This Smart Home Gym Is The Future Of Fitness

JaxJox, which makes a smart personalized home gym that uses AI to track and improve your performance and give you a wellness score, just scored itself. The Seattle-based fit tech company announced today that it has raised $10 million to bring its JaxJox “interactive fitness studio” to market.

The company also announced an exclusive retail partnership with Best Buy, and customers can get the fitness studio installed by Best Buy’s Geek Squad.

The system consists of a 43” touchscreen TV that can display fitness classes as well as data about your performance. The screen rotates both horizontally and vertically, and tilts if you’re doing floor exercises. Crucially, however, JaxJox isn’t just about cardio: the system has integrated smart dumbbells and a smart kettlebell — both configurable for different weights — that also report performance data. There’s also a “smart push-up device” and a vibrating, massaging foam roller.

All integrate with Apple’s HealthKit and will integrate with GoogleFit in a few months.

“The InteractiveStudio is the first home gym that includes connected free-weight equipment with AI performance tracking and interactive live and on-demand coaching for a personalized workout experience,” the company says. “Interactive Studio has a substantially richer training experience with personalized, real-time data including repetitions, power and a proprietary Fitness IQ score.”

That Fitness IQ score is generated by AI, the company says, and includes data on peak and average power, heart rate, workout consistency, steps, body weight, and the fitness level you’ve chose to attain.

“Beyond fitness-tech products, my vision is to close the gap between fitness and health,” says JaxJox CEO Stephen Owusu. “By monitoring performance metrics and using AI, we can give users a more holistic view of their health and provide recommendations on improving their wellbeing. We know working out is only one aspect of wellness and will continue to enhance our platform to provide an unparalleled experience.”

This type of home gym, that enables smart workouts either solo or with others — JaxJox has a gym friends feature that lets you work out with a few friends — is the future of home fitness. Along with a few other video-centric competitors (notably Peloton, which of course lacks the weights component) something like this feels like the future of gyms.

At least for those of us who aren’t planning to return to a public gym anytime soon.

I asked Owusu for a few more details via email:

John Koetsier: How close is the full hardware/software package to release?

Stephen Owusu: The InteractiveStudio will be released by the end of this year.

Koetsier: Is there a vision to eventually add a cycle and/or treadmill? Would you build it yourself or integrate with existing players?

Owusu: We always look for opportunities to simplify a consumers experience and allow them to integrate other fitness tech into our platform. That way they can bring all their data to one centralized location.

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Crunch Fitness Channelside Renovations To Allow Boutique Classes

TAMPA, FL — Crunch Fitness announced the upgrade of its Channelside location in Downtown Tampa to a Crunch Select Club. The first of its kind in the area, this $200,000 renovation will allow Crunch Channelside to offer its members boutique-style fitness classes as well as increased workout space in the main gym by 20 percent.

The new fitness studio will be located directly across from the main entrance of the main gym in Grand Central to provide classes such as hot yoga, suspended yoga, barre classes and more. The renovations and new studio should be complete by the end of the year.

“Our goal is always to make serious exercise fun while offering a top-quality environment and fitness equipment,” said CEO Vince Julien. “We saw a need in the Channelside District community to revamp our group fitness programming, and we are extremely excited that this renovation will allow us to offer high-value classes at affordable prices.”

Prominent features of the expansion will include:

  • An extra 2,400 square feet of workout space in the main gym

  • A first-class cycle studio with a 100-inch video screen and low-voltage lighting that dances with the music

  • Upgrade the existing group fitness room with new flooring and fitness equipment

  • A new studio with infra-red heat panels, bamboo flooring, backlit mirrors and a stage

  • A new tanning and hydro bed area with two high-performance tanning booths

Crunch Channelside is owned by veteran fitness industry operators Vince Julien, Geoff Dyer, Tony Scrimale and Jeff Dotson, who are confident in the future of fitness and have successfully opened six clubs during the coronavirus pandemic starting in May. This franchisee currently owns and operates a total of 28 Crunch locations in the Tampa Bay community as well as in Orlando and Atlanta.

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The Best Amazon Prime Day Deals on Home Fitness Equipment

2020 has been the year of at-home fitness what with gyms closed, classes cancelled and even many sports on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus the year has seen a surge in sales of exercise bikes, free weights, TRX bands, yoga mats and more workout gear — which is precisely why it’s a great time to take advantage of some of the best Amazon Prime Day deals on home fitness equipment now.

