I’ve always been a bit obsessed with fitness equipment and gadgets. Even before the pandemic, I had made a habit of trying out new fitness equipment at home and at the gym to see what was really worth the hype, and I’ve learned a lot since. VR workouts to jump on the Peloton craze with a Bowflex C6 BikeMy husband and I even built a fully equipped home gym in our garage before we moved to town, but thanks to downsizing, we’ve had to be a little more strategic about our space.
As you can imagine, this meant that I was quite familiar with the concept of fitness mirrorsso when I had the opportunity to try one of the newest on the market – the FORME Studio(opens in a new tab) — I absolutely jumped at the chance.
What is FORME Studio?
A fully customizable fitness studio, the FORME is hands down one of the most interesting fitness mirrors I’ve seen to date. At 68 inches (nearly six feet tall), the FORME Studio stands a foot taller than the Mirror and 18 inches taller than Tonal, making it a stunning full-length mirror that actually looks like a mirror. With white glove delivery, users have the option of mounting the mirror to the wall or setting it on the floor – which is what I chose – and at 102 pounds it’s definitely a heavy device and surprisingly well done.
At first glance, the FORME Studio really looks like a beautiful, high-quality mirror. Several of my friends were shocked to learn it was a fitness studio, which was definitely a win in my book. Compared to other fitness mirrors like Tonal which have more of a gimmicky vibe, I loved how the FORME actually looked like an intentional part of my home decor which was huge compared to others fitness equipment (like my spin bike) that eats up a lot of floor space.
Users have the ability to customize their FORME Studio according to their preferences. I stuck with the basic package – which included the mirror itself, yoga mat, heart rate monitor, cleaning cloth and camera covers – but FORME also offers a bar add-on(opens in a new tab) (which includes a removable real wood bar as well as bar socks and a bar ball) and lifting accessory(opens in a new tab) with weight equipment.
Like most home fitness equipment, the FORME requires a monthly subscription of $49 per month, but that includes access to their entire class library with accounts for you and five other people. Plus, your membership also comes with a personal fitness concierge who can answer all of your questions and offer a selection of curated classes tailored to your preferences each week.
FORME presents personalized course recommendations.
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How does FORME Studio work?
Once installed, the FORME Studio(opens in a new tab) was up and running in seconds. I created an account and quickly had access to their entire library of on-demand classes – which included options like barre, yoga, pilates, weight training, boxing, and meditation – as well as classes from Barry’s X, Barry’s Bootcamp home workout classes.
Unfortunately, I suffered a fairly serious leg injury shortly before receiving my FORME Studio, which meant that I was unable to participate in most classes immediately. However, FORME was incredibly flexible and even postponed my white glove delivery to accommodate my injury, and my fitness concierge recommended a selection of meditation and recovery classes that would allow me to use the studio without worrying. of my injury.
Once I got to use FORME Studio, however, I was sold. The experience was incredibly seamless, and it was easy to navigate the touchscreen to find the type of workout you were looking for. Additionally, the lesson library offered useful filters for you to search for lesson type, duration, difficulty level, etc., which made it easier to find the perfect workout.
Since I was recovering from an injury, I mostly took low-impact classes like pilates and yoga once I got the go-ahead from my physical therapist. For the most part, the lessons were pretty straightforward – the instructors were friendly and engaging, the lessons kept my interest, and I liked having the option to turn up the background music volume or keep the music low so that I can hear the instructor’s voice.
There was also a decent amount of variety in the classroom library, so it was easy to find something to suit my mood. On days when I wanted more of a challenge, I could find an upbeat class on my first try—which I struggled with when taking Peloton classes—and it was just as easy to find slower, gentler classes. the days when I just didn’t feel it.
What I liked about FORME Studio
Obviously, I love the look of the FORME Studio. My husband and I dreamed of buying a massive floor mirror for our living room, and the FORME absolutely made that dream come true with its impeccable, luxurious, and super well-made aesthetic design. Even my husband – who was skeptical about whether the FORME was worth it or not – said he was impressed with the quality and look of the studio.
