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The Want: A simple fitness accessory that satisfies New Year's resolution gym goers and veteran workout buffs. It should fit in your bag and not make you look like a freak.
The Get: Garmin's Forerunner 210 ($299.99 at garmin.com). The GPS-enabled waterproof watch records real-time pace and distance. It has a shoe pod that tracks distance when you're running in place on a treadmill, and a monitor for recording heart rate. Plug it into the wall to recharge the battery, which lasts about eight hours in training mode. If only you could last that long.
Discreet gym gear that can live in your workout bag
One-up Michael Phelps, who played his iPod before races at the Beijing Olympics, by diving in with Finis's XtreaMP3. It holds about 240 songs and has playlist and shuffle functions. $149.99 at finisinc.com
The foam handles on Grizzly Fitness' LCD Digital Rope display time, weight, and calories burned. The rope, which can be adjusted to your height, also counts the number of jumps. $29.95 at grizzlyfitness.com
Imitate a professional racer by wearing Rapha's Pro Team Mitts to spinning class. The gloves even include a suede nose wipe. Soon enough you'll be donning a silk cycling scarf. $80 at rapha.cc
After a run, roll the beaded plastic Marathon Stick over your various muscle groups to alleviate soreness. It also helps prevent injuries by compressing and stretching your muscles. $31.95 at thestick.com