I’m sorry to say, that this guy is no longer part of the Snyder family. He left our home as quickly as he came in. I bought a Bodybugg a couple of weeks ago, not in order to lose weight, but because I’m a health nerd and I find it fascinating how calorie expenditure and intake works.
As I mentioned in my old blog, I’d eventually like to end up working in some field of nutrition or fitness. Ideally, I’d work as a wellness coach/personal trainer, since my initial attraction to becoming a Registered Dietician died down after barely managing to make it through Anatomy & Physiology. Granted, I was working a full-time job and was playing college basketball at the time, but I’ve come to the conclusion that if I want to continue with my full-time job, which helps pay the bills, I would never be able to manage a 9-month internship that would come along eventually in my becoming an R.D. It’s just not realistic, and, to be honest, I’m not sure I’d want to deal with the chemistry side of that field. Eventually, I’d love to be able to stay at home with my children, but I still want to be able to contribute to the family income, so a wellness coach would be the perfect fit. I could train and meet with clients in the evenings, when my husband gets home from work. We would never have to pay for childcare, either!
Anyway, I thought that the Bodybugg would be a great tool that I could use in the future, and since my 3-year-old heart rate monitor died, I could take advantage of the fact that I was in the market for a new workout tool. Turns out, I’m a creature of habit…and the complications I had with the Bodybugg just weren’t worth the headache.
I made the purchase from 24-hour fitness, choosing the version 3 with the pink frame. It retails for $199.00 and I was only paying $74.98… for those of you who are mathematically impaired, like myself, that’s a savings of $124.02. I’m such a sucker for a good deal.
Here’s how the product is supposed to work…
That’s all fine and dandy, if you can manage to get the little contraption synced and set up in under 1846685 hours. Unlike the heart rate monitor, you can’t watch your progress throughout the day as far as calorie burn, unless you buy a separate product from the company, called the digital display… in my mind, it’s just another way to get a buyer to shell out more cash… yep! Another $50… ON “SALE”.
The setup is complicated, to say the least… there’s an app that makes it possible to sync it to your phone, so you can track your calories burned throughout the day… but it isn’t constant, so you either have to keep hitting the refresh button on your Bodybugg, which, for me, meant reaching in my shirt constantly, or deal with waiting until the end of the day to see your progress — hate that!
Another turn-off for me, is that if you read the fine print,you know that the Bodybugg comes with a 6-month subscription to Apex Fitness online, the software that you need in order to view your progress charts on the computer. GREAT! Right? Wrong. After 6 months is up, you’re on your own to pay for the software — $6.95 monthly.
Finally, the straw that broke the camel’s back and convinced me that this pursuit just wasn’t worth the hassle, was the fact that I followed the set-up instructions exactly, started my workout, and anxiously logged onto my computer, plugging in my Bodybugg to see the results after about 40 minutes of sweat. My stats showed a big ole’ ZERO. Zero steps, zero calories, zero progress. I shamelessly ripped the annoyance off of my bicep, shoved it back in the box, and there it sat until I finally packaged it up to send back.
Back to old faithful, I went, with my tail between my legs. Luckily, I found a heart rate monitor exactly like my old one on eBay (a pink Polar F6). It had only been used a handful of times, and I happily made the purchase for just $40. No fine print, no pain-in-the-butt set-up, and no absurd additional add-ons. Simple, effective, and just the way I like it. Lesson learned! If it’s not broke, don’t fix it! 😉