I’ve had my Mirror for a little over a month and have so much to share about it! If you’re not familiar the Mirror is essentially a huge wall mounted tablet that streams live and on-demand floor classes to your home.
Overall the content is EXCELLENT. The instructors are SUPERSTARS, (comparable to Peloton). There is a HUGE variety of workout types, durations, and levels. The Mirror technology itself is very cool. It’s really so good. I wasn’t sure what to expect but it’s completely different from streaming any old workout to a tv.
One of the coolest things that I don’t see anyone else doing is that during a live workout you can interact with the instructors! You can send what they call an emoji to them (essentially a variety of high fives) easily between sets. There are still only a few dozen or so people in most live classes, so the instructor will definitely shout you out, encourage and motivate you by name which is an awesome feeling.
You can pause on-demand workouts. Mind blown.
The Apple Watch connects as a heart rate monitor. So does the Scosche. So does the chest strap that comes included with the accessory package.
The Mirror requires the use of an additional iOS device. The screen is not a touch screen, so your connected iPhone or iPad essentially functions as a remote control. It takes a little bit of adjusting when you are used to using a touchscreen but once you are up and running it’s very simple.
Unlike a Peloton class, the music playlist is not preset. You have the option of choosing from a variety of genre based channels. This sounds like it might not work well but it does. I’m not sure how they do it, but I’ve switched channels during the workouts and every time it still seems to flow with the workout without any problem.
Right now the live schedule is a little light. There are encore classes that run very regularly but there is not currently a way to friend or follow other members so I’m not sure why you’d choose an encore class as opposed to one from the on-demand library.
The online community is also pretty light right now. Most trainers a very engaged on instagram, but there’s no official place to connect with other Mirror members. This is bound to emerge soon.
Let me know if you have any questions about the Mirror! There’s a lot more to it than it appears. I really love it, my only challenge is keeping my kids’ toys out of the way so I have room to move around. So far it feels very similar to the Peloton early days and I’m excited to see where it will go!