If you are looking to take your own home gym to the next level or seeking the perfect gift for your fitness enthusiast friend or family member, Amazon Prime Day is the time to get the gear. With deep discounts on fitness equipment and apparel, you can save hundreds on high quality exercise equipment so you can get gains without feeling the burn in your bank account.

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But if the trends from the past few months have taught us anything, these Prime Day deals on home fitness equipment will sell out quickly, so be sure to partake while supplies last.


VIGBODY Exercise Bike

A solid alternative to some of the pricier exercise bikes out there, this VIGBODY bike has a multi-functional monitor to display your time, speed, distance and calories burned. At over $130 off today, this could be a great option for at home workouts.


TheFitLife Exercise Resistance Bands

Ultra lightweight and easy to carry, you can easily pack these resistance bands on the go. Each one is 48 inches long and is marked with its equivalent weigh, and with attachable handles, ankle straps, door anchor, you can choose different training methods for building strength.


Gorilla Mats Premium Extra Large Exercise Mat

This large, dense mat can transform any space with a hard floor into the prefect space for exercise. It can be used like an oversized yoga mat, for HIIT exercises, or to protect wood or tile floors from weights. If you have limited free space in your home, this mat is perfect for creating temporary workout areas. On the other hand, if you have an entire home gym, it will also be a welcome permanent fixture in that space. And at 40% off, it’s a great buy.


Yes4All Premium Adjustable Slant Board

This slant board can be used for stretching, squats, for working on balance, and can be used with exercise bands or weights. And equally as notable is the fact that it can be folded flat and stored just about anywhere when not in use. It’s a great addition to the smaller home where staying in shape is of big importance, and it’s more than a quarter off its usual price during Prime Day sales.


Yes4All Slam Ball Medicine Ball

Medicine balls are surprisingly versatile training tools. They can be used during squats, for shoulder exercises, cradled during crunches or sit-ups, or tossed back and forth with your workout buddy. And unlike with a

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How Voting Affects Fitness For You & Your Community, According To Instructors

With the 2020 elections just on the other side of this month, voting is top of mind for a lot of people. There’s a lot at stake in this election, and if you’re turning to fitness to sweat the stress away, you’re probably not the only one. But fitness and voting have even more to do with each other than you’d think.

Your access to workout spaces — whether that’s a local park with a track or a boutique studio — is fundamentally shaped by voting, says Nicole Cardoza, a yoga instructor and founder of Yoga Foster and the newsletter Anti-Racism Daily. “There are systemic issues perpetuated in the studios we hold dear and in the spaces that we occupy when we’re trying to be well,” Cardoza says. “So when we want to feel well in studios, it’s really about looking at that overarching system of racism and dismantling it. A lot of that, especially in the next few weeks, comes down to the actions we take at our polls.”

How Do Politics Shape Fitness Culture?

Pretty much everything about your gym or fitness studio is shaped by who’s in office in your area, Cardoza explains, pointing in particular to access to public transportation, instructor pay, and basic neighborhood safety where studios are located.

T’Nisha Symone, founder of luxury fitness club BLAQUE, tells Bustle that zoning laws have a lot to do with the presence — or lack thereof — of accessible fitness spaces in Black and brown neighborhoods. “State and local governments decide how neighborhoods are constructed and as a result, what kind of fitness and wellness behaviors the people in these communities will have access to,” she explains. “Whether or not these resources are available is something that can and should inform our voting behaviors at the local level.”

Access to fitness resources has to do with both private and public interests. A 2019 analysis conducted by Bloomberg found that franchises like CrossFit, Barry’s Boot Camp, and Pure Barre are usually located in neighborhoods that are over 80% white. Of the other 13 fitness franchises included in the analysis, 12 were also located in areas with an average of 70-80% white people. The data also revealed that clubs like Equinox and SoulCycle are often located in gentrifying neighborhoods, drawing in more affluent and white clientele rather than serving the often BIPOC, low-income communities that have been living there.

“Wellness is political,” says Helen Phelan, a Pilates instructor who specializes in body neutrality and mindfulness. “To serve only one type of person is political. To avoid making a statement or ‘getting political’ is a privilege and a political statement all in itself.”

