Hate Running? Learn to Love it with Sony Smart B-Trainer

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This may not be the time to start chatting about a personal trainer, considering the holidays are near?  But we do have many holiday fiestas to attend and that means bringing out the cute holiday dresses or start doing something about being able to fit in one.  Am I right?  Or could it be that we may have found the next fitness gadget to add to your Christmas wish list so you can kick-off your New Year’s Resolutions for 2016?

Ladies, there’s a new fitness gadget that will blow your mind.  Sony has launched the new Smart B-Trainer, an all-in-one training device and application that features intelligent music playback based on heart rate monitoring, various training plans, and with real time voice coaching.  A personal coach that just hangs around your ears.

What’s so special about the Smart B-Trainer

This sports companion integrates Sony’s latest audio advancements with sensor and software technologies to provide a holistic exercise experience. Its headphone-integrated device is packed with six types of sensors – heart rate, acceleration, GPS, compass, gyro and barometer – and measures, as well as records, eleven types of running logs– heart rate, burned calories, distance, time, speed, pace, cadence, steps, stride, running route and elevation.

Once you create your own personal profile and heart rate goal, the Smart B-Trainer will begin to measure your heart rate and automatically selects music for efficient training. Music tempo analysis is carried out by Sony’s 12 Tone Analysis technology, which extracts a variety of metadata through signal and statistical processing to analyze music waveforms. When your heart rate is higher than your targeted speed, a song with slower tempo will be automatically selected to guide you to slow down, and vice versa when your heart rate is lower than the targeted speed. Additionally, runners can also adjust the tempo of the song to match running moods and styles.  You’ll be running to the beat to get you into shape!

What does the App do?

Smart B-Trainer for Running is an app that tracks and manages your running logs on your smartphone.  Once you start recording your runs, you’ll have access to track graphs of past runs to give your a clearer picture of your training progress. After every workout, you can transfer the running log to the app to view the results and easily visualize your performance through graphs and comparisons with past accumulated records, best records, and trends. You don’t have to be an existing runner, as the app features a variety of training plans, from beginners who want to get in shape, build strength, or even to prepare for a marathon.  You could even brag about your success by sharing your logs via social media.

For Beginners:  There are two sets of training plans to choose from – Basic and Premium. The Basic Plan offers a range of options, enabling you to manually set running goals for the day (time, distance, burned calories, pace, etc.), or select from theme-based trainings, such as “Fat burning training” or “to Endurance training”.  I selected 5K Goal, which has me running 2-3 times a week in a slow pace.  The plan syncs with your calendar, which also sends reminders of when you’re scheduled to run and rest.  The plan begins from starting you off slow to getting you ready for a race, to recovery.  If I stick to the plan, I should be running a 5K soon!

For the Advanced Runners: The Premium Training Plan offers a selection of training plans for a variety of levels, from walking to full marathon. Designed by professional coaches and other experts, the content is arranged in such a way that you can experience professional coaching, all from just voice instructions from the device. In addition, new training menus, which will be added later this year, will have a voice of a professional running coach supervising you during training, warming up, and cooling down sessions. He will even share post-workout pointers, which can be checked on the app to track progress and design your next exercise regime.  Premium Training Plan in collaboration with MY ASICS Smart B-Trainer can work in coordination with the MY ASICS Training Plan developed by True Sport Performance brand ASICS.

My personal favorite features

Add all your favorite work-out jams, the built-in memory of 16GB stores up to approximately 3,900 songs, so you won’t have to worry about running out of songs to listen to while exercising. The Smart B-Trainer has waterproof performance, so you can run without the worry of rain, weather or perspiration. Additionally, it can be used as a Bluetooth® headset to answer phone calls hands-free while you run.  You also don’t need to have your smartphone nearby to keep track of your logs.  Besides it’s GPS and Heart rate feature, I also love that it comes with a cute storage bag.

Not so favorite features

The initial setup was a little confusing.  I wasn’t sure how to get the proper ear piece fitting, all though it does come with multiple size earbuds, they didn’t seem to fit properly.  Once I found the right size, the earphones felt more stable and comfortable around my small ears.  The earphones themselves do seem a little bulky with too many buttons, but to be fair, these earphones aren’t your typical earbuds.  I did have to visit the Sony site to understand their full capability, since the packaging doesn’t explain much.  Good thing Sony provides a lot of videos, they were very helpful.  You should also be aware that battery life can last between 3-4 hours and recharge takes 1.5 hours.  I don’t have a problem with that, but I know there’s people out there that like to spend their days in a gym. #firstworldproblems

Overall, do I love them?

Yes, I do.  Its like having my own personal trainer that encourages me not to give up.  My goal is to be able to run a 5K without stopping.  Yes, I’m an amateur, but I’ll get there.  Hopefully with the help of the Sony Smart B-Trainer.

For more information on the Smart B-Trainer™, please click here.