Using 3D Tempo Vision to plot your movements, the Tempo locates your muscles and joints to ensure movements are done properly. Whether it is a lift, squat, or curl, the 3D mapping provides instant form feedback. This technology complements the on-screen coach who will provide additional form guidance throughout every workout class.
When you correct your form, the Tempo will notify you that your form was corrected.
Will I see form feedback cues every time I incorrectly do an exercise?
Form feedback cues are designed to complement what coaches are instructing in the class. There are many elements of a movement to perform it well. We encourage you to check in with your body while you are working out as that is equally important for active learning, and Tempo will guide you with cues for common mistakes.
Form feedbacks are not designed to appear 100% of the time, as this can be demoralizing. Like a real-life personal trainer, spotting and providing feedback 100% of the time is not advisable. A personal trainer asking the client questions on how they performed the movement is equally important for learning, hence it’s important to reflect and check in with your body while you are working out.
How can I ensure I get my form right?
On-screen form feedback cues and our range of motion meter are meant to be reminders to focus on your form. They should not be used solely to learn a movement. Tempo offers various ways for you to learn skills and reinforce what you’ve learned.
- “Tempo Tutorial: Master the Basics” classes provide step-by-step directions on how to do foundational movements. You can find these by filtering in the Class browse page.
- During workouts, coaches will verbally guide you through exercises and provide modifications based on your level.
- Form Feedback Cues using 3D Tempo Vision™ are designed to appear intermittently on your screen. You may see these at various times and more often when you are new to an exercise or showing signs of fatigue.
- The range of motion meter shows you your range of motion in real-time and guides you to an ideal zone for certain exercises.
What are the exercises that Tempo provides form feedback for?
We provide form feedback on fundamental movement patterns such as squats, curls, presses, pushups, dumbbells, and barbell exercises. We are continually expanding to others as we grow with you.
What is range of motion (ROM)?
We think of the range of motion (ROM) as how far and well you can move through an exercise. For a movement like a squat, that means we're looking at how far down you can go without compromising your form. Getting down to parallel without having issues like being on your toes or having your knees cave in is crucial to your development with us.
Why is range of motion important?
Focusing on ROM during a workout helps reduce your risk of injury by shifting the focus of a workout away from the number of reps you finish or the weight you lift to how well you're moving, which helps you build a stronger foundation. The better your form, the less chance of injury, and the more linear your progress will be.
What does "leaning backward" form feedback mean?
Tempo will sense when you arch your back to perform an exercise and inform you to adjust your form to prevent unnecessary strain on your spine.
What does "barbell asymmetry" form feedback mean?
Tempo will sense when you lift your barbell over your head and it is crooked and inform you to adjust your form to prevent uneven strain on one side of your body.
What does "knees over toes" form feedback mean?
Tempo will sense when your knees have gone past your toes during an exercise they shouldn't.
If I’m doing modifications (e.g, modified push-ups), will Tempo still recognize my movement?
3D Tempo Vision™ is trained to account for most modifications (such as push-ups from the knees). Rep counting will account for some but not all modifications.
Why does Tempo sometimes double count or miss counts when I perform certain exercises?
Sometimes 3D Tempo Vision™ (which includes our 3D sensor + AI) can have a hard time distinguishing part of your body from the background or environment you are in. While it is rare, these mistakes can sometimes satisfy our logic to count a rep or cause us to miss a rep.
To learn more on how to optimize rep counting, please reference the Rep Counting section of your Tempo Safety & User Guide (https://tempo.fit/userguide) for best practices.
Does Tempo still count my reps if I do it incorrectly?
It is dependent on how “incorrect” the exercise is done. You must at least make an earnest attempt at doing the exercise for it to count.
Can I manually remove a counted rep if I do not want it counted?
We do not have the ability to undo rep counts at this time but this request has been submitted to our product team.
How should I optimize my position for feedback on chest press exercises?
For chest press exercises, make sure their arms are nearly centered on the camera. People with shorter arms should nudge a bit closer to the camera if they are seeing reps not counted for chest press. Using empty dumbbells may lead to counting errors; using even lighter Tempo weight plates will significantly improve the rep counting performance for chest press.
Some exercises feel repetitive like I am doing the same exercises over and over again in numerous classes. Why does it feel this way?