What people learn, say, and even wear in studios is also political. “If you say ‘namaste’ at the end of your practice or wear Mala beads, you need to be standing up for racial injustice,” says Ali Duncan, a yoga instructor and the founder of Urban Sanctuary, the first women-run, Black-owned yoga studio in Denver, Colorado. “So

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England and Tottenham on collision course over Harry Kane’s fitness

José Mourinho is strongly against Gareth Southgate’s plan to start Harry Kane for England in the Nations League tie with Denmark on Wednesday night and has communicated his concerns to the national setup.

The Tottenham manager had urged his England counterpart to handle Kane with care during the international window, given his high workload in the season so far, and the situation became more delicate when the striker felt an issue with his thigh last week.

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Southgate has said Kane is not injured, rather he began to suffer from “muscle fatigue” last Wednesday when he started to train with England, having been given the Monday and Tuesday off. The Football Association sent him for a scan and there has been regular dialogue between their medics and those at Spurs.

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Kane was never going to feature last Thursday in the against Wales, which England won 3-0 and, because he was unable to train fully, he was used only as a 66th-minute substitute in the 2-1 Nations League victory against Belgium on Sunday.

But now club and country are on a collision course, with Southgate wanting to start Kane against Denmark. Spurs argue that the fact Kane was sent for a scan shows the FA is worried that the player is carrying something, and they also know he will always turn out when asked to do so. The club blame the FA in part for the number of games Kane has already played this season. Before Belgium he had played 10 in 29 days – eight of them as a starter.

“Medically, there’s been conversations [with Spurs],” Southgate said. “He started to train on the Wednesday, was a little unhappy with how he felt, so then worked with our medical team the next couple of days. We scanned just to be certain but it’s a muscular fatigue issue rather than an injury so it just needed a bit more confidence.

“He knew by then he could push on a little bit but he just needed a bit more confidence in it and so his training week really wasn’t suitable to start [against Belgium]. I think he’ll have gained more confidence from the spell he had [as a substitute] and so, all being well, we hope he’ll be good to start on Wednesday.”

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Wales wait on Kieffer Moore fitness but Chris Mepham out of Republic match

Wales forward Kieffer Moore was forced off after just 40 minutes at Wembley
Wales forward Kieffer Moore was forced off after just 40 minutes at Wembley

Wales will give Kieffer Moore time to prove his fitness for Sunday’s Nations League match against the Republic of Ireland – but Chris Mepham is out.

Moore has been included in Wales’ match-day squad for the game in Dublin but Mepham has been omitted.

Cardiff City striker Moore was forced off during Thursday’s 3-0 friendly loss to England with a bruised toe.

Bournemouth defender Mepham picked up a knee injury late on and both players travelled to Dublin to be assessed.

“They’re struggling a little bit. We’ll give them as much time as possible,” Wales manager Ryan Giggs had said on Saturday.

“We won’t take any risks if there are any risks.”

Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey has linked up with the Wales squad in Dublin after missing the England game.

Ramsey was part of the club’s Covid-19 bubble following an outbreak.

“Aaron’s trained all week with Juve and he joined up with us yesterday when we landed in Dublin,” Giggs added.

“He’s fit to play and in good shape.”

Wales are light on forward options to replace Moore, with Hal Robson-Kanu already out of the squad after breaking his arm.

Moore would be sorely missed if he is ruled out of the Ireland game.

The physically imposing Cardiff City striker has established himself as an important first-team player under Giggs, scoring three goals in his eight appearances to date and helping Wales qualify for next summer’s European Championship.

After their match against the Republic of Ireland, Wales visit Bulgaria on Wednesday.

Ben Davies proud to skipper Wales despite England loss

Although Robson-Kanu’s withdrawal leaves Moore as the only out-and-out centre-forward in the squad, Giggs does not anticipate he will call up a replacement.

That is because Wales are in their own bubble, an enclosed environment to comply with coronavirus protocols, and any additional call-ups would require testing before they can join the squad for training.

“No, it will be very difficult because we’re in the bubble,” Giggs said when asked if Wales might call for cover.

“We have got other options but hopefully he will be okay and it is only bruised.”

