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Brief Published: 24 Sep 2015

Antelope Suit: The Future of Fitness?

Antelope Suit

German start-up Wearable Life Science has designed a connected suit that uses muscle-stimulating electrodes to enhance the intensity of exercise. The Antelope Suit, which is expected to retail at €1,300 ($1,446), is not yet available to consumers, but an Indiegogo campaign is launching soon to raise production funds.

The creators say that working out for 20 minutes in the outfit is as effective as three hours of exercise in normal sportswear: "Achieving results [from exercising] is usually associated with an enormously time-consuming training process. While smart diets or individual training plans do help people to live healthier, there has been little support from the technical side so far."

The garment is made of breathable, stretchy fabric with conductive cables and electrodes woven inside, and uses electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) technology – also often used in physiotherapy to jolt muscles into action. The wearer can control the muscles targeted, choose different frequencies and training programmes, and follow their progress using an app.

Along with recording fitness-related data, the system can create a tailored workout with a virtual trainer or send encouraging activity reminders. The app also allows the wearer to join a community, where information is shared or fitness challenges are started with other users.

This will appeal to millennials, who enjoy communal fitness activities, where they can share their experiences and are motivated by common goals. Products that save time are particularly popular with affluent consumers, as seen in Luxury Changes Gear.