Mike explained to me that the MOTOACTV has four dedicated exercise options. The options are walking/running and cycling, which gives you the option to select indoor or outdoor workouts , and the elliptical and stair climber machines.
The only time I used headphones with the MOTOACTV was when I was on the treadmill. The headphones are what makes the device a heart rate monitor, tracking both your calories burned and heart rate while you workout. Usually with a heart rate monitor you either have a wrist or chest strap, with MOTOACTV all you need are the headphones which calculates your heart rate by the pulse in your ears! Awesome!!!
There are two intuitive things that set the MOTOACTV apart from your typical fitness tracker. One is that the device has a Smart Music Player which actually learns what songs motivate you based on your heart rate and speed! It is supposed to take effect after about eight minutes of a workout. Since I didn't select my own music (Mike the Motorola rep did) I can't say for sure how it worked, but I thought the idea was amazing!
The second thing that I thought was exciting about the MOTOACTV was the personal audible coach. As you workout the coach will update you on your progress automatically. It is a feature that you can be turned on and off as needed.
Other amazing features of the MOTOACTV
The 8GB MOTOACTV is $249.99, $299.99 for 16GB. That includes a USB charger, a belt clip (see above far left), and the SF200 headphones (far right). Additional accessories Like a bike strap (second from left) or an arm strap (middle) cost $29.99 each. These prices can be a little daunting to someone who is just starting on their fitness journey or doesn't have the cash flow to make such a big purchase. For me, I see it as an investment! It is something that I know I would use daily for any fitness routine, eliminates my need for bringing an MP3 player with me, and allows me to receive phone calls and texts remotely.
Right now unless I win the MOTOACTV through my gym's giveaway, I won't be able to afford this device! I will be sticking to my good ol' Polar heart rate monitor. Please believe that I will be saving up for this device and hopefully will be able to get it before the end of January 2012! Overall I love EVERYTHING about the device except the price!
Check out my article on the MOTOACTV for Examiner.com here .
Does the MOTOACTV seem like something you would want to have as an aid on your fitness journey? What do you like most about the features?
Have a fit-abulous day!!