would you get Moov?


The name Moov has me thinking cattle. “Moo”, “hoof”, “Moov”. Just me? And what’s with butchering perfectly good words?

Moov boasts “real-time interactive coaching”, and seems to be a more intelligent version of GPS watch meets fitness tracker. (See a comparison with Fitbit here.)


The founders (former Apple employee and HALO game engineer) say that this gadget will revolutionize the way people will work out. Then again, it’s been said about the hoola-hoop, and pretty much every gadget invented since. I still say – get under the freaking bar.

Hmm… one time investment of sixty bucks provides you with real-time interactive coaching. A cliche that comes to mind is “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”.

My biggest concern is that this device is trying to do it all – work on your running form, and your yoga practice, and your golf swing. ┬áJust like in life, you can’t be everything to everyone. I know – I tried.

The devices are available for pre-order, and I’ll be on the lookout for reviews once these actually come out this summer. A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to raise the $40,000 for the initial units.

But somehow, I am not too worried about being out of job any time soon.

YOUR TURN: Do you use a fitness tracker? Would you use Moov? Why? Why not?


Posted March 4, 2014

3 responses to “would you get Moov?”

  1. Matt Cave says:

    I love stats. Graphs motivate me. Pretty visualizations of my run/ride/swim get me off. I fucking love that shit. But ultimately they distract from the actual activity for me. I know at least one person who can’t run without a Garmin and an iPod. I don’t ever want to become dependent upon crutches like that. I’m a scientist at heart, and I recognize that quantitative feedback is useful, but qualitative is too. So, unless I’m weight training, I base my pace on perceived level of exertion most of the time, and use a stopwatch and HRM once in a while just to make sure I’m not fooling myself.

    • SOLO says:

      Yep, I’m with ya there – I can get waaaaaaaaay too excited about the numbers. To the detriment of the damn training itself.

  2. Golflover says:

    Great post! Thanks a lot and have a nice day!

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