Tempo Home Gym Review
As a self-proclaimed fitness junkie, I’ve had my fair share of workout experiences. I’ve taken countless classes (yes, even Zumba), ran half marathons, and worked with a variety of personal trainers. However, one of my biggest challenges when it comes to working out is motivation and consistency. Consistency is key in making any physical progress and I have a short attention span.
That’s why I was excited to check out the Tempo Studio. Tempo is an all-in-one home gym that offers personalized workouts. Each workout is led by a coach through a variety of different class formats. Think HIIT, strength-training, or even cardio kick boxing.
Tempo comes with high-quality equipment.
The studio is 6’ tall and has a crystal clear 42” HD touchscreen display. It’s freestanding so there’s no need to convince your landlord to let you drill this to your wall. The unit holds a storage system that includes weight plates (2 each of 10 lb, 5 lb, 2.5 lb, and 1.5 lb) a heart rate monitor, a workout mat, and a recovery roller. Plus, it comes with an Olympic-grade barbell and two 7.5 lb dumbbells. While other gyms mirrors like Tonal or Forme Life aim to recreate the weighted experience using attachments, there’s nothing like holding real free weights in your hands. They are made of steel and feel very high-quality, alleviating the worry I have of wear and tear with cables and other attachments. If you need more weight, you can purchase additional 25 lb or 45 lb plates and can stack your barbell to up to 300 lbs.
Smart technology to help you hit your goals.
I kicked off my Tempo experience with an intro class from Coach Melissa. Before starting the class, Tempo tells you what weight to use based on your individual goals and experience. This was extremely helpful compared to my experience with Mirror who just told me to just pick a “heavy weight”. You can choose your music station with options ranging from throwback hip hop to EDM. Tempo then instructs you to set up your yoga mat 6 feet away so Tempo’s 3D sensors can track you (more on that soon!). Once it recognizes you, the workout begins.
Melissa took me through a 20 minute session of dumbbell curls, alternating reverse lunges, shoulder presses, chest presses, plank ups, squats and bent over low rows. She did the entire workout with me, guiding me through each movement. It felt like I was working out with a trainer or a friend. I saw the full value of this gym when Tempo alerted that I was performing my bicep curls incorrectly. When you perform an exercise incorrectly, Tempo notifies you with a pop-up on screen and then offers a solution on how to fix it. Tempo recommended that I lean forward and notified me again once my form was correct.
As mentioned above, Tempo prides itself on having 3D motion sensors that observe you while you workout. These sensors track you as you move which is how Tempo is able to offer form corrections (and do so much more!). What makes this different from Tonal or even Peloton is that Tempo isn’t relying on tactile equipment to read your motions, but can do so with its camera alone.
Community features kept me motivated.
In addition to form correction, Tempo also counts your reps, tracks your pace, and monitors your heart rate. On screen, I could see my target rep count and how I was progressing towards those goals. The overachiever in me was motivated to hit my target every time at the exact pace recommended.
A leaderboard is present throughout the class so you can track your performance. It shows you where you stand compared to others who have completed the same class or yourself if you’ve taken the class before. I didn’t think I was competitive but when I saw I was in third place, I made a mental vow that I was going to get a higher score on the second set (and I did).
Tempo offers a recap of your performance when the class is finished. It reveals your total weight lifted, your reps, calories burned, and how you compared against others who took the class. You’re able to follow people you know on Tempo (or even a leaderboard rival) so I can only imagine how motivating it would be if I was competing against a friend.
A variety of classes to keep you interested.
One of the biggest challenges of working out consistently is that it can be repetitive. I was thrilled to see Tempo’s class variety as they offer literally hundreds of strength training, HIIT, mobility, cardio, and recovery classes. So if you’re waking up one day feeling like you wanna hit the weights, Tempo is there to provide you with an ample selection of lower body, upper body, and full body workouts. Classes range from a quick 8-minute lunge challenge to a 45-minute cardio class. They offer both live classes and on-demand classes. During the live classes, the coach is teaching you in real time with hundreds of other members and you can compare your performance against theirs. They also give you personal shout outs. Talk about motivation.
Tempo also offers programs based on specific goals and fitness levels. If you’re looking to gain muscle, Coach Melissa’s Shape Shift program has you covered. If you’re looking to lose some weight, try Coach Colby’s 6-week shred program. It’s literally like having a real trainer plan your workout for you so you don’t have to think.
So, is Tempo worth the investment?
Yes. Tempo pairs unique performance tracking with entertaining classes, creating the perfect formula for an engaging and effective workout. And it’s even better knowing that I can do it from the convenience of my living room. Like any smart gym, purchasing this Tempo will be an investment, but compared to its competitors Tempo gives you the most bang for your buck.
When you compare Tempo to its cheaper competitor, Mirror, there’s no question. If you’ve read our review, you know The Mirror is just a mirror with a phone app that costs $1495. For $500 more, Tempo offers an immersive touchscreen, premium equipment and performance tracking that you can’t find anywhere else. And if you compare it to Tonal, it looks better, costs less, and has more engaging classes.
Tempo is the way to go if you’re in the market for a smart gym.