Fitness is more than just hitting the gym now. With the advent of technology and the motto ‘work smart not hard’, you can optimise your workout sessions by getting activewear that will do the job for you. What once used to be the simple business of pushing out sneakers, tank tops, and shorts that the general public could afford has now burgeoned into a billion-dollar affair that demands research labs, actual engineers, and hours of testing by professional athletes. 

Technology is such a huge part of the fit sphere now and it’s played such a big part in fulfilling people’s never-ending quest of being faster, stronger, and better. From Nike’s bead-filled soles and ASICS’ salt flat-tested Glideride to Under Armour’s recovery sleepwear, here are some of the best fitness innovations this year.