About the Author

Colin Jenkins

Colin lives in Ventura, CA where he runs a Strength & Conditioning facility. If you have suggestions for fitness tech that you’d like to see covered or reviewed, feel free to send info over to colin@9to5mac.com

7 Tips to boost your Pixel Watch battery life

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Many of us rely on our smartwatches to keep track of our daily steps, monitor our heart rate, and more. While the new Pixel Watch by Google has some great features, its battery life is not one of them. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to boost your Pixel Watch’s battery life to make it last a bit longer between charges.

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Peloton, NordicTrack, and others extend holiday sales

This year, not only did Black Friday deals start earlier than ever, but it seems they may be extended longer as well. Peloton, NordicTrack, Hydrow, and others have all officially extended their Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals. Read below to see what deals are still available.

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Peloton executives, including John Foley, sued for insider trading

John Foley, as well as 11 other current and former Peloton executives are being sued by an investor for alleged insider trading. The lawsuit, filed last week, claims Peloton executives sold almost $500 million in stock while concealing safety issues with the Tread+ before it was recalled.

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Speediance review: Better value than Tonal?

Tonal may have been the first device to bring a smart, space efficient, digital weight workout setup to the home. It is also one of the most expensive. Lower-priced alternatives like the Speediance Home Gym, may be a better alternative for those trying to find better value for the cost.

Here is our in-depth review for Speediance. Continue reading to see how it holds up and if it would be a great fit for you.

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15 Peloton accessories that are actually amazing

Have you ever wanted to be able to watch Netflix while riding your Peloton? Or do you maybe want to take your turn at your boring Peloton set-up and give it a studio feel with better sound and lighting?

For the past two years, I have been searching far and wide for the best Peloton accessories. Here are 15 of my favorites, alongside exclusive discounts just for readers of Connect The Watts!

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How to edit Heart Rate Zones on Apple Watch and Apple Watch Ultra

Heart rate zones are important for understanding and managing your intensity during a workout or race. Here’s how to edit them on the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Ultra.

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Garmin rolls out huge November watch update: Here’s what you should know

Just in time for the holidays, Garmin has released a slew of new updates to many of their GPS watches. Here’s what you need to know about the new features, from wrist-based running power to the new morning report! Read on to learn more.

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Peloton Accessories are 30% off on Amazon for Black Friday

Peloton is having a huge sale with almost all of their accessories available on Amazon for up to 30% off – this is a great opportunity to snag some Peloton gear at a discounted price. Here are some of the best deals.

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Best 2022 Black Friday Deals: sleep and recovery tech

From the massage guns to smart mattresses, there is a lot of sleep and recovery tech already on sale for Black Friday. Here is a list of the best 2022 Black Friday deals we’ve found so far!

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Pixel Watch – What was Google thinking?

I have been testing out the new Google Pixel Watch alongside other new Fitbit wearables like the Fitbit Sense 2, Versa 4, and Inspire 3. While there are a few nice features on the Pixel Watch, it falls significantly behind the competition. Not only that, but with Google also downgrading features previously on the Fitbit, it is hard to even determine which watch is best for fitness and health tracking.

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Best 2022 Black Friday Deals: Smart watches and wearables

From the Apple Watch to Garmin, there are a lot of smart watches and sport watches already on sale for Black Friday. Here is a list of the best 2022 Black Friday deals on wearables we’ve found so far!

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Best 2022 Black Friday deals: Smart Fitness equipment

From Peloton bikes to NordicTrack treadmills, there is a lot of smart fitness equipment on sale for Black Friday. Here is a list of the best 2022 Black Friday deals we’ve found so far!

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How to use Backtrack on Apple Watch and Apple Watch Ultra

Backtrack is a mode you activate on the Apple Watch Compass app to keep track of your route, so you can easily retrace your steps in case you get lost. Here’s how to use Backtrack on both the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Ultra.

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Peloton Row vs Concept 2 vs Hydrow (and more!) rower comparison

Today we are going to be comparing just about every popular home rower available. From the brand new Peloton Row to the classic Concept 2, as well as the Hydrow, Hydrow Wave, Aviron Strong, Aviron Impact, Nordictrack RW900, and Ergatta Water Rower!

I’ve rowed over 1,000,000 combined meters this year on these rowers. Here are my thoughts on how they compare and my suggestions if you are looking to get a rower for your home.

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Hydrow launches new lineup of colorful rowers in time for the holidays

Hydrow has launched four new, more colorful, versions of its Hydrow Wave Rower. The bright new color options can be added for an additional fee when ordering from the company’s website.

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Theragun Pro (5th Gen) Review – an incredible but pricy massage gun

The Theragun Pro (5th Gen) has pretty much everything you could ever want in a massage gun. It comes with six high-quality attachments, an unmatched 16mm amplitude, and the strongest stall force I have ever tested.

