Nike+ is a system of planning, tracking, and measuring runs while listening to your favourite -- or most motivational -- music. To do this you need to buy a few things first:
* An iPod Nano and The Nike+ Sports Kit (which consists of an oval-shaped sensor and a rectangular receiver that connects to the iPod)
Alternatively, if you have an iPhone or iPod touch you only need to buy the sensor -- which is half the price on its own.
Also, to make full use of Nike+ you should sign up to the Nike running website where you have the option to choose training programs, make a calorie/distance/speed goal, or take part in friendly competitions with others on the site. I am currently trying a program that will train me to run a 5 km marathon within 3 months.
So far so good, but Nike still wants you to purchase more of its gear before you can actually hit the concrete: a pair of Nike+ shoes please. The only reason you need a special pair of trainers is because Nike (or someone in a sweatshop in China) have carved out a small oval-shaped hole in the left shoe under the innersole where the sensor sits.
Of course, a quick look on Amazon will show you that if you already have a favourite pair of running shoes there are numerous pouches and holders that will adapt your shoes for the sensor.
Now you've got the gear, got the shoes, and signed up to the site. Ready to go? Not quite. I personally find that the earphones supplied with iPods can fall out quite easily (as tested when running for buses, trains, planes, etc). A good pair of speciality running earphones are probably in order. I went for a pair of Sennheiser PMX 80 Sport headphones. They loop around your ears and behind your head so they don't move at all when running. After my first run today I can tell you they work perfectly, completely solid, no jittering, and crisp clear audio.
Surely there's nothing else to buy? Well, maybe one more thing. You need somewhere to put the iPod as you're bounding around the streets. Placing it in a pocket could be OK, but the iPod is so small it could easily fall out if you don't have a zip. The solution is either to hold it or buy an arm strap.
And that's it -- well, apart from the actual running! I did find the option of a "power song" (where you press the centre button on the iPod and it plays your most motivational song) helped for a short time when I start to lose power, and the inner geek in me finds some motivation in uploading runs, mapping out routes, and keeping track of my progress. Overall I am very impressed with how it works, and once it's all running, how easy it is to use -- and it's cheaper than a gym membership!
Following a knee injury I decided it would be better to have pair of running trainers instead of normal everday trainers for going out jogging. I heard about this Nike+ iPod Sport Kit and bought it along with Nike+ trainers to go along with it.
~~~What is it?~~~
The Apple Nike+ iPod Sport Kit comes with a small sensor which fits under the sole of your left Nike+ running shoe, or if you don't have Nike+ trainers then you can buy a pouch which can be tied to your laces, that the sensor is placed in. Along with the sensor you also get a wireless receiver which plugs into the bottom of your iPod.
All you have to id place the sensor in your trainer then put the receiver in your iPod. Once you've done this you calibrate the sensor so that you can get accurate information from your run. You could choose to do this by running a mile on a treadmill, but I chose to use the Nike website to create a run around my area then use it. Just in case my stride length differs from treadmill to ground.
From the menu on your iPod, you can choose whether you want to run a certain distance, for a certain time or burn a certain amount of calories. You can also just do a 'basic' workout which just lets you get on with it and you can stop whenever.
You can keep track of how you're doing during your workout by pressing the centre button. A male or female will tell you your stats. I chose the male as the female had that annoying whiney American accent which was irritating (I've got nothing against Americans ).
Once you've completed your run, you will see a summary of how you've done. Distance, time, average pace and calories burned will all be shown.
And if you've completed some kind of new personal best, such as running further than you've ever done previously, you'll get a message from a sport star such as Tiger Woods or Lance Armstrong.
This data can then be uploaded to the nike website, where you can keep track of all your runs.
You can of course listen to your music while running. You have the option of listening to your playlists or shuffling your songs. You can also listen to an album, but you'll have to start playing the album before you set up your workout. This is because you can't browse through albums when in the Nike+ area, you can however select ' Now Playing'. I hope that makes sense.
