Echelon Showcases the Mirror of Smart Fitness: An Affordable Choice for Home Gyms
The mirror mirrors a new entrant into the world of home gyms. When turned off, these devices look like any decorative mirror, the type that you hang somewhere on the door or lean against the wall next to the closet in your room. However, when opened, a health mirror will come to life and act like an interactive digital display. It’s the same as a smart TV, just one with an obedient interface that only plays exercise video instructions. You are probably familiar with the most famous names like this category Tonal, glass, and NordicTrack’s Vault. Ideally, these Wi-Fi-connected mirrors serve as beautiful, unobtrusive fitness centers, guiding you through a variety of workouts that you can perform while you stay in the comfort of your own home.
Reflect from Echelon Fitness is another of the mirrors. While its main competitors sell their equipment in the same size, Echelon gives you two sizes of Reflect mirrors to choose from: a 50-inch touchscreen model for $ 1,500 and a 40 -inch model without a touchscreen for $ 1,000. In addition to the physical mirror, users will pay a $ 40 monthly membership fee to get the Echelon streaming content to play Reflect. It’s expensive, for sure. But the overall cash outlay is on the low side for connected home fitness systems, especially when compared to what other popular brands offer. This competitive pricing is typical of Echelon Fitness, which also makes it budget-friendly put bicycles, rowing machines, ug treadmills.
The mirror can stream many live and on-demand exercise classes, including meditation classes, boxing, cardio, strength, barre, and Zumba. There are also programs and challenges with lots of exercise, a beginners section, and even German and French classes in addition to English. I thought doing some German classes might seem like a version of Duolingo health, but so far, I can’t speak German yet. The one-on-one training option allows a personal trainer to see you (via the camera built into Reflect) and take you through the workouts yourself. There’s also a section on Offers, which is made up of classes led-you know it-celebrities. Mario Lopez is the only famous man Echelon has recruited to date, but hey, AC Slater is off to a good start.
Echelon’s Reflect is an even newer interior design in this category, and it’s amazing the way it combines high-end tech with a simple design. I tried the 50-inch model, which was just enough in the ocean to forget about putting it on the wall. However, I can lean on it in a corner of my room, where it adds a beautiful decorative touch when I’m not using it. The mirror frame also houses two speakers and the hidden front camera. Reflect also connects wireless headphones and a Bluetooth heart rate monitor.
Exercises can be even more important if you connect a heart rate monitor, because the Echelon software measures your heart rate and tracks it in different areas, giving points to each zone. Scores range from 5 HR points per minute in the light green zone (meaning light exertion) to 20 HR points per minute spent in the red zone (your maximum heart rate). At the end of the workout, you are selected by a leaderboard against fellow Echelon devotees to show who got the most points.
When I opened it, the Reflect immediately transformed from a simple mirror into a portal to a full-fledged fitness studio. I was shown in the main menu bar a selection of classes from each of the different health programs. You can just tap and swipe around until you find something you like. (The smaller, non -touchscreen Reflect is controlled by a mobile app, available for both Android and iOS.) There are up to 10 live classes each day of the week, with fewer on the weekends. If your schedule is not in sync with any live classes, you can choose from multiple required replays of classes that last anywhere between five to 80 minutes each.
The exercises themselves are well put together. In classes, you can see the coach as well as your reflection, which allows you to (ahem) mirror your coach’s movements and dial in your form as you go. Echelon coaches are also inspiring and enthusiastic, and it’s inspiring to see coaches with different body types. If you’re the kind of person who’s afraid of a jacked trainer yelling instructions at you, you’ll find it relaxing to work with coaches who have a lot of achievable behaviors.