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A device which measures and records the distance and pace of a walk or run.

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If you enjoy running outside, the Nike+ is something you should know about.

  • Feb 16, 2009
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If you like to run on the treadmill because it records your mileage for you, but you get very bored of running in the same place for a long period of time, the Nike+ is right for you! 

What is it? The Nike Plus is a device that you place in your shoe (a compatible shoe), with a small insert you connect into your ipod that records the statistics for your workout while you run outdoors. It records workout time, calories burned, total mileage, and mile pace. 
The Set-up: You record your personal information (such as height, weight, age... etc) and this way your statistics at the end of your workout are consistent with your body. 

It has 4 different settings for the different types of objectives you have for your workouts:

1. The Basic: This is a setting that you select if you want to run a specific course and then stop at the end to see how far and how long it took. This is a good setting for specific trails and routes that have a specified distance. At the end of this, you are told if you beat your personal best, by keeping track of your running history.

2. Time: This setting allows you to choose from a series of different set times. The Nike+ will then notify you when your time is up. This is good if you are trying to make sure you are running for at least 30 min or an hour per workout.

3. Distance: This setting does similar to the Time setting, in that you specify how many miles you would like to complete.

4. Calories: This setting allows you to control how many calories you burn per workout. 

Power Song: This setting allows you to select a song- a "power song" that when you need a boost, you select it during your workout- to give you that little extra push. This is an awesome setting that I use a lot!

History: This setting has a running list of all the workouts you have completed using the Nike+ showing the day, time, and the distance, calories, and pace. You can even record this information on Nike.com- creating a profile online. Every time you plug your ipod into your computer, it will update your profile on Nike.com- giving you an incentive to outperform past workouts.

I have been running regularly now for a few years and never before have I found such an awesome running partner. It is so satisfying being able to record your workout history- and using the online website pushed me to workout hard everyday. I definitely recommend this device if you are serious about getting into shape and running regularly. It's a purchase well-worth it!

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review by . January 19, 2010
I am on my third chip.  I run with it everytime I run, with or without music.  I LOVE the challenges. The new and improved Nike + website is great too!  I highly recommend the Nike+ system to any runner! 
review by . March 13, 2009
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So I have this issue where I love to workout, but only if I know exactly how many calories I'm burning and how far I'm going when I do it. For instance after the calorie/distance thing broke on my elliptical I completely stopped using it, although it is still a completely functional piece of exercise equipment.    The Nike+ shoes take care of my "need to know" as far as runnig in concerned. There is a tiny sensor in the shoes, and then another attachment I put on my iPod Nano. …
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The Nike+iPod Sports Kit is a device which measures and records the distance and pace of a walk or run. The Nike+iPod consists of a small accelerometer attached to or embedded in a shoe, which communicates with either the Nike+ Sportband, a receiver plugged into an iPod Nano, or directly with an iPod Touch 2nd Generation or iPhone 3GS. If using the iPod or the iPhone 3GS, iTunes software can be used to view the walk or run history.

The sensor and iPod kit was revealed on May 20, 2006. The kit is able to store information such as the elapsed time of the workout, the distance traveled, pace, or calories burned by the individual wearing the shoes, and display it on the screen or broadcast it through the headphones of an iPod

The sensor and Sportband kit was announced in April 2008. The kit allows users to store run information without the iPod Nano. The Sportband consists of two parts: a rubber holding strap which is worn around the wrist, and the receiver which resembles a USB key-disk. The receiver displays information comparable to that of the iPod kit on the built-in display. After a run, the receiver can be plugged straight into a USB port and the software will upload the run information automatically to the Nike+ website.

As of August 2008 "Nike+iPod for the Gym" launched, allowing users to record their cardio workouts directly to their iPods. No Sport kit or shoe sensor is required; all that is needed is a compatible iPod (3rd–4th generation iPod Nano ...
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