Artificial intelligence (AI) has arrived in the fitness and exercise world in a big way. But do the new AI-enabled fitness machines really live up to the hype? Our correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has done the work, and she’s got answers. Here’s her overview of what you need to know about the best AI-powered exercise equipment to create a “smart” luxury home gym right now.
AI arrives in the world of fitness and exercise
The future is here, in more ways than one. When the gyms closed and Pilates moved online at the beginning of quarantine, we all had to get a little bit creative about how we were going to continue to stay fit. Luckily, the fitness industry was already several steps ahead.[white_box]
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For those who may be unfamiliar, AI – or artificial intelligence – is officially here to stay, at least as far as our exercise machines are concerned.
Having your moves watched and corrected in real time even when you’re working out at home with no personal trainer may seem like magic. But it’s real, cutting-edge technology, and it comes in many different forms.
what you need to know about the new AI fitness equipment for a smart home gym
Here we have listed ten AI machines, apps, and other workout accessories that you can consider including in your overall health and wellness routine.
Tonal calls itself “The World’s Most Intelligent Gym.” What looks like a screen is actually a complete AI workout setup. The flat panel folds out revealing digital weights that will fit neatly into any at-home exercise station. On the screen is a virtual world of personal training.
The device’s sensors are designed to track your moves and adjust automatically based on your body’s needs. You can follow pre-set routines or create your own, and track your progress as you go.[white_box]
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Hyfit is here to reimagine how exercise fits into your daily life. All you need to do is order Gear1 – which includes easily portable, freeform training gear – download their app, and get started.
With these smart resistance bands, the sensor technology will monitor your body tension and modify as needed. Allowing you to train your abs, your glutes, your biceps, and more – all in the comfort of your own home.
Bowflex JRNY is an app designed to enhance Bowflex’s existing machines. Its aim is to be your stereo and your Netflix, and your personal trainer. If you want an AI app that attempts to do it all, consider adding this to your Bowflex machine.
Tempo uses 3D motion capture to allow you to attend live fitness classes. All they’ll see is a skeleton, but thanks to Tempo Vision, they will have the ability to watch your every move and help you perfect your form, as if you were on the machine beside them.
You can find instruction in cardio, strength, mobility, and many other areas, making Tempo one of the most versatile setups in AI exercise. If you miss the real-time aspect of attending fitness classes, this could solve your problem.[white_box]
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Developed by scientists, the CAR.O.L. uses AI to monitor performance and change resistance as needed, creating a bespoke exercise routine that is right for you.
It works to target the depletion of glycogen in your body, in order to activate survival pathways and increase the productivity of every movement. You’ll take three calibration rides, and then the machine “will know you better than you know yourself.”
WHOOP is an AI-enabled fitness tracker. Strap it on your wrist, and its sensors will gather all the information necessary to help you optimize your workouts.
We all know rest and recovery is a big part of physical health, and WHOOP is one of the few fitness trackers that keeps that in mind. It addition to aiding your workouts, it measures your body’s strain and exhaustion to tell you how much you should exert yourself, how much you should sleep, and how long you need to heal before returning to your workout.
This AI trainer is an app (still in development) – that may be unlike any workout app you’ve used before. Rather than storing pre-recorded routines for you to practice on your own time, its AI capabilities create workouts that are suited to your individual needs.
It’s like carrying around your own personal trainer, 24/7. You can sign up to get an alert when it comes to market, and be one of the first to give it a try.
It’s all in the data. Another AI-powered app, Volt, is able to track your movements and create the best-possible fitness plans for you based on what it finds.
AI has the power to change with you, meaning that as you learn, it learns. And as you get stronger, it can analyze your improvements and create harder routines to match your abilities. Like the best personal trainer, Volt can always keep challenging you to do just a little bit more than you’ve ever done before.[white_box]
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AI can mean a lot of different things – and in this case, it means creating an entire cabinet of different weights, all inside of a single device.
Connect your Kettleball to the app, and you’ll be able to add or drop digital weight within seconds, turning this single sphere into the most useful piece of equipment you’ve ever purchased.
So far we’ve listed several options for strength training and aerobics – but what about yoga? If yoga is your favorite form of exercise, you might want to give PIVOT a try.
The company sends a set of custom shirts and pants. They come with tiny motion sensors to capture your body’s every movement. Just make sure you charge your clothes before you begin (can you even believe that’s a phrase?). And you’ll be all set to receive live, form-correcting feedback for each pose.
the new AI fitness equipment for a smart home gym
Those are the top 10 new AI-powered home fitness devices and apps. Are you ready for the world of a virtual personal trainer?
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Abbie Martin Greenbaum grew up in New York City and currently lives in Brooklyn, where she drinks a lot of coffee and matches roommates together for a living. At Oberlin College, she studied English and Cinema, which are still two of her favorite things, along with dessert and musical theater. She believes in magic.