Greg Glassman, CEO of CrossFit, is absolutely right about this. Wearables are utter nonsense. I don’t do CrossFit (I am a StrongFirst devotee), but Greg Glassman and his team have done more for intellectual honesty in the fitness industry than anyone else I can think since I started lifting in 1975. They don’t believe in barriers to market entry (also known as licensure of fitness professionals), and they correctly see corruption and stupidity as the enemy of public health. There is plenty of both in the fitness industry, starting with all the so-called advocacy groups, such as the American College of Sports Medicine and their funders, Coca Cola, to politicians who keep producing guideline after guideline after guideline. Guideline supporters always march out the argument that if people followed the federal eating or exercising guidelines, we’d all be better off, so the problem isn’t the guidelines. While we’re at it, let’s also point out the abject idiocy of gyms that have coolers filled with sugar-laden sports drinks and shelves of supplements that have Z-E-R-O evidence of their efficacy.
The point is that virtually no one follows the eating or movement guidelines. Hence, producing edition after edition after edition is an exercise in mental masturbation that allows bureaucrats and politician to sing their virtues without ever moving the needle on anything. The real need is for the feds to stop subsidizing (through either direct payments or tax treatments) farmers and concentrate on helping people understand their market choices (through better labeling), rather than coercing choices through unreliable political engineering masquerading as science, or worse, scientific consensus.
There is undoubted some small subset of people for whom apps and wearables fill an important gap. Those people are few and far between. Your most important wearable is your brain. If you’re unwilling to use that, some trinket on your wrist isn’t going to save you from yourself.
“There’s some incredible technology. It’s amazing to have a wearable that knows what workout you’re doing and what reps you’re doing, but it turns out I know what workout I’m doing and what reps I’m counting, too.”
P.S., in a clear indication that the market is speaking, FitBit is dying the death that it deserves. A worthless product from a company whose claims of the device’s omniscient power to make you fit were preposterous from the start.