There’s no question technology has impacted how we live our day-to-day lives. It’s changed how we interact, absorb information, work and even workout. From live streaming apps to hi-tech at home fitness equipment, incorporating fitness into your lifestyle is becoming more convenient than ever through advances in technology.
AFM has found some of the latest (and coolest) hi-tech fitness gadgets that will surely help you stick to your New Year’s Resolution and say goodbye to holiday weight without having to leave your cozy home.
Standing (or mounted) in a home, The Mirror is literally a regular mirror but doubles as a full, interactive display for your workout. The Mirror has workout classes, a workout community, speakers (with surround sound), a camera, bluetooth capabilities and major personalization preferences. It also allows for exercise enthusiasts to connect heart rate monitoring devices to measure biometric data and get the most out of their workout. The Mirror also will hold you accountable. According to its website, some of the fitness classes are held in real time and include personal shout outs. This sleek, futuristic-looking mirror can be bought with a stand or mounted on the wall, adding more than just an accessory to your home.
Delivered in one to two weeks, Flywheel isn’t just a stationary bike — it’s an interval-based, high-intensity workout machine with a community of users and customizable workouts. According to the Flywheel website, users can also “stream thousands of live and recorded indoor cycling, strength and toning classes” to ensure a full-body workout. With a leaderboard, personal stats, race mode and capabilities to compete with other riders, Flywheel is ideal for those who like to get a little competitive. Flywheel also offers different bikes with or without a built-in tablet for busy-bees to join a class, compete and surpass their goals — all from the comfort of their own home.
A common household name for home fitness equipment, Bowflex, is still producing reliable workout tech. Bowflex’s latest invention is its new Max Total Trainer — and it’s worth all the hype. This ultimate at-home fitness trainer includes a touch screen virtual coaching options, option for trainer-led workouts with subscription to the JRNY app (first 12 months free, after that it costs $19.99/month or $149/year), customizable workouts and bluetooth capabilities. Different from the Max M8, M6 and M3, the brand new Max Total includes a touch screen and WiFi. The Max Total is also ideal for anyone who lives life on-the-go and needing to squeeze in a quick workout at home. Blending a stair-stepper and elliptical, this low-impact machine is perfect for busy-bees, offering workouts ranging from 4-30 minutes. The Max Total Trainer also offers access to your Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu accounts so you can binge while you burn!
If you love the high-energy and hardcore workout of boxing, then Fightcamp is the at-home fitness for you. Fightcamp is essentially a community (with an app) offering unique workout classes, customized music that accompanies workouts and punch trackers to track personal goals or compete with others in the Fightcamp community. One membership includes punch trackers, a free-standing bag, a workout mat, boxing gloves, quick wraps and free shipping for $51/month. According to its website, Fightcamp includes a “blend of body punches, defensive moves, plyometric sprints and body-weight exercises to build unique combinations that will keep your body and mind engaged.”
Two words. Immersive. Cardio. With classes that range from 5-90 minutes, Peloton offers live, weekly classes, motivating instructors, a 22-inch touchscreen and a variety of cycling workouts. The 4’ x 2’ stationary bike is entirely adjustable down to the screen and allows users to connect their smart devices over WiFi or bluetooth. The Peloton also makes it easy to squeeze in a workout before work without waking the rest of the house as its belt is almost silent, even during high-intensity training. Peloton also offers test classes that allow for possible-buyers to book a test class and try out the bike before making the financial commitment.
Have you ever heard of the term “digital weights?” Welcome to the future. With Tonal, users don’t have to waste time getting down and putting up weights. Instead, you can lift up to 200 pounds of resistance by simply customizing your desired weight on the screen. A device that simply mounts to a wall, Tonal includes a 24-inch touchscreen display with adjustable arms with resistance. In addition to purchasable accessories such as a rope, bench, roller and a workout mat, Tonal also sells Smart Accessories such as Smart Handles and a Smart Bar that can track your reps and adjust your digital weight. With a built-in coach and personal trainer, Tonal offers guided programs for users whether they want to lean out, build muscle, improve performance, gain strength, boost energy and more.
Last but not least, one of the best ways to get a workout in at home without breaking the bank are fitness apps. Apps like Pear, Sweat by Kayla Itsines and Jillian Michaels’ Fitness offer their own fitness workouts, allowing for users to completely customize their exercise routine by choosing how long they want to workout and exactly what muscle groups they want to work. iOS and Android fitness applications are some of the best, easiest and cheapest ways to squeeze in a workout without buying a gym membership.