You can also set a 'Powersong', which you can use when you're struggling during your worlout by holding the centre button on your iPod.
Mines is 'Eye of the Tiger', which unsurprisingly is the most popular choice.
~~~Nike Running Site~~~
This is where all your workout data is sent. The website keeps track of the total distance you have ran, total time spent running, average pace overall and calories burned. It also shows your personal bests for set distance such as 1km, 1 mile, 5km, marathon, etc. This is also stored on your iPod.
Apart from keeping track of your stats you can join upto challenges with other members of the site. Challenges include completing a certain distance or competing against one another to complete a distance in the fastest time.
You're supposed to get virtual medals and ribbons for doing these challenges, but despite winning some I haven't received any virtual recognition.
As I mentioned before, you can creat your own course from the website. Using Google maps, the website allows you to plan out a run around where you live or anywhere else in the world for that matter. It'll tell you how long the course you have created is. And you cn also keep track of how many times you have ran the course.
For me this is a great piece of technology to have for anyone who regularly goes running or walking. The fact that all your data is stored online, and in a more basic state on your iPod is for me a great motivation to keep getting out there and clocking up those miles.
For roughly £20 you won't be wasting your money and after over 100 miles my sensor is still working accurately.. even though I don't switch it off when it's not in use.
The only minor fault I've had is after one of my runs the data wouldn't upload to the website. This was probably more to do with the site itself rather than the sensor (supposedly getting updated). After a few more runs however it did start to uplaod again and no runs were missing.
Nike + is a wireless sensor which fits into a pair of Nike + trainers and then sends information about your walking or running efforts to a transmitter which plugs into your iPod or if you have an iPod Touch, the transmitter is built in. You can then use your iPod as a personal coach for walking or running. The price is very reasonable at around £19 but the Nike + trainers can be very expensive, although...you don't need to have a pair, there are pouches available from sites such as Amazon which will fit onto your existing trainers to hold the sensor. These pouches aren't produced by Nike though.
The sensor needs to be calibrated before it can measure the distance you have run or walked, the speed at which you were walking or running, and the calories you have burned along the way. I calibrated mine on a treadmill, and I think it would have been better doing it while running outside as it doesn't give accurate readings, they are always out by about a mile.
I have found this item useful initially to keep track of calories burned and distances run and I like the fact that you can create playlists to workout to and have a favourite track set to come on when you are nearing the end of the workout to spur you on. However, as I am not an avid runner, I have found that the novelty of this item soon wore off and as the sensor and transmitter are small, they regularly get misplaced or lost! (That's more my fault than the product's!)
I have heard from other people that the battery in the sensor does not last for long and replacements are available. I haven't yet had any problem with battery life and the product has been used a good number of times.
I think this product is well priced and great for regular runners, not so good for the likes of me where the novelty wore off very quickly.
I promised myself that this would be the summer to kick start my fitness regime, and with limited funds, I didn't want to join a gym, so I decided to take up running. As a self-confessed couch potato, I needed something that would motivate me. Enter, Nike+ Sensor. So, I invested in a sensor that was £12 from eBay). As I had an iPod Touch, I didn't require the sport kit. You do if you have an iPod Nano though.
If you have the Nike trainer that already has the section to put the sensor in, you'll have to find a way of attaching it to your shoe. I purchased a Nike+ Sensor pouch from Amazon (coast around £6), which you put the sensor in and loop through your trainer laces.
Once it's sorted in your shoe, you need to link it to your iPod. It's very easy to do. Simply walk around and the sensor will be picked up by your iPod. Mine didn't at first and I thought I had a faulty product. But all I had to do was take the sensor out of the pouch and shake it around a bit. I set my Nike+ to basic, open-ended programme and I did my run. You can work out to a pre-programmed playlist and can also choose a 'power song' to really get you going when you're flagging.
When you have finished your run, a voice will tell you how far you've run (in miles or km), what your pace was, how many calories you've burnt (this is the best bit for me) and the time it's taken you. Now, plug in your iPod and all the details can be sent to Nikeplus.com, where you can register your details and your run will be put onto a graph (a nice little touch), which gives me motivation.
