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Welcome to the future. Your trainer can provide instant feedback on your form without even having to look at you. You can attend immersive, live fitness classes without leaving your house. You’ve got real-time biometric data delivered straight to your eyeballs for the duration of your workout.
Wait, did we say the future? Scratch that. It’s actually the Tempo Studio, and it’s here in the present (and makes one hell of a present 🎁).
At its most basic, the Tempo Studio is a fitness mirror with streaming classes. But it offers a lot more than that. The Tempo can completely replace your home gym and serve as the GPS of your fitness journey.
Paging Dr. Strange, because we want one, like, yesterday.
- provides instant feedback to help improve your workout form
- live and on-demand classes offered with Tempo membership
- variety of accessories available
- pretty expensive
- Tempo membership required to use the display
- requires a minimum of 6 x 8 feet (ft.) (183 x 244 cm) of floor space
Kind of like an at-home gym and personal trainer all rolled into one, Tempo Studio is a piece of AI-powered technology that not only provides you with access to streaming fitness classes and the necessary equipment to work out, but actually monitors your performance with 3D sensors while you squat, lift, and train.
Basically, it helps you work out smarter and harder at the same time, all from the comfort and privacy of your home. That’s the goal of Tempo Studio, which is steadily growing its selection of products designed to meet your individual training needs and provide in-the-moment feedback on your form.
Speaking of steadily growing selection, in late 2021 Tempo Studio released Tempo Move, an affordable and more compact alternative to the original system. It includes many of the same features and equipment along with access to all the same classes, but requires you to use your own iPhone and TV hook-up rather than giving you a display “mirror.”
The Tempo is a good fit for you if:
- You’ve got the money to spend on it. Even the Tempo Starter bundle is a pretty significant financial commitment, and after paying off the equipment itself, you’ll still need to be able to pay for the ongoing Tempo membership to continue using your mirror to its full potential.
- You’re a homebody when it comes to working out. If you’re not the type to hit the gym but still want the gym-quality equipment and the class experience, the Tempo is a shoo-in.
- You’ve got plenty of space. Technically, the Tempo Studio isn’t that big: only about 2 feet wide and a foot and a half deep. It’s 72 inches high, though, so it takes up about as much room as a stationary roommate. When in use, though, the Tempo Studio needs a decent chunk of space for you to actually work out — the company recommends either a 6 x 8-foot space or a 6 x 10-foot space, depending on which Tempo bundle you purchase. That can be a little tight for small living spaces, so if you don’t have a lot of space, you may want to look for a more compact alternative.
- You’re all about metrics, feedback, and tech. While the Tempo may be a little much for some, it’s ~simply the best~ for biohackers, techies, and fitness buffs. Instant feedback, form correction, continuous heart rate monitoring … oh, my!
If this doesn’t quite sound like you, then consider snagging the new Tempo Move instead: While you still have to pay for a monthly class membership, your initial investment comes in at just under $500 (as opposed to the $2,500 minimum expense of a Studio package).
The Tempo Move is also way smaller than the Studio, only taking up a 13.5-in. square of your home and needing a mere 22 inches of height clearance. During a workout, you still need more floor space with the Move (around 6 x 6 feet), but it’s less than with the Studio.
The Tempo Studio can totally replace your home gym, and it all starts with the mirror — the center of the Tempo universe (and by mirror, we mean reflective touch-screen display). It’s mounted on a free-standing frame that also includes storage for your weights, and it’s loaded with 3-D sensors that allow it to wirelessly track your biometrics and offer immediate form feedback.
The Tempo Studio comes in three package options. Here are the deets:
- Tempo Starter. The most basic (without being *basic*), the Tempo Starter comes with the Tempo Studio fitness mirror, 75 pounds (lbs.) (34 kg) of weight plates (with built-in storage in the mirror frame), 4 collars, 2 dumbbells, and a workout mat.
- Tempo Plus. The Plus contains everything in the Tempo Starter plus another 2 extra collars, 2 sets of 25 lbs. (11 kg) competition plates, a heart rate monitor, a recovery roller, a barbell, and a folding weight bench.
