With the pandemic closing gyms across the world for months on end, the way that we like to work out has shifted considerably.
Many of us have clocked on to the fact that exercising at home involves less traveling and expense, not to mention staying cool inside with the air conditioning, and this has prompted a whole new wave of cutting-edge digital home gym equipment.
Forget unsightly treadmills and bulky spinning bikes, these days it’s all about chic smart mirrors and virtual personal trainers.
Below are five of the most groundbreaking smart home gyms to try.
Although it’s not yet available in the UAE, Mirror deserves a mention for being one of the original and most famous fitness mirrors. Indeed, when activewear brand Lululemon bought it for an eye-watering US$500 million back in 2020, it sent a strong message about the future of the fitness industry. Arguably the most sleek, elegant and mirror-like of all the home smart gyms, it offers a mammoth 10,000 classes spanning 50 different genres. Weights that track your reps and accuracy can be linked up, while it also records your heart rate, progress and lets you personalize your workout soundtrack. With the clothing side of Lululemon already taking off in the UAE, hopefully Mirror won’t be far behind. US $1,495. @lululemon.
The Reflect, by Echelon
Along with its extensive library of pre-recorded workouts, Reflect comes with a built-in camera that lets you join in with live fitness classes as they happen. Less pricey than some models, it’s thin and light enough to be attached to the wall. An Echelon membership is required to use it, but on the plus side this brings a social aspect to your solo exercise efforts. The sweaty and endorphin-filled workouts are a great way of bonding and making friends with other users across the globe, and the leaderboards add a bit of healthy competition. From Dh8,995. echelonfit.ae.
Launched in the UAE earlier this year, Tempo sets itself apart from its smart home gyms competitors as the only device to include a virtual personal trainer. Sounding like something from a sci-fi movie, it’s operated by artificial intelligence and 3D sensors that track 250,000 points of the body up to 30 times every second. This means that the life-like digital trainers are able to correct your form in real time and provide instant feedback such as whether you’re lifting too light, or not squatting low enough. Providing the full experience of a real-life personal training session, the Tempo Studio comes with a 42-inch plasma screen, 75 pounds in weights and 3,000 classes, while Tempo Move offers a more affordable option with no screen included. Tempo Studio (Dh10,995), Tempo Move (Dh2,189). tempofit.me.
The Vault, by NordicTrack
Providing immediate visual feedback through a crisp 32-inch smart mirror, Vault makes it easy to correct form as you work to match the moves of the instructor. Containing a vast choice of expert classes from iFIT, the highly regarded workout app, it comes with yoga, strength and interval training, plus all the weights, bands, blocks and other equipment required. Perfect for small apartments, it takes up less room than a small bookcase. Dh11,499. Sssports.com.
The Vue, by ProForm
Another ingenious touchscreen device powered by iFIT, the Vue mirror promises that you will ‘never leave home for a fitness class again’. Featuring a 22-inch high-definition screen, plus a full set of weights and accessories, it neatly swivels to let you store your gear along the back of it. Plus, to ensure you don’t plateau, it automatically tracks your progress and uses your results to plan your next workouts. Whether you’re looking for Pilates, HIIT or stretching sessions, it’s got it all. Dh7,399. Sportsplanet.ae.
Harriet Shephard is an Abu Dhabi-based copywriter and freelance journalist with a particular focus on fitness, travel and lifestyle, which, along with good food, also happen to be her main passions when she's not typing away at her laptop.