Overall, it's a great and smart little device that I can't run without now. Worth the investment!
Nike+ is a piece of wireless equipment which, along with your ipod tracks the time taken, the pace, calories burnt and the distance of your runs or walks. When looking at prices on the internet, it cost £19 on the Currys website and £20.04 on Amazon.
As well as this receiver and sensor pack, you need your ipod and itunes on your computer (which sends your workout data to the Nike+ website). If you dont already have a pair of Nike+ trainers, then you can purchase a special holder for the sensor, which fits onto the laces on your trainers. You can get these on Amazon for around £6 or £7 pounds, depending on the sort you want. You could, of course, get a pair of Nike+ trainers but these will set you back at least £70 which is not practical for every ones budget.
If you do have, or get the trainers, then the sensor fits under the insole in the left trainer. The receiver fits into the bottom of your ipod where you would connect it to the computer. When you first put in the receiver, it will ask you to set a couple of things to your preference. You can set the feed back voice to female or male. You can also set the distance to miles or kilometre.
When you come to doing your first workout, scroll down to Nike+ and then go to 'new workout'. From here, you can choose one of four workouts. The first is a 'basic' workout, where it does track what you do, but where you dont have a particular goal. With the next three (time, distance and calories), you can set a particular goal. With these, you will get spoken feedback every so often to tell you how well you are doing. The feedback voice will also tell you when you have completed the goal you set, though you can carry on if you wish. After deciding on your type of workout, choose the music, if any, that you want and press the centre button to start. To finish, press the menu button and scroll down to end workout.
Your ipod can store up to 1000 workouts before needing to download them. To download them, connect to itunes as you normally would do. This will then direct you to the Nike+ website to set up an account, which is free and only takes a couple of minutes. From this point onwards itunes will send your workouts to your account on the website every time you download your information.
To me, the website is the best part of the the Nike+ idea. Every time you complete a workout and download it onto the website, it comes up as a line graph type thing. This line shows you your pace throughout your run. I find this helpful as I can try to push myself harder on the areas where I tend to be slower.
The website is also helpful as you can set yourself goals, like running 40 miles in four weeks or a certain number of calories in so many weeks. I find that this has helped to keep me going on a number of occasions as I dont like failing! Also, you can set challenges that other Nike+ runners can take part in. A popular on is to see who can run the furthest in 30 days. These are for anyone to take part in.
I decided to get this nifty bit of kit as I wanted to start running to lose the spare tyre round my waist (and other wobbly bits!) and to also get quite fit. It has helped me no end, as without it I think I would probably have given up within a couple of weeks. At first, it helped me just to know how far I was actually going and also because I could slowly see my pace increasing. Now that I have got fitter and slimmer (though there is still some way to go), I have found I like running for the sake of running. It is always hard if i push myself, I usually enjoy going out and trying to run that tiny bit further so that I can try and get ahead of someone in a challenge. It is also really easy to use this bit of kit. It is easy to set up before you go out running, easy to download after finishing and easy to use the website.
I would recommend this kit to anyone who wants to get fitter or who wants to improve their performance.
I've always been quite an active person and a keen runner. Recently I have been upping my game and starting to take running a bit more seriously. I would be mapping my runs and timing how long it takes me to cover the distance with the trusty stopwatch. This isn't always practical and doesn't really give you an accurate account of the exercise you have been doing.
Enter the Nike+ Sport kit. It comprises of a wireless sensor that you place in the sole of your Nike+ running shoes and a small attachment that fits onto the bottom of your ipod. There is also a CD that contains the software required when it comes to uploading your data. You also need to create an account on the Nike+ website. It's as simple as that.
You choose your music and off you run. The sensor records all the data of your run including the time, distance, fastest mile/km, and calories burnt. You can set it up so that your workout ends after you have run a specific distance, amount of time, or burned off so many calories. When you have finished the run you attach your ipod to your computer (just as you do when loading music) and upload the data.
