Sophisticated technology • Easy to use • Provides basic perspiration data
Not very detailed • Not necessary for ordinary people • Confusing application
The Gatorade GX sweat patch is a neat product but not worth the price for most.
You know those workout ads where people watch so good while working. They smile and pose, the muscles ripple, drops of sweat slowly fall. You can almost feel the pleasant endorphins emanating from the screen.
I am anything but that when I exercise.
My face is turning beet red. I breathe like a lawnmower coming to life. I sweat like a lying member of Parliament. I mean i sweat sweat. Look here at this picture of me after run a half marathon in the yard in the freezing cold.
Yes, it’s encrusted sweat long after my run, which again In the cold.
But I have to be honest, I never really wanted to study my sweat. It’s sort of fair is. It was something that had happened. The sweat especially made me want to take a shower.
But then Gatorade came out with a sweat patch and it was just weird enough to make me curious. Did I want to study my sweat? Sure why not. Let’s be a little disgusting.
What is a sweat patch?
Put simply, it’s fine … a patch – think of it as what smokers use to quit – that sticks to your inner left forearm. As you train, swirling colored lines fill in, which means collects your sweat and your data. When you’re done with your workout, you scan the patch in an app, which then gives you a reading of your sweat data.
Of the, Gatorade says, the app “combines aggregate data from health and fitness apps with 35 years of research by the Gatorade Sports Science Institute to create actionable recommendations that help athletes achieve their training goals and perform their duties. better.”
Gatorade sent me some fixes to try as well as some Gatorade pods – which effectively mix the concentrate with water to make Gatorade – a fancy flask and a towel. I guess it was all to support my hydration.
I first tried a patch with hard training at the Peloton, which is my primary form of exercise these days. And what is a more 2021 training session than a Peloton ride? I planned 45 minutes of class and started.
The patch was perfectly comfortable and it was quite neat to watch the lines move as I worked. About halfway through my trip, I had moved the lines a lot. By the end of my ride, I was sweating and the lines had meandered to fill most of the patch. Here’s what that progression looked like – the orange line is the sweat levels, the purple line is the sodium levels.
And if you couldn’t tell what kind of workout it was, here’s my very sweaty and oversized post-ride mug. (Gross, I know.)
Once I wiped off my sweat buckets I scanned the patch using the Gx app. It’s really very simple, like scanning any QR code. From there, the app takes a moment to process before giving you a reading.
Flipping through the results pages, I apparently lost around 67 ounces of fluid in the workout. My perspiration rate of 2,626 ml / hr was high, as was my sodium level. Gatorade recommended that I recover with 31 grams of protein and 74 ounces of fluid at the end of the day.
My answer was basically: Hmm, neat. I guess it’s pretty cool that they gave me a recommended recovery. But also, what do these sweat and sodium levels mean? The Gatorade app really doesn’t offer a lot of detail; he just spits out a number.
A pack of two patches costs $ 25. Is it really worth $ 25 to get some random numbers on your sweat and recommendations that basically amount to eat protein and drink lots of fluids? It’s pretty intuitive.
I took a second patch for a try a few days later, this time for a short, light jog. I ran a little over 2 miles at a pace designed to recover from a previous Peloton class. I thought it might be interesting to see how I sweat during an easier workout in cooler weather. Here’s what the patch looked like before and after the run, along with a picture of my post-workout reading.
After going through my fluid loss and sweat rate page, the Gx app then recommended that I eat 31 grams of protein and drink 60 ounces of fluid at the end of the day to aid recovery.
The point is, I didn’t necessarily find the recommendations and the data very useful. I saw how much fluid I lost, saw my sodium content, and saw Gatorade’s recommendations. OK, so get some exercise, then drink a bunch of fluids and eat some protein. Fair enough, but not really new ideas.
I’m just not sure if the Gx patch is for most people. The Gx application is not very well designed. It is difficult to access your profile, which requires a few non-obvious clicks. You also manually enter workouts which are then associated with the corresponding patch data. But this workout history is also a bit difficult to navigate from the app’s home screen. And the patch data itself is limited to what I’ve included in the screenshots.
I think the patch might come in handy if you’re training for a marathon – or something similar – as it might be nice to have a baseline for how much water and electrolytes you lose over long periods of time. races. Basically, if you train hard enough and feel like you’re not recovering well enough, the fix can provide a good data point.
But for the vast majority of people, I don’t see the appeal of the fix. We just workout and drink water intuitively I’m not sure a patch reading is needed. For serious athletes, this can be a good alternative more expensive, perhaps more detailed, some products. And the patch isn’t detailed enough to really be worth buying out of curiosity.
But hey, at least if nothing else, the Gx patch confirmed to me that yes, I sweat a lot. Of course, I already knew that because I own a mirror.