Fitness apps and devices have exploded in popularity in recent years, but arguably none of them have ever been able to replicate the experience of actually being in a gym. One company is trying to change that.
Mirror, as it’s creatively called, is a smart mirror that brings a live instructor right inside your own home. When turned off, it looks just like your average mirror, but switch it on and see the magic happen. Embedded inside the 22-inch-wide and 52-inch-high frame is a vertical LCD display and stereo speakers. You’ll be able to control and vagiate through the interface via a companion app on your phone.
In one demonstration, Mirror livestreamed a high-intensity interval training class, in which an instructor talked through a variety of different workouts, including squats, burpees, and lunges from a studio in New York City. The assistant following the workouts was wearing the included heart rate monitor, so her beats-per-minute was visible on screen, as well as her target heart rate zone. If you wish, you may also pair your Apple Watch for heart rate tracking. You will see the total calories burned, plus the amount of time left in the workout, and the names of the people also taking the same class.
You’ll be able to see yourself as your workout, too, since this is, well, still a mirror at its core. This was an intentional design decision, according to CEO Brynn Putnam. She says it’s really helpful to see yourself doing the workout. “Sometimes you don’t know your shoulders are hunched until you actually see it.”
There’s also an optional one-on-one training session with a certified personal trainer. You’ll be able to see each other thanks to the built-in camera and microphone, which allows your trainer to guide you through customized workouts. This costs anywhere from $40 to $75 per session.
The Mirror itself costs $1,495, and you have to pay a monthly subscription of $39. If you don’t have time to hit the gym, you might want to give Mirror a shot.BUY IT HERE
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