You can view all your running data on the Nike+ website. It will tell you the total distance and time you have run. It will also work out averages for you. It saves all your running history. The website isn't just about you though. It's an entire community of runners. You can compare stats, create goals for yourself and even challenge other people to reach certain goals.
One of the cuter features of the site allows you to create a mini runner in your image that you can use for a screen saver and encourages you to go out running! You can also link this with social networking sites such as Facebook.
Overall, this is a product that has been screaming out to be invented for years. It's not just for people who are fit or good at running. It's for those people that want to make exercising more enjoyable and more fun. It really does inspire you to run. You will find yourself creating a play list of music just for running. One of my favourite features is that you are able to nominate a 'power song' for that part of the run where you feel like you need to stop and need that extra bit of motivation. The key word here is motivation and the Nike+ Sports Kit gives you that little edge and helps you hit those targets.
Having over indulged over Christmas and not really being able to tone up a little with general exercise, I decided it was time to take up a bit of gentle running. I decided I would start out going two nights a week for about a mile run, just to break myself back in gently (I hadn't been proper running since I was at school some 10 or so years ago).
So I went to my local sports shop and got myself a decent pair of Nike running shoes, half with the thought of getting myself a Nike+ Apple sensor to pair with my iPod. I tried in vain to find the official Nike+ running shoes for under £30 but wasn't able to do so. I settled on a pair of Dart VI which were on promotion for £24.99. As I didn't have the sensor, I thought I'd see how I got on first.
My first run was a success and I found even though I was absolutely shattered when I got home, I was somehow looking forward to my next venture out. Therefore I decided to hunt down a Nike+ sensor. Now I have an iPod Touch (which I used whilst running to break the boredom of running on my own) and so I only had to find a sensor sold on it's own and not in the iPod Sport Kit.
The sport kit comes with a transmitting device which plugs into the bottom of the iPod (where you plug the USB cable for connecting to a power adapter or computer) which then receives a signal from the Nike+ sensor. The iPod Touch can receive the sensor signal as it uses either Wifi or built in Bluetooth (I'm not 100% sure which) to make the connection. After scouting around for a day or so on where best to get the sensor, I eventually opted for Amazon at a cost of £14.00. True to Amazon's usual good service, it arrived after 3 days.
I did however still have a small problem. How will I secure the sensor to my trainer? As mentioned, I didn't go for the 'official' Nike+ trainers which house the sensor under the insole of the left shoe in a special compartment. I searched on eBay for a solution and it came back with all sorts of shoe pouch, rubber fasteners, plastic latches, etc - all which would cost about the same as the sensor itself.
I was about to give in and buy one of the cheapest when I found a very useful YouTube video on a 'Nike sensor hack'. A guy called seansymons posted a very useful video on how to fasten the sensor with next to no cost at all. You take a small sandwich bag, put the sensor inside, wrap it around a few times and place it under the laces of your left shoe. As there is excess plastic bag hanging out either end, it is secured when you do your laces up. Genius!
So, I was no ready for my second run. I had already created a 'running' playlist in iTunes which I synced to my iPod with songs to keep my energy and enthusiasm up, which are as follows:
'Shut Up and Let Me Go' - The Ting Tings
'My Generation' - Limp Bizkit
'Smack My Bitch Up' - Prodigy
'X Gon' Give It To Ya' - DMX
'Pump It' - Black Eyed Peas
'Mr Brightside' - The Killers
'Killing In The Name' - Rage Against The Machine
'I Predict a Riot' - Kaiser Chiefs
'Breathe' - Prodigy
'Oh Timbaland' - Timbaland
'Hey Ya!' - Outkast
'Hungry Like The Wolf' - Duran Duran
'Standing In The Way Of Control' - The Gossip *POWERSONG
'Break Stuff' - Limp Bizkit
'Fashion Victim' - Green Day
'99 Problems' - Jay Z
'In Da Club' - 50 Cent
I turned on my sensor (there is a very small white button on the underside - press once for on, hold for 3 secs for sleep/off) and walked around as indicated for the connection to be made with my iPod Touch. It took roughly 3 attempts for this to happen, which was a bit surprising as I was expecting an instant connection. Eventually we got there and I was off, but I now found I had to callibrate the sensor by running 400 metres. A little annoying but I wanted to get it right.
