COVID-19 completely transformed the fitness industry. Many people who previously relied on gyms and fitness studios we forced to look inward and work out from the comfort of their own homes. Comforting for some and discomforting for others, free weights such as barbells, dumbbells, and kettle balls flew off the shelves. Like the rush on toilet paper, free weights became ‘essential’ and experienced a shortage. As many who rushed to grab home weight sets soon realized, free weight dumbbells and kettle bells are not adjustable – that’s where Tonal comes in.
Tonal is a revolutionary home fitness system that combines digital weights with artificial intelligence. Its sleek unit mounts on your wall and delivers the gym experience, complete with training sessions, while helping you achieve your fitness goals. Its artificial intelligence consistently monitors your strength and automatically adapts to your abilities, helping you improve both consistently and safely.
It doesn’t stop there. Rather than simply adjust your weights by set, it adjusts it mid-repetition. According to Tonal’s website, “Tonal sets your weights for every move and every workout, then automatically increases the weight exactly when you can handle it. The result? No more wasted workouts.” This, in our opinion, is incredible. Imagine a world where every repetition is just as impactful as the other – talk about purpose-driven workouts!
Another incredible Tonal feature is Spotter Mode, which replaces the need for a spotter when looking to increase your strength. Spotters play a critical role in strength training, helping to safely enable the person lifting the weight to exhaust their muscles more than they have in the past. Tonal’s brilliant use of artificial intelligence provides spotter support in a fluid manner. Spotter support adjusts weight in the middle of a repetition to simulate the assistance of a spotter, enabling you to complete a heavier-than-usual repetition.
Although its electromagnetic resistance maxes out at 200 pounds and it’s a bit pricey, starting at $2,995, Tonal makes for a great addition to most households. It offers form feedback, a wide selection of workouts including yoga and HIIT classes, and the ability to access several music stations. At the very least, it provides motivation and convenience to continue exercising in a way that’s meaningful to you.
View this article in the July 2021 issue of MP.