Liteboxer Review: Stimulating boxing workouts that keep you on your toes

Liteboxer review: Stimulating boxing workouts that keep you on your toes

MSRP $1695.00

“Its design may be a challenge for some, but the Liteboxer offers an impressive workout at home.”

Avg

  • Bulletproof design

  • Intuitive application

  • Excellent training courses

  • An invigorating workout

Against

  • On the expensive side

  • No speakers

Over the past few years, typical gym workouts have transitioned into fitness regimens that we create and follow in our own homes. Companies like Peloton have long provided an at-home outlet for extensive cardio, but dedicated muscle group equipment is a bit harder to find and harder to sell.

While we’ve tried a few home gym packages that hit the mark or missed the mark in one way or another, one question we never thought to ask is how exactly would we stack up in the boxing ring? Technically, we didn’t have to ask. Liteboxer did it for us.

Launched in 2020, Liteboxer is an at-home boxing training machine that combines music, LED light pulses and instructional content to deliver a rapid-fire experience that will have you punching and punching your way to a high score. Is it a big upgrade over the punching bag that lives in the basement? Let us be the judge.

Built to mean business, especially in terms of size

Home fitness equipment tends to be somewhat compact in design, even if the final product is relatively close to the size of something you’d find at your local gym. Putting everything into the concept of a boxing experience at home, Liteboxer requires a lot of space. Fully assembled, you have a footprint of 37.5 inches x 55.5 inches.

My demo unit was assembled in the living room of my apartment, and while it wasn’t completely unwieldy, the machine was sometimes difficult to live with. Ideally, you should provide a dedicated recreation area for Liteboxer use. Home gyms, garages and open basements would be my suggestion.

By the end of each Liteboxer round, my guests were in pain, sweaty and out of breath.

As for the actual hardware, you can expect your $1,695 Liteboxer kit to ship in two separate boxes. Assembly is required unless you opt for a white glove installation company. Parts include a main impact shield, a height-adjustable stand with a tablet holder, and a platform to stand on (two pieces). If you want a little more room to practice, you can buy a third section of the platform, which gives you an additional 20 inches of room to box. You will also get boxing gloves, hand wraps, hex keys and general assembly equipment.

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The rhythm of the game meets the basics of boxing

Liteboxer’s Smart Shield is your heavy-duty opponent, complete with six individual force-sensing target zones. As you box, runway lights are emitted from the center of the shield and move toward one of six hit zones. Your goal is to hit the target as soon as the LED hits the center. Direct hits glow green, while bad lands glow red.

Liteboxer punching.Image used with permission of the copyright holder

I had some initial doubts about how much punch the celebrated punch pad could take, but I was immediately proven wrong. I hosted a family gathering and invited everyone to flock to the Liteboxer. Man, it can take a while. Even the hardest hits from those more muscular than me (everyone at the party) left the Smart Shield in place and the Liteboxer platform firmly rooted.

As you punch through the round, your boxing stats are tracked in the Liteboxer app (available for iOS and Android devices). The application tracks the total score for one round, as well as the accuracy and power of the shot (sensitivity can be adjusted in the application). Elements like this push the Liteboxer more into the realm of gaming, as opposed to a full-body boxing machine as it’s marketed. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing at all. Exercise can be challenging, but “gamifying” fitness is an inspiring and engaging way to get more people involved in some form of physical activity – and Liteboxer will definitely get your heart pumping.

By the end of each Liteboxer round, my guests were in pain, sweaty and out of breath. So our homemade sangria was very much appreciated (there was also water).

Hit the trainer, spar to the music or hit freestyle

Similar to Peloton bikes and other leading fitness hardware, there’s an intuitive app that runs the show for the Liteboxer. And, like its competition, there’s a host of features locked behind a monthly membership fee. After the first three months of free premium features, courses and most of the music catalog require a price of $29 per month. Subscriptions are pretty par for the course when it comes to innovative home workouts these days, but you get a lot with your Liteboxer membership.

