Staying active can be one of the healthiest ways to take care of self at any age. And who doesn’t enjoy a little self-care? However, just the thought of finding the right equipment, moving it into your space, and maintaining it all can be exhausting. Luckily, technology has made building a connected, compact, and effective home gym simpler than ever.
WHAT IS A SMART GYM?
What makes a piece of gym equipment “smart?” While there is no official definition, smart equipment generally offers features that enhance or guide your workout. Some examples include Bluetooth connectivity for heart rate tracking and headphones, a high-definition display to stream live classes, or, in some cases, an accompanying membership offering friendly competitions with other home gym enthusiasts. The great part about building your own home smart gym is it’s highly customizable. Whether you’re just starting your home-fitness journey or you already have a home gym you’re looking to enhance, there are a slew of options to keep you at your peak.
THE HOME (GYM) IS WHERE THE HEART IS
If you’re looking to keep your heart strong and your endurance high, cardio equipment is perfect for your goals. Smart cardio equipment features a touch screen that allows you to connect to the manufacturer’s service and stream both live and recorded workouts. Remember, any companies mentioned are for illustrative purposes only. It should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of the securities.
- PELOTON SMART BIKE
You’ve most likely seen or heard of this brand before. What makes these bikes so great is the all-access membership they offer. This grants your entire household access to their own accounts and thousands of classes full of cycling, strength training, yoga, and more.1
- HYDROW CONNECTED ROWER
Imagine your normal rowing machine, but add a computer-controlled magnetic resistance system and an immersive visual and sound experience. This rower is the closest you can get to being on the water without leaving your home.2
- PROFORM PRO 9000 TREADMILL
If you’ve ever used a treadmill, you know it can get be a little boring. With the ProForm Pro 9000, though, you can stream both live and on-demand personal trainers to your screen who will lead you all around the world, automatically controlling your treadmill’s speed, incline, and decline to give you a unique, hands-free workout.
PUMPING DIGITAL IRON
If you’re looking for a more “all-in-one” option that includes strength training, guided classes, and cardio at a slightly higher price, these are some of the best of the best.
- TEMPO STUDIO
In addition to a full set of weights and large touchscreen display, the Tempo Studio has AI technology that uses 3D Time-of-Flight sensors to capture your movement patterns and provide form corrections, rep counting, weight recommendations, and stat tracking.4
- TONAL SMART MIRROR
Perhaps the most technologically advanced option on this list, the Tonal Smart Mirror’s digital weight system is constantly making adjustments to deliver a smooth weightlifting experience, but without the bulk of traditional weights. Instead, by using magnetic resistance this home gym can deliver 200 pounds of resistance in a device smaller than a flatscreen TV.5
These are just a few of the many smart home gym options available right now. To truly find the best choice, it may be smart to do some research before starting your home fitness journey.
- OnePeloton.com, 2022
- Hydrow.com, 2022
- Proform.com, 2022
- Tempo.fit, 20225.
- Tonal.com, 2022
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