An overview of Tonal.

[Last Edited 2/25/22]



Founded in 2015, Tonal is a startup based in San Francisco that manufactures and sells a smart home gym system catered towards strength training with digital weights, artificial intelligence, and coaching.

“The Tonal is a wall-mounted machine that has two adjustable arms; you can move them up and down and angle them for various push or pull exercises. The grips can also be swapped out for either two handles, a bar, or a rope. Some of these handles include an on / off button that allows you to get into position before starting the weight. The starter set also comes with a bench and a floor mat.

Inside the Tonal, electromagnets create resistance so that you can push and pull up to a maximum of 200 pounds combined, or 100 pounds per arm. (That might not be enough for some people, but it should suit most beginner to intermediate levels. If you want more resistance, you’ll have to wear your own wrist weights.) The center features a touchscreen that includes a roster of classes to suit your goals, whether it’s to bulk up in muscle or get toned and lean.”



At Tonal, we amplify the real strength that exists in everyone



  1. Tonal machine – $2,995
  2. Accessories
    1. Smart Handles
    2. Smart Bar
    3. Rope
    4. Bench
    5. Roller
    6. Workout Mat



Aly Orady, Founder and CEO

Michael Tamaru, Chief Financial Officer

Ryan Vance, Chief Content Officer

David Azaria, SVP, Software Engineering

Gina Hardy, SVP, Marketing

Jonathan Akhavan, SVP, People

Michael Valente, System Engineering Lead



  • Strength Training
  • High Intensity
  • Dance Cardio
  • Yoga
  • Mobility
  • Pilates
  • Barre
  • Meditation
  • Kickboxing
  • Pre + Post Natal
  • Triathalon
  • Family Fun
  • Recovery
  • Bootcamp
  • Theragun


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$49/month with a minimum 12-month commitment

Tonal membership gives you and your whole family unlimited access to our growing library of workouts.




Tonal has Dynamic Weight Modes

Our Dynamic Weight Modes are the most scientific way to get stronger, faster without the limitations of old-school dumbbells. They power you with training methods that are otherwise hard or impossible to replicate without traditional gravity weights.

Tonal’s Dynamic Weight Modes are split into two categories: Assistance Modes that includes features like Spotter and Burnout; and Weight Modes which includes features like Smart Flex, Chains and Eccentric. These modes level up your workout by making every rep more effective and precise—all while tailoring weight recommendations specifically for you. Take it up a notch by combining both modes to unlock new ways of challenging your muscles and feeling sore the next day!

You can access Dynamic Weight Modes by swiping across the Weight Dial on your Tonal display. Once you choose an Assistance and/or Weight Mode, you can resume your set and let Tonal do the rest. The result will be worth the sweat!

  1. Smart Flex – Tonal’s patent-pending Smart Flex technology is changing strength training forever. When training with dumbbells and traditional static weights, the amount of resistance you can lift for each move is limited by the points where your muscles are weakest. Dumbbells and traditional static weights will never know where your body is naturally stronger in a rep, but Tonal does. That’s why training with Smart Flex can get you better results, faster. Smart Flex can be enabled for any move on Tonal just like our other Dynamic Weight Modes: Spotter, Burnout, Chains and Eccentric. Learn more about the Smart Flex Mode here.
  2. Spotter – Tonal’s built-in Spotter is just like having a real-life spotter with you at the gym—it reduces weight if you struggle, and then automatically increases the weight back to what it was after you complete a rep so that you can maximize your strength gains.
  3. Burnout – Build muscle faster with Burnout- a weight mode that reduces one pound at a time until you complete your last rep successfully. It reduces the weight when you start to fatigue and keeps reducing until you’re finished with the set. Take your muscles to complete fatigue to see how many reps you can hit!
  4. Chains – Chains mode simulates the effect of lifting with real-life chains, which challenges your body with weight that changes throughout each movement. Chains adds to your base weight by getting heavier at the top of your range of motion. It’s a helpful feature to add an extra challenge to your sets to increase the power you can generate.
  5. Eccentric – Eccentric mode  adds resistance to the movement where you’re at your strongest so your muscles can work harder with each rep. You can add up to 60% of the weight to optimize your time under tension to build muscle and gain strength.