id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> There's so much more out there than Apple Watches and Fitbits.
Athos We're sure you're familiar with the Apple Watch, Fitbit's trackers, Garmin's wearables and all of the other activity tracking devices. But what about a smart helmet? Or a posture sensor?
Now playing: Watch this: High-tech fitness equipment for your home 1:13 There are a lot of "boutique" wearables -- ones that that track metrics that are far more specific than steps taken or distance traveled. Check out these seven unique wellness devices -- you might find just the one you need.Related: This might be the number-one way to track your fitness progress
These products and services are independently chosen by our editors. CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.1. These compression shorts that tell you how hard your muscles are working
Athos compression shorts and leggings use a tracker called Core that measures muscle activity, engagement and stress to give you a complete picture of how your muscles work during exercise.
Athos If bodybuilding, CrossFit-ing, powerlifting or some other strength-based
form of exercise is your workout of choice, you don't get as much out of a wrist-based fitness tracker as runners, cyclists and other cardio enthusiasts do.
When you're using strength as a basis for fitness progress, you should be able to track things like muscle engagement, muscle fiber activation and muscle balance. Enter Athos.
These compression shorts and leggings use built-in sensors that track your muscles' every move using electromyography (EMG) combined with motion-sensing technology. The sensors send that and other data (such as heart rate) to the Athos app on your phone via Bluetooth. You can see some pretty cool stats with Athos compression gear: Effort: How hard are your muscles working?Balance: Is one leg stronger than the other?Form: Are you engaging the right muscles for the right movement?
Active time versus rest time: How long were you actually working out for the 90 minutes you spent at the gym?Stress: How much stress did your muscles accumulate over this one workout, and over time?
If you're really serious about lifting, or just trying to avoid injury, you can even measure things like your quad-to-hamstring power ratio to make sure your muscles are firing with enough power when they're supposed to.
For example, during a deadlift, you want to pull the barbell from the floor with mostly your hamstrings
and glutes. If the Athos system reads that your quads did most of the work, that's a sign you might need to work on your hamstring strength. Athos also offers shirts, which measure the muscles in your upper body for all of those rows and bicep curls. Buy at Athos 2. This helmet for safe (and data-obsessed) cyclers
The Coros smart bicycle helmet uses bone conduction technology to transmit sound without blocking outside noise. Angela Lang/CNET What do safety, great audio and in-depth stats have in common?
They're all part of the Coros Omni smart bicycle helmet and its accompanying app. This Bluetooth-enabled helmet allows cyclers to listen to music, take calls and navigate with GPS through bone conduction audio.
Bone conduction technology turns sounds into vibrations and sends them through your cheekbones, rather than your eardrums -- effectively allowing you to listen to high-quality audio without drowning out important outside sounds, like car horns or rumbling railroad tracks.
The Coros smart remote lets you skip and pause tracks, change the volume, input GPS locations and answer calls without taking your hands off the handlebars. The helmet also has a light sensor that activates an LED safety light when it's dark outside.
As for metrics, the Coros Omni helmet tracks your route, speed and pacing, distance, calories burned, active energy, activity time and other data. Buy on Amazon 3. This in-depth recovery tracker that athletes love
The Whoop measures important performance statistics, like how recovered your muscles are, and tells you whether you should work out or take a rest day.
Whoop Even with constant innovations and added features, most wrist-worn fitness trackers are limited in terms of insights and actionability. Sure, they can tell you how hard you worked out, but they can't tell you how hard you should exercise the next day based on that data.
The Whoop can, because it's about improving your athletic performance, not just tracking it. Those who work out intensely and regularly are probably familiar with this scenario: You feel fine and rested, but when you get to the gym, you can't lift anything near your usual numbers.
The Whoop uses a variety of body metrics to tell you how recovered you really are, even if you feel "fine." It'll tell you whether you should work out, take it easy or take the day off completely, essentially allowing you to make informed training decisions rather than blindly pushing through workouts when your body needs rest. And -- bonus -- you can charge it without ever taking it off because the charging unit slides on top of it.
The Whoop's affiliations prove its effectiveness: It's the only wrist wearable that Major League Baseball players can wear during games; it's the official recovery device of the NFL, and many professional CrossFit athletes use Whoops to optimize training sessions and competitions.
A Whoop may not be the best for the everyday exerciser, but it's great for people who do activities that require a great deal of attention to performance and recovery, such as ultrarunners, obstacle racers, triathletes amd Strongman competitors. Buy at Whoop 4. This wearable that changes your heart rate for you
The Apollo works by signaling safety to the brain via gentle vibrations, and it's been clinically proven to improve heart rate variability (HRV), a key metric of health and recovery.Apollo Do you ever notice your heart rate skyrocket, but you can't seem to do anything about it?
The Apollo, the first wellness
wearable to actually change a body metric for you, works with your nervous system to optimize your heart rate variability, or the variation in time between each heartbeat.
When you measure your heart rate, you do so in beats per minute. But if your heart rate is 60 beats per minute, that doesn't mean your heart beats once every second. For example: Your heart may beat at 0.85 second, again at 1.25 seconds, and then again at 2.1 seconds. The difference between those beats is your HRV. If the intervals between your heartbeats are pretty consistent, your HRV is low; if the intervals vary widely, your HRV is high.
A high HRV is generally a good thing: It means your body can switch between fight and flight at a moment's notice, which is how our paleolithic ancestors survived. Research suggests that a higher HRV means a lower risk of disease, while a lower HRV is associated with heart attacks, strokes and diabetes.
Scientists also think HRV could be an indicator of how well your body can handle stress. If you have a higher HRV, you may be able to bounce back quickly after stressful situations and handle stress with more ease than someone with a lower HRV.
Apollo took that information and developed a wrist wearable that delivers vibration patterns that, according to its clinical research, alter your heart rate variability to help you to relax, sleep better and focus more. As you wear the device, the company says, the Apollo becomes more familiar with your body's nuances and customizes the vibrations to best meet your needs.