Beyond that, I really liked that the FORME Studio went above and beyond the experience. My fitness concierge was friendly and supportive, and I enjoyed receiving class recommendations from her each week.
FORME’s live personal training sessions have also been a fantastic touch, especially during my injury recovery program. After completing a brief questionnaire, FORME connected me with two potential trainers and allowed me to choose which one I wanted to try, and it was a quick process to book my free introductory session.
From there, the one-on-one session was pretty awesome. It was easy to start my session (and remove the camera covers) and my trainer asked me a few questions before walking me through a mobility and fitness screening and a workout quick and easy suited to me and my goals. The whole session was very low-key, and some things – like how my trainer could switch my display from a full-screen display of her demo moves to a mirror with her in the corner – really made me appreciate it. SHAPE’s attention to detail.
The cost for individual sessions was a little high at $130 an hour or $70 for 30 minutes, but that wasn’t too bad compared to some of the high end trainers I’ve seen in my town. It may not be something I use regularly, but I liked having the option to connect with a trainer if I wanted to work on something specific.
How does SHAPE’s on-demand library compare to other options?
FORME offers a nice range of class types.
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Compared to other membership programs, like Peloton, the on-demand course library was a bit smaller, but FORME is constantly adding new classes to its library. They have a pretty impressive selection of courses available, and it was easier to search the FORME library to find something I liked than it was back when I used Peloton.
Plus, their other wellness classes — like meditation, breathwork, and even massage gun recovery classes in partnership with Hypervolt — seemed a bit more intentional and impactful than similar options available on Peloton. They even had specialty classes which were a nice touch, including kid-friendly family yoga, niche classes like strength training for surfers, treadmill classes, and more. .
After a few weeks, I found myself preferring the FORME instructors’ style of teaching over Peloton as well. There was a good level of consistency between the instructors, so while you certainly experienced different teaching styles and personalities, I never found myself walking out of a class because I didn’t vibrate with an instructor…that which absolutely happened when I was a member of the Peloton.
What I didn’t like about FORME Studio
While the Mirror itself is incredibly well made, the sound quality of the Mirror isn’t ideal, especially considering the price of the Studio. Obviously this wasn’t a complete dealbreaker (and that was my only issue with the Mirror itself) given that you can also use Bluetooth headphones to connect to the Mirror if you want to crank it up louder.
However, the FORME Studio seems to have some hiccups in the software. There were several days where I had trouble connecting the Bluetooth heart rate monitor that came with the Studio, and I had to restart the mirror to fix the problem. One day the sound wasn’t working with any of the classes, but again a quick reboot fixed it.
I had a few more issues with Bluetooth over the next few weeks, but noticed that FORME released regular software updates that constantly improved my experience. For example, I noticed that my heart rate monitor stopped working in the middle of class – especially if I was doing something on the floor, like the pilates swimming exercise – and there was no option to reconnect the Bluetooth without ending the class altogether. However, the next time I did a workout where the heart rate monitor disconnected, it reconnected immediately without me having to do anything, so it looks like they resolve very quickly the problems that arise.
Is FORME Studio worth it?
If you have money? I have to say yes.
Otherwise? It depends. At $2,495 for the Studio(opens in a new tab) without any additions, the FORME is definitely one of the most expensive fitness mirrors on the market. They offer a $52 per month financing option, but when you add the $49 per month subscription to access the on-demand course library, it gets pretty pricey quickly. Obviously, that’s less than a boutique studio membership — my favorite yoga studio is $130 a month for unlimited classes — so it really depends on what you’re looking for.
If you want a budget option or aren’t sure whether or not you’ll stick with a home fitness program, you might want to consider a cheaper alternative. However, if you already know you love working out at home – or if you’re looking for a space-saving option that looks phenomenal – then I highly recommend splurging on the FORME.
While it may not be as “established” as some of its competition, I loved my entire experience with the FORME Studio and the company itself. They’ve been responsive and supportive, and – given that this is obviously a luxury purchase – the fact that they’re so connected to their customers has created a truly personalized and tactile experience that’s every bit as luxurious as the mirror itself.