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Screenshots of the Liteboxer app.Image used with permission of the copyright holder

For starters, there’s an impressive selection of courses with real-time instruction. Trainers build their courses around multiple songs with classes divided by music genre, length and workout style. Under the Build + Restore tab, you’ll find how-to videos for everything from 20-minute full-body conditioning exercises to targeted muscle group training.

Away from the instructor, there is a tab in the app called Quickplay. Here you will find three categories: Punch Tracks, Freestyle, and Thumboxer, the latter is more of a “bonus” mobile minigame that replicates the Liteboxer experience on your phone screen. Punch Tracks a place where you’ll find Liteboxer’s entire library of streaming songs that you can filter by genre and premium or non-premium tiers. While there’s a decent selection of songs without a membership, you’ll need to pay a $29 monthly fee to unlock the rest of the archive.

The idea behind Free style it’s a way for you to box to the beats of your own music. Once the app is connected to your Liteboxer, fire up the track and start working on your punches, combos and overall stamina.

Impressive bones, but they lack some technology

When you step foot on the Liteboxer platform, one thing you won’t see is any kind of interactive touch screen. While the company is more than transparent about the fact that you’ll need a mobile phone or tablet to properly use the Liteboxer, that doesn’t mean some kind of built-in display isn’t missed. I always appreciate being able to ditch my devices in favor of my Peloton screen. It gives me a break from thumbing my phone, protects my device from sweat or damage, and puts all the features and settings I need into a sleek and easily accessible interface.

I also wasn’t too crazy about Liteboxer’s actual tablet holder. Yes, the machine is built for more of an audio-guided workout experience, but the trainer-led classes are video lessons you’ll want to watch during a class moment. The only way to observe is to dip your head and neck to retrieve your tablet, making it difficult to aim properly and hit the drill pad.

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I wouldn’t really say that these are deal-breaker deterrents for me, but they might be for some. For the price of $1,695, it would be nice to at least have speakers on the Liteboxer. Sure, headphones are a workout tool that most people use, but clogging up your ears while working out gets annoying after a while, and not everyone has an external Bluetooth speaker (or one that’s loud enough to be heard over the sound of your fists hitting a punch-pad).

Our opinion

Photo of Liteboxer booting and pairing.

If you ask me, I think it’s hard to get home fitness equipment. If a company commits too much to entertainment technology, the hardware can become more of a gaming system that elevates itself than something made to tone our bodies. Then again, you kind of need that element of fun to attract those who may not be so willing to jump on the exercise bike or trainer.

I actually think the Liteboxer does a decent job of landing comfortably in the middle. It’s great to use and feels like you’re getting a good workout. Is it a fully realized boxing simulator? I’m no pro, but my guess isn’t quite like that, especially considering how little you actually move while on the platform and the fact that your opponent is stationary as well.

Is there a better alternative?

Yes, but it mostly depends on what kind of exercise you want. Obviously, Liteboxer specializes in boxing, but another boxing alternative is FightCamp. It’s a bit more traditional with its upright punching bag, and it also includes kickboxing training.

For more general workouts, you’ve linked fitness mirrors like Mirror and Tempo, which also offer their own spin on instructor-assisted boxing training. Plus, there’s a little more tech involved as they use heart rate sensors, fancy screens to help guide you, and built-in speakers for plenty of music to go along with your workout.

How long will it last?

The Liteboxer is built like a tank, and proper cleaning will help reduce wear and tear over time. In the event of failure, a one-year limited warranty is included with purchase.

Should you buy it?

If you have more than $1,000 to spend (along with a $29/month membership) and want a cool centerpiece for your basement gym and entertainment, the Liteboxer could be a good choice for you and yours. Now, throw in some built-in speakers, a screen, a few design tweaks, and keep the price the same, and I think we’d see as many Liteboxer setups as Peloton. We hope for Liteboxer 2.0.

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Categories: GAMING
Source: newstars.edu.vn

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