A weight scale that costs over $150 might be classified as a unnecessary purchase and a waste of money by many. You can buy a pair of top-of-the-line running shoes and running shorts with that much money. The scale also monitors fat mass, lean mass, and BMI, in addition to body weight. And it comes in very sleek glass top (black as seen on the left or white). Big deal. Still, one can buy a decent digital scale that does all that in less than $50. But, what if this scale can be connected, via WiFi, to a web site that tracks all the data and displays the data in an efficient manner? And you don’t need to do anything but just step on the scale to get that information? Aha! One must want such a gadget! This Withings Body Scale makes the weight monitoring so easy that running performance management gets more efficient. Setting up of the scale is very easy and took me just a few minutes. Apart from some personalization, there is not much more to do but step on it and get your body weight, fat mass and lean mass measured. By the time you step off of the scale and get to your computer, voilà, the data is transmitted and displayed on the Withings web site. I also connected my RunKeeper profile to my Withings profile, so that RunKeeper can calculate more accurate calories burned for any given run, because it knows my fat mass and lean mass. Of course, you can share this information with your friends and blast it onto Facebook and Twitter, but that’s just too much information if you ask me.
Having read Racing Weight, I agreed with the author about the importance of weight (fat and lean mass included) monitoring and of knowing the optimal racing weight. So, I decided to invest in this gadget. If my running performance improves by monitoring my weight better over time, I will call it a great investment. Monitoring weight may get me to watch my diet and consume less beer, ice cream and potato chips. Who knows?