The Best Smart Home Fitness Tech To Buy Now
Smart technology has disrupted all kinds of industries - from our homes, to construction, to healthcare. As IoT continues to influence and edify our daily routines, the innovation has trickled into the home workout space, sparking a smart fitness revolution.
Today, you don’t need to go to the gym to reap the benefits of a motivating personal trainer. Smart home tech has allowed for the experience of a one-on-one, focused session with a professional trainer, right in the comfort of your home.
There are several options for the best in smart home gym tech on the market now - including options from Peleton, Tonal, and The Mirror. We break down their features and why they excel in revolutionizing at-home fitness.
Who’s It For: Spin class fans who want the motivating community aspect of the studio in their own home.
Peloton deserves most of the credit for starting the trend for smart fitness. They started selling their bikes in 2013, and recently added a treadmill to its roster.
The Peloton Bike is a $2,245 spin bike designed to make you feel like your riding on the road. It comes with an adjustable seat and handlebars and a 21.5-inch touchscreen display, which lets you participate in on-demand and live classes for an extra $39 per month. It’s sturdy and you can get access to countless cycling classes with the subscription, with motivating tools such as performance rankings so you can compete with other riders in real time.
Who’s It For: Running fanatics who want to ramp up their boring treadmill routine.
The treadmill, called Peloton Tread, costs $3,995 up front plus a $39-per-month subscription fee to participate in the on-demand and live classes. With a variety of difficulty levels, you could use the treadmill to train for a beginner 5k or even your next marathon. The Tread features a 32-inch touchscreen display, so you can easily view and follow along with the guided classes.
Peloton has paved the way for smart fitness and both devices simulate a sense of team mentality. Hop on the treadmill and suddenly you’re joining a workout with participants from all over the world, with instructors that are becoming micro-celebrities of the digital fitness world. You shouldn’t be surprised if they shout out your screen name for great effort or performance, and it’s easy to be engaged in the remote workout when you’re so integrated in the experience.
Who’s It For: People who want to incorporate strength training to their workout routine in the comfort of their home, not an intimidating weight room.
Tonal is all about weight training, and comes in the form of a $2,995 wall-mounted display with electromagnetic arms and cables that provide up to 200 pounds of resistance. Accessory packages are optional and includes smart handles and a smart bar, which gives you the ability to change the weight with a push of a button. You can customize its “digital weight” system, and it automatically adjusts the resistance if you’re struggling. A subscription to Tonal’s on-demand workouts will run you $49 per month, and new workouts are added daily.
Before your first official workout on Tonal, you can complete a fitness assessment and set goals, such as building muscles or toning up. The machine will recommend workouts for you based on your answers, along with how much weight should be used for each exercises.
If you’ve ever felt intimidated of lifting in the weight room of an overcrowded gym, Tonal is a great alternative. It offers guided workouts from expert trainers and detailed instructions on form. With the added accessories ($495) you can achieve almost every exercise you could do in a traditional weight room. It even has a feature called “spotter mode” where Tonal will detect when you’re feeling fatigued and will automatically reduce the weight. Overall, it’s a great at-home smart option for weight training, and will help you get stronger if you stick to it.
Who’s It For: Exercisers who want lots of choice and variation in their workouts, want to track their metrics, and care about style.
Mirror is just that - a full-length, internet connected mirror that you hang up on your wall. For $1,495 up front and a $39-per-month subscription fee, you can stream on-demand and live classes like cardio, barre, yoga, boxing, and more, all led by certified instructors. You watch the instructor floating in space on the Mirror, in a faraway studio, giving instructions into a microphone and addressing you by your screen name. When the class is over, the instructor disappears and you’re left with your own reflection, since it is quite literally a mirror!
Mirror looks sleek in a home and is packed with helpful features such as a Bluetooth heart-rate monitor, six fitness bands, and lots of real-time data, such as how many segments there were in a workout or how much time was left in the total workout. Mirror also studies your fitness data to create customized weekly workouts, and is able to adjust them at any time. You’re not likely to plateau because the system is full of different disciplines and difficulty levels, so you always have the ability to change it up.
Connected Fitness Is Just Getting Started
The internet-connected fitness movement is just getting started, and more at-home smart fitness solutions are bound to pop up on the market soon. With smart tech on your side in the comfort of your living room, you really have no excuse not to exercise. Have you tried any of these smart gym machines? Let us know in the comments.