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I heart Nike Plus

Recently, I received a product called Nike+ from the good folks in Nike Malaysia. It’s supposedly beneficial to my workout routine and I was more than happy to review it.

A little background first…

Nike+ is a collaboration between Nike and Apple. What can I say, it’s a match made in heaven – Nike with the best trainers around and Apple, with the most desirable compact/portable music player in the market. Nike+ is essentially a smart device that syncs your iPod with the movement of your feet or foot strike (ie: Nike trainers), tracking your performance and giving you the extra boost during your workout.
I was given the Nike+ Sport Kit (consist of two devices, namely the sensor and the receiver), a pair of booootiful Nike+ trainers and an iPod Nano.

Nike Plus
Nike+

Before I incorporate Nike+ into my workout, I customised the iPod using iTunes programme on my laptop. All I needed to do was plug the iPod into my laptop with a USB cable. iTunes programme auto-detected the iPod and I transfered the music I wanted into the iPod. I was also prompted to join nikeplus.com, which I did.

After I was satisfied with my song selection, it’s time for the real deal. I inserted the sensor into the trainers. It was cool, removing the sole and finding a little hole made just for the device. I felt very high tech, ok.

Nike+ and Nike trainers.
Inserting the sensor into the Nike+ trainers.

Nike+
Voila!

The receiver, on the other hand, was plugged into the iPod.

Nike Plus
Now your iPod is Nike+ friendly.

At this point, I could further customise my workout plan on the iPod. First I set my current weight…

Setting weight on Nike Plus.
All I need to lose is 5 kilos and I’ll be a happy camper.

Then I selected my prefered workout target: Time, Distance or Calories.

Time on Nike Plus.
In my case, it’s Time and my target was 30 minutes.

And that was it. Easy peasy.

By the way, there’s also a PowerSong function where I could set my “power song” for that extra boost in the midst of my workout. It will be played when I press the middle button of the iPod. Great for when I felt like on the verge of giving up!

So I got to my gym, all excited in trying out Nike+.

Kimberlycun does Nike Plus.
Look at my boooooooootiful Nike+ trainers.

I started my workout and activated Nike+ by making a few steps in my boooooootiful Nike+ trainers and almost immediately both devices began to sync. The iPod detected my footstrikes and began to play my first workout song.

Activated Nike Plus.
This is what you see when Nike+ is activated for workout.

Sweaty Kimberlycun.
In all my sweaty glory.

As I ran on the treadmill, a sexy, manly voice reminded me of how much time I’ve ran. I’m freaking loving it, nuf’ said.

I successfully completed my routine and was excited to check out my performance.

Not too bad for a lazy arse ike me.
Not too bad for a lazy arse like me.

Back at home, I plugged in the iPod to my laptop. Logged on to nikeplus.com and had my workout data downloaded to the site. I was able to compare my current performance with my last, join challenges and many more. It’s a bustling community for health and fitness conscious people.

Nike Plus website tracking Kimberlycun's workout.
My dashboard on nikeplus.com, tracking my workout performance.

Nike is currently running a promotion at its Mid Valley and KLCC stores. For every pair of Nike+ enabled shoes, you’ll get a Nike+ Sport Kit, FOR FREE! Remember to download the voucher from www.nikeplus.com.my to qualify for the offer. The promotion runs till end October (or till stocks last) so quickly get your lazy arse ASAP to Mid Valley or KLCC. By the way, it doesn’t include iPod ok?

Pros:

With Nike Plus, I’m able to track my performance and have the data saved for future reference.

Before I used Nike Plus, I felt that the tracking feature of the treadmill itself is good enough but I realised after about 5 jogs, there’s no way I could remember how I perform the previous time. Hence, I would have trouble setting an accurate workout target for myself. How much faster should I jog this time? How much further? All the answers to these questions eluded me as I had not remembered the facts and figures of my previous performance. Factor in the performance targets for other machines….the stepper, the bicycle, the cross trainer, how to remember so many things?

Besides, with Nike Plus you can absolutely venture outdoors for running/brisk walking and have your performance accurately tracked.

And then there are the motivational voices that comes with Nike Plus. It’s like having a personal trainer in your ears…asking you to keep up and telling you how much more you’ve got to do. Of course, it’s not like having a real personal trainer but it’s certainly the next best thing. Great for me because I’m a health conscious person but always lack the motivation and discipline to achieve my fitness goals. PowerSong is a wonderful feature, injecting that extra boost when you feel like the legs are going to buckle.

Cons:

I’m under the impression it’s only for running. Would be great if it can be used for rope skipping, climbing and other forms of workouts.

Verdict:

I love it!!!


13 Responses to I heart Nike Plus

  1. KY October 19, 2007 at 12:17 pm #

    if you lift up 1 leg on the scale, it’ll be 50kg!

  2. Ming October 19, 2007 at 12:33 pm #

    They should make the pods for Asics shoes cause we ALL know what Nike cushioning is like for running hahaha :) Nice shoes tho but I ESPECIALLY like the fact that you lost 223 calories. Now if you can up that to 500 and then reduce the unhealthy food intake, 5kgs no worries.

    P.s, Kim i found out that if you mix SCULPT Berry with A tropical juice mix you can in bottles from the Supermarket it actually tastes better. Chocolate with Soya (Organic one V-Soy) also awesome.

  3. Kelvin October 19, 2007 at 12:50 pm #

    Asics FTW!

  4. Boss Stewie October 19, 2007 at 1:40 pm #

    You go to the Curve for gym? almost everyone i know seems to go there now… hmphhh

    My power song will probably be “I WILL SURVIVE… I WILL SURVIVE!!!!”

  5. Jessica K. October 19, 2007 at 5:38 pm #

    i saw this box at a window of an outlet in pyramid. was wondering what was that. heh.

    i sssoooo wanna give this a try but i dun have an ipod. :(

  6. Ms.Bloom October 20, 2007 at 9:24 am #

    You look super adorable in your workout gear!
    Few people can lay claim to that :)

  7. lex October 20, 2007 at 10:21 am #

    saw this and was wondering how it works. looking for a pair of good running shoes. now if only i have an ipod!

  8. Reta October 20, 2007 at 8:04 pm #

    lookin’ hawt!

  9. steve at the pub October 20, 2007 at 10:01 pm #

    Not enough sweat in that “sweaty” pic.

    Next time we want to see a sopping brow, hair plastered to the scalp, armpits which look like you have squeezed a wet sponge under them, a shirt which has gone wet down the middle, skin red like you have been scalded.

    You know, something believable…. ;-)

  10. Jane October 21, 2007 at 9:30 am #

    I totally agree with Ms. Bloom and Reta. Hott! Really envy your clear porcelain skin :)

  11. nAt October 21, 2007 at 2:44 pm #

    Heyz!! Nice meeting at Zouk :)

  12. kell November 4, 2007 at 10:54 pm #

    Lookin’ good! I also need to lose the pounds ;(

  13. bendrix January 12, 2008 at 7:15 am #

    I’m doing research on the Nike+ iPod and website connection… and I”ve been looking online on a few pages but yours is has the most detailed and most informed thus far. I really really appreciated this entry it was exactly what I was looking for. Love your bloggN vibe … nike trainers + iPod + You = beautiful combination :)

    – bendrix

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