Moov is a wearable and app suite combination that claims to be your personal coach across various fitness-related activities. Moov wants to help you change your behavior by taking you through various levels of an activity, whereas most trackers focus on stand-alone information.
The wearable comes with five different smartphone apps: Cardio Boxing, Cycling, Run and Walk, Swim and 7 Minute+ Workout. The “personal coach,” i.e., an A.I. voice, guides you through the process. Intro shots with an athlete take you through a certain form/technique before you perform it yourself, like planks, pushups, squats and other moves in the 7 Minute + Workout app.
Five Things I like about Moov
1. Design of wearable
The Moov is a round disk you can push in and out of the strap. It doesn’t have a touchscreen, but I like the design of the wearable. It’s fairly lightweight, and the outer ring lights up when it detects connection with a Moov app.
2. Versatility of wearing
You have the option of wearing it on either your wrist or ankle, though for certain activities, like running, it is recommended to be worn on your ankle to better capture your movement. The company is even experimenting with Moov fitting your fitness equipment, like golf clubs.
3. Variety of activities
Moov is your personal coach for a lot of different activities. The variety stimulates you to learn new things and try out new activities and workouts. I wasn’t able to try out the Swimming app, but after I buy a swim cap and goggles, I would love to jump into my local YMCA pool with it if I ever get a chance to test Moov again. I don’t know of any other apps/wearables that have Moov’s breadth of function.
4. Fascinating metrics
You get good information from the wearable because they break down your exercise to specific metrics that other wearables don’t track, like landing impact for Running, stroke for Swimming, toughest climb and fastest sprint for Cycling and plank progress for 7 Minute+. I have never received this much detailed information from a wearable or app.
In each app, you can move through certain levels, which makes the app experience more of a goal-oriented challenge. Each app also has its own unique design, tailored to the activity.
Things I don’t like about Moov
1. Usability of the wearable
Both of the bands it came with were far too big for me. I lost count of how many times it fell off my wrist during workouts. Once, it flung off my arm while I was doing jumping jacks in my living room! Another time, it fell off just as I was coming to a hault from a run. Fortunately, it never fell off without me noticing! I have a small wrist size for a woman, but I’ve never had an issue wearing watches or other wearables and would have loved a smaller Moov band.
2. Unrelated Metrics
While some metrics were great, others were not. During interval training for the Running app, for example, it tracked steps per minute, not pace or speed. Since I never count my steps during a typical run, it was difficult to contextualize this metric and relate it to any progress that I wanted to make. I would have preferred Moov show me my pace or speed to help me boost my agility.
3. Unhelpful coaching
During interval running, the coach kept telling me to “Run like you’re on hot ground,” over and over and over again. I got so frustrated after five minutes of running that I quit interval training and exited the app (and that is when my band fell off my ankle…). Moov supposedly uses the wearable to detect precise motions; I would have preferred—and expected—a variety of tips on how to adjust my form, gait, or even arm positions to improve my speed.
Another downfall: I noticed Moov focused on speed of completing 7 Minute+ exercises, which is worrisome for beginners. Proper form is of utmost importance, even for basic bodyweight exercises like push-ups and squats, because they prepare you for more advanced positions with more weight, like dumbbell squats. Without proper form, moving too quickly could encourage injury.
4. App vs. wearable
In order to get the most of Moov, I had to download five separate apps. One app would be more centralized and take up less space on my phone (though it would perhaps compromise the unique design of each app). The wearable itself didn’t have any outward function to me, besides registering movements to my apps. I wish the band face could display some useful information.
This wearable didn’t fully deliver on its name, as it didn’t always detect my moves, like jumping jacks, which sometimes prevented me from moving forward to other exercises. Furthermore, it counted squats halfway down, when squats are a full downward and upward movement.
The voice that was coaching me through workouts was very robotic and impersonal. I want a warm, encouraging coach, not a cyborg!
Would I recommend Moov?
I would recommend Moov if you want to try different workouts than you’re used to or are at a more advanced fitness level. Beginners should proceed with caution, based on Moov’s focus on speed over form. Moov comes at a vey low cost ($79)
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