2 years of Tonal

Today is my 2-year anniversary of using Tonal and today I completed my 14th program, Unleash the Beast, with my favorite trainer, Coach Paul. I still love the thing, maybe even more than I did a year ago. I’ve surprised myself with the consistency — except for vacations, I’ve used Tonal every other day.

Over the 2 years, my strength score has gone from 442 to 1,310. I’ve “lifted” 3.88 million pounds in 320 workouts doing 130 different movements.

I originally planned to do only upper body exercises thinking that I do enough lower body on Peloton. But after about a year, I started doing full body workouts and I’ve noticed that I feel more stable, have better balance and, strange as it sounds, I feel like I have more control of my body.

I’ve also seen a lot of software improvements over the 2 years, like Smart Flex and Apple Music integration and all the subtle graphical improvements — like Peloton’s good design, it just gets a little better all the time without drastic changes. The trainers and the videos have improved so much that doing an old program feels old. And just yesterday they started doing live workouts, similar to Peloton’s classes, which seem interesting.

I feel like a shill for Tonal, but I’d give up Peloton before Tonal (and I ❤️ Peloton!). I’m super glad I got it 2 years ago.

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