From gold dumbbells to a super-cardio flywheel that can be installed in your living room, discover the whole new world of luxury workout equipment with Vesna Pericevic Jacob
Imagine a torrential downpour outside and you stuck at home wondering whether you are going to make it to the gym today. How you wish you had a set-up at home, so you could work out on your own time, on your own terms, not to mention luxe it up just the way you want. If you do not mind spending extra bucks to get the luxe touch to your workout regime, these machines may just be what you need.
This ultimate workout machine will leave fitness buffs ecstatic but can also drill a hole in their pocket. An invention of Dutch Olympic trainer Guus van der Meer, this popular exerciser uses three-dimensional vibrations to exponentially increase the effect of regular exercises.
Price: While the off-the-rack version can cost between Rs6 and Rs8 lakh, it can also be customised to suit the user’s taste for an extra amount.
When it comes to cardio equipment, Woodway and Technogym treadmills set the standard, but the real luxe item is the ROM. The Quick Gym ROM machine is actually a heavy (weighs about 40 kg) flywheel with a centrifugal brake. Using this equipment for four minutes is supposed to be more than equal to a full workout regime, as the machine uses 12 times more muscle cells than running or brisk walking.
Price: For those who want to actually experience the equipment, be prepared to shell out about Rs2 lakh over a few sessions. If you buy it, you will have to pay about Rs8 lakh.
Technogym Kinesis Leather
You have to give it to the Italians for perfectly marrying design, aesthetics and functionality. Where else can you find a piece of exercising equipment you could instal right in your living room? The panel of this sleek machine is covered with “primo fiore” leather by expert craftsmen. The seams have been handstitched, ensuring the machine claims the title of the most luxurious exercise equipment ever. The luxury machine ranks high not just on looks but ergonomics as well. The multipurpose machine has been designed to allow the user to benefit from 200 exercises using the three handgrips, without making any adjustments at all. Just set the workload and resistance level on the machine’s Soft Touch Digital Display, and you are ready to burn those calories
Price: In India, you can acquire this for between Rs10 and Rs15 lakh, depending on the variant.
Scala by Pent Fitness
This makes use of a wall bar for exercise. The set is framemounted by spot to the wall and the floor, and comes with six removable rods with weights of 1-5 kg for functional training TRX – a training that uses the weight of the rod and the weight of the user to perform complex multifunctional exercises. The Scala wall bar is made of solid European walnut impregnated with a specially selected mineral oil. Metal parts are made of stainless steel resistant to the specific conditions prevailing in your gym or home. The Scala can be ordered online.
Price: On request
The past two years have seen some of the most iconic luxury brands from across the world venture into fitness and sports
Developed by Austrian scientist Dr Norbert Egger, the Hypoxi trainer has been around since 1990s. Being sold across 40 countries today, it is one of the most popular training machines. The device has been specifically designed to target common problem areas in both men and women – cellulite, and fat on the tummy, hips and thighs. These trainers stimulate blood circulation in these areas, leading to quick weight and cellulite loss, increasing the efficacy of the exercise.
Price: The price of a Hypoxi session is about Rs5,000 per workout. However, the rich and the famous buy their personal units for up to Rs3,50,000.
While most of these luxurious gym equipment are not readily available in India, apart from the Power Plate (through Focus Fitness, its official distributor), the brands can make arrangements for delivery in India.