Nike + Training pictures and hands-on

The Nike + Training shoes are for those who don't play basketball. They are for the rest of us outside of the USA who want to get some stats on how they train, be it interval training, circuit training or whatever other training you're to get you fit. Pocket-lint did some training to find out just how good they are, at the UK launch in London.

More of a shoe than a boot, like the Nike + Basketball boots the Nike + Training shoes are comfortable to wear, look stylish and are for the most part identical to any of the wide range of training shoes available from Nike.

The difference of course is the black-box inside the sole and the four sensors that measure how you put your foot on the ground.

In the case of the Nike + Training shoes that means it can measure anything to do with pressure - how high you've jumped and how fast you move your feet, for example.

Nike explained to Pocket-lint that the shoes are designed for training rather than long distance running for example, and so the best way to see that in action was to don a pair and get sweaty.

In our mini workout session at the launch event in London we were tested on how high we could jump, how fast we could skip and how quick we could do 80 steps, with the shoes monitoring everything and syncing with an iPhone in real time via Bluetooth to give us feedback.

As you'll see from the pictures, that iPhone was actually a giant screen so we could easily see what was going on, and we could easily see these demo pods turning up in gyms around the world - they really make a game out of it. We were up against two other journalists - the fight was on and our honour on the line.

First up we had three goes to see how high we could jump. We managed 22.9 inches, coming second. After that it was skipping where we came third (out of three), before smashing the 80-step fast foot challenge in 8.53 to claim first place.

At the end, turning to the other two players, it was clear the competitive streak in us had gripped, and we could see how if you've got mates who also have the shoes you could spend plenty of time pitting yourself against them.

Of course chances are, when it comes to training they might not have the shoes and so you are left to your own devices. Realising this, Nike has asked several of its athletes to create short training programmes to help you.

Athletes include LeBron James, Rafa Nadal, Manny Pacquiao, Allyson Felix and Hope Solo.

Each workout is demonstrated on-screen to provide detailed guidance and motivation. During each drill or challenge data and feedback on the workout is delivered to the user's phone via the Nike+ Training app.

Daily programs can be created based on how hard the user wants to train, and the app provides a digital community to with which to share each day's workouts and challenges.

Once you are done with either the training sessions or just seeing how high you can jump, you can share the information or see how you compare to others your age, your sex or your fitness level - very much like the way you can with the Nike Fuel system, which of course the Nike + Training shoes also support.

While great fun at the event (we beat Engadget, if you are interested), for those training alone Nike's biggest challenge will be to help you take this new found data and turn it into something to benefit from rather than just some stats to say that once you were great. That's slightly easier with training as you can set yourself goals, but no one ever got fit from just jumping high.



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