When the first shut down happened earlier this year, I was really worried about losing my fitness progress. I was going to the gym anywhere from 5 to 7 times a week, doing a mix of personal training sessions and using the machines on my own. Even though gyms reopened, I haven’t felt comfortable going back and I know I am not alone.
Due to the pandemic, it was nearly impossible to find appropriately-priced dumbbells anywhere online for months (At one point, I saw a single 10-pound dumbbell going for $65 on Amazon). I soon realized that the best quality investment was to buy an actual at-home fitness a machine – ahem, I mean studio.
All of the fancy fitness machines on this list are more than just a tool to use. Each brand offers its own take on advancing your fitness journey with cool classes, advanced exercise technology, or both. If you were previously paying top dollar for a gym membership or personal trainer (I was spending $200/month), most of these products are less than the annual cost of a freal gym. And they are right inside of your house, no driving required.
These at-home fitness products can work as a gift to a loved one, or just a gift to yourself for getting through this year.
Tempo is the brand I’d recommend most to anyone who was working with a personal trainer in a gym. The home studio has a 42″ HD screen where you’ll follow an instructor for each class. Tempo offers classes between five to 60 minutes. Unlike doing a YouTube fitness video, Tempo monitors your movements t0 make adjustments and recommendations. If you’re bending too far over while doing squats, the machine will correct you. If you’re moving too fast during a workout, it’ll recommend adjusting your weights to a heavier setting for a future workout.
The Tempo Studio comes with:
- 4 10-pound plates
- 4 5-pound plates
- 4 2.5-pound plates
- 4 1.5-pound plates
- 2 7.5 dumbbells
- 1 25-pounds bar
- 6 collars/clips
- Workout mat
- Foam roller
- Heart rate monitor
You can either pay in full for the machine, or you can opt to pay $55/month with 0% APR for 36 months. A Tempo Studio membership is $39/month.
The MYX is a budget-friendly competitor of the Peloton. If you want to know more about the differences, you can read my review after ride a MYX bike for 3 weeks straight. This bike is great for people interested in getting a studio cycling bike, but also want classes. MYX Fitness drops new classes weekly, include bike classes, floor classes, a hybrid of the two, plus mindful classes for digestion and pain.
The MYX Plus bike includes:
- A Stationary Star Trac bike
- A Polar heart rate monitor
- An XL exercise mat
- A stabilizing mat
- A kettlebell Three sets of hand weights (available in light, medium, and heavy)
- An SPRI stretch band
- A foam roller
To access those wonderful classes, it is