One of the most deceptively difficult things about exercising is trying to decide whether or not any particular workout session has been effective. Sometimes you’re more tired than usual, sometimes you just feel like an exercise didn’t feel as hard as it normally does—either way, there’s no definitive way to determine what a “good workout” is. It’s the reason that so many people lean on fitness trackers, but even those can get clunky and uncomfortable when you really start to work up a sweat.
Enter MyZone, a company known for its various fitness trackers, including belts and watches. Elle reports that, earlier today, MyZone launched a smart sports bra that tracks your heart rate, which is one the best indicators of the effectiveness of any workout.
It works in a similar fashion to any piece of smart fashion. The module on the front of the bra, shown above, measures your heart rate activity and pairs up with a MyZone app. The results are twofold: you get the physical benefits of having a heart rate monitor on your person at all times during your workout, and you get the added motivation of MyZone fitness trackers. Apparently, “the app uses a game-based platform that rewards effort with points for any activity—running, cycling, rowing, you name it.” The app is also color-coded (grey for least intense, and then moving through blue, green, yellow, and red for the highest intensity) to show you just how vigorous your workout is.
There’s a catch, though. Since the sports bra is new, it’s only available in low support. So, while it might be great for a barre class or any other low intensity workout you might be doing, it’s definitely not recommended for running, jumping, or any otherwise intense exercise. The same Elle report states that a moderate-to-high support style is in the works and is likely to roll out later this spring.
Not to be a Debbie Downer, but I have some issues with this sports bra. For one, it seems to me that wearing a bulky fitness tracker right above your rib cage would be painful, especially if you attempt to do any kind of sit-up. Plus, the bra and fitness tracker are sold separately (the bra for $70, and the fitness tracker belt, which connects the band on the bra, for $150), which seems like a load of BS, if you ask me.
But you know what? To each their own. I’m sure there are some fitness fanatics out there who have been waiting for this day for a long time, and I don’t want to take away from your joy. But when you have bruises on your torso from this silliness, don’t come crying to me and my cozy, neon pink bras.