A couple of weeks ago I got a new scale from the folks over at EatSmart, the EatSmart Precision Tracker Digital Bathroom Scale. I got an EatSmart GetFit body fat scale to review from those same folks about a year ago or so, and I was impressed with the accuracy of that scale, the beautiful design and especially the ease of use (you just step on the scale and it turns itself on!).

This new scale arrived in the mail just a few days after they said they were going to send it, but it’s been sitting in my closet through the busy holidays until now. I finally got around to opening it to do a review today.  So let’s do an unboxing and review of the EatSmart Precision Tracker Digital Bathroom Scale.

The EatSmart Precision Tracker Digital Bathroom Scale

The EatSmart Precision Tracker Digital Bathroom Scale can be found at a number of places online, including my favorite online retailer, Amazon.com.  It currently sells for a very reasonable $44.95 on Amazon.

So let’s look at some of the specs behind the scale, and look at some of the things it measures.

  • Track Long Term and Short Term Weight Goals with EatSmart Proprietary AccuTrack Software
  • Proprietary Automatic User Identification Technology; Stores profile data for up to 8 users
  • EatSmart “Step-On” Technology – Get instant readings with no tapping to turn on!
  • Large 3.5″ White LCD display – Easy to read in any lighting
  • Auto Calibrated; Auto Power-Off; Runs on 4 AAA batteries (included); 100% EatSmart Satisfaction Guarantee

The main selling feature of this scale is the ease of use, and the fact that it tracks your weight for you over time. Who wouldn’t want that in a scale?

Opening The Scale

The scale came in a pretty thin box from FedEx. After opening the box up the packaging for the scale shows a picture of the scale’s glass surface with gray and black coloring. (see below)  On the back of the box there’s a photo of a pretty young woman, measuring her tiny little waist – motivation I suppose?

When you open the box you’ll find several things hiding inside.

  • The Precision Tracker scale
  • 4 AAA batteries
  • Manual

The scale itself was wrapped in a plastic bag. After unwrapping it and setting it down you can see right away that this scale is well built. It has a nice reflective glass surface, with an attractive black and gray backing. While I prefer the all black look of the GetFit scale I reviewed last year, this one isn’t half bad.  The backlight is a bright white light that you can read in just about any light, again, I prefer the blue backlight for the GetFit scale, but this one is still nice.

When you take the scale out you’ll need to insert the batteries in the recessed back panel, and as mentioned before it takes 4 AAA which are included.  The other EatSmart scale I have takes the same number of batteries, and a year later they’re still going strong. You shouldn’t need to replace them very often.

The scale can be set to report your weight in either lbs or kgs, so if you want to have it list in kg you’ll need to click on the little “units” button on the back of the scale.

EatSmart Precision Tracker Digital Bathroom Scale

Setting Up The Scale

Setting up the scale is extremely easy. You just click on the “set” button on the front, choose which user you are (user 1-8), and then step on the scale. It will weight you, and from then on it will recognize you by your weight, and record your ongoing progress.

Tracking Your Weight Loss Progress

One of the greatest selling points of this scale is how it tracks your weight loss progress for you.  Here’s a look at how it works.

EatSmart Precision Tracker Digital Bathroom Scale

So basically when you weigh yourself it will recognize which user you are. It will then give you a weight reading, and if you’ve been weighed before it will tell you your previous weight. It will then tell you what your total weight change in that time has been – along with your total weight loss (or gain) since you’ve been using the scale.

Using The Scale

I’ve been using the scale for a few days now, and so far it has done exactly what it advertises.

  • The scale seems to be pretty accurate as far as the readings go.  It gives a similar weight to the other two scales we have in the house.
  • Easy to use after initial setup
  • Looks beautiful, although not as pretty as the GetFit body fat scale.
  • Love the ease with which you can track how you’re doing on your weight loss goals, etc.

So there you have it. I love the scale so far because it’s easy to use, it’s accurate, it looks great and it makes checking and tracking your weight changes so much easier by removing un-necessary steps that you might otherwise have to perform, like recording the weight numbers from day to day.  Only things I would like to see added to the scale is tracking of body fat percentages, and some sort of wi-fi functionality to also track your numbers online or on your computer. In this price range, however, I see how that might not be feasible. In any event, a scale worth checking out.

Have you tried the EatSmart scale, or any other weight tracking scales? What are your impressions?

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Racquetball is an interesting sport, more so because it has the strange honor of both being old enough to be established, but young enough that it benefits from at least the beginnings of modern game design theory.

It is also a great way to stay in shape, and fun besides. But where do you begin if you want to start playing racquetball regularly?

Benefits of Racquetball

racquetball for fitness

First of all, you might be wondering what the benefits of playing racquetball are. Being a one on one sport that requires strategy, the social benefits are immense. But from a purely health stand point, racquetball is an excellent calorie burner. In a twenty minute game, you can expect to burn off 600 to 800 calories. It also greatly builds on your co-ordination, flexibility, and cardiovascular health.

To begin playing, you need a few pieces of equipment. The primary piece you need to have is a racquetball court, of course. These can be a bit hard to come by since they share little in common with a tennis court and other sports, but any dedicated sporting or racquetball institution should have one.  Our local health club has one that you can use, however, it does mean you’ll have to cough up the normal membership fees in order to use the courts.

The other pieces are a bit more easy to collect, involving a racquetball, a racquetball racquet, and racquetball eye guards. You can play without the eye guards, but due to the nature of the sport it’s extremely inadvisable.  Most health clubs will also require you wear eye protection for liability reasons anyway.  You may also want to invest in a glove, as rather like golf your grip on your racquet is extremely important and can be enhanced.

You can find most of these pieces of equipment in any good sporting goods store, although some may require a more rigorous search with equipment experts like Yonex U.S.A. who specialize in racquetball supplies.  I was able to find some affordable equipment at extremely affordable prices. You can fully equip yourself for less than $100, less if you try.

Racquetball Strategy

Strategy in racquetball can be quite nuanced. The floor, the walls, and even the ceiling can be legal targets for the opponent to bounce the racquetball off of depending on the timing, so a ball can come out of nowhere. As such, the best strategy is to take up the middle court to cover as much ground as possible.  This can of course backfire, however, depending on your opponent’s skill level and the strategy they employ. Be open to changing tactics.

Alternatively, if you can get to know your opponents style, you can take a more effective approach and work to block or respond to his usual choice of hits.   It’s all about knowing your own strengths, and finding out your opponents weaknesses and attacking accordingly.

Racquetball is a great social sport that involves a lot of exercise, strategy and fun. It can be daunting to get into, but if you do and enjoy it, you will have a life long passion.

Have you played racquetballl, and did you enjoy it?  Tell us your thoughts!

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