The Only Home Gym You Need to Crush Your 2021 Fitness Goals

Safely work out with world-class trainers and Olympic weight sets.


After a turbulent 2020, the state of the brick-and-mortar fitness industry in 2021 remains unstable. People are searching for new ways to work out in 2021, because signing up for a gym membership begs some hard-to-answer questions: Will they shut down again? Is it safe to go? 

Enter Tempo Studio, the only smart home gym solution you need to crush your fitness goals in 2021 and beyond.

With Tempo, the gym is at your fingertips, and you won’t have to worry about 2020-esque problems: sudden lack of access to equipment, fighting to get your gym membership money back, fear of sweat transfer and heavy breathing, or the difficulty of finding a safe way to work out with a trainer. 

Plus, with access to world-class trainers from your own home, you can safely reach all of your 2021 New Year’s resolutions.

What Is Tempo Studio?

Tempo is an AI-powered, space-saving home gym that uses 3D sensor technology to personalize your at-home workout experience. By combining technologic and analog features (read: real gym equipment), Tempo provides a seamless digital experience accompanied by the unbeatable feeling of throwing down some weights. Those weights you’ll be throwing? You’ll be doing that with  expert coaches, which makes the experience even better—Tempo has effectively recreated traditional gym workouts while capitalizing on the convenience of home workouts.

How Does Tempo Studio Work? 

Tempo’s 3D sensors precisely count your reps, calculate how much weight you should use for each exercise, and provide real-time technique correction. It’s truly like having a first-rate personal trainer in your home.

If you perform a movement incorrectly during a workout, a notification appears onscreen to tell you what you’re doing wrong. This smart motion-capture system is crucial for fitness beginners, as it helps prevent common exercise injuries. Even advanced exercisers can benefit from Tempo’s tracking features, because no one is ever too advanced to practice good form. 

Tempo knows you’re working hard, so it eliminates some of the mental strain by counting your reps and rest intervals for you onscreen. You’ll never again have to stop mid-workout and wonder if you’re done with your set and you can avoid taking too long of rest breaks.

Additionally, thanks to the AI component, Tempo provides workout suggestions—such as how much weight you should use for barbell squats—based on your workout history and performance.

What Is Included With Tempo Studio?

This smart home gym setup is certainly an investment, but rest assured, the premium equipment and convenience factor make it more than worth it.

Here’s everything you get with Tempo: 

  • The 6-foot Tempo Studio with a 42-inch HD touchscreen and 60w Bluetooth-enabled speakers
  • Four 10-pound plates
  • Four 5-pound plates
  • Four 2.5-pound plates
  • Four 1.25 pound plates
  • One 25-pound barbell
  • Two 7.5-pound dumbbells 
  • A heart-rate monitor
  • A high-density foam roller 
  • A 5-millimeter workout mat

Tempo requires a monthly subscription. For $39 per month, you stay motivated with unlimited access to live and on-demand classes, customizable weekly fitness plans, and the ability to compete with your friends on the real-time leaderboard.

What truly sets Tempo apart is the suite of physical weights. To a true fitness enthusiast, nothing trumps the feeling of moving some heavy weight (and if the included 115-pound weight set isn’t enough, you can purchase Tempo’s recently released 25 and 45 lbs plates, too).

What Kind of Workouts Can You Do With Tempo Studio? 

Tempo Studio has an impressive library of more than 500 on-demand classes, with new classes being added each week. As of January 2021, Tempo offers HIIT, strength training, cardio, core, bodyweight-only, full-body, plyometric, lower-body and upper-body workouts, as well as mobility sessions and recovery flows. Yoga, barre, and boxing will also soon be added to their library.

If you’re missing the energy of live classes, Tempo has you covered there too.

Both live and on-demand classes provide you personalized, real-time feedback while classes are in session.

Tempo vs. Mirror: Which Is the Better Home Gym? 

With more and more smart home gyms and workout mirrors cropping up, you may find yourself facing decision fatigue. Each smart gym setup has its own set of pros and cons and its own unique features that make it tough to choose. To help you analyze two leaders in the space, here’s a head-to-head comparison of Tempo and Mirror.

