When gyms were temporarily closed during the pandemic, there was an explosion in demand for high-end home exercise equipment — and it’s a market that’s still booming today. Exercising at home has many benefits. The convenience alone makes it easy to stick to a consistent routine and allows you to skip the cost of an expensive gym membership. And there are plenty of compact machines and setups that allow you to get a proper workout without taking up an entire room in your house.
Smart fitness technology and equipment are transforming home fitness, and the best smart home gym options are helping to recreate gyms and fancy studio classes at home with vibrant touchscreens, built-in cameras and compact all-in-one systems. Not to mention the class and training options that help guide your workouts and take those workouts to the next level with exercise mats, resistance bands, and stationary bikes as you work toward your fitness goals.
All that said, smart gym equipment is expensive—typically several thousand dollars—so it’s not yet available to everyone. But if you’re really ready to bring a fitness studio into your home, swapping your gym membership or weekly SoulCycle class for a smart exercise bike could pay off over time. It also ensures that you always have access to your favorite exercise equipment, weights and everything else you need for a regular workout. Also, since you’ve spent a pretty penny, there’s a really good chance that your smart home gym equipment won’t suffer the same fate as the exercise ball, kettlebell, dumbbell, squat rack, weight plates, and yoga mat that are now taking up space in your closet .
As with any new technology, it can be expensive at first, but costs can come down over time as more products come to market. Whether you want to do resistance training, high intensity interval training, full body training, indoor cycling or other exercise routines, this is the best smart home gym equipment you can buy right now.
Crave a Peloton but don’t have the funds to get one for your home gym? Echelon’s Connect Ex series starts at $800 and offers a similar experience, but you have to bring your own screen. There is a built-in tablet holder for it when you exercise.
Like Peloton, you can participate in virtual cycling lessons, both on-demand and live. And since you’re using your tablet on the bike, you can ditch those classes and watch Netflix instead, which you can’t do with the Peloton.
Peloton’s $1,445 bike is a spin bike designed to mimic what it’s like to ride on the road. This indoor bike has an adjustable seat and handlebars and has a 21.5-inch touch screen. Use the screen to participate in live and on-demand classes from home – this feature costs an additional $44 per month.
Peloton recently introduced its new Bike Plus spin bike, which has a moving touchscreen and costs $1,995.
Want to pretend to be Rocky in your own gym but have no idea how to box? FightCamp’s home punching bag, guided exercise classes and smart boxing gloves can help. FightCamp has sensors that you put inside the boxing pads that you wear on both hands, under the boxing gloves.
Those sensors can tell you how hard you’re hitting and how many punches you’re hitting. Every workout tells you how many punches to hit, and sensors give you real-time information to see how you’re progressing. Access to the classes is $39 per month, and the basic Connect package with just the covers and sensors will set you back $399. The complete Tribe package with gloves, practice mat and bag is $1,299 at full price.
At first glance, the $1,495 mirror is nothing more than a full-length mirror you’d use to check your clothes in the morning. But look closer and you’ll see that it’s also an LCD screen. With this workout mirror, you can watch live and on-demand instructor-led fitness classes (with $39/month membership required) and check your form at the same time. Anyone who has worked out at home knows what it’s like to wonder if their form is correct during every workout.
The smart fitness mirror offers classes in a variety of disciplines — including yoga, strength and cardio — and with varying workout lengths and fitness levels. It recently added one-on-one personal training to its repertoire, which takes advantage of a built-in camera so your trainer can see your form and help correct it. It comes with a mirror, Bluetooth heart rate monitor and six fitness bands.
Yes, it’s expensive, but the Mirror is still the best personal training system we’ve tested (so far).
Read our review of the Mirror.
Editor’s note, May 5, 2021: Peloton has voluntarily recalled its Tread Plus (formerly Tread) treadmill due to a potentially fatal risk to children and pets. You can no longer buy the older Tread Plus from Peloton, but the newer Tread is for sale. See full recall details.
The $2,695 Peloton Tread is a smart treadmill for your home gym. Pay $39 per month for access to Peloton’s live and on-demand Tread classes. Train for a beginner 5K on the trail or participate in an advanced, high-intensity class with other experienced runners and exercisers to get your heart rate up.
The Tread also features a 32-inch touchscreen, so you can easily track any guided classes you choose, access profile settings and view stats, including calories burned, from each workout.
Meet the $2,495 Tempo Home Gym. My colleague Sarah Mitroff describes it best in this handy article: “Like the Mirror, Tempo’s sleek design is meant to blend into your home—it looks like an industrial bookcase and TV had a baby, in a good way.”
Complete with a 42-inch HD touchscreen and storage for 16 plates (four each at £1.25, £2.5, £5 and £10). The system also comes with two 7.5-pound dumbbells and one 25-pound barbell, collars to keep the plates in place, a heart rate monitor, an exercise mat, and a foam roller. Take part in live and on-demand classes ranging from high-intensity interval training to strength training and more. The device uses 3D mapping and AI to give you real-time fitness advice. And, like most of the competition, classes cost $39 a month. Tempo Studio tracks and records personal metrics to understand your strength and has Apple Watch integration.
Can you really get a full weight room out of a machine the size of a TV? Tonal thinks so. Tonal’s “weight machine” uses digital weights to train your muscles using a truly compact home gym. No barbells, no metal plates, no barbells, no dumbbells or kettlebells, the Tonal home gym consists of just two giant arms that extend outward from the sides of the screen at the touch of a button, plus a built-in trainer on its touch screen.
Offers up to 200 pounds of resistance and guided workouts. Much better for exercise and strength training than free weights. Oh, and it has real-time feedback so it can automatically adjust the resistance during your workout if it senses your current weight is too light or heavy.
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