- Tempo Pro. The Tempo Pro is literally a home gym. It contains everything in the Starter and the Plus, along with another 45 lbs. (20 kg) of competition plates, a squat rack, and a kettlebell system. We won’t say we’re in love, but…
Here’s what you can expect to pay in total for the Tempo Studio, whether you pay in full or finance the purchase:
- Tempo Starter: $2,495 ($52/month)
- Tempo Plus: $3,245 ($68/month)
- Tempo Pro: $3,995 ($83/month)
If you qualify, you can finance the Tempo with zero interest and no down payment for 48 months through Affirm.
The mirror and the 6-ft (183-cm) frame it’s built into are super sturdy, weighing in at 100 lbs. (45 kg) unloaded, i.e., sans weights. It boasts a 42-in. (107-cm) touch screen with built-in speakers and Bluetooth connectivity.
If you’re tight on space, you’re gonna wanna stick to the minimal Tempo Starter — it takes up a 6- x 8-ft. (183- x 244-cm) space when you’re getting your workout on. The Tempo Plus and the Tempo Pro command a little more space, needing a 6- x 10-ft. (183- x 305-cm) space.
Here are some more details:
- Workout mat dimensions: 60 x 26 in. (152 x 66 cm)
- Folding bench weight capacity: 400 lbs. (181 kg)
- Squat rack weight capacity: 400 lbs. (181 kg)
The Tempo Studio’s frame is made from high tensile aluminum, which means it’s lightweight but strong. It’s also pretty resistant to rust and corrosion, making it last just as long as some other types of metal (like stainless steel). The frame comes in a light gray/silver or dark gray color.
Opting for the Tempo Move is a simpler purchase than the Studio; there are no packages to choose from, you just get what you get. What you get, though, is pretty impressive for the price tag:
- 2 sets of 7.5 lbs. dumbbells
- 4 collars
- 12 smart weight plates in 1.25, 2.5, and 5 lb. weights
- weight storage cabinet
- HDMI cable
You’ll need to have your own iPhone and TV, but note that not all iPhones are compatible: only the iPhone XR and newer systems will work for the Move.
Because there are no packages to choose from, the cost is streamlined: the Tempo Move is $495 ($21/month). If you qualify, you can finance the Tempo with zero interest and no down payment for 48 months through Affirm.
The Tempo Move consists of a weight cabinet, essentially, that measures 13.5 x 13.5 in. and 22 inches tall. Then you’ll need about a 6- x 6-ft. workout area to use it.
On top of the cabinet is something called the Tempo Core, which is where you dock your iPhone, and where the 3D sensors that detect your body’s movements during your workout are located. The Core is portable, so you can take it anywhere you want to work out.
The weight cabinet has a wood top and is covered in a soft fabric that rolls back to reveal your equipment or keeps everything out of sight when not in use. It’s attached to the cabinet with magnets. You can choose a white cabinet with a light wood top or a dark gray cabinet with a dark wood top.
The smart weights, which are detected by the Core, are coated in a type of rubber called cerakote, which is designed to last a long time but also limit the damage if you accidentally drop them (which, let’s face, we’ve all done).
But what do the people think?? Let’s dive in.
Reviewers of Tempo Studio:
- love being able to get a gym-quality workout in without driving anywhere
- love the low-injury risk of working out with Studio
- feel that Studio allows them to effectively strength train for other sports and athletic activities
- note how seamlessly the Studio fits into their living space
- praise the variety of classes and the personalities of the class instructors
- note that shipping times are slow ATM (thanks to supply chain issues)
- have minor complaints about class search functions and workout customization
Reviewers of Tempo Move:
- love how small it is
- love how the modern design blends in with their decor
- voice complaints about the reliability of the iPhone connectivity
Standard shipping for the Tempo Studio is an extra $150 on top of the purchase price, but it includes “white glove” delivery and installation (pinkies up!). So, kick back and enjoy a marg (Or some pre-workout … Are pre-workout margs a thing? They should be.) while the Tempo team handles all the pre-workout details and cleans up all the packaging.