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Wearables compared: Apple Watch Ultra vs. Garmin Fenix 7 (and Epix/Enduro 2)

The new Apple Watch Ultra features significant upgrades, including a larger screen, improved GPS tracking, an action button, and improved battery life.

But how does the Apple Watch Ultra hold up as a premium sports watch vs. the Garmin Fenix 7, Epix, and Enduro 2? Here is everything you need to know!

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Refurbished Peloton Bikes are on sale for under $1,000 until October 30

Looking to treat yourself with some home exercise equipment for the holidays? Then you may want to consider Peloton’s current refurbished bike sale. Refurbished versions of both the Original Peloton Bike and Bike+ are now on sale for $500 off including free shipping and delivery.

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How to create custom workouts on Apple Watch and Apple Watch Ultra

Here is how to create custom workouts on the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Ultra. The ability to create custom workouts is a new feature that has been added to the Apple Workout app during the release of watchOS 9.

How to use Waypoints on Apple Watch and Apple Watch Ultra

Here is how to use Waypoints on the Apple Watch compass app, which has been updated for the Apple Watch Series 6 and later. Additionally, the Apple Watch Ultra has a new Action Button which can create waypoints as well.

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Aviron Strong Series Rower – in-depth review

Today we are taking an in-depth look at the new Strong Series Rower by Aviron. With a focus on games and entertainment, Aviron stands out among devices that typically only provide instructor led content. But what is most impressive with the Strong Series is the unparalleled accessibility this rower provides.

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Peloton instructor sues for wrongful termination and discrimination

Peloton instructor, Daniel McKenna, who was recently let go, is now suing Peloton for wrongful termination and discrimination.

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Venom Go Review – high tech heat!

The new Venom Go by Hyperice is one of the most unique and most versatile heat therapy products ever made. I have never seen anything quite like it.

But is it worth the $149 price tag?

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Save 15% on a Peloton Bike during Amazon’s Prime Early Access Sale

Amazon offered a sneak peek for some of the deals going live during their new Prime Early Access Sale. Among these deals is the Peloton Bike, which will receive a 15% discount.

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The Pixel Watch: Why you should be concerned

Finally, Google has officially revealed all of the specs for the Pixel Watch, and it is now available for order. While I think the design is pretty nice, a deeper look into what the Pixel Watch does and does not come with leaves me concerned.

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NordicTrack X22i vs Elite Treadmill – everything you need to know!

NordicTrack makes some of the best connected fitness treadmills available, including their two most premium treadmills, the NordicTrack Elite and the NordicTrack X22i or X32i. I have spent a good amount of time running and reviewing both versions, and while they are similar in a lot of ways, they are also quite a bit different.

If you are trying to decide between getting the NordicTrack Elite or X22i/X32i treadmills, here’s a list of everything you should know.

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Lululemon’s rebranding of the The Mirror is a much bigger deal than you think

Today, Lululemon has announced a new name for its popular fitness mirror, which was previously called “The Mirror.” The new name is the Lululemon Studio, but the name change is the much smaller story here. It is the new price and membership upgrades that could shake up the entire connected fitness landscape.

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Apple AirPods Pro 2 review – fitness tested!

The Apple AirPods Pro have finally received an update this year with the release of the second generation. There have been a large number of improvements made, including stronger active noise cancellation, an increased battery life, and better sound quality.

But how do the second-generation Apple AirPods Pro hold up for exercise? Read below to to get our review after taking them through over a dozen workouts!

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Peloton Row classes not coming to app

With the price of the Peloton Row being nearly $3,200, many have been seeking other lower-cost options. One of the most popular being to purchase a Concept 2 Rower (which costs less than $1,000) with the hope that Peloton will eventually allow their rowing classes to be taken with the digital app.

I am sorry to have to warn you, but this does not seem likely.

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CLMBR partners with five-time CrossFit Games Champion Matt Fraser

CLMBR, the first to bring a vertical climber to connected fitness, has partnered with five-time CrossFit Games Champion, Matt Fraser. A new collection of six classes featuring Fraser is now available to be taken on CLMBR.

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Marge gets a Peloton Bike in latest ‘Simpsons’ episode

It was only a matter of time before The Simpsons took their crack at making fun of the at-home fitness phenomenon led by Peloton. In the latest episode of The Simpsons, titled “One Angry Lisa,” the storyline centers around Homer’s purchase of a “Pedalon” for Marge’s birthday.

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The “Irish Yank” Daniel McKenna leaves Peloton

Daniel McKenna is the next coach to leave Peloton. McKenna has been noticeably absent on both Peloton and social media since mid-September. This morning, Peloton officially announced that the “Irish Yank” will no longer be coaching.

