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Smart Home Gyms vs. Exerfly Flywheel Technology: Which Is Best For You?

Smart Home Gyms are creeping into much of the discourse surrounding the future of fitness and sticking to your training routine in a world full of uncertainty. While you might know about their innovative tech characteristics, you might need to be more familiar with whether they are a good fit for you. We've decided to shed light on how smart home gyms compare to Exerfly and how these features impact how you work out.

What Are Smart Home Gyms?

Soaring to popularity throughout the global pandemic, smart home gyms were designed to bring fitness and convenience into each household.

Characterized by touchscreen displays and built-in cameras, smart home gyms use on-demand classes and all-in-one systems to elevate the home workout experience. Popular examples of Smart Home Gyms include Virtuian, Tonal, Peloton, and NordicTrack.

Pros

  • It looks like part of the furniture in a house: Smart home gyms tend to pay attention to detail, especially in aesthetics and are designed to look like a part of your home as much as they were designed to fit in it.
  • Slick user interface: Smart home gyms don't just boast avant-garde mechanics. Enjoy a futuristic, intuitive UI that further elevates the home workout experience.
  • Easy to change loading: Gone are the days of picking up and putting down weights. Swiftly increase or decrease your desired load at the simple touch of a button.

Cons

  • Limited loading: Smart home gyms' load limits mean they cannot be used by stronger users, such as athletes and highly trained individuals, making them more appropriate for beginner to intermediate audiences. Also, there needs to be more research on the effectiveness of these devices.
  • Can't do fast exercises: Another roadblock for athletes, exercises performed with smart home gyms cannot replicate the high speeds and forces of fundamental sporting movements, so they are not suited for performance
  • Need a wall to mount it on (Tonal).
  • Huge and heavy: Smart home gyms aren't exactly small or light, so you might have to reorganize or even free up your household space to accommodate your device.
  • Monthly subscriptions: Aside from a hefty price tag, smart home gyms also come with ongoing services you'll have to pay for, so keep your finances in check!
  • Home-bound: Smart home gyms cannot be used outside of the home, which is a factor you’ll have to weigh up when considering the value of your purchase.
  • It's a trend: Smart home gyms are on the rise, but it is important also to remember that Thigh Master was the highest-grossing piece of equipment of all time, and now it's been debunked.
  • Accessories: Handles, bars, and ropes might not be included with your purchase, raising the final costs of setting up your smart home gym. Oh, and let's remember the shipping fee.
  • Not suitable for lower body: Smart home gyms often target upper body strength, perfect for those who want to skip leg day.

What Is Exerfly?

Exerfly equipment implements flywheel training, a method of training that generates resistance not by moving a weight against gravity as in traditional training but by harnessing the inertia of a spinning flywheel and accelerating and decelerating the flywheel at speed.

This can generate tremendous force and allows athletes to train with constant resistance in both the concentric and eccentric phases. Inertial and eccentric training through the flywheel method is scientifically supported to produce impressive results in strength training and injury management.

Exerfly

  • Stylish and practical: Exerfly was designed to look like part of the furniture in a house and can be stored away efficiently, making it the perfect flatmate.
  • Slick user interface: With the all-new Exerfly app, you can keep track of your results for effortless accountability. The in-built sensor sends your workout data straight to the app in real-time, which you can then forward to your coach for evaluation and progress monitoring.
  • Track like never before: The Exerfly features an in-built rotational sensor providing real-time data at 4,000 points per second. The research-grade sensor offers a range of performance statistics using the inertia of the flywheel, RPM, time, and direction to calculate the energy in the Flywheels.
  • 100% Kiwi: Designed, manufactured, and engineered in New Zealand, Exerfly was built to last with attention to all the right details.
  • Unlimited loading: Exerfly allows athletes to push themselves to new levels, which is impossible to achieve with any other piece of equipment. Our technology is unparalleled, featuring the exclusive option to add a resistance boost of up to 80% of the eccentric phase in a movement. Allowing users to achieve greater eccentric overload for even better results in both the concentric and eccentric phases.
  • Perfect for performance: Exerfly can recreate fundamental sporting movements at high speeds and high loads at different planes of motion, virtually unachievable with any other device.
  • Small and mighty: Exerfly devices come as small as 4kgs and don't need extra equipment or big spaces to set them up, making them light, transportable, and able to be taken anywhere.
  • No ongoing costs: Your Exerfly purchase can be a one-and-done or 36-month 0% interest financing, with no ongoing fees or monthly subscriptions needed to enjoy your device.
  • Can be used outside: Take your Exerfly with you on your next camping trip and set up your gym space in the middle of the forest. The choices are endless.
  • Tried and trusted by the elite: Exerfly can be found in the gyms and performance centers of the best teams in the world, competing in the NBA, NFL, MLB, Olympics, and many more.
  • Suitable for lower body: Smash a grueling lower body workout with any Exerfly device without needing accessories, and add that extra eccentric overload if you want to feel the burn.
  • Accessories included in packages: Choose from a starter, intermediate or advanced packages for your Exerfly devices, equipped with a wide range of accessories that come included in the final price.
  • Scientifically backed: Mountains of research backs the Exerfly and flywheel technology to enhance strength, speed, power, and performance.
  • Perform isometrics: With a creatively engineered rope and rope clamp, you can perform maximal isometric training without the fear of breaking equipment.

While smart home gyms are a prominent display of the pinnacle of fitness and technology merging, their practicality in everyday life can be underwhelming.

If you're looking for a device that can push you harder than traditional weights, track and monitor your progress, provide instant feedback on your workouts, can be packed and stored in a travel bag, or can be seamlessly set up in any corner of your house- we've got you covered.

Exerfly was designed for people wanting to upgrade their home gym experience with equipment that will make a difference in their lives. That's why we count on a worldwide community of athletes, coaches, physios, and fitness professionals that share their experiences and workout routines with flywheel training weekly.

To catch up with the latest specialized training routines, head to our blogs, or if you're keener on finding out more about the results of flywheel training, we've got a selection of scientific studies to back us up.

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