According to Alexander Gillies, the internet of things, also known as IoT, is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. He continues on to talk about how organizations in a variety of industries are using IoT to operate more efficiently and increase the value of the business. This is where I come in and connect the IoT to the fitness industry.
We already know that the IoT is disrupting the fitness industry. I have discussed a number of times the way AI and the IoT have revolutionized the fitness industry. The smart fitness industry is booming and becoming more and more popular, when we talk about innovation in the wellness business, IoT is contributing considerably to change the eventual fate of the fitness industry and changing how individuals participate in exercises and fitness. There are so many companies that are developing smart technology equipment to improve at-home workouts and there are even companies that are developing smart workout tech that can be added to gyms. These companies, such as Peloton, Tonal, Echelon, and Lululemon’s The Mirror, contribute to the smart fitness market having a value of $6 billion in 2016. The market is growing so rapidly that it is expected to arrive at $30 billion by 2025.
The IoT will continue to disrupt the fitness industry because of their ability to offer customizable workouts, their smart sensors, fitness equipment, immersive training, and wearable application tracking. All these things combined together make using smart fitness technology more attractive to the average gym-goer. As I have mentioned in previous posts, smart technology fitness equipment is the future. I still belong to a gym (technically two), but absolutely love my Peloton bike, the Peloton app and the Nike Training Club app. I am constantly alternating between going to a real gym and using smart fitness tech to get through my workouts and I have thoroughly enjoy both. In the last few years, the fitness and wellness industry has grown exponentially, everyone is being more mindful of their practices and becoming the healthiest version of themselves. I think anyone can see that the IoT disrupting the fitness industry was a long time coming and it really can only go up from here.
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Do you use any smart fitness technology? Whether it is an app or physical workout equipment. If yes, what do you use and why or why not do you like it? If no, do you think you will use some of it in the future?