Activ5 fitness device puts to the test.
21 May 2019| Last updated on 21 May 2019
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If strength training is a fitness priority for you, but you struggle to find time to attend gym classes or find the weights room intimidating, there’s a small but mighty gadget that could be the answer to your problem.
The Activ5 is a tech device about the size of your palm, that hooks up to an app and coaches you through isometric exercises that don’t require weights or equipment.
Featuring more than 100 workouts that last just five minutes each, it offers an easy way to incorporate training throughout the day or on the go.
But is it effective? I gave it a go to find out…
Is it easy to use?
Each workout is designed to be five minutes long, but it does take a bit longer to begin with when setting the max power each time, and getting the hang of each position.
Because isometric exercises are intentionally subtle, there are times I think I must be doing it wrong because I can’t feel much – but when I recalibrate each exercise I can see that I’m improving as my max power goes up.
On the other hand, there are certain moves that are killer (in a good way). Like the straight leg crunch, where you lie down, place the device under your lower back and hold a low sit-up until your abs hurt like hell.
You can ‘favourite’ the exercises you like best in order to curate a custom workout (or avoid the moves you hate).
As someone who does a lot of exercise classes, I find the Activ5 did’t replace my gym visits at home, but where it really came into its own is when I was on holiday.
While staying at a villa in Greece, where it was too hot and hilly to go running and there wasn’t a gym on site, I did a couple of workouts in the mornings and evenings so I didn’t feel guilty about abandoning my usual fitness routine.
Because there’s a whole section for working out while sat down, you could even use the Activ5 at your desk or on plane or train journeys.
At home or in hotel rooms you can do what psychologists call ‘reward bundling’ – doing something fun (e.g. watching TV) while doing something less pleasant (working out) – and because of the ‘gamified’ process, you’re more likely to hit your targets than when you’re watching a YouTube fitness video and end up giving up halfway through.
If you’re a frequent flyer and don’t want to miss out on your usual gym sessions, this little gadget would make a great travel companion.
Activ5, £119.95(AED559.50), Amazon