A few options can be set up in the preferences before running. I had chosen a female instructor's voice for updates on starting/resuming my workout, etc. A male instructor is also available. You can also set your workout by distance, calories you want to burn or by time. For just normal running, there is a basic workout which will just record all the above with no interruptions. You are also asked to select a 'PowerSong' which can be activated by the iPod interface at any point in your run to give you
2 and a bit miles and roughly 30 minutes later I returned home, had a shower and was eager to get all my running information off the iPod. When you connect the iPod to the computer and iTunes has opened, you have to sync the Nike+ info. Once done, iTunes asks you if you wish to connect to the Nike+ website to create a free account and upload your data. I had already anticipated this and set up an account so all i had to do was log in.
The Nike+ website is a great add on to the already useful (and quite fun) sensor. Here you can view your run as a graph, showing you where you had burst of energy or used your PowerSong, map your run using Google maps, challenge yourself to achievable goals or just see how other people are getting on.
All in all I would recommend the Nike+ Apple sensor as a useful bit of equipment, especially if you're already going to be listening to music. I have heard that battery life lasts only approximately a year and once it runs out you have to replace the unit as the sensor is sealed.
I've been running for near on 2 months now and haven't yet lost my sensor, so it's good to see the bag tip works!
This is my opinion only. I also write reviews on Ciao! under the name macmonkey.
This is a great piece of kit that harnesses the really great iPod and couples it with the ability to go out running to groovy tracks, whilst tracking your results.
It used to be the case that YOU MUST use Nike trainers, the special ones that have an oval shape cut out inside the sole of the shoe. This is where the transmitter is slotted in. However, you can get tiny little aftermarket accessories. They accommodate the transmitter and then attach to ANY trainer, normally clipping onto the laces. The SwitchEasy RunAway is one such product, but a whole list can be found here; http://tinyurl.com/y6qr6z
Anyway, the other part of this kit is the receiver, which plugs into the bottom of your iPod and activates the software. From here you can calibrate the device and then get out running. It tracks things like pace, distance, time and calories burnt. You can even set it to give you voice prompts, these encourage you and let you know how you are doing throughout your workout. Then when you get back home, you synchronise your iPod. You get charts, records, progress details through your free Nike+iPod account via the website. Fantastic!
You should also note that if you own the latest iPhone or iPod touch, with the latest software, there is no need to plug in the white receiver, as it is built into the unit. You also get a really nice user interface from the newer software.
This is a great device and adds some very useful extra functionality to an already great product.
Now I was fairly active when i was younger, i played a lot of sport at school, mainly Basktetball and Hockey, I even became very good at Hockey ending up playing for our men's 1st team by the age of around 14 or 15. I even managed to make it into the eastern regional squad. I stopped playing when I was about 21 to persue anothe pasion, Music, I was in a band that was doing quite well, and i wanted to put more time into this, to cut a long story short, we did well, got signed, but it fell apart a bit, but i digress, that truely is another story.
Back on track, after stopping playing alot of sport and getting a 'regular' 9-5 desk job i noticed my fitness suffered dramatically. So i decided to start running in the evenings, which although I enjoyed was difficult to motivate myself after sitting on my cheeks for 8 hours already. When i came across the Nike + iPod system i was in the states on Holiday so managed to pick up some Nike + compatible trainers, and an Ipod Nano for 'half price', (I love going to America on holiday!).
Basically what you need is an iPod Nano, some Nike + compatible trainers, and this Apple Nike+ iPod sport kit, (but if you're reading this chances are you already know that.) In the Apple Nike+ iPod sport kit you get a little 'chip' that goes under the sole of your nike+ traniners, and an addon for the iPod nano which plugs into the bottom where you plug in the sync cable.
