Shocking! This Wearable Stimulates Your Muscles Whether You’re Working Out or Not
As ridiculous as those vintage vibrating belt machines look, there is something to be said about an athlete’s need for static muscle stimulation. Think about how important that eight minute warm up is for your muscles, easing them into the shock of high cardio action, or how good that post-workout massage feels, rejuvenating and relaxing tense muscle groups after lifting grueling lbs. Those TCB moments allow you to push further, which is exactly what SmartMio wants to help you do, whether you’re moving in the gym, typing at the office or sleeping in your bed.
SmartMio is an active wearable muscle stimulator that uses electronic muscle stimulation (EMS) to train your muscle groups in total isolation. The lightweight gadget consists of two self-sticking electrode pads that you place on your skin above the muscle group you want to work out Shake Weight-style, and a Bluetooth-embedded pod that adheres nearby. The device is about the size of a bike light, and at just over a half an inch wide, is easily concealable under relaxed-fit workout gear or a flowy dress shirt. Because with just a push of a button on its yet-to-be-developed companion app (for iOS and Android), you will be able to start zapping your muscles with short electrical pulses whether you’re in workout mode or straight up work mode. Just don’t think that pumping up your pecks on your morning commute makes up for ditching your 6AM run. SmartMio isn’t a workout replacement — it’s a workout enhancer.
So while this may seem like a nice-to-have for those who hit the smoothie bar at the gym more often than the treadmill, SmartMio is a must-have gadget for performance-driven athletes — at least that’s what its creators are saying, many of whom are or were nationally competing athletes themselves, so we’re willing to trust their opinion here. The ability to integrate this type of complimentary training into your daily routine is near priceless, especially since it’s so easily customizable.
The app allows you to control the intensity of the stimulation, ranging from massage-like pressure to hurts-so-good pumps. Plus, it offers a slew of “training protocols and programs” that give you personal trainer-level knowledge of which muscles are the RIGHT muscles to target in order to reach your goals. Sound stimulating? For a pledge of $89, you can pre-order your device on Indiegogo, where SmartMio is just about to reach its $50K fundraising goal with over a month to spare. The wearable is expected to start shipping in August, just in time to amp up the last of your beach bod.
What’s your take on SmartMio — would you wear it when you workout? Would you wear it when you’re NOT working out? Do you think that isolated muscle stimulation is a crucial part of your training? Tell us in the comments below.
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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