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Get in Gear: bodybugg

There are a lot of fitness gadgets out there, some of them work, some don't.

One gadget that gets my stamp of approval is the bodybugg from Apex Fitness. Basically the bodybugg is an armband device that you wear on your triceps throughout the day. This smart little bugg measures how many calories you use in a day based on some very scientific calculations of body heat, motion, gravity and skin response. It gets way cooler, so

After you go about your day, you then upload all the information from the bugg to your computer and watch the magic happen. You'll be able to see charts showing how many calories you burned and when, to the hour. I would look at it and say, "Oh, that is when I walked to the bus, and oh, that's when I had a meeting. Look, that's when I went to the gym!" After that, you enter your calorie intake information (i.e. what you ate). This part can take a little bit of time but the database on has a lot of food uploaded already, so most stuff is instantly recognized. Once you do that, you'll be able to see if you're at a surplus of calories (who's up for a quick walk around the neighborhood before dinner?) or if you're at a loss of calories (did someone say ice cream sundaes?) for the day.

I especially loved that the bodybugg is also a pedometer, so I was able to track my steps -- If I hadn't made it to 10,000 by dinner; I was doing a few laps around my house during American Idol. While my husband was less than thrilled that my Type A personality was being fed like a wildfire, I was thrilled. The only things I did not love about the bugg were that it hardly matched my outfits and that it only works with a PC (as of now at least). The pros definitely outweigh the cons though, so check it out on

This thing is addictive, but for good reason, never before have I been able to see (with such detail) my personal input and output of calories. The bugg does not come cheap; it's $399 for the bodybugg, a 3-month membership and two private phone sessions (with very helpful coaches, might I add). After that the membership is monthly (or yearly, depending how hooked you are). I would highly recommend this for anyone trying to lose weight because it really lays it all out there, making it easy: To lose weight you need to consume less calories than you use, plain and simple.

coterie coterie 9 years
I have a Bodybugg and it's definitely worth the money!
melita236 melita236 9 years
ebay people!
laluna27 laluna27 10 years
Its soo cool! But why does it have to be so expensive!
blondie829 blondie829 10 years
this looks awesome, but i can't drop $400 :( boo.
laurarose520 laurarose520 10 years
I don't have that kind of money. I have a pedometer from work, so I might just look into a heart rate monitor for calorie output.
misslarue misslarue 10 years
great idea but too much $$ for my budget!
SeptemberGurl SeptemberGurl 10 years
that would be awesome! but i don't have $400 to drop, let alone add on the subscription costs. cool though!
metamonkey metamonkey 10 years
What does the subscription get you?
SU3 SU3 10 years
Oh ok. Thanks Fit!
Fitness Fitness 10 years
The cost is $15 per month to $99 per year (you can also buy 1 month only for $30).Like most things, the more months you buy, the cheaper it is per month.
SU3 SU3 10 years
whoops... SORRY! :OOPS:
SU3 SU3 10 years
That's pretty impressive! I'm just wondering though... what is the cost for additional months??
SassyRedhead SassyRedhead 10 years
Same as most people, this looks amazing and would probably help so much, but 400 dollars...ugh
txhottie txhottie 10 years
My trainer at 24Hour Fitness is using one of these. He really likes it and has recommended that I get one, but I think all the trainers there got theirs for free from Apex, as 24 Hour supports their products!!
Melissa-Rae Melissa-Rae 10 years
I would buy this in a second if it wasn't so pricey. THat's just outrageous.
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 10 years
sailing-chick sailing-chick 10 years
This sounds sensational and I would love to have one - am alwyas trying to work out how much I'm putting in as oposed to how much I'm working out - only thing is not sure I can justify over $400 (convert to AU$)!! what a shame!!
joyofadventure joyofadventure 10 years
thats pretty cool, i cant afford it but still cool
purrtykitty purrtykitty 10 years
that would be really cool to have. especially to know exactly what my daily caloric intake was supposed to be. i'm not sure how close those estimators are on those food diary websites.
smarler smarler 10 years
You should have a FitSugar giveaway for this one! I know, wishful thinking. I just wish the price tag wasn't so high.
Samanna42 Samanna42 10 years
I've heard about this before, and it's definitely something that I (with my love for numbers and such) would have a good time with. Hopefully with all the technological advances and such, we'll some day have a more affordable version to play around with. I'm not ready to drop $400 on a fitness tool.
Fitness Fitness 10 years
It has to be in direct contact with your skin in order for it to work.
wynter wynter 10 years
Pretty neat!
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 10 years
so can you wear this over your clothes? or does it have to be in direct contact with your skin ?
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
Hmmm...maybe go in on it and share? ahaha...
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