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Intriex (Metabolism Tracking Device)

Very interesting idea.



Very interesting idea. Although I'm not a fan of the infomercial-style advertising, the product itself - The Intriex Metabolism Tracking Device - is interesting. A couple of questions though :
  1. Can I export the data for use in another app (either a commercially-available one, or one I've written myself)
  2. How many times can the strips be used? Will I be forced to buy new ones all the time, or can I clean & re-use them?
The Intriex Metabolism Tracking Device.

Apple Watch Series 6 - Sports & Fitness Hands-on Tests (DC Rainmaker)

The latest generation of the Apple Watch was officially launched the other day, and the reviews have been steadily trickling in ever since. My favourite so far - this one by DC Rainmaker.



The latest generation of the Apple Watch was officially launched the other day, and the reviews have been steadily trickling in ever since. My favourite so far - this one by DC Rainmaker.

Looking At : Sep 20, 2020

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

Trap Bar Training 2 (Kindle Edition)

Looking forward to it.


This looks great. We looked at the first edition a while ago, and this second volume looks equally superb. I'm about to dive in to it myself, and you can check out the details (and grab a copy) here : John Wood's Trap Bar Training 2.

Why We Need Medical Diagnosis Detectives (Dr Lisa Sanders)

Fascinating.



Dr Lisa Sanders discusses the diagnosis of 'rare' diseases, and shares a few ideas for improving things. Fascinating.

Looking At : Sep 13, 2020

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

Mobvoi Earbuds Gesture (Wireless Earbuds With Gesture Control)

Interesting combination.


Interesting combination. Seems the Apple Airpods have started something - a lot of people seem to be looking at wireless earbuds these days. Particularly those that don't mind a little sweat, and won't fall out in the middle of a training session. Of particular note are the Mobvoi Earbubds Gesture. I'm keen to check out the various gesture controls, especially during a workout. A little video :
The Mobvoi Earbubds Gesture.

Do This Between EVERY Set for More Muscle Growth (Athlean-X)

The incredible power of measurement.



The incredible power of measurement.

Looking At : Sep 6, 2020

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

nimbleToes Trail Addict (Trail Running Shoes)

These sound great.


These sound great. The nimbleToes is a pair of trail running shoes, with a number of small changes designed to suit the demands of uneven surfaces. Greater stability, less pain. A little video will show you what I mean :
The nimbleToes.



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