Mirror: The Nearly Invisible, Interactive Home Gym
World’s first immersive home fitness system brings live and on-demand fitness workouts into your home.
As I clicked through TV channels one evening, something grabbed my attention —a commercial about a sleek looking mirror. But this is no ordinary mirror. Aptly named the “Mirror,” this simple looking glass turns into a boutique gym complete with fitness instructors and classmates right in your home. Wow, imagine that! No more trudging off to the local gym, no more waitlists or sweaty locker rooms, no more paying exorbitant membership fees or waiting for a parking spot. It’s perfect for those of us who want something more convenient.
For months I’ve been contemplating whether to rejoin a gym or invest in a home gym. I prefer a home gym but there’s not much space to accommodate fitness equipment. I haven’t found anything suitable for my needs. Now, I am thrilled to come across this divine solution for my problem. I don’t even need space for clunky exercise equipment. All I need is the space of a yoga mat. Initial cost is $1,500 for the Mirror and there’s a 12-month subscription at $39 a month for the fitness classes.
The Mirror is actually an interactive LCD display and comes with an embedded camera and speakers. It can be placed anywhere in your home either mounted on a wall or in its own stand. Everything is controlled through the app so there’s no need to handle the Mirror once it’s set up.
Switched on, the Mirror links to its New York City studio where you can access over 50 live workouts weekly or choose a class from a huge library of on-demand workouts. These are available 24/7 to your entire household. You can choose from a whole host of workouts, all taught by professional instructors. When you’re done, just turn it off and it’s a mirror once more.
If you’re like me, every bit of encouragement helps keep me going. So, I was impressed that the Mirror’s instructors will actually give you a personal shout-out to help keep you on track. If you like company with your workouts, you can select friends who are members of the community, who also help to cheer you on.
The Mirror is so smart it optimizes your workout in real-time by calibrating the profile information you provide on a phone app including health details, your fitness goals, and preferences to achieve best results in the shortest amount of time. If you’ve had an injury, the Mirror even takes that into account and modifies the workout to accommodate your condition. There’s also a heart rate monitor so you can see your heart rate during an exercise. The level of personalization is just amazing to me.
Plus, if you have a Bluetooth heart monitor or Apple Watch, you can sync it and the Mirror will use your biometric data for an enhanced workout. For me, it’s perfect. I don’t need to think about all that stuff, Mirror does it for me.
To make an exceptional experience, you can personalize your workout with music. Choose from curated playlists or create your own. Enjoy your listening experience through the Mirror’s integrated sound system or you can sync with your own Bluetooth audio device.
Abundant Choice of Workouts
The Mirror offers an amazing selection of workouts designed for athletes and novices. There are classes for cardio, yoga, Pilates, strength, barre, boxing, and much more. With seven to 12 live classes a day running from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. along with an extensive library to tap into, the choice one has is remarkable. No matter your fitness level, you can find classes to suit your needs —and that’s a relief, because I’m no expert and I like dabbling in a variety of classes.
The instructors are all certified and come from top fitness studios. You can pick an instructor that suits your style and they will give you expert instruction, help motivate you, and provide live feedback. Soon, the Mirror will offer 1:1 sessions for a true personal training experience.
During workouts, not only do you see the instructor, but you can see yourself and check how you’re doing. At the end of a session, you can take a selfie and rate the class and instructor. In my opinion, Mirror just blows away gym memberships and many home fitness equipment. It gives “mirror, mirror, on the wall” a whole new meaning.
Who Came Up with This?
Whoever thought of the Mirror is a genius in my book. Turns out it’s Brynn Putnam who is the founder and CEO of the company. A Harvard graduate, she is a former professional dancer with the New York City Ballet and went on to found the acclaimed Refine Method fitness studios. After having a baby, her life became too busy to make time to for the gym, but she had a brilliant idea to bring the gym home to her. As a fitness expert, entrepreneur, and accomplished athlete, her concept for the Mirror turned into a New York-based startup with its main competition being Peloton with their high-end workout bike.
A press release issued in September 2018, announced the launch of the Mirror, in which Putnam states, “Studio classes are great for high-quality, hands-on training but are often draining on time and budget,” and continues, “We’re creating a personalized experience with the best trainers and classes around the world, so anyone can enjoy the benefits of a workout, whenever and wherever they want.”
The Mirror has received phenomenal reviews by users and in media including Good Morning America, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Men’s Health, Uncrate, and others. Time calls it, “One of the best inventions of 2018.” And Vogue declares, “The wellness industry’s most game-changing device yet.”
Putnam is also looking to extend Mirror with more immersive content including meditation and therapy. From everything I’ve read, the Mirror is incredibly innovative and is creating a whole new category of in-home fitness while turning the industry on its head. The Mirror is positioned to revolutionize how we think about home fitness and I for one am certainly convinced. The Mirror fits the bill in my book for quality, convenience, and features. I am so looking forward to experiencing the Mirror in my home.
You can find out more about the Mirror at www.mirror.co.