/class
Insignia Series by Life Fitness
What it does: The gym machines in this line electronically count reps completed and time spent per workout. They also feature QR codes that provide tutorials through the Life Fitness mobile app, so you can ensure you’re practicing the proper form.
Find it at: DavidBartonGym Limelight, 656 Sixth Ave., 212-414-2022