The main reason i bought this kit to be able to do this was to keep me motivated. While out running you can press the centre button on your ipod at anytime, and it will tell you over your headphones on a sat nav type voice which tells you how far you've run, how long it's taken you and what pace you're running at, customisable to be miles or KM to your taste.
Once you have run you sync it with your iTunes and it will link to your Nike+ account to update all information on there. The Nike+ website shows you all details from all your runs, but that's not all. On the website you can set yourself goals, e.g, I want to set a goal of running 30 miles over the next 4 weeks. It will then keep track of it for you. Similarly you can also set challenges between other uses which is an superb motivater!!
One of the advantages of this is service is, as always on the internet, the community presence, you can join in with the community in the forum, and find challenges that suit your ability, or setup your own challenge to other users.
All in all this is a great little thing to have to help motivate you.
Since I've been getting into a bit of a health kick right now, I was tempted by this nifty little device and eventually gave in and treated myself to it.
This device is compatible with an iPod nano only since the nano has a flash drive memory as opposed to hard drive memory and therefore, its less likely to be damaged by running.
You get a sensor and a receiver in the box. The receiver plugs into the bottom of your iPod, just like your USB cable. The receiver is very small: only about 2cm long and 1 cm high, so it doesn't get in the way too much. The sensor is designed to be placed in a pair of Nike+ trainers which have a space hollowed out for it inside the sole, but a quick Google search will reveal many cheap solutions that allow you to attach the sensor to the laces of any trainers.
So, you've plugged in your receiver, attached the sensor to your shoe and you're ready to go. You simply follow the Nike+ link on your iPod and can then choose your workout. You can choose to set your workout by distance, time or calories burned. Other settings can be changed, too. For example, a voice can give you an update on your progress of your workout and you can set this to be either male or female. Similarly, you can set it to record your workout in either miles or kilometers or set your 'Powersong' which is a song you can get your iPod to play when you start to flag.
Your progress is displayed on screen , telling you how far you've went, but you also get updates through your headphones and can get such an update on demand by pressing the middle button. It will also record how fast you're going and how long you've ran for.
You can also calibrate the Nike+ kit to be sure its accurate for your stride length, although I've left mine at what it was pre-set out as this seems to be fairly accurate for me, anyway.
Once you've left your sweaty trainers at your front door and got yourself comfy on the sofa after a hard workout, then you can proudly plug your ipod into your computer and record your workout information online at the Nike+ website. Here you can not only store a record of your workouts, but you can also set and sign up for challenges to give yourself an extra bit of motivation.
For someone like me, who needs all the motivation I can get, its good to be able to be able to visually chart my progress like I can with the Nike+ kit. However, I am aware that it pretty much is a glorified pedometer. Running along to my favourite music while having spoken encouragement is something I find that helps me, though. You can also download workout mixes from iTunes just by typing Nike+ into the search bar.
At only £20, though, you can't go wrong if you already own a Nano. However, with Nanos coming in currently at around £100 for 4GB and about £120 for 8GB, it could certainly work out expensive if you don't already own one.
There is a couple of disadvantages I can see, though. First of all, the battery can't be changed in the sensor and so you'll need to buy a whole new Nike+ kit when the battery dies. Also, its pretty much necessary to buy a sports armband to secure your Nano and keep it away from rain or sweat which will set you back about another 20 quid. Also, if you don't own a pair of Nike+ trainers, you might not feel satisfied that the sensor is firmly attached to your trainers which might be a bit of a distraction.
Another fault is that if you run cross country or aren't running with a regular stride, it can make the Nike+ unable to accurately predict the distance ran, although it shouldn't make it totally inaccurate.
All in all, I've found this a great motivational tool for me and at only £20, it didn't break the bank. Being able to link it with the Nike website to give you that added bit of encouragement is a great touch as well, and all in all, I'd recommend this piece of kit for any runners or potential runners out there!