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Playtime: The FITNESS Gear Guide

  • Karen Pearson

    Training Tools

    Pace Keeper: Adidas miCoach Kit
    Stay on track as you stride with the Adidas miCoach kit. Sync the bite-size miCoach pacer (shown) to your laptop, download a personalized running plan at micoach.com, then attach the pacer to your headphones and your MP3 player. Next, snap the stride-sensor foot pod onto your shoelaces and strap the heart rate monitor onto your chest. Now off you go! Over your playlist you'll hear coaching advice based on your heart rate and speed (noted by the stride sensor). Post your stats — pace, calories burned, and more — online afterward. ($140, shopadidas.com)

    Motivation 2.0: iPod nano
    As if giving you peppy playlists for every workout weren't enough, the newest iPod nano also features a built-in pedometer, an FM radio, and a video camera. With 8 to 16 GB of memory, this slim-as-ever model still stores up to 4,000 songs and has a larger, 2.2-inch screen, so you'll have no problem viewing downloaded routines. Plus, it links up to the Nike+ iPod Sport Kit to help you track pace, time, and distance on runs. Everyone at the gym will be green with envy! ($149 to $179, apple.com)

  • Peter Ardito

    Cardio Queen: Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor

    Make the elliptical more entertaining with a Polar FT4 heart rate monitor (with chest strap). It shows calories burned, total exercise time, and time spent in each heart rate zone. Preset your workout; the FT4 will remind you to stay in your target zones as you cruise along. ($100, polarusa.com)

  • Peter Ardito

    Pool Shark: Speedo 150-Lap Watch

    This beauty is swim deep! The Speedo 150-Lap Watch is water-resistant up to 100 meters, with "hydro pusher" technology to keep H20 out when buttons are pressed. Plus, it features a 150-lap memory with 10 timers that beep when preset intervals have elapsed. ($75, speedousa.com)

  • Peter Ardito

    Track Star: Timex Ironman Sleek 150-Lap Watch

    Speed sessions are a cinch with the new and improved Timex Ironman Sleek 150-Lap watch. No more searching for buttons mid-stride; simply tap the screen to log your lap time. Create your own interval workout or pick one of 16 preset options, then get moving. ($90, timexironman.com)

  • Peter Ardito

    Slim Jim: Garmin FR60 Heart Rate Monitor

    The pretty-in-pink Garmin FR60 LTD heart rate monitor is your perfect indoor pacer. Its chest strap helps measure calories burned, and a lace-in foot pod tracks speed. Record 20 hours' worth of activity, then wirelessly transfer the data to your computer. ($200, garmin.com/dealers for stores)

  • Peter Ardito

    Jogging Buddy: Soma RunOne 100 Watch

    Not only does the Soma RunOne 100 watch save up to 100 laps at a time, but this user-friendly arm candy also notes calories burned and beeps to let you know when you're done with preset intervals. You'll love its easy-to-press buttons and big display. ($88, somawatches.com for info)

  • Peter Ardito

    Speed Demons: iLuv i303 Headphones

    Even if you get drenched when you exercise, the iLuv i303 Sweatproof Sport Ear Clip Headphones keep tunes streaming static-free. With three sizes of earbuds to choose from and a behind-the-ear clip, they guarantee a great fit. There's also a volume control right on the wire. ($30, i-luv.com)

  • Peter Ardito

    Marching Band: Zune HD Player

    Stay plugged in as you sweat with a touch-screen Zune HD player, which features a built-in HD Radio receiver, a 16 GB or 32 GB memory and Wi-Fi access. Its Smart DJ function suggests songs you might like, and you can buy tagged radio tunes (hello, playlist!). ($200 to $270, zuneoriginals.net)

  • Peter Ardito

    Full Swing: Audio-Technica In-Ear Headphones

    No matter how much you're moving, Audio-Technica's ATH-CK1W In-Ear Headphones promise to stay put, while their cord wrap keeps wires out of arms' way. Each pair comes with three sizes of earbuds, ensuring a snug fit, and a cute canister for storing. ($60, audio-technica.com for info)

  • Peter Ardito

    Walkabout: Haier Trainer

    The matchbook-size Haier Trainer is more than meets the eye. Along with 2 GB of memory, this sweatproof MP3 player has a built-in pedometer, a calorie counter, an FM tuner, and stopwatch functions. Clip it on wherever you like and take a hike. ($60, haieramerica.com)

  • Peter Ardito

    Laps of Luxury: Finis Waterproof MP3 Player

    The Finis XtreaMP3.1G waterproof (to 15 feet) MP3 player pumps up swimmers and paddle-sports lovers with their favorite jams. The completely submergible, shock-resistant player holds 1 GB of music and comes with a waterproof armband and set of earbuds. ($150, finisinc.com)

    Originally published in FITNESS magazine, April 2010.