I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that space has been a major barrier between me and full home fitness coverage. I live in New York, and without a treadmill, a bike, or, for that matter, a big connected punching bag, it’s already hard for me. Fortunately, some of these companies have responded with more flexible systems, from Peloton Guide to Tempo movement.
Today, Liteboxer Presents one of the most portal systems I’ve seen, aptly named Go. The system is based on a pair of sensors attached to the user’s wrists. Here, the company opted for an equipment-as-a-service model, relying on a subscription fee rather than the standard upfront cost of equipment.
This specific commitment is either $16/month for a year or $14/month for 2 years. In both of them, the hardware is included in the total price. However, if you really prefer to pay up front, you can shell out $100 for the sensors and get $19 monthly. If you already subscribe to a VR service or own Liteboxer equipment, you can access the new offer without a monthly fee if you decide to buy new sensors right away.
Along with the wrist-mounted sensors, the package also includes a tablet stand, a 1-pound egg weight, and a carrying case. The associated app includes on-demand coach-led workouts and a selection of music from the Universal Music Group catalog.
“We’ve been hard at work on the product for just over a year and truly believe that Liteboxer Go is the answer for those who want to make their workouts accessible wherever they are – even in the comfort of their own home,” CEO. Jeff Morin says in the release. “As I look to the future of home fitness, I truly believe it’s important to provide everyone with an affordable opportunity to exercise at home with amazing content and move away from clunky equipment. Our mission is to make training accessible no matter what.”
“Clunky hardware” are some strong words from a startup that’s built its name on large connected devices, but the sentiment is welcome. More portable home fitness solutions make sense, and depending on how you look at it, $14 to $18 a month could be considered “affordable”—certainly cheaper than a gym membership.
As interest in home robotics drops to the middle amid reopening, I expect more companies to shift their efforts to more portable solutions.
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