As more and more people search for solutions to exercise at home during global self-quarantine and social distance activities, another connected fitness machine is entering an increasingly crowded category. Forme, an intelligent mirror with an integrated strength training system, combines the look of the reflective mirror and pulleys from Tonal with some other details by industrial designer Yves Behar.
Similar to the Tonal, the Forme uses a hidden resistance system to simulate the weight, so you can do push, pull and lift exercises from different angles at different weights. (The company hasn't specified the maximum weight it can carry.) According to CNN, Forme also comes with some other accessories, like a heart rate monitor and ankle strap for more movement options. When not in use, the arms are stowed behind the screen and other accessories can be stored in a hidden compartment. And because it's a “connected” training system, it includes courses that you can stream and the device automatically adjusts the weights to your fitness. You can set goals and decide whether you want to build muscle and endurance, or if you want to lose weight over time. The courses also include cardio, body weight training, barre and yoga.
The form costs $ 149 a month for 39 months, including subscription to content
It's a little hard to tell from the press photos, but Forme says the instructors are shown on the screen as life-size as possible so that those who exercise at home can judge their shape. This is also similar to another connected fitness machine, Tempo, that Azure Kinect from Microsoft uses to track user movements for form corrections. (Tempo also offers strength training courses, but uses traditional barbells and dumbbells that can be stored under the machine when not in use.)
The launch of the form is expected in fall 2020 and will cost $ 149 per month for 39 months, including hardware and content subscriptions. (That's $ 5,811 if you don't want to do the math. By comparison, Tonal's 36-month funding plan, which includes the content subscription, is $ 5,360 if it pays off.) It's certainly a beautiful one looking machine that combines the principles of everything in the world of connected fitness equipment, but fall 2020 could be a long time away for those hoping to do their home workouts during gyms in the U.S. before the pandemic stay closed.