About the Tempo Move
Unlike full-size workout mirrors that have giant screens and built-in cameras to monitor your movement, the Tempo Move uses an app and the front-facing camera on your phone to give you AI-powered feedback on your form while broadcasting workouts to your TV. The Move comes with a cabinet to store an included set of dumbbells and weight plates—which provide a load range from 7.5 pounds up to 25 pounds each—and a dock (that Tempo calls the “core") to connect your iPhone to your TV via included 6-foot-long HDMI cable. There is a designated slot for the core on top of the cabinet, or you can remove it and place it closer to your TV, if necessary. All told, the Move measures 2 feet tall by 1.5 feet wide by 1.5 feet deep, or about the size of a large microwave—and appreciably smaller than the 6-foot-tall Tempo Studio's mirror.
For Tempo’s monthly fee of $39, Move users get access to all of Tempo’s prerecorded classes—this includes strength, HIIT, yoga, meditation, boxing, and more—as well as the upcoming live classes, once they are launched. Setting up a session is simple. When you first create an account, the program asks how often you want to exercise, what your goals are, and what types of workouts you enjoy to create a personalized plan and recommendations. Once you select a class to take on your phone, it broadcasts to the TV screen. While you follow along on the TV, you can use your phone to pause the class, change your weight setting (which Tempo will remember in later sessions and use to track your progress), and view or hide your leaderboard (you get points for reps or volume lifted in Tempo workout classes, but you don’t have to keep track of that if it’s not your bag).
The Move’s dumbbells start at 7.5 pounds each, but you can add any of the included four 1.25-pound plates, four 2.5-pound plates, or four 5-pound plates to make each weigh up to 25 pounds. At time of publication, the Move app only works with iPhones—specifically, models XR to 13 Pro Max, and with any display that has an HDMI port. You can add on various Tempo accessories such as a barbell, a bench, or resistance bands for an additional cost. (Or use your own, of course.)
What we like about the Tempo Move
The helpful AI coaching
Over the past few years, more people have been working out from home than ever before. But for many, this also means looking to replace instructors and trainers who previously motivated and assisted in-person. Tempo’s AI-powered trainer helps you get the most out of your training by analyzing your movements and correcting your form. For example, I was reminded to extend to my full range of motion during movements like squats and lunges, which helped me get a more effective workout.
The coaching also helps keep you on track during classes. The camera senses when you complete a rep and counts for you on the screen—no more trying to keep track of what number you’re on while focusing on not dropping heavy weights. Having Tempo count my reps made it easier for me to focus on my form and track my progress over time.
The high quality classes
Tempo has a great variety of classes and exercises that kept me looking forward to queuing up a session. I took several strength, mobility, and core classes, and each workout challenged me and was varied enough that I didn’t feel like I was doing the same thing over and over. The instructors are positive and motivating, which helped the time fly by, even the 40 minutes of the longest session I tried. I also didn’t have to rely too much on the computer-powered feedback—the instructors gave detailed directions for properly performing movements like they would during in-person classes, so I never felt lost or uncertain.
The compact design
The Move’s relatively small footprint makes it much more apartment-friendly than the Studio or other workout mirrors. Its movable core makes it easy to make the setup work in your individual space, and its compact storage can squeeze into tight quarters. While it’s helpful to have the cabinet nearby so you can more easily change your loaded weight, you can place the storage wherever you have space and still work out in front of your TV.
What we don’t like about the Tempo Move
The feedback method isn’t perfect
While the tips Tempo gives are helpful, it’s not a flawless system. Like with the Tempo Studio, the Move gives only visual cues to show you how to improve your form, making it easy to miss if you’re facing away from the TV screen. You can perform many movements within sight of your TV but it’s not always possible, so it would be nice if Tempo gave an audible notification to alert users to look over for guidance when the AI detected less-than-ideal form.
It requires a decent amount of floor space
While the Move is smaller than the Studio, it still requires you stand roughly 5 feet away from your phone’s camera to operate—this ensures the camera can properly capture and analyze your movements to provide accurate feedback. Despite the Move’s more compact design, you still need to make sure you have enough floor space to do your workout at a proper distance from your phone.
It may not be compatible with your tech
Additionally, you need a TV and an iPhone to use the Move. Though these aren’t extraordinary items to own, it excludes Android users and those who don’t have an HDMI-compatible display.
Should you buy the Tempo Move?
Yes, if you have the right gear
The Tempo Move is a great option for anyone who enjoys exercising at home and doesn’t chafe at spending $500 on a new setup. The variety of Tempo workouts will keep you looking forward to class and its AI-coaching takes the guesswork out of exercising. Additionally, its compact setup makes it particularly easy for those who enjoy strength training to level up with a set of weights. However, you need at least 5 feet of space to use the Move, so it may not work well for all small spaces. Additionally, non-iPhone users and those without a TV (or with an older, non-HDMI-enable one) are out of luck with this device.
Overall, the Move is a great way to get the most out of your home workouts. The added resistance will challenge you and the virtual coaching will help you get the most out of your workouts. If you know you like working out at home (and have the right tech equipment already), it’s a great option.
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