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FITstep™ Pedometers

The original FITstep™, that counts MVPA, steps, and activity time.

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Track more than steps with the revolutionary pedometer that accurately measures MVPA (moderate to vigorous physical activity). Monitor progression of the national standards and American Heart Association recommendation of getting at least 60 minutes of MVPA a day (30 minutes for adults).

Users calculate how many steps per minute it takes to sustain an elevated heart rate, entering that steps-per-minute (SPM) threshold into the pedometer (between 80 and 150 SPM). When the user exceeds that threshold, the pedometer times and records it as a bout of MVPA and displays a graph showing the intensity and duration.

The FITstep™ is one of the first pedometers that lets users accurately measure how much MVPA they get each day. Pedometer features an oversized LCD display, delayed reset button to prevent accidental deletion of user data, sleep mode, alligator clip, and a long-life replaceable battery. Great to use with our Active & Healthy Schools™ Program or other school wellness or activity initiatives! Order individually or in packs that include 15, 30, or 100 pedometers plus storage cases.


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Great product! Easy for the students to use.
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These pedometers are a great tool for any Physical Education or fitness class. They are easy to read, durable and can differenciate between walking and MVPA! What a great idea!
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Plano , TX
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I bought this product for a j-term trip and it stoped working 2 weeks after getting it. It counted steps but after a full day of walking it said i only took 100 step and that is not true! However, the product was a reasonable price and shipping was FAST!!!
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Which pedometer is right for me?

Understanding the functions of each pedometer is important when choosing the right model for you. 


To calculate distance walked, the pedometer multiplies the number of steps taken by the average stride length entered for the user. Accuracy in calculating this distance is directly related to how much variation there is in the user's walking/running speed. 

Caloric Expenditure

Step count is used to calculate the approximate number of calories expended. Calculations are made using data from clinical testing on average-size individuals. A pedometer's caloric calculations should be used as a reference only and not as an accurate measurement like with step count, MVPA, activity time, and distance.

Total Activity Time

To calculate your total activity time, the pedometer begins recording each time you begin to move and stops recording when you stop moving. NASPE guidelines recommend at least 60 minutes of daily physical activity for children, 30 minutes for adults.


MVPA (Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity) refers to physical activity that elevates a person's heart rate for a sustained period of time. An example of moderate activity includes a brisk walk; vigorous activity is a fast run. By tracking both the time and the intensity of activity, Gopher's FITstep™ pedometers are able to calculate 10-minute bouts of MVPA. NASPE's guideline of at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day dedicates a portion of that time (approximately 50%) to MVPA.

Step Count

The primary function of a pedometer is to measure step count. Most pedometers measure step count through a pendulum, although the FITstep™ Plus and Pro feature new technology for more precise step counting than others. Thanks to this mechanism, these pedometers give a more accurate count even when they are not perfectly upright.

Proper Positioning
Proper Positioning

Pedometers yield the most accurate results when properly placed on the user's waistband directly above the knee. Our FITstep™ Pro and FITstep™ Plus models now feature piezoelectric technology that allows the pedometer to count at any angle, eliminating the fuss of making sure it's always in an upright position. Most of our pedometers feature an alligator-style clip that easily fastens securely to belts, waistbands, and even rolled-over sweatpants.

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