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Sean Hannity Attacks Joe Biden’s Mental Fitness Despite Tucker Carlson Previously Saying Tactic Won’t Work

Sean Hannity has attacked Joe Biden’s mental fitness just two weeks after Tucker Carlson said that this tactic was a “mistake” and would not help Donald Trump beat Joe Biden in the election.

Hannity laid into Biden on his Monday night Fox News broadcast for briefly forgetting Sen. Mitt Romney’s name as well as for a recent incident where Biden mistakingly said he was running for senate, not president.

“Maybe somebody on the staff might want to remind the ever forgetful Joe that he is running for president. He’s not running for senator,” Hannity said. “He keeps forgetting, forgets the day of the week, forgets what office he’s running for. He is running for president, not senator. Somebody remind him!”

He went on to say: “He is obviously not capable of leading. He has been hiding the entire campaign, and the corrupt media mob is covering for him.”

However, Hannity may have not gotten the memo, as two weeks ago, Carlson said “it was a mistake to spend so much time focusing on Joe Biden’s mental decline.”

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Carlson said the Trump administration’s attempts to paint Biden as “senile” or suffering from dementia are the wrong tactic and even conceded that the 77-year-old Democrat came across well at the debate.

“Trump isn’t going to win this race by calling Joe Biden senile,” Carlson said. “Nor, by the way, is Joe Biden going to win this race by calling Donald Trump a racist, as he repeatedly did last night. That slander didn’t work four years ago. It will not work now. Because personal attacks rarely work, they rarely determine election outcomes. That’s obvious if you look at the results, but it’s easy to forget it—and many did.”

“As a political matter, the main thing we learned last night is that it was a mistake to spend so much time focusing on Joe Biden’s mental decline,” Carlson said on September 30. “Yes, it’s real. Yes, Joe Biden is fading, we’ve showed you dozens of examples of it for months now.

“But on stage last night, Biden did not seem senile,” he continued. “If you tuned in expecting him to forget his own name—and honestly, we did expect that—you may have been surprised by how precise some of his answers were. Not all of them, but enough of them. Trump isn’t going to win this race by calling Joe Biden senile.”

Another person who seems to have not gotten the memo either is Donald Trump himself.

This morning, the President took aim at his opponent’s mental stability once again in a tweet lambasting Biden for mistakingly saying he was running for senate.

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Smartwatch and Fitness Tracker Sale

So you’ve been saving up your cash in preparation to dump it all on a snazzy new smart watch or fitness tracker during the Amazon Prime Day sale? Well, you’ll be happy to learn that the biggest online marketplace in the world has come up trumps, delivering some impressive discounts on the most sophisticated devices available.

There are some massive savings up for grabs on everything from Garmin and Fitbit, to Ticwatch and Samsung, with some deals helping you save more than £70 on a new smart wristwatch.

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What is Amazon Prime Day?

Amazon Prime Day is a two-day mega sale that sees eager shoppers saving a lot of money on everything on Amazon — and there’s some seriously good fitness deals to get your hands on, from fitness trackers to dumbbells and meal prep kit to resistance bands and much more. It doesn’t end there — you can expect discounts on homeware, tech, fashion, beauty, furniture and a lot more.

When Is Amazon Prime Day?Amazon Prime Day starts on 00.01 on Tuesday, October 13, with offers running through until 23.59 on Wednesday, October 14.

You need to be a Prime member to get in on the deals — sign up here — but, before your 30-day trial finishes, you can always cancel your membership before you’re charged the already-discounted £79 yearly fee.

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23 Best Health and Fitness Deals To Shop

Amazon Prime Day is finally here! It’s one of the biggest shopping events in the WH calendar: on the 13th & 14th October, Prime members can shop hundreds of incredible deals across technology, fitness, health, beauty and more – basically, whatever you’ve got your eye on, there’s probably a Prime Day deal to be snapped up.

Not a Prime member? Don’t panic – you can get a 30-day free trial and access all the savings for free. We know that massive sales events like this can be overwhelming. Where should you look first? How much money can you save? What are the best deals?!

For this reason, we’ve handpicked the best offers so you don’t have to waste your time scouring the sales – from headphones to smartwatches, blenders to beauty products, we’ve rounded up *all* the best Amazon Prime Day deals here. They’re set to sell out, so you’d better be quick.