Equipment, Setup and Space

Tempo Studio
  • Product dimensions: 74 inches tall, 2 inches wide, and 16 inches deep

  • Display: 42-inch HD screen

  • Space needed: 8 feet of clear space in front of Tempo

  • Mounting: None needed, free-standing

  • Delivery and setup: Delivery, unboxing, set-up, and debris removal for $250

  • Equipment included: Tempo Studio, Olympic weight set, heart rate monitor, recovery roller, workout mat

  • Product dimensions: 52.6 inches tall,  21.1 inches wide, and 1.7 inches deep

  • Display: 40-inch HD screen

  • Space needed: Mirror doesn’t specify floor surface area needed for workouts.

  • Mounting: Flush wall mounted or floor mounted

  • Delivery and setup: Delivery, unboxing, placement and assembly for $250

  • Equipment included: Mirror

Types of Workouts

Tempo Studio currently offers more than 500 workout classes with new additions every week. With your subscription, you can choose from: 

  • Strength training
  • High-intensity interval training
  • Cardio
  • Core workouts
  • Bodyweight workouts
  • Mobility 
  • Recovery
  • Yoga (coming soon) 
  • Body-part focused workouts

Tempo’s on-demand and daily live classes range from as short as a few minutes to over an hour, allowing you to choose shorter workouts when you’re in a pinch or longer workouts when you have some extra  time. If you enjoy the competition aspect, tune into Tempo’s live leaderboard, where you can see how you stack up against fellow members.

Mirror also offers a wide range of workout categories, including kettlebell, strength, HIIT, cardio, core, yoga, barre, boxing, pilates, dance, stretch and tai chi. Like Tempo, Mirror hosts weekly live classes, but without the real-time form feedback.

Personal Training

Tempo and Mirror both offer impressive personal training capabilities, albeit differently. 

Mirror offers personal training for an additional $40 per 30-minute session (on top of its $39 per month subscription): Through the device’s built-in microphone, speaker and video camera, your trainer (which you’re matched with via the Mirror Digital app), can see and hear what you’re doing. You can also see and hear your trainer, which makes for a very personal experience. Mirror trainers customize sessions for their clients just like in-person trainers do. (Note, though, that without the extra cost for personal training, Mirror doesn’t provide real-time feedback during regular classes).

Tempo’s personalized training is included in their membership and privacy safe—it’s 3D sensors recognize your form, but can’t fully recognize you or the inside of your home (remember, the 3D sensors trace an outline of your body and your weights). Through their tech, Tempo Studio provides an immersive and interactive training experience that keeps you safe.

Workout Technique and Progressive Overload

There’s one rule that reigns in fitness: the principle of progressive overload. This law states that a continual increase in intensity, load, duration or frequency will result in continual fitness improvements. Without manipulating those variables — intensity, load (weight), frequency or duration — your body eventually plateaus. 

The innovators behind Tempo Studio know this, which is why Tempo utilizes analog weights in addition to AI technology. Having an Olympic weight set at your fingertips (and the ability to purchase more weights with just a few clicks) means your progress won’t stall and your body won’t plateau. Tempo will learn from previous workouts and will consistently challenge you to use more weight, while keeping your form in check.

Other smart home gyms, including Mirror, don’t include physical equipment and therefore can’t challenge you in this way. While you can certainly continue to challenge yourself by trying new classes, you may not get the same results as you would with access to physical weights.

Weekly Programs 

One standout feature of Tempo is that you can select weeks-long workout programs that build upon one another, based on your goals and workout history. From beginners to experienced athletes, Tempo members can take part in programs to help them achieve a variety of personal fitness goals.  

All in all, Tempo and Mirror both have standout features that set them apart from other similar fitness devices on the market. Your purchasing decision ultimately comes down to your needs and fitness goals. For example, if you thrive in cardio-heavy group fitness classes and don’t care much for technique feedback, Mirror could be the right choice for you. On the other hand, if you’re a former gym-goer who went mainly for the weightroom and want to feel safe while lifting weights at home, Tempo will better suit your needs and keep you motivated.

By Amanda Capritto, ACE-CPT, INHC
Amanda Capritto, ACE-CPT, INHC, is an advocate for simple health and wellness. She writes about nutrition, exercise and overall well-being.