Is the hype around smart home workouts legit?
That’s what men’s health fitness director Ebenezer Samuel, CSCS, getting ready to assess when he put the Tonal– an all-in-one workout solution that uses patented digital weights, machine learning, and personalized training programs – testing to see if it meets our MH Strong criteria in all categories, including l innovation, comfort, durability and versatility.
Joined by fitness trainer Josh Bailey, the duo put Tonal to the test to see if this digital-focused gym is a solid buy for those looking to get shredded from the comfort of their own home. Based on a new technology for fitness equipment known as electromagnetic resistance, this smart cable tower also uses artificial intelligence to track reps, sets, and weight as you pump. You’ll also enjoy customizable resistance throughout each session, with a maximum weight of 200 pounds (so 100 pounds per arm). Each Tonal rig comes complete with a bar, cable grips, and pressure rope. You can also access a library of guided workouts through the WiFi-enabled panel, though we’re proponents of our own moving catalog if you really want to get shredded.
After a quick unboxing (Tonal sends a professional installation team to your home as part of the purchase, so you don’t have to worry about a flimsy setup if you’re not handy), you’re off for power moves. Samuel and Bailey went through the bench press, cable flies, pulldowns, and more. A cool feature: After each set, the Tonal displays specs like how long your muscles are under tension, your power output, and your reps so you can get real-time feedback.
Our opinion ? the eccentric resistance is the real standout feature for Tonal. “In theory, it’s going to help me explode, it’s going to help me build muscle, and it’s going to help me get that muscle that I really want,” Samuel says. “This tool here is something I’ve never seen that you can put at home and get the results I believe you can get [with Tonal]so innovation is at the top of the table here,” Bailey then echoed.
Watch the full video above to see if we think what bills itself as the “smartest home gym” gets the MH Strong seal of approval. Check out an even deeper review here.
Want to wear the same workout gear? Josh is wearing a Nike tank top, Centric shorts and Nike sneakers. Eb has a Nike shirt, Nike pants and Nike shoes.
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