The Tempo Move ships totally free!
You can try out the Tempo for a full 30 days, and if it’s not a great fit you can return the whole system for a full refund. However, unless you’re returning it due to a manufacturer’s defect, you’ll have to pay a $250 to $350 packing and shipping fee.
The Tempo Move can also be returned within a 30-day time frame, but you won’t have to pay any shipping costs no matter the reason for the return.
Here’s whatcha need to know about the Tempo Studio’s warranty:
- Cabinet: 3 years
- Interactive display: 12 months
- Bench: 12 months
- Squat rack: 12 months
- Weight plate holder: 12 months
- Kettlebell: 12 months
- Heart rate monitor: 12 months
- Barbells: 3 years
- Collars: 3 years
- Weights: 3 years
- Labor and installation: 12 months
… and the Tempo Move’s warranty:
- Core and cabinet: 1 year
- Dumbbells, collars, and weight plates: 3 years
Exercise programs and classes
To use the Tempo Studio to its fullest capacity (and to use the display at all), you need to purchase a Tempo membership, which offers a variety of on-demand and live classes for all fitness levels.
The Tempo membership costs $39 per month (but covers your entire household, or up to six accounts), and for your first year, you’re committed to membership. After that year, you can pay on a month-to-month basis and end your membership at any time.
Unfortunately, though, ending your membership would just leave you with a really fancy mirror or weight cabinet.
Motion sensor tech
OK, so how exactly does the 3D motion sensor stuff work? Without getting too technical, the tech’s AI captures your movements while you work out, either through the mirror for Studio or the core and your phone for Move. It then assesses whether or not you’re performing up to par; if you’re not squatting down far enough, it’ll tell you, or if your posture is too slouched, it will remind you to straighten up.
This is especially useful for beginners and intermediate users who are still working on their form; it’s less useful for advanced athletes with more experience working out (although, hey, we all could use a reminder from time to time, right?) If you’re concerned about injury, the sensor technology makes it less likely that you’ll spend an entire workout doing something wrong.
The tech also keeps track of your reps so you don’t have to, and lets you know when it might be time to increase your weights for a more intense workout.
Both the Studio and Move come with a decent selection of equipment, and obviously, the higher up you go in the packages for the Studio, the more stuff you’ll get.
For the Studio, you can expect to get a workout mat and several different weights; if you want extras like a folding bench, recovery roller, or squat rack, you’ll have to fork over more for advanced packages. For the Move, you’ll always get a selection of weights and a couple of dumbbells (which all fit inside the cabinet).
For the most part, customers seem to be happy with the quality of the equipment, but the one caveat here is that you have to use Tempo equipment for the 3D motion sensors to work, so no subbing in your own equipment if you want the real-time feedback.
Leaderboard and community
Who doesn’t love a little healthy competition to stay motivated during a workout? With the online community-based leaderboard, you can join an existing group of fellow Tempo users and “compete” by accruing points for reps you complete and weights you lift during the classes you take. You can collect badges if you place in the top 10 to 30 percent on your leaderboard.
If this is totally not your thing, though, don’t stress: you can hide the leaderboard during workouts so the competition doesn’t psych you out or even compete against just yourself (i.e., your own previous best).
That’s not a fair question! Well, actually, it’s an incomplete question: it’s not so much which product is better, but which product is better for you. Even though the Studio and the Move share a lot in common, they’re not really designed for the same purpose.
You should choose Tempo Studio if you:
- work out frequently
- don’t have access to a gym or don’t want to drive to one
- have at least a 6- x 8-ft. space in your home to move around in
- don’t mind permanently devoting a corner of your house to fitness equipment
- like a variety of workout styles, from strength training to cardio to yoga
- need a lot of equipment to get started
You should choose Tempo Move if you:
- work out intermittently
- want to do frequent strength training on top of other workouts
- don’t have a lot of room for workout equipment
- don’t have a big budget for exercise equipment
- want to have the flexibility of working out in different rooms/areas of your house
- don’t want a product that screams “exercise equipment“
If you’re still on the fence about Tempo Studio or Tempo Move and want to shop around a bit before making a decision, here are three other popular fitness mirrors on the market right now to consider.