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Fiture announces more affordable “Mini” smart fitness mirror

Fiture has announced the release of the new “Fiture Mini,” which as the name suggests, is a smaller and more affordable version of its smart mirror. Included with this announcement is that both the original mirror (now named Core) and Mini will be available on Amazon starting this month.

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Peloton partners with Hilton to put bikes into 5,400 US hotels

Peloton has announced a new partnership with Hilton which will expand the reach of their popular bike beyond the home. All 5,400 Hilton-branded hotels in the United States will keep at least one Peloton Bike available in their fitness center before the end of the year.

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Fitbit Versa 4 review: the good, the bad, the ugly

With Fitbit releasing their new generation of fitness trackers and smartwatches this month, I have spent lots of time testing and putting together a review for the now very colorful Inspire 3 and the stress tracking Sense 2. Now, finally, it’s time to discuss the new Fitbit Versa 4.

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Fitbit Sense 2 in-depth review: Everything you need to know!

This month Fitbit has released its new generation of fitness trackers and smart watches, including the Inspire 3, Versa 4, and Sense 2. The Sense 2 is Fitbits’ most feature packed smartwatch yet.

But does it do enough to justify the $299 price? We break it all down.

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Fitbit Inspire 3 in-depth review: a colorful improvement!

This month, Fitbit has released not one, not two, but three new smart wearables. Today we take an in-depth look at the new very slim and colorful Fitbit Inspire 3. It is easy to use, low cost, and still packs a lot of health and fitness features. Read on to see if the Fitbit Inspire 3 would be the perfect fit for you.

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Apple Watch Ultra review: Is it a true sports watch?

The Apple Watch Ultra is one of the most exciting new smart watches to be released this year. While it is an extremely nice smart watch, it still is missing a lot of the utility included in most higher end sports watches.

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Peloton Row review – almost the perfect rower

With Peloton, I feel like their top-notch content almost always outshines their equipment. With the upcoming release of the Peloton Row, that is no longer the case.

I believe the Peloton Row is the best piece of fitness equipment Peloton has ever produced. It is, well, almost perfect. Even still, with its current price of $3,200, I cannot suggest it except for the most dedicated of Peloton fans.

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Peloton’s new rower is available for pre-order – here is everything you should know! [Video]

Peloton’s new rower (named the Peloton Row) is now available for pre-order with a release date set for December this year. Here is all the information on the specs, price, features, and exclusive content that you should know about.

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Hypervolt Go 2 review – looking good!

This review is all about the Hypervolt Go 2: the smaller, lower-priced, and definitely best-looking percussion massage gun in the Hypervolt lineup.

But is it any good? And who is it for? This in-depth review of the Hypervolt Go 2 will tell you our answers to all those questions.

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Apple watchOS 9 fitness update and walk-through [Video]

Apple’s new watchOS 9 has been released for the Apple Watch Series 4 through Apple Watch Series 8. This is one of the biggest updates ever made to the Apple Watch in terms of new fitness features. Here is a video walk-through with everything you need to know!

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FORME Studio in-depth review

The FORME Studio is the Rolls Royce of smart fitness mirrors.

Taller and wider than the competition, FORME Studio has the largest and best picture 4k touchscreen display, multiple high def cameras to allow for fantastic and nuanced 1:1 training, the largest and fastest internal computer, and it is the first smart mirror to come with upgradable options to become a barre studio or even a full on smart strength studio similar to that of Tonal. 

I’ve spent six weeks testing out the FORME Studio so that I can give you the most accurate, most in-depth overview possible.

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Apple Watch Ultra – everything you need to know! [video]

Apple revealed the new iPhone 14, Apple Watch 8, new AirPods Pro 2, and more, but the highlight (at least for me) was the new Apple Watch Ultra.

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The ‘Cold’ Plunge review – an ice bath that needs no ice!

I spent over six weeks testing out The Plunge, an always-on cold plunge ice bath. During this time, I worked my way down from 50° to 39°F cold baths, experimented with both morning and nighttime routines, and tracked various biometrics every step of the way.

The results were far and above my expectations.

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The Normatec Go launches today – providing compression massage on the go!

After recently releasing the upgraded Normatec 3, Hyperice is launching a brand new recovery tool called the Normatec Go. The new Normatec Go is not only smaller and more portable than the original, but also more accessible. At $399, this is by far the lowest price of any product in the Normatec lineup.

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Apple Watch Ultra: How to turn Water Lock on and off

Water Lock on the Apple Watch is a feature designed to help you avoid unintended taps on the display when water hits it. While it will turn on automatically when fully immersed in water, you may have to turn it on manually before taking a shower.

Here is how to turn Water Lock on and off with the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Ultra.

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Hydrow Wave review and rower comparison

The recently released Hydrow Wave is a lower-cost, more space-efficient alternative to the original Hydrow rower. While that may sound great, a lot of changes have been made with the Hydrow Wave that you should consider. In this review, we will cover everything you need to know.

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