CES 2021 took place virtually in January amid the continued coronavirus pandemic. While it was unlike any previous show, the Consumer Technology Association did a fantastic job of highlighting its theme of innovation. They did a good job of making participants feel as involved as possible – because while there was a lot of cool tech featured at CES 2021, the categories were inclusive, and this most certainly included the home gym and workout category.
The health and wellness industry is a multi-billion dollar a year market so it makes sense that technology advancements and innovation was front and center during CES 2021. People who are serious about working out and tracking their progress aren’t just for athletes and sports figures anymore. Those who get their sweat on in their home gyms are serious about their gains and these new products will help do just that.
The Xenoma e-Skin EMStyle set itself apart from the rest of the products on the market during CES. The e-skin EMStyle is a bodysuit that touts a full-body workout in just 20 minutes. Forget the weights and resistance bands, this suit will do the work while you do the cardio. There are 24 electrodes embedded throughout the suit that contract your muscles the same way weights would, without the weights themselves.
Your progress is tracked via a EMStyle Personal App through your phone.There, it can track the number of workouts, the time spent, and what parts of your body is being targeted. Plus, it’s machine washable so when you’re done, just throw it in for a clean.
A new smart mirror to compete with LuluLemon’s Mirror comes from NordicTrack and debuted at CES. Vault comes with a 32-inch HD touchscreen, a swiveling 60-inch mirror and a cabinet that hides all the weights, resistance bands, mats, and accessories you’ll need to get a major sweat on.
Vault pairs with iFit to work as your very own personal trainer. iFit classes are led by qualified trainers on a massive 60-inch screen. This allows you to see yourself and the trainer in full so you can improve technique and master any workout.
Tempo Studio is similar to Mirror and NordicTrack Vault but just launched in February of last year, right in time for millions of gym goers to scramble for an at-home solution.
Similar to Mirror, Tempo utilizes a large vertical HD screen to stream workouts. But Tempo’s A-frame cabinet houses a 115-pound Olympic weight set complete with a barbell, so it feels very much like your back in a gym. What’s more, Tempo tracks your form and reps, a key differentiator from Mirror.
Bowflex products have been around since the ’80s and at CES 2021, the ‘OG’ of home-gym equipment unveiled two upcoming products, an elliptical-stairclimber crossover called the M9 Max Trainer and the T22 Tread treadmill. The Tread has a large 22-inch touchscreen and is available for purchase now on their website.
The Tread showcases Bowflex’s streaming fitness service called JRNY (pronounced “journey”), which provides new users with an initial fitness assessment to find your cardio starting point. Then, it suggests workouts tailored to your fitness level. Tread lets you run with trainers and opt into virtual coaching, so you feel like you have someone running next to you and pushing you forward.
The Xenoma e-Skin EMStyle can be used with any of the cardio options above and, as an added bonus, you’ll look stylish while you sweat. It resembles a wetsuit in its fit and color but you’ll definitely want to avoid swimming as your cardio because of the electrodes. The EMStyle Hub snaps onto the suit to power it, so all you have to do is concentrate on your cardio of choice.
All of the above innovations in home gyms signal a shift from belonging to a big gym, paying monthly fees, and finding the time to travel to and from a gym in order to workout. Of course, there will always be people who prefer to workout in masse and get their motivation watching others sweat along with them.
Having an alternative for those who lead busy lives and want to wake up, get dressed, and be working out all in the span of ten minutes may find these technological advances of interest. They provide the same high-quality workouts, allow you to join classes (which take care of the group element), and offer variety and variations that advance as you do. Bottom line — there is now a choice for every “body.”
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