Photo by Craig Wallace Dale
It may look like a basic sport watch, but the new Garmin Forerunner 405 is anything but. This GPS-enabled tool (approximately $300) doesn't just tell time, it tracks your training, too. When you're ready to head to shore and get your run on, the Forerunner'll keep track of your distance, pace, calories, and heart rate (if you purchase the corresponding monitor). You can download previous courses and compete against yourself or race the watch’s virtual partner. And ANT+ wireless technology means that the minute you're in range, your training data will automatically transfer to your computer.
Get a Grip
If you're a yogi who wants to hit the high seas and do downward dog, why not consider Yoga Paws? These small mitts let you practice without lugging your mat everywhere. Just slip them over your hands and feet, and voila! You've got enough traction to practice on any non-abrasive surface. Yoga Paws are made from a nylon and polyvinyl blend and have perforations for ventilation so you won’t slip around, no matter how sweaty things get. They come in several sizes (for both men and women) and prices begin at $30.
It's a new year, which means a new shot at actually keeping those resolutions. One that regularly tops people's lists? Getting—and staying—in shape. Enter the VersaStick Complete Gym ($79.95), a kit that makes it possible to work out even when you're on the water. This lightweight bar comes with three types of resistance tubing, an instructional DVD, and more. It allows you to do more than 120 exercises. And because it's easy to stow, you'll have no excuse not to (pardon me) "stick" with your fitness plan.
Sure, you can be crafty and devise your own exercises (bilge bends anyone?), or you can trust an expert to come up with fresh ideas that you can use on your boat. The FitDeck was designed by just such an expert—a former Navy SEAL instructor, to be exact. Each of the 50-plus cards in the deck features an exercise that can be adjusted to suit your fitness level. It also comes with a neoprene card holder so you can simply shuffle your cards, pop a few in the case, and draw them one by one to get a different routine every time. Prices range from around $15 to $30.
This article originally appeared in the January 2009 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.