- Price: $1,495
This at-home gym looks like a plain ol’ mirror until you turn it on … and then it becomes an interactive workout device, complete with online classes — everything from family cardio to yoga to strength training — and personalized programs to meet your goals.
It can stand on its own or be mounted to the wall, making it super space-saving, and includes a front-facing camera, surround-sound speakers, and a 43-inch-tall LED display.
Where Tempo Studio is like an AI-based robotic physical trainer, the MIRROR is more like a portal to fitness classes: you can choose to receive feedback from a personal trainer through your device, but there’s no 3D motion sensor doing it for you automatically.
It works a bit more like a Peloton, linking you to live and recorded classes with other customers all over the country, and the more affordable cost reflects that (even the most expensive version of the MIRROR is less than the cheapest Studio package).
- Price: $2,995
The Tonal literally combines a bunch of the most common pieces of workout equipment into one wall-mounted mirrored device, bringing the best parts of the gym right into your home. Featuring weight resistance handles and ropes, a weight bar, a bench, a roller, and a workout mat, Tonal allows you to complete a full workout through any one of its thousands of live and on-demand classes.
Tonal is similar to Tempo products because it uses AI sensors to assess your workout in real-time, providing feedback and suggestions based on your body movements. But it comes with more equipment, making it more expensive, on average, than Tempo Studio, and it relies on resistance equipment like ropes and bars, not interchangeable weights, to give you a full workout.
- Price: $1,495
This fitness mirror is like a cross between the MIRROR and Tempo Studio: it’s a wall-mount mirror slash interactive workout device (like the MIRROR), but it also captures your movements via motion sensor to provide you with feedback on your form and reps (like Tempo Studio).
If you like the idea of Tempo Studio but can’t swing the cost or sacrifice the living space, the FITURE is a nice compromise. It gives you access to hundreds of classes across multiple workout styles but doesn’t come with any equipment, so you’ll have to be prepared with your own. It’s the “Tempo Studio lite” option, basically.
Is Tempo Studio worth it?
If you’re a fitness devotee, someone who wants frequent strength training, someone who needs a lot of customized training, or someone who wouldn’t step foot in a public gym for all the money in the world, then the Tempo Studio just might be worth the high cost.
You’re getting a lot of technology and a lot of equipment for the price, so if you’re 100 percent sure you’ll make use of it, we wouldn’t blame you for splurging.
Do you have to pay monthly for Tempo?
Yes. Even if you pay for the equipment package upfront, you’ll still have to fork over $39 monthly for membership access to the classes.
Is Tempo a good workout?
For beginners and intermediate users, the answer is a solid yes. Reviewers say the workouts challenge them, keep them engaged, and give them the flexibility and personalization they want to keep going.
Many advanced users may also find that the workouts are good, but some admit the classes just aren’t intense enough or long enough to meet their demands.
Is Tempo good for beginners?
It’s great for beginners! Not only can you customize your workouts to start out slow and steady, but you’ll also get real-time feedback through the motion sensors about your form. Tempo will correct your posture and speed, ensuring that you don’t injure yourself, and train you to be a better exerciser.
When you’ve mastered some stuff, Tempo will suggest you turn up the heat a little by increasing your weights or reps, encouraging you to keep improving.
What’s better: Tempo Studio or Tempo Move?
It depends on how much you want to work out, how much space you have, and how big your budget is.
For avid exercisers ready to prioritize an at-home gym experience, Tempo Studio requires a designated space in your home and a sizeable investment (but rewards you with results and convenience).
For someone who just wants to do short or intermittent workouts from home without crimping their style or blowing their budget, Tempo Move is compact, modern, and comparatively affordable.
The Tempo is a fitness mirror (and a whole experience). Through the magic of science, it can wirelessly track your heart rate and offer immediate feedback on your form. If you’re new to fitness mirrors (or slowly trying to build up your home gym), try the Tempo Starter, but for a fully *temped*-out home gym, spring for the Tempo Pro.