THE last decade has seen the stratospheric rise of boutique gyms – but with many gyms closed during the pandemic, home workouts have become the next frontier in wellness.

Gone are the days, however, when bicep curls with dusty dumbbells rolling around under your sofa.

Thanks to technological advances, you can now recreate the authentic gym experience right in your own living room and enjoy the same pleasure as sweating in your favorite gym.

For proof, just look at the rise of the cult exercise bike Peloton, which now has over 4.4 million members around the world and celebrity fans like David Beckham, Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus.

The number of options has also exploded in the last few months, with a range of “connected” devices that promise to connect users with top-notch coaches and other members of the fitness community, while also tailoring training to your personal training goals.

Here we introduce the fitness technology that will change home workouts in 2021 …

1. Hydrow (

Hydrow is a slimline rowing machine for the home that brings some of the world’s most famous bodies of water right into your living room, like the London Thames and the historic Nile in Cairo.

It has a 22-inch HD touchscreen that displays live and on-demand courses on the water to avoid the boredom of repetitive rowing workouts.

It is equipped with an electromagnetic and computer controlled braking mechanism that mimics the feeling of swiping your oars through a real waterway without worrying about the weather conditions.

Hydrow sessions are tailored to your fitness level and are coached by some of the world’s best rowers, and there’s a vibrant community feel with competitive races and virtual team events.

Hydrow is certainly not a cheap investment, however – it costs £ 2,295 for the rower, plus an additional £ 38 per month for the class subscription.

2. Tonal (

Tonal promises to help you work on your strength outside of the weight room.

The technology is currently only available in the US (where it costs around £ 2,170 for the machine, plus a few hundred extra for the weight accessories), but Smart Mirrors have a moment and there’s been a huge surge in purchases and exposure to the world entire pond – which means it is probably only a matter of time before they flood the market here.

The Smart Home Gym System is focused on strength training and offers a full body workout that replaces the use of dumbbells, kettlebells, resistance bands, and bench presses.

What’s more, it’s discreetly wall-mounted and has a digital screen that streams personal trainers and fun workouts straight into your room.

The system uses a combination of electricity and magnets to digitize weights so you can lift up to 200 pounds. Tonal measures your repetitions, sets, range of motion, time tense, strength, and volume to track gains over time, and tailors workouts so that users make steady progress.

3. NordicTrack treadmill Commercial X32i (

NordicTrack is one of the original pioneers of smart home exercise equipment and has done everything when it comes to upgrading the treadmill.

The brand’s latest launch, Commercial X32i has an impressive 32-inch Smart HD touchscreen so you can stream on-demand studio workouts on your own schedule.

There’s no slacking in secret, either, as the treadmill features interactive technology where elite trainers automatically adjust the speed, incline and incline of your machine as you sweat with their courses.

It is also equipped with sled handles so you can add resistance to your treadmill and really feel the burn.

The NordicTrack Commercial X32i treadmill is available in the UK and costs a whopping £ 3,499, but that includes an iFit family membership that gives you access to all of their classes.

4. Vaha (

At first glance, Vaha looks like your average wall mirror, but when you turn it on, it’s also a digital personal trainer.

As mentioned earlier, smart mirrors like Tonal, Mirror and Tempo are enjoying increasing popularity in the US, and Germany-based fitness company Vaha is the first to launch here.

The mirror comes pre-installed with 100 on-demand classes, plus an ongoing schedule of live classes (including cardio, weights, yoga, and Pilates) that you can book through an accompanying app. You can also book a one-on-one training session with a live fitness expert who will guide you through the program.

The 43-inch full HD touchscreen mimics the feeling of watching a teacher in front of a class while the mirror shows you your reflection so you can check your posture.

The Smart Mirror costs either a one-time fee of £ 1,950 or can be purchased in monthly installments of £ 50 over 39 months. Users then pay a basic monthly membership of £ 39 to access the full range of courses, which includes a free personal training session each month.

5. CLMBR connected (

Versaclimbers became a huge trend in the gym in 2018, so it’s no surprise you can access the same calorie-burning workout at home. The upright machines use the same natural cardio movement as climbing without the risk of navigating a windy rock face.

Launched earlier this year, CLMBR is a home device that comes with a high definition screen and surround sound that mimics the experience of a trendy boutique gym.

The designers say the technique logs intuitive real-time measurement visualizations; including altitude performance, pace, and range so you can track your achievements over time, and they claim the workouts help you burn 60 percent more calories than running or cycling.

CLMBR is currently only available in the US where it costs around £ 1,810 to purchase. But with the home fitness boom seemingly going nowhere, get ready to see a lot more of these devices on your Instagram feed.