Breakthrough Fitness Gear of 2012

Give your workout some technical assistance with these breakthrough fitness products

November 13, 2012
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The Future Is Now

Just because the principles of fitness--sweat and hard work--have remained the same doesn't mean that your gear has to remain in the Stone Age too. (Get back to the basics with our Big Book of Exercises.) Take advantage of these next-generation fitness advances here and now.

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The North Face Balance Tank
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Dream Seams


The contrast stitching on The North Face Balance Tank may seem like a slimming strategy, but it's actually a savvy form fixer: When you're practicing yoga in a mirror, the tank's seams provide visual feedback to help you keep your shoulders and hips square. (Video: Do you have what it takes to do blindfold yoga?)

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Nike Lunar HyperWorkout+ shoes
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Fancy Feet

$220 (including the Sport Pack),

Ultralight fibers in the Nike Lunar HyperWorkout+ shoes secure your feet, while feather-light cushioning eases impact. But that's just the shoes. With the Sport Pack accessory (which fits into the bottom of the kicks and syncs wirelessly to your device) you get Nike+ Training, which records how high, how fast, and how often you move. (Search: The best running shoes)

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Pack Towl Personal
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Dry Idea

$20 for large,

Gym towels rank between spare change and pay phones on the gross scale, but packing your own bulky cotton isn't going to happen. Enter Pack Towl Personal, a towel that folds up to nearly the size of an iPhone, soaks up four times its weight in water, and wrings out practically dry. (Free poster: Quit making excuses why you can't exercise)

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Specialized HydroFlo bottle
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Hydration Station


The BPA-free Specialized HydroFlo bottle is coated with naturally occurring silicon, which acts like glass to prevent mold growth, staining from sports drinks, and that old-water taste. But awesomely, unlike glass, it won't shatter if dropped.

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AfterShokz Sport Headphones
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Sound Effects


Tunes may keep you moving, but tuning out can be dangerous (to both your safety and your eardrums). The AfterShokz Sport Headphones sit just outside your ears and conduct sound to your inner ears via your cheekbones, a technology originally created for military special ops and SWAT teams.

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ProForm Tour de France Generation 2 indoor cycling bike
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Teleport Training


Log miles anywhere in the world with the ProForm Tour de France Generation 2 indoor cycling bike. Pick any route, and with the help of Google Maps, you can ride it. The bike inclines and declines up to 20 percent to match the terrain and estimates wind resistance based on your height and weight.

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Plank Signature Yoga Mat
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Full Contact


The body-heat-activated grip on the Plank Signature Yoga Mat keeps you grounded--even in a sweaty Bikram class. It stays cleaner too: A closed-cell grip layer makes it less porous, so it won't trap bacteria or odor.

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Polar RC3 GPS HR
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Must Watch


If Siri and TomTom had a baby with athletic prowess, it could well be the Polar RC3 GPS HR. This watch adjusts target heart-rate zones based on how you're doing that day and gives instant feedback and stats. Lost? Just tap "back to start" and the internal GPS will navigate you home.

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