Exercise; With summer on the horizon (and Instagram stories calling), I begrudgingly pulled myself out of bed early one morning in May to get some exercise before work. They stood before a stark white, freestanding boxing bag weighed down by hundreds of pounds of sand as Andre Huseman, a high-spirit personal trainer, greet me. Welcome back to FightCamp, the jacked fitness professional said, and within seconds he was counting down.
Exhaust after using real-time punching metrics to reach ambitious intermediate-level goals, my first thought was, “Gee, how convenient. In a world where $36 spinning classes have become commonplace and boutique fitness gyms curate specialize experiences for millennials, a new wave of technology is penetrating the deluxe workout market so you don’t even have to leave your bedroom, let alone your home.
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Last year, Mirror, an interactive monitor that is disguise as a typical mirror when not in use; so completely disrupt the home fitness space. Similar to Peloton, Mirror’s subscription service and on demand content come at an additional cost to members. Mirror decline to tell U.S. TODAY how many consumers have purchase the product since its launch. However, The New York Times report in February that Mirror was selling $1 million worth of the digital screens per month, which equates to about 650 units.
Also taking advantage of the connect home-fitness boom, Bowflex launch an AI platform in 2018 to train customers using artificial intelligence. Called Max Intelligence, the platform generates custom programs base on how the user is feeling, how much time they have and their fitness capabilities base on a 14-minute performance test.
The platform also offers a library of trainer led videos and educational content; so base on the user’s workout history and preferences. Embed in the app is access to RunSocial, a range of HD video running routes from around the world. As you use a Bowflex machine, you’ll travel through video routes on the screen. Your motion rate controls the video speed.
With ubiquitous 4G connectivity and the mass adoption of 5G on the horizon; so experts say manufacturers of smart gym equipment; so will soon have the bandwidth to take immersive workouts to the next level. They’re seeing how wearable technology can disrupt the home fitness experience; also there’s no reason why VR and AR won’t take things even further, McCaig said. You’ll have the processing power to be able to create super-immersive experiences in the home.
As time progresses, smart gyms could become an extension of smart homes; also apps might one day be able to make workout suggestions base on how tired your body feels; so thanks to data gather from wearables, McCaig said. In a blog post on LinkedIn, the investor and former personal trainer said that connect home fitness is poise to overtake the recreational gym market within the next 10 years.
To workout at a neighborhood gym, you have to pack your bag; so get in your car or take the train, change clothes, feel like you have to work out for an hour then travel back,” McCaig said. The reality is, the one thing we’re all running out of is time. That’s what makes being able to log on to a hyper-interactive class with other people from home appealing.