Last year, smart home gym equipment exploded onto the scene as many were stuck at home after their local gyms shut down or limited capacity. Although gyms are opening back up now, you can't beat the convenience of having your Peloton or weight machine in the next room.
Here at PCMag, our smart home and wearable device analyst Angela Moscaritolo transformed a room in her home into a smart gym equipment testing center to help you decide which pricey home fitness gear is worth your cash.
As Angela notes: "Smart fitness devices allow for a whole other level of interactivity than their more affordable, non-connected counterparts. Most offer large libraries of guided classes with knowledgeable instructors and/or customized workouts and programs based on your goals and current fitness level. It's like having a personal trainer in the comfort, safety, and privacy of your own home."
Options include stationary bikes, rowing machines, and treadmills. Smart fitness displays can also help track and give feedback on your lifting. If you've been eyeing a home gym upgrade, Black Friday is a great time to grab a deal on subscription-based fitness equipment packages from Peloton, Echelon, MYXfitness, and more. Here's what you can get.
Peloton Black Friday Deals
Peloton Bike Plus
Peloton Bike+ (Photo: Angela Moscaritolo)
The most well-known brand on this list, Peloton recently dropped the price of its classic Bike by $400, with an extra $150 off associated Bike bundles, like the Bike Essentials and Bike Works with extra accessories. The Bike itself measures 4 feet long by 2 feet wide, with a 21.5-inch 1080p HD touch-screen display to watch your instructor and keep an eye on your workout metrics. A resistance knob lets you adjust how hard you need to pedal.
The upgraded Bike+ is also on sale with a $300 discount. It improves on the Bike with a 360-degree rotating screen featuring a slightly larger display at 23.8 inches. Plus, its resistance knob has an Auto-resistance option that can be set to match your instructor’s cues. With both live streamed classes and on-demand videos, you’re bound to find a workout that’s right for you, whether it be something to work up a light sweat or high intensity training. A $39/month membership fee is required to gain access to these classes.
In her review of the Bike+, Angela found that "with a rotating screen and a new Auto Follow feature for automatic resistance adjustments, the Peloton Bike+ is a compelling upgrade over its predecessor, and the best smart indoor cycling bike you can buy."