We are focused on foundational movements for maintaining and building your fitness, the essential building blocks. This includes the primary movements such as squats, deadlifts, chest presses, etc. Workouts regularly feature similar exercises/movements to improve a muscle by challenging it repeatedly.
Additionally, Tempo will continue to add more variety and exercises. You will see new exercises added over time.
Say I have 50 lbs of weight on one dumbbell where I have 4x 10 lbs on each 7.5lb dumbbell. Will it detect that I have 40 lbs of weight plates (47.5 lbs of total weight), or will it think that I only have 2 blue weights on and say it’s 27.5 lbs?
This plate combination is currently not supported for weight recognition. We cannot say for certain what the weight recognition will predict in this scenario, as we have trained our system to recognize the various configurations you’ll see on your screen.
Does Tempo count reps for a weighted set if I’m not using a dumbbell/barbell?
For dumbbell and barbell exercises, 3D Tempo Vision™ needs to detect Tempo dumbbells and barbells in order to count accurately.
When will Tempo have form feedback on yoga?
We are in research and development for yoga. We will announce this to all of our members when this becomes available.
Where did the pace meter go?
For certain exercises, the pace meter may be replaced by the new range of motion (ROM) meter. Maintaining full ROM in your workouts is critical in achieving quality reps that will help you reach your fitness goals.
For strength, ROM is more important than pace. For the best results, lift a weight that is heavy enough that you can't lift more than the rep target set by the coach. For each exercise set, you should focus on your ROM to ensure you're targeting the ideal zone, and follow the coach on screen for the pace that you should be aiming for. If the weight you select is heavy enough, you pace should be slow and controlled.
I do not see form feedback in some classes. Does Tempo provide form feedback cues in all class types?
We do not have all exercises ready for form feedback. We go through rigorous data collection, algorithm training, and testing before we release a new form feedback cue.
For a single feedback/exercise combination, we need tens of thousands of reps plus hundreds of diverse people to do an exercise. We then have to manually assess each rep for the feedback, build the algorithms to detect the differences in form, and then continually train to build confidence in our model before we release.
More form feedback cues will be released over time. We appreciate your patience.
The Tempo studio 3D sensors capture every nuance of your movements as you work out. Then AI-powered feedback guides you to correct and improve your form—in real-time, right on your Tempo screen, making your workouts safer and more efficient.
Our HIIT and Strength classes will offer the most frequent rep counting and form feedback. Our mobility classes focus more on flexibility and stretching so the rep count and feedback will be minimal. As we continue to invest and improve our Tempo Studio technology, more and more form feedback and rep counting exercises will be added to our classes!
For the best form feedback and rep counting results we recommend the following tips:
Ensure that the protective film over the camera has been peeled
Face the Tempo Screen the way that our coaches face the camera
Make sure you are standing the correct distance away from the Tempo (6 ft.)
Make sure the space between you and the Tempo is clutter-free
Make sure there is no excessive sunlight shining on the sensor
Tip: The goal of form feedback is to point out when you are performing an exercise incorrectly. If you are consistently doing each move correctly, you should see little to no form feedback.
There are times where the 3D sensor may encounter issues and not function properly. In the event that you encounter a 3D Sensor error, please attempt the following:
Exit & Retry: Most errors are typically resolved by exiting the class and restarting it again. It's best practice to try loading a different class to force a whole new session.
Check for Obstructions: In order for the 3D sensor to pick up your form, the workout area needs to be clear of obstructions. Please ensure that you have between 6' - 8' of clear workout space in front of your Tempo that is clear of any clutter or furniture. Excessive sunlight or large mirrors may cause sensor issues.
Try restarting the Tempo: Sometimes restarting is the best fix if you have checked your workout space and ruled out obstructions. To restart your Tempo Studio:
Exit the class to the main menu
Press the power button on the back of the display
Unplug the Tempo Studio from its power source
Waiting a full minute while it's unplugged
Plugging the Tempo Studio back into its power source
Turning the Tempo Studio back on
Please contact Tempo Support if you have any questions or require further assistance. You can contact Tempo Support via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, live chat at tempo.fit, or by phone at (833) 966-1777 now available 24/7/365.