The Tech Wrangler is a bi-weekly column in which Forbes Vetted Associate Editor Dave Johnson explores the best values in consumer tech. They’re not necessarily the cheapest products in their class, but they represent the crossroads of price and performance, meaning money well spent.
The pandemic has been a catalyst in encouraging many people to work out at home, but it doesn’t take social distancing and fear of illness to convince me to avoid the gym. I’ve enjoyed a simple home gym for years, but it’s only been in recent years that smart and affordable home gyms and fitness technology have finally become mainstream. If you want to work out at home before you start your workday, now you have some great options.
But not all options are created equal, and I’ve encountered plenty of duds in my home fitness adventures as well. Much equipment is unnecessarily expensive, for example, while other options are large, heavy, cumbersome, difficult to install and difficult to maintain. Case in point: I owned two different elliptical machines that failed catastrophically right after the warranty expired. And the third one I bought – no doubt overcompensating – was so big and heavy that it was almost impossible to take it with me when I moved.
So there is a middle ground, right? Yes there is. I’ve put together a great collection of smart home fitness equipment that’s reasonably affordable, apartment-friendly, and very effective at keeping you in shape. In fact, the products in this article are literally my personal home gym. This list is not a bunch of assumptions; everything here is in my apartment (in the room that most people would say is supposed to be my dining room).
An unexpected choice: fitness in virtual reality
Add some low-impact cardio with a Mobi Spin bike
The final piece of the puzzle: Tempo Studio
What do you think? Let me know if you agree with my opinion, and what other essential technology I should write about by nudging me on Twitter at @davejoh.