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Remember back in the day (you know, just a few years ago), when fitness trackers could only count steps and DVDs or YouTube videos were your go-to’s for working out at home?
Today, companies are designing home gym equipment that’s so gorgeous, you’ll actually want people to see it when they come over. We are living in a golden age of fit tech.
After tracking oh-so-many heart-rate spikes, torching tons of calories, and sweating through countless workouts, our partners at Women’s Health have returned from the front lines of fitness with intel on the best-of-the-best. Behold: the ultimate guide to smart gym equipment.
The Peloton Tread is as close to the chic city fitness studio experience as you can get without leaving your basement. The 32-inch touchscreen monitor mounted to it makes you feel like you’re really in every workout class you take—and there are literally thousands of on- and off-tread workouts you can take both live and on-demand.
Price: $4,295, plus $39/month for class access
NordicTrack T9.5 S Treadmill
The NordicTrack’s T9.5 S tread takes the guesswork out of getting fit. Its responsive system adjusts your speed and incline automatically throughout a workout based on your heart rate and output. Plus, it comes equipped with an extensive library of workouts led by top trainers like WH advisory board member Betina Gozo.
The Technogym Skillrun is so much more than a treadmill. Thanks to its never-before-seen technology and design, you can use it to do sled pushes and parachute training—in addition to following along with guided speed and agility sessions or bootcamp-style classes.
Price: available upon request
NordicTrack RW900 Rower
NordicTrack’s connected rower is the answer to your sweaty prayers. Like the brand’s T Series treads, the RW900 rower features a large monitor that makes you feel totally immersed in whichever live or on-demand rowing, bootcamp, or off-the-rower workout you tune into.
Price: $1,599, plus a $468 annual membership for access to classes after the first year.
Hydrow Connected Rower
The Hydrow rower makes you feel like you’re really gliding across a glassy lake somewhere—and with plenty of scenic landscapes to display on the monitor as you row, you might actually forget about the firetruck outside your window.
Price: $2,199, plus a $38/month membership to access live and on-demand rowing classes
The Ergatta Rower
Complete with a database of game-ified workouts and community races, the Ergatta ($1,999) is the most beautiful thing to happen to rowing machines. The sleek wooden look makes it a worthy centerpiece of any room—instead of a piece of equipment you try to hide—while the water resistance design makes for a smooth ride.
SoulCycle At-Home Bike
SoulCycle managed to bottle lightning with its new at-home bike, bringing the same endorphin-boosting, immersive experience from its fitness studios into your home. Its slick design—from the 21-inch screen to the pin-drop quiet wheels—not to mention the surround-sound classes and unlimited access to its legendary trainers, were all (most-definitely) worth the wait for this home workout experience.
Price: $2,500, plus $40/month membership for classes. (Preorders open March 13.)
Echelon EX-5S Smart Connect Bike
The Echelon EX-5S is the most economical connected spin bike in the game. Stream thousands of on-demand classes (or one of the 14 daily live workouts) on the brand’s first touchscreen and keep your precious cheddar in your pocket.
Price: $1,999, plus a $39/month membership for classes (financing options available)
There’s a reason the Peloton Bike has a global community of ride-or-dies. In the competitive race for top stationary bike, Peloton’s been a front runner thanks to the quality and variety of its trainers and the heart-pumping playlists from their insanely-extensive music library. The bike itself is sleek, compact, and super quiet—and, thanks to its jumbo-sized monitor, live classes, and real-time leaderboard, you’ll feel just like you’re in the studio.
Price: $2,245, plus $39 monthly membership for classes (financing options available)
Owning a Tonal is like having a spotter and a strength coach on demand. Complete with a built-in monitor that displays proper technique and dozens of guided workouts, this sleek, mountable, workout system features adjustable arms and a pulley mechanism that allows you to lift up to 200 pounds (!) without needing to invest in a single weight plate.
Price: $2,995, plus a $49/month membership for classes
The Mirror is the ultimate multi-tasker when it comes to connected devices—oh, and it’s insanely chic too. The interactive monitor allows you to follow along with popular trainers (and keep an eye on your form!) as you lift weights, flow through a new yoga sequence, test your boxing chops, and more.
Price: $1,495, plus $39/month for class access
The HomeStudio is the most futuristic piece of personal gym equipment on the market right now. It combines a mini tread and a jumbo-sized fitness mirror, which uses AI to let you know when you need to fix your form throughout its variety of workout classes—everything from running to yoga.
Price: $14.99 per month for class access
The first-of-its-kind home boxing gym, FightCamp makes it possible to step into the ring without stepping out your front door. The full set-up includes a standing bag, gloves, and punch trackers, plus access to a library of workout classes.
Price: $1,219, plus a $39 per month membership
Bowflex HVT Machine
The HVT Plus is sooo not your dad’s old basement Bowflex. The machine utilizes an adjustable, six-arm pulley system that comes with dozens of built-in workouts and a free app with more than 50 trainer-led videos. Can’t keep track of your reps? It does that for you too.
Sleek and chic, the Concept2’s SkiErg, with its super-compact design, is like no other home cardio machine around. Even if you’re cramped for space, it delivers a workout that lights up every muscle and leaves you breathless.
Bowflex SelectTech 560 Dumbbells
The Bowflex SelectTech 560 Dumbbells are the smartest free weights you can buy for your home gym. They’re adjustable, so you can do everything from biceps curls using five-pounders to 60-pound deadlifts with just a quick turn of the handle. They connect to an app on your phone via Bluetooth to track your sets, reps, and weight for you.
NormaTec Pulse 2.0 Leg Recovery System
These boots were made for helping your hard-working muscles bounce back faster. Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or recreational Spartan Racer, these giant leg sleeves enhance blood flow so you can return to your regularly scheduled fitness routine, stat.