1. CICLOTTE BIKE
Most exercise bikes eventually find themselves relegated to the garage or used as a clothes horse. This fate will never be faced by the Ciclotte. With looks more akin to an objet d’art than a fitness machine, it promises both form and function. Furthermore, there are special editions through collaborations with the likes of Tonino Lamborghini, Swarovski and Roberto Cavalli. It’s not just all about looks though. The exercise bike is constructed from carbon, steel and aluminium. It also has an advanced electromagnetic epicycloids transmission system, don’t you know.
Price: On application – expect little change from £10,000; ciclotte.com
2. NORDICTRACK ELITE 5000
The NordicTrack Elite 5000 packs 40 built-in workouts and is iFit ready. Along with the deck that can incline to 15% and decline by 3%, you’re able to climb the Spanish Steps or sprint past the Grand Canyon without ever leaving home. How? The 10-inch web-enabled touchscreen displays Google Street View images of the route with terrain matching technology. Additionally, there’s a 15-inch HD TV for your favourite shows. The included neat ‘SpeedRing’ allows you to control your speed up to 24km/h in 0.1 km/h increments without breaking your stride.
Price: £4,999; nordictrack.co.uk
3. HOCK DISKUS
Dumbbells are often overlooked in the design-stakes. Not so with German company, Hock, and their extremely stylish Diskus dumbbells. The elegantly shaped weights are constructed from Grade 303 non-reactive stainless steel. The gorgeously tactile, finely turned, polished and oiled walnut handles feature a raised grip. This presents a friendly and warm touch, not the harsh cold of other sets. Also, there’s the matching thick walnut veneered, aluminium-framed tower rack with brushed steel base. The stand features Safeglide shelves, too, so there’s no trapped fingers and no excuses not to workout.
Price: Around £10,500; shophock.com
4. VIBROGYM EVOLUTION
VibroGym equipment has many fans thanks to its Whole Body Vibration tech that is said to accelerate your workouts through activating the fast, white muscle fibres which in turn activate the metabolic switch, just like HIT workouts. The Evolution is the company’s flagship machine and comes packing an extremely sophisticated and user-friendly application, with dozens of programs to choose from. Furthermore, you get Vibration Grips, which are linked to the vice by XL-astic bands. Thanks to progressively increasing resistance, combined with vibration, it delivers quick, complete results without the risk of injury.
Price: £11,000; vibrogym.com
5. TECHNOGYM UNICA
The Technogym Unica is possibly the best looking multi-gym we’ve ever seen. It could be due to the luxurious leather pads or the sleekly industrial metallic frame, but it all just pulls together. Stop looking at it, though, and put the ergonomically-designed system of levers to use. These allow for over 25 exercises to be