Mirror, available at Naples’ Lululemon, offers workouts from barre to kickboxing on its reflective screen. (Courtesy Mirror)

Fitness


Upon Reflection

Futuristic, interactive equipment sets a new pace for at-home workouts.

The pandemic supercharged the smart home gym movement, as consumers flocked to screen-based equipment. While Peloton’s subscription-based, virtual spin sessions have been getting buzz for years, the next era of smart fitness lies in high-tech trainers that take the form of vertical screens or mirrors. These take up minimal space against the wall, and display dozens of on-demand workout classes. In most cases, a personal trainer is ready to help on the other side of the line. What these studio-like workouts deliver—apart from sleek aesthetics—is a fee-ling of community and connection, even if you’re not side by side. The privacy, convenience and exclusivity are addictive, too, which means the appeal is likely to outlast the pandemic. White-glove installation is standard and 30-day trial periods are typical before the membership clock starts running. Here are three fitness mirrors to get hooked on. Mirror The first virtual training product to make it onto most people’s radar, in many ways, still sets the standard for convenience and interactivity, offering workouts from kettlebell and kickboxing to yoga and barre. Unlike other fitness mirrors with touchscreen capabilities, with this one—which starts at around $1,500—you do everything through the app. Classes are led by certified trainers from around the country; you can add up to six household members; and it doesn’t hurt that the unobtrusive Mirror looks like a piece of modern art. The advanced two-way camera
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