Gruve Review – Day 1

On March 23, 2010, in Reviews, by Magnus

Hey all.  This is gonna be something a bit different.  While at FitBloggin, we were given a Gruve — a new device to help people “learn what they burn.”  I already own a Go Wear Fit, so when I brought this home, the husband (who is more of a g33k than I am.. yes, I know, it’s hard to believe) stole it.  This is going to be a series of posts written BY him as he chronicles his use of the device in his trek to better health.  I won’t be doing much in the way of editing, and remember that his native language is a mixture of Swedish and g33k.  If you have any questions about the Gruve, I’ll be referring you to him.

Without further adieu..

Greetings,

Your guest writer for the next couple of weeks is me, Andrea’s husband, Magnus. I will be posting reviews of the Gruve that Andrea got at fitbloggin10.

The device

First off, the actual device is pretty small and will fit on my belt just fine.  It doesn’t feel bulky at all (like those pagers we used to carry around years ago).

Attatched

Connecting it to the computer

The Gruve comes with a micro USB cable and after I plug it in to my computer I get nothing, no pop-ups, nothing. Hmm… So I go to their website and I find out that there is no Mac OS X version of the software (yet, it is apparently in the works).
No problem, being a computer geek and having VMware Fusion installed I simply start my virtual machine and install the software there. The install is a simple spousal install[1] and only takes a few minutes. If you are running Windows this part will be a breeze, just skip the whole VMware Fusion piece.

Ok, so I plug the device in to my computer again and this time I get a pop-up saying that the Gruve is syncing:

After you register it in your name and fill out your information it estimates your daily RMR[2].

That’s all you have to do on your computer to start using your Gruve. Next up, the Gruve Guide.

Your Personal Plan to Better Health

After printing out the 12 week guide, all 70+ pages of it, you sit down and start to fill out your current information, targets and goals.

The first thing to write is a wellness vision, this reminds me of something a personal productivity guide said in a book, it is a short statement of what you would be doing if everything works out perfectly. Imagine that you solve all your problems, overcome any road-block, what would you be doing fitness wise.

I can complete a marathon in less than 3 hours and 15 minutes.

Next, you simply wear the Gruve for a week without changing your routine any, this is to let the device get an idea of your current activity level.

I will be back in a week with the next installment of the Gruve review.

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  1. [1] Spousal install is one where you just hit next, next, next. ie. “Yes Dear”)
  2. [2] Resting Metabolic Rate – The number of calories you burn each day to keep your body functioning properly

2 Responses to “Gruve Review – Day 1”

  1. [...] the folks at Gruve gave us a unit at Fitbloggin10, which the hubby quickly took over and is now blogging about.  I’ve been wearing a competitor product, the GoWear Fit for quite some time now, and [...]

  2. [...] the folks at Gruve gave us a unit at Fitbloggin10, which the hubby quickly took over and is now blogging about.  I’ve been wearing a competitor product, the GoWear Fit for quite some time now, and [...]

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