Because staying fit during lockdown requires more than surfing the internet
16 April 2020
Great for: gazing at and deliberately placing in the living room; oh, and working out your legs
Whether it's cars, desks or coffee machines, the Italians have a penchant for beautiful design. Made from ultra-light and super-strong carbon fibre, the resistance is obtained with a sophisticated electromagnetic system remotely controlled via Bluetooth. Best of all, the carbon outer wheel turns as you pedal, which supposedly replicates the sensation of cycling on the road - but, above all, it just looks scorchingly cool. Winner of numerous design awards and found on many a super-yacht, Tony Stark would definitely approve.
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Great for: cardio, core-strength and conditioning; low-impact, full-body workout
As if sculpted by the hands of Zeus himself, Olympic rowers are blessed with Adonis-like proportions thanks to their workout regimes. If we were forced to live with one bit of gym equipment for the rest of our lives, a rowing machine would probably top the list. Treadmills are great, but not so easy on your joints; cycling machines are good too, but they mainly work out your legs. Unlike the mechanical feeling of fan and magnetic rowing machines, the WaterRower harnesses the power of H2O to provide a smooth and even resistance, replicating not only the physiological dynamics of rowing but also the aesthetic pleasure of swishing water. With a selection of frame materials and electronic monitoring displays, the model above is handcrafted from sustainably-sourced ash.
Sprintbok by NOHrD
Great for: the environment (it's 100% powered by you); flexibility – it adapts to your running style and speed; flexible slats ensure minimum strain on joints
Just watch the video above to see why the French-made Sprintbok is a true game-changer. Requiring zero electricity (unlike the majority of treadmills) the Sprintbok is powered solely by you – flexible wooden slats and precision ball bearings ensuring smooth transmission. The curved manual treadmill offers users all the advantages of a self-determined running workout, with no speed limits or settings. Infinitely variable from a comfortable walk to an all-out sprint, runners can fully determine their pace according to their personal running capacity – meaning a casual stroll with negroni in hand for us.
WaterGrinder by NOHrD
Great for: upper-body workout (especially arms and shoulders); keen boxers; summer-bod hopefuls
Upon first glance, it's hard what to make out of the WaterGrinder. Positively alien-looking, the WaterGrinder comes from the same French manufacturer of the Sprintbok above. Similar in concept to water-based rowing machines, this bit of kit uses the resistance of water to target all of your upper body muscles, banishing buffalo wings and stubborn fat. You can sit or stand while exercising, depending on your personal goals. For a killer HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workout, we recommend a short but intense burst on the Watergrinder paired with 20-second sprints on the treadmill. That six-pack will be revealed in no time.
Great for: Tony Montana, Floyd Mayweather Jr; individuals with egos as large as their guns
Price: €107,000 for pair of gold dumbbells, €15,907.00 for dumbbell rack set
Because you can count on Luxury London to find you a dumbbell pair made of solid 18ct gold. Produced in a limited edition of only 50, the HOCK GOLDLOFT have clearly been made for larger-than-life personalities. In case you didn't know already, a single gold atom weighs almost four times as much as each iron atom so it's a practical choice (you justify to yourself). For those who don't have 100k to spare on essential gym equipment, you can always settle for the HOCK DISKUS TOWER set, which you can pair with dumbbells of your weight preference. With its thick walnut veneer, it's one of the most beautiful racks we've ever set our eyes on.
Best for: those who thrive in group workouts; those who need the motivation of a professional instructor
Price: £1,990 and £39/mo subscription for access to services
We couldn't write a home-gym roundup and not include Peloton, such is its popularity among cosmopolitan, matcha-latte slurping types. The premise of Peloton is simple: to create a workout with the energy of instructor-led studio rides at home. With a variety of membership options, feel the energy of the studio with daily live classes and thousands more on-demand tutorials with a thoroughly engaging interface on the bike. Men's Health went so far as to say it's the 'best cardio machine on the planet.' High praise indeed.
Best for: those who want to get 40 minutes of fitness condensed into 8; those who don't want to sweat
Yes, you read that correctly – this machine won't make you sweat that much. CAR.O.L works on the “minimum effective dose” principle of exercise, which the researchers who developed the protocol believe to be two 20-second sprints at a high intensity. The idea is that CAR.O.L guides you through a short workout, tailored to each rider. Using your biometrics and performance data, CAR.O.L’s algorithms instantly create and apply personalised resistance to achieve supramaximal power - in every ride. With more time spent on the bike, the bike's intuitive A.I ramps up the difficulty meaning no session is alike.