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Russell Hobbs 25630 Slow Cooker

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How much? £129.99 £54.99 

Saving: £75 

A slow cooker takes the stress out of meal prep – just pop all your ingredients in and leave it to work its magic. As the evenings draw in, we’re craving cosy curries, chillis, casseroles and stews. Luckily, this bestselling Russell Hobbs slow cooker has a whopping £75 off for Prime Day – grab it while you can. 

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Philips Wake-up Light Alarm Clock with Coloured Sunrise Simulation,

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How much? £149.99 84.99

Saving: £65

An alarm clock that makes the morning feel decidedly less… well, miserable? We’re into it. And, when a cult favourite sunrise alarm clock is discounted by £65, you run, my friends, you run fast.  

A staple of celeb wellness routines – WH cover star Davina McCall swears by hers – a sunrise alarm clock wakes you gently by simulating daybreak, mimicking our bodies natural circadian rhythms.  

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  • Seven natural wake up sounds
  • Built-in radio

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NutriBullet Balance 9 Piece with Smart Nutrition Sensor and Bluetooth Technology

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How much? £149.00 £118.00

Saving: £31.99

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to invest in a Nutribullet, now’s your chance to get one for less. This Balance 9 set has technology that accurately weighs ingredients and tracks their nutritional value in real time – yup, you read that right – so you can supercharge your morning smoothie. 

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  • Smart nutrition sensor technology
  • Simple clean-up
  • Accompanying app for nutritional insights

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Oral-B Smart 6 6000N CrossAction Electric Toothbrush

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How much? £219.99 £54.99 

Saving: £165

This Oral B toothbrush has to win Prime Deal of the day – it’s been reduced by an incredible 75%. Shook. 

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Former Trump doctor Ronny Jackson questions Biden’s mental fitness for office

Ronny Jackson, the former White House physician-turned-GOP congressional candidate, suggested on Tuesday that Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenMcConnell challenger dodges court packing question ‘Hamilton’ cast to reunite for Biden fundraiser Trump relishes return to large rallies following COVID-19 diagnosis MORE is mentally unfit for office, citing what he called cognitive decline.

The remarks from Jackson, who has not evaluated Biden, came during a phone call organized by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTwo ethics groups call on House to begin impeachment inquiry against Barr Trump relishes return to large rallies following COVID-19 diagnosis McGrath: McConnell ‘can’t get it done’ on COVID-19 relief MORE’s campaign and are part of a sustained effort by Trump’s allies to highlight Biden’s gaffes on the campaign trail, arguing they make him mentally incapable of serving as commander in chief.

Jackson said Tuesday that he was speaking as a “concerned citizen” and not as a Republican congressional candidate.

“As a citizen of this country, I watch Joe Biden on the campaign trail and I am concerned that he does not — am convinced that he does not have the mental capacity, the cognitive ability to serve as our commander in chief and head of state,” Jackson told reporters on the call.

“I really think that he needs some type of cognitive testing before he takes over the reigns as our commander in chief, if that is in the cards,” Jackson added.

Jackson later acknowledged, in response to a question from a reporter, that he has never treated or evaluated Biden and said he was not making a medical assessment of Biden’s mental health.

“I am not making a medical assessment. I actually don’t even practice medicine at this point. I am not doing that,” Jackson said. “I am not trying to remotely diagnose him with anything. I have not accused him of having Alzheimer’s or anything of that nature. I have not made that statement.”

Jackson mentioned a handful of instances from Monday when Biden, who was campaigning in Ohio, could not remember the name of Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Barrett hearings take center stage | Trump returns to campaign trail Biden: Faith shouldn’t be a subject in Barrett confirmation fight Nebraska district could prove pivotal for Biden in November MORE (R-Utah) and mistakenly said he was running for the Senate, not the White House.

In a response to Jackson’s comment, Biden spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement, “I refer you to the first debate.”

Trump and his campaign have been targeting Biden’s mental fitness for months, during which time Biden has built a sizable lead in national polling and an advantage in key battleground states. Trump, meanwhile, has little time to turn his campaign around as Republicans grow concerned about potentially losing the White House and Senate.

Trump’s performance in the first debate against Biden was widely panned by Republicans as a missed opportunity that put scrutiny back on the president instead of Biden. Doug Heye, a

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