I n a world where you can buy gym equipment from virtually anywhere, you’re bound to see barbells, home gym machines, exercise balls, resistance bands, and so many others at any given moment. So, companies have to come up with innovative equipment to catch a prospective buyer’s eyes. And so is the case with fitness mirrors. The concept sounds like the kind of product similar to the flying cars people were expecting back in the day. And if you take a moment to think about it, it really is an impressive product that manages to stand out from the traditional ones.
The exact model we’re tackling today is the Echelon Reflect 50″ Smart Connect. It comes with plenty of attractive features and details, all packed in a sleek, decor-looking piece. Scroll further to read a detailed review.
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At a glance, the Reflect mirror is just like any other reflective surface, although it is 3 millimeters thick and has a NANO crystal coating for a clearer, high contrast version of the video feedback during use. It’s meant to be mounted on the wall or on a wall mount stand, and with its barely-there 2-inch depth, you’ll probably have a hard time noticing it as you’re passing by. The only amount of space it takes up is the wall surface it’s going to cling to, which will be approximately 8 square feet. That said, it can fit in gyms, apartments, garages, basements, or any location, be it up-scale or not. You should consider avoiding rooms with extremely bright lights, as to not have a glare interrupt your sessions. Other two aspects you might want to think of before anchoring it are the 52-pound weight (which is roughly the same as a large bag of dog kibble), the voltage range between 100 and 240 V, meaning that you might want to have a second person to help you hold it up, and an appropriate outlet nearby.
Before moving on to its performance, technology, and other details, we’ve put together a comprehensive sheet of specifications, for you to know the product’s exact measurements, display type, camera, and much more.
For the days when you’re not at home to take advantage of the Reflect for your morning routine, throw a Pilates DVD in your bag and you won’t have any excuse to skip a day.
Try integrating a resistance band in your sessions for added exercise versatility.
We covered the fact that it is compact, relatively lightweight, and has a beautiful design. But after you turn it on (by using the switch on the back and touching the logo on the screen), how does the magic happen? It happens mainly with the use of an integrated camera, a smart display, and dual speakers. With the help of these 3 components, a connection can be made between you and a trainer for your choice of workout. The sweat and fingerprint-proof qualities of the screen allow you to glide through commands easily and ensure that the hardware lifespan is increased. You have a wide range of workout options, and trainer options, too, ready to accompany you in live classes at your command. During your routine, the mirror will display the statistics relevant to your choice (thanks to its Bluetooth feature, heart rate is also an option if you have compatible straps or armbands), and you can also choose to extend an invitation for your friends who own the same product to join you in your sweat session.
Check your progress using a body fat scale after every couple of days of intense workouts.
All these perks, and multiple user data logs, are available for free during the first 14 days or if you have an existing membership that you’re using with an Echelon bike. Otherwise, you’ll have to activate your membership for an extra charge. The payment options include a monthly plan, a yearly plan, or one for the duration of 2 years. You’re going to be provided with world-class trainers that can keep you on the right track with the right posture, timing, and an encouraging tone, and you can choose from many types of classes that can help you gain muscle mass or enhance your endurance, such as yoga, pilates, cardio, boxing, Zumba, etc. Another fun feature available thanks to the membership, the Bluetooth connectivity, and the integrated dual 8 Watt speakers is the option of listening to music records that are chart-toppers, or even old-school jams. The genre ranges from Pop, Latino, R&B, to Dance, Folk, and so on.
Make sure you have the right Pilates mat to suit your space and keep you off the floor.
For a little more detail regarding the process behind the scenes, we’ll have to get into some technicalities. When first operating it, to be able to use the mirror you’ll need to connect it to your Wi-Fi network (the Reflect has Wi-Fi 802 b/g/n and Fast Ethernet – 100 Mbps). Next, to get to the Echelon classes, you need to have a phone or tablet on which you access their site and make an account to handle the necessary payment. You then use the same details to activate the account on the Reflect and you’re ready to go. The Reflect uses the 7.1 Android version, so it’s an easy transition for those who have Android devices already. And using cloud-based streaming technology, the device allows you to access initially live classes later, with its On-Demand section.
The next aspect we can look at is the screen. It’s a Full HD 1080p, 32-inch touchscreen with a refresh rate of 60 times per second (60 Hz), powered by a 1.8 GHz CPU with a quad-core which is more than enough for this type of device. It also has a 2nd category light transmission of a medium 30%, meaning that it is comfortable for most users’ eyes. This makes a dimly lit room perfect for using the Reflect. On the screen, there’s also an integrated camera of 8 megapixels that can be used for those classes that have a one-on-one option.
Warranty & Support
The build and quality of any Echelon product you purchase are guaranteed by a team of experts, and so, you’re given the option of getting your money back, getting a refund, or asking for a replacement within the first month (30 days since the day of purchase).
The Echelon team also offers a limited 1-year warranty for parts and labor, and they can be contacted using the customer service number displayed on their website, in the Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 7 PM schedule, or Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM schedule.
To wrap it all up, if you’re looking for a fresh way to start your morning yoga classes, or you need a helping hand when doing Zumba sessions, the Reflect might just be the right device for you. Just mount it on the wall, plug it in, connect to your account, and enjoy a crisp and high-definition image quality while you’re putting in the work for a healthier lifestyle.