These High-Tech Fitness Tools Add a Reactive Element to Your Workouts

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“Sometimes you need to get away from reps and sets, you need to start to challenge your mind in your workout, and you need to have a little bit of fun,” says Men’s Health fitness director Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S. in our latest “MH Strong” video, the series where we test and review fitness gear to see if it’s worth buying. Behold: The BlazePod.

The sets of mini touch stations start at $309, with LEDs with eight color options, a changing base, and a carrying case, allowing gym rats to create challenging workouts, all easily controlled by an app. As Samuel puts it, they’re certainly going to “change up your workout,”—but the question is, are they worth the space in your gym bag? In the video above, we guide you through the pros and cons of this system and whether the innovation is worth the splurge.

Here’s how it works: You can put the pods on the floor or tack them onto a wall or a boxing bag (various attachments are for sale on the company's site). When one of them lights up, the athlete has to touch it—so depending on the setup, they have to have quick reactions to run, shuffle, jump, or whatever the drill dictates to turn off the light. Everything is controlled via connected smartphone app. Click on a workout, choose how many BlazePods you want to activate, and then get to work with 30-second to 10-minute workouts.

Fitness trainer Joshua Thompson appreciates the fun factor of BlazePods. “It's different. It's not like your average day-to-day thing,” he says. “You can really have fun with it and be creative. You can do it in a group, and you can do it by yourself as well. And I feel like it would never get boring because you can always change it up.”

In addition to the physical challenge, Thompson also likes that the illuminated gadgets keep your mind challenged “when you're fatigued, and you need to push past that mental fatigue as well.”

Reacting to flashing lights and thinking about what color you’re running to in the workout and building your reflexes also “fills in a blank in our training,” as Samuel puts it, adding versatility to your gym routine.

Still, $300 is a lot to throw down on the flashing lights. Watch our video to see if we think it’s worth the splurge—and why or why not—in the video above.

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