Tonal is a home gym system that combines digital weight and artificial intelligence to create a customized and effective personal training experience for each user. This machine has been designed to be mounted on virtually any wall, and it has adjustable arms that are meant to enable you to perform various exercises, such as bench press or lateral pull. When you turn on this machine, you'll gain access to more than 100 workouts of different lengths, with coaches appearing via pre-recorded video.
The cost of Tonal is $2.00 plus $9.99 shipping for a total price of $11.99.
A team of professionals will come and help you install your Tonal machine, but you'll need to find an appropriate space in which you can install it first. Your space must have a powerful Wi-Fi signal, an electrical outlet that's no more than six feet from the machine, and a wall with two wood or metal studs. The length between the studs must fall between 16 and 24 inches. Mounting the machine against drywall, plywood or exposed wood studs is best, but other common building materials can be acceptable, as long as their thickness is less than 1.25 inches.
Once your machine has been mounted against a wall, and the professionals have left, you'll be able to begin customizing the machine for yourself. First, pull out the arms and adjust them to an appropriate angle for you. If you want to move them up or down, push up the appropriate lever on the back of each, and you'll be able to move each one up or down its track. The machine's arm positions can be adjusted later if you find that you haven't chosen suitable ones once you start working out.
After you've adjusted the arms of your Tonal machine, it'll be time to plug the machine into electricity. As noted above, the electrical outlet you plug it into must be within six feet of the machine, since the machine has only a six-foot cord. When the machine is plugged in, this will allow its touch screen to light up and function.
Before you engage in any workouts by using your Tonal machine, it'll take you through a strength assessment via its touch screen. You'll need to choose a level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced), and then it'll guide you through four different exercises to determine an ideal weight load for you. Keep in mind that you may need to add different accessories that have been included with the machine, such as the smart bar or handles. Following this assessment, certain workouts will be recommended to meet your needs.
Traditional home gym systems make use of plates of metal weights that are stacked on top of each other to create resistance, but Tonal instead contains digital weights that are powered by magnets and electricity. With this machine, you'll get a total of 200 pounds of this digital weight. While you're using this type of weight, your lifting should feel smoother than if you were lifting with plates, as you won't be making use of momentum. However, you'll actually be offered a bit more resistance with the digital weights than you would be with the equivalent weight in plates. Meanwhile, the machine's artificial intelligence will monitor your body and adjust your weight up or down as it senses whether you're having difficulty with your exercises or need more of a challenge.
The Tonal system is slim like a flat-screen television and is actually slimmer than some of those. As a result, even while you're using its accessories, including the bench, it won't stick out as far into a room as a traditional at-home weight machine would. When it's mounted on your wall, it'll actually look like an extra-large smartphone.
With each of these at-home weight machines that you obtain, you'll also get six accessories: handles, a bar, a rope, a bench, a roller, and a Yoga-style mat. The smart handles and smart bar have sensors at each end that will enable you to turn the machine on and off. Just push down on one of the round sensors to start up the machine, and push down on it again when you want to power it down.
While you're using your Tonal system, its artificial intelligence will help you track your progress, including how much you improve and how you compare to others in your age group. If you download the Tonal mobile app on your smartphone, you'll be able to carry this important information with you and access it virtually anywhere you go.
If you enjoy listening to music or other forms of audio as you're working out, you won't need an extra device to do so. Instead, your Tonal system will play any Apple playlist of your choice. If you don't use Apple playlists, you'll be able to pick a radio station to be played by the system. Of course, if you'd prefer to listen to one of the machine's built-in personal trainers instead of alternative audio choices, that's perfectly acceptable.
Those users who want to allow their family members or friends to work out with this machine will be happy to find out that it will accommodate multiple login accounts. If everyone makes their own account, no one will end up getting their progress reports or suggested workouts and weights confused with anyone else's.
No matter what your interests are, you'll likely be able to find a workout from the Tonal collection of more than 100 workouts that suits you. The collection includes strength training workouts, Yoga sessions, Pilates instruction, and more, with a wide variety of personal trainers with different personalities. You can choose to work out alone or with a partner, or even join a virtual class. Your strength assessment at the beginning of your time with this machine will make recommendations, but you can always explore additional options, too.
You can install one of these at-home gyms in almost any space, but for optimum workout conditions, it's best if the room is at least seven feet wide and seven feet long. It should also have ceilings that are at least seven feet and 10 inches tall. If your workout space is any smaller than that, you might feel cramped and restricted as you move about and complete different workout routines. Furthermore, a lower ceiling could cause you to bump your head.
If you currently travel to the gym, you may be able to cut that travel time down to nothing by getting one of these at-home gyms instead. Unless you go to the gym mainly for the social experience, you'll be able to do so many exercises for the upper and lower body with this machine that you probably won't miss it.
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