Thursday, January 14, 2010

Nike + iPod Walking/Running/Workout Tools

I have a new personal trainer to help me in my Wellness Journey program—but my trainer isn’t human. Instead, techie tools are helping me.

© June Scroggin, All Rights Reserved

My new tools:

  • iPod Nano
  • Nike + iPod Sport Kit
  • iPod arm band
  • Skullcandy headphones
Inside the Sport Kit is a little sensor and a receiver. You put the sensor in your shoe and attach the receiver to your iPod. It tracks your time, distance, pace, and calories burned. It can also give you real-time voice feedback. You can listen to your favorite music or workout programs downloaded via iTunes.

It is designed to work with an iPod Nano, iPod Touch, or iPhone 3GS. It won’t work with my iPod Classic or Blackberry Curve, so a new iPod Nano was needed.

© June Scroggin, All Rights Reserved

The system is meant to be used with Nike shoes. I needed a way to make this system work with my New Balance shoes, so I bought Grantwood Technology’s neoprene pouch which you tie on your shoe with the laces. It holds the little sensor and protects it at the same time.

Another great feature is that you can plug your iPod in to your computer and the data will synchronize automatically to This gives you a record of your progress. You can customize everything.

You can also connect your iPod to a Nike + iPod-compatible cardio machine at your gym to track your progress from one workout to the next. I don’t do gyms so this isn’t an option that really interests me.

And lest you think I’m getting any kind of financial recompense for telling you about all this—I’m not. I just wanted to share my new fitness tools with you in case you’re interested.


You can buy everything except the shoe pouch at Target, but here are the resources for learning more about each of the components.


FinnyKnits said...

Look at you go! I love all of these gadgets - so fun. I find that this stuff adds more interest to your activities anyway, since you can come home and dork out on all the data. Right on!

ttlterror said...

I applaude you for thaking this step. You go girl!!! I know you will succeed!!! My hats off to you!

Thimbleanna said...

Very cool Ms. Junie. Thanks so much for blogging this. We're all about ice and snow now, but when it warms up, this would be a great option for me!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Wow June it sounds so modern and techie! I bet it is wonderful motivation. Enjoy and keep striding!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like so much fun, June!
I don't have an iPod, instead, I'm getting my exercise working out with my new Wii Fit - and I'm loving it. What did we do before all this technology???

Happy walking/running!


Diane Schuller said...

Oh you know what? I just bought myself an ipod (and am trying to figure out how to use it!!) but about a year or so ago I saw a show that explained how to use it for this use -- for fitness. What a superb idea. ANd how great that you've figured out how to adapt it to non-Nike shoes. Gotta love that big time!

Bridgett said...

Wow! You're rocking this exercise thing. Go Junie!

mens sport sandals said...

Oh my, these are too cute! I love the idea of getting good running shoes with "musical shoelaces"... There's something very 80's about stuff in your shoelaces. Great post!