Subscription-Free Smart Exercise Equipment

The closure of gyms and fears about the spread of COVID-19 has led to a huge rise in smart home Exercise Equipment in the last two years. Most of this technology is new, has won awards, and has a lot of promise for the future. That’s very good.

But a lot of this technology is simple machinery that has been around for a long time. You can’t use it without paying for a service you don’t want. If you don’t pay, the Exercise Equipment is just a heavy, expensive paperweight.

A workout using The Mirror.

The emergence of the pay-to-get-fit culture

Exercise equipment is pricey, though. It has always been that way; many words have been written about saving money by buying used exercise equipment. A quick search shows a very basic treadmill for just over $160. If you want a treadmill that can help you train hard for a marathon, you’ll likely need to spend more than $300 on it. After all, you don’t want it to break after a few steps.

Because they know they can use the equipment, people don’t mind spending money to buy it. Smart home gym equipment has changed the way people think. You paid once for a machine you could use any time in the past. Now, you only pay once for the machine. You also pay once a month for the subscription service. And if you don’t have that subscription, the machine doesn’t work.

How does this sound smart?

Some things make sense with this model, such as the Mirror. Users can connect with guided classes that help them improve their form and technique with this tool. Unless you have a subscription, it’s not easy to do that, especially if you can get one-on-one help.

The idea of paying to use something like an exercise bike is silly.

A fitness watch or even an iPhone with the Strava app seemed like a better idea than spending $1,500 or more on a piece of equipment that still charged every month.

NordicTrack Studio Cycle in Home

Keep track of your health and fitness scores if you want to. You have to pay for it. Physical health is more important than ever before. That doesn’t make sense in a world where that is the case.

It should be free to take a class.

If your friends use the same gym equipment as you do, it’s even better. If you want to stay motivated and improve your scores, this adds a competitive element. It’s a good thing to have in the world of smart gym equipment.

But it just seems like being greedy not to give metric tracking for free makes it seem like you’re being stingy. Standard, non-smart equipment can tell your heart rate, how far you’ve gone, and how many calories you’ve burned for half the price of a smart exercise bike. If you buy a piece of smart exercise equipment that costs more than $1,500, you should be able to cancel your subscriptions without destroying the machine.

Another part of the problem is how much content there is. There are times when you don’t want to watch a class or cycle to the music while you work out on a bike. You may want to watch a movie or a TV show on my phone while you do a little light cardio. Sometimes, even that isn’t possible.

If a machine has classes and workouts led by someone else, it should also have unguided workouts. Every machine should track a heart rate as you move around. It means you don’t need to have a lot of knowledge about cycling or a tour of a far-away country to help you. Just give a black background with all of the important metrics on it, and it will okay. Asked: It’s a simple thing.

Many apps like MyFitnessPal and smart fitness wearables make it easy to keep track of your fitness. The world wants to make it easy to keep track of your fitness. Why do exercise machines, even the smart ones, still feel like they’re so far behind now?

 

 

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