The Tech Wrangler is a bi-weekly column in which Forbes Vetted deputy editor Dave Johnson explores the best values in consumer tech. These are not necessarily the least expensive products in their class, but represent the crossroad of price and performance — in other words, money well spent.
The pandemic was a catalyst for encouraging many people to work out at home, but it doesn’t take social distancing and the fear of illness to convince me to avoid the gym. I’ve enjoyed a simple home gym for years, but only in the last few years has smart, affordable home gym and fitness tech finally become commonplace. If you want to work out at home before you start your work day, you now have some superb options.
But not all options are equal, and I’ve encountered a lot of duds in my home fitness adventures as well. A lot of gear is needlessly expensive, for example, while other options are big, heavy, cumbersome, hard to set up and a bear to maintain. Case in point: I owned two different elliptical machines that failed catastrophically right after the warranty ended. And the third one I bought — overcompensating, no doubt — was so big and heavy that it was nearly impossible to take with me when I moved.
So there’s a middle ground, right? Yes, there is. I’ve assembled a great collection of smart home fitness gear that is reasonably affordable, apartment-friendly and highly effective for staying in shape. In fact, the products in this article literally represent my personal home gym. This list isn’t a bunch of hypotheticals; everything here is in my apartment (in the room that most people would say is supposed to be my dining room).
An Unexpected Choice: Virtual Reality Fitness
Add Low-Impact Cardio With A Mobi Spin Bike
The Final Piece Of The Puzzle: Studio Time
What do you think? Tell me if you agree with my opinion, and what other essential tech I should write about by nudging me on Twitter at @davejoh.