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BodyMedia LINK Armband Weight Management System

from BodyMedia
3.5 out of 5 stars 734 customer reviews
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About the Product
  • Track your activity and calorie burn like the contestants on The Biggest Loser and endorsed by health and wellness expert Jillian Michaels
  • The BodyMedia system automatically tracks your calories around the clock helping you to lose weight and even improve your weight loss by 3X proven in group trials
  • Provides most accurate calorie burn measurement in market (data available on BodyMedia.com)
  • Bluetooth-enabled to work with BodyMedia iPhone and Andoid apps so you can see your data in real-time and upload wirelessly Food logging also available with app
  • Works with MyFitnessPal, Runkeeper, Sparkpeople and more

Product Description

Product Description

Know your bodyGCoimprove your life! The BodyMedia FIT on-body monitoring system consists of the BodyMedia FIT LINK Armband monitor, online Activity Manager*, optional Display and free downloadable iOS or AndroidTM apps for mobile device users. Using four sophisticated sensors, the BodyMedia FIT LINK Armband automatically tracks the calories you burn during your daily activities and monitors the quality of your sleep, an important factor in staying fit. The information tracked can easily be managed using the BodyMedia online Activity Manager. Add in the easy-to-use food log and you have all the right information to reach your personal fitness goals!

BodyMedia FIT makes getting and staying fit easy.
Just plug the unit into your computers USB port each day to automatically upload info. Then simply log the food you ate via your computer or mobile device, and the Activity Manager* gives you a running report of your progress. This includes steps taken, time spent in moderate and vigorous activity, nutritional analysis and sleep efficiency, as well as any personal bests. And with the Bluetooth-enabled LINK Armband, you get near real-time updates of your stats with the BodyMedia FIT app.

The more you know, the fitter you can be with BodyMedia FIT. Order from Brookstone today!

*Online subscription required to track data. 3-month free trial included with purchase. Plans vary, starting at $6.95 a month with 2-month subscription.

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From the Manufacturer

Are you looking for that added edge in your weight loss program? Track your activity and calorie burn like the contestants on The Biggest Loser.

At a Glance:
  • As seen on NBC's The Biggest Loser
  • Wear the Armband to measure calories burned, steps taken, activity levels and sleep quality
  • Communicates directly with the free BodyMedia FIT app on your smartphone using Bluetooth to give you real time data
  • Log food using the online tool or mobile app
  • Import nutritional data from apps such as MyFitnessPal
  • Receive personalized feedback via the BodyMedia FIT coach
  • Compatible with iPhone, Android, and other mobile devices
  • Subscription required after 3-month trial***
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The BodyMedia LINK Armband captures 5,000+ data points per minute, automatically tracking calories burned during your daily activities.

BodyMedia LINK Armband

The BodyMedia FIT LINK Armband is the most accurate device in the market for measuring calorie burn*. No other consumer body monitoring device can capture calorie burn with greater than 90 percent accuracy, a fact that has been clinically validated when compared to the gold standard in calorie measurement**. The BodyMedia FIT Armband automatically and accurately gives you round the clock info on calories burned, steps taken, activity levels, and sleep quality. The LINK Armband, enabled with Bluetooth wireless technology, sends information directly to your smartphone providing real-time caloric burn, activity levels, steps taken and sleep quality.

*Data on file.
**British Journal of Sports Medicine, July 2010.
***Subscription required. The LINK Armband does not display information on its own, but rather works in conjunction with the online Activity Manager. Package includes a free 3-month trial period subscription.

Accuracy is on the Arm

When you wear a BodyMedia FIT Armband directly on your arm, it monitors calories burned, monitors exercise intensity, steps taken and sleep quality. Other devices clip to your shirt or belt loop so they can only record simple data (steps) from when you move. Why is that important? BodyMedia FIT Armbands recognize that jogging up 3 flights of stairs is not the same as walking down 3 flights of stairs. You're doing more work and burning more calories jogging up those stairs.

If you want to accurately monitor what's going on inside your body, you need a system that is in touch with you day and night. That's why BodyMedia FIT Armbands are worn directly on your arm. Its patented sensors detect skin temperature, sweat, the rate of heat leaving your body and motion. It knows what you're doing, when you're doing it and even the intensity of your effort.

Online Activity Manager

Our Activity Manager allows you to upload data to our server via your smartphone or computer. The software analyzes the data and presents the information in an easy-to-understand format so that your progress can be tracked. The Activity Manager allows you to enter your body's metrics (height, weight, age, gender), log food, and guides you to your goals with a running report on the progress you've made--all while tracking their personal bests.

FIT coach

The Activity Manager also features FIT coach. The software analyzes the millions of data points gathered from your Armband and you are given individual feedback suggestions such as eating something different, adjusting activity levels or focusing on getting more sleep. All of the feedback you receive is based on your actual data.

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The LINK Armband makes information immediately available by communicating directly with your mobile device. View larger.

BodyMedia FIT App

The LINK Armband powered by Bluetooth wireless technology communicates directly with the BodyMedia FIT smartphone app to provide real-time, up-to-the minute streams of information. You can view your Dashboard and see real-time data to evaluate how they are tracking against daily goals. Using the app, you can also create customized workouts. The LINK Armband puts valuable health information at your fingertips for added motivation to stay on-track.

Wireless Upload of Data

The LINK Armband now offers wireless upload. Wireless upload allows you to cut the cord with the computer by enabling the BodyMedia FIT app on your smartphone to upload all of the Armband data to our server. Upload from anywhere in the world with an internet connection--no computer needed. You'll like it so much, you might just forget to charge your Armband, so keep an eye on the battery indicator (most people charge it every 4-5 days).

Apps that work with the Armband
  • Withings - Never log your weight manually again by connecting your Withings Scale account to your BodyMedia Activity Manager to have your weight entries sent automatically.
  • MyFitnessPal - Database of 2 million foods to make logging meals a snap. MyFitnessPal also offers a free barcode scanner and an online community to diet with your friends.
  • Runkeeper - Turns your smartphone into a personal trainer in your pocket.
Compatibility Information

Mobile devices tested to work with the LINK Armband and mobile apps include the iPad 3; iPad 2; iPad; iPhone (4S, 4 and 3GS); iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation); LG Ally; LG Optimus S; Motorola Droid (original, 2, and X); Samsung Epic; Samsung Intercept; Samsung Transform; and Sanyo ZIO.

Best when used with iOS 5.1 or later. Mobile devices running Android 2.3 or higher normally work, but have not all been tested and thus cannot be guaranteed by BodyMedia.

What's in the Box

BodyMedia LINK Armband, medium size strap, USB cable, manual and quick start guide.

Product Details

User Manual [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 0.5 x 2 inches ; 1.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Origin: USA
  • ASIN: B0049POHK6
  • UPC: 898363002126
  • Item model number: 100792
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (734 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,941 in Health & Personal Care (See Top 100 in Health & Personal Care)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

I have had my new BodyMedia BW for several days now. Unfortunately, I tried to pre-order it on Amazon but was one of many who were told it would take 1-3 weeks to ship on the release date. Bummer. I ended up ordering it directly from BodyMedia instead. I am a Mac user and initially needed to download one driver for the unit from the BM site and then Java to get the Activity Manager to work from Safari. None of these items will work with Firefox, but not a big deal. Overall, a very easy set-up that only took 10 minutes even with the downloads.

I find that wearing the unit is very comfortable so far for the entire day and while sleeping. I remove it to sync and shower. It is also comfortable under clothes.

Syncing with my iPhone is relatively easy. Just one push on the unit while the app is open and my phone and the most recent calorie/step count/activity data will be displayed within the app. One minus though, once your phone times out to conserve battery you lose your Bluetooth connection and must complete the sync again. Not a big deal, but it could be improved. The capabilities of the app are more limited to the on-line AM, but I am hoping in time it will be upgraded.

You must use the USB cord to officially download/sync your unit to the Activity Manager (website based). You cannot yet do so with the Bluetooth capability of your computer. Another bummer, but possibly will improve in time. Also, be aware that your food input and calorie information on your phone will not automatically appear on-line within the AM, you must do a hard-line sync with the USB. Another little minus, but again minor. One the plus side, current data from the on-Line AM WILL immediately update into your app.
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I ordered the armband back in March and after 5 months of usage, I wanted to share my feedback. First, I think this unit delivers on its promise of accurate measurements of calorie expenditure and step counts. My wife has a Fitbit flex and I've spoken with users of other devices and they are toys compared with this.

I do workouts on a treadmill and will do identical routines for a period of time so it's easy to compare step counts and calories burned. My step counts only vary between .5 and 1% on a 9000+ step workout, which is pretty amazing. I also recently saw a video review where the author did a similar test to Bodymedia, comparing the Fit to a hospital O2 machine. The result: bodymedia was 95% accurate to the 40k device.

Now to the downsides. First, I disagree with users that say the device is comfortable. I realize this is a very personal thing, but I definitely know I'm wearing it on certain days. It also catches on clothes when taking off a shirt, etc. I also have developed blisters on my arm from daily usage. I've read this can be due to putting the device on damp skin (i.e., after a shower). So I now try to wait a good couple of hours after showering to wear it. I've also taken to switching arms, even though this is not sanctioned by Bodymedia. I've found it's still pretty accurate.

It just seems that some discomfort is the price you pay for the accuracy of the device. Hopefully future incarnations will be more comfortable.

One final comment: I'm amazed at the negative reviews based on the monthly fee. It's not as if Bodymedia is hiding this. People never take personal responsibility for anything these days.
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The manufacturer commented on the review below
to get full benefits of device there is a monthly subscription fee of almost $7___i haven't found that highlighted in any of the recent reviews_ so just be aware= you may benefit from a less expensive device if you don't want all the info that this device would provide via the subscription fee.

i also noticed this comes with a free 3 month subscription_ costco is selling there's with a free 12 month subscription- that's 9 months at $7 per = $63 value.

please click if this was helpful to you- thanx
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Hi Angel_Boy,

Thanks for taking the time to review the BodyMedia FIT. Yes, the subscription for the Activity Manager allows our customers to seamlessly and invisibly install updates to their devices and our apps without the hassle of having to manually download updates all the time. This allows us to give you the most up to date version of our Activity Manager at all times.

Thanks again. Hope you had a great holiday!

- Laurie
I find the marketing for the Bodymedia or "Bodybugg" to be pretty horrible because they don't really tell you the difference. I was a fitness and weight loss coach a few years ago when I first got one though and was well aware of the difference.

I just recently updated my device to the Bodymedia Core (check their site too because they have specials like a free display sometimes) and I see the marketing still doesn't explain the difference so I thought I would.

Having recently gotten my new Bodymedia I thought I'd first touch on the difference between the Core (the new Bodymedia) and their old bands--way smaller, shaped better to fit the arm, now in grey rather than black, lighter.

Okay so then what's the difference between that one and the fitbit or jawbone?

The Bodymedia armband is the most accurate way to measure calories burned outside of a hyperbolic chamber. A Fitbit and Jawbone are basically a pedometer and guesstimate. This is why the Bodymedia bands are what you see on the arms of the Biggest Loser contestants--only way to get a real read.

Why? Here is how they measure your caloric burn:

Bodymedia AKA Bodybugg: Determines caloric burn via 5 measurements:
1) accelerometer, 2) heat flux, 3) galvanic skin response, 4) skin temperature, 5) near body temperature. When comparing calorie expenditure measurements from the armband device to calorie expenditure measurements in a metabolic chamber (the "gold standard" of calorie expenditure measurement), the bodybugg or Bodymedia armband achieved average accuracy rates of 92%.

Fitbit and Jawbone determines caloric burn via number of steps you take and an altameter meaning seeing if you go up or down stairs. That's it.
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