Every workout is different. Some days you feel like you can conquer anything, while others you feel like you're just trying to survive. In the first case, it's easy to get carried away and do too much; in the second, you might wind up babying yourself when you should be pushing.
Here's the good news: A cool new technology takes the guesswork out of your training. With the help of the Beast Sensor—a rugged, magnetic motion sensor—you can quantify the quality of your workouts down to the rep.
The sensor tracks each exercise you perform during a workout using high-tech accelerometers and gyroscopes, then relays all the information it collects to your smartphone, which displays it in time for you to make adjustments to your training on the fly.
By taking into account the amount of weight you're using, the Beast app can provide key data points such as power (in watts) and speed (in meters per second). Those metrics let you know how well you're performing during any given workout; and the app can make instant recommendations on what loads, sets, reps and rest times you should use moving forward. Over time, the Beast app can be used to track your progress in every exercise and help you visualize where you're consistently improving and where you might need to change things up.
The real-time data provided by the Beast Sensor can motivate you to work harder and smarter, resulting in faster gains. A 2011 study found that instantaneous performance feedback (such as that provided by the Beast Sensor) helped professional rugby players improve faster in a number of jump- and sprint-based exercises over a six week training period.
As any strength and conditioning expert will tell you, the amount of weight on the bar isn't the most important factor for improving athletic performance. The quality and efficiency of the exercise are the real keys to progress, and the Beast Sensor helps quantify those once un-measurable metrics. The Beast app can give recommendations based on your own training goal, whether it's to increase explosive power or bump up your maximum strength.
From the company's official website: "Theory of training and biomechanics together with [the] experience of the most prominent strength and conditioning coaches has been transferred into the Beast algorithms to achieve your training goals faster than ever."
To learn more about the incredible applications of the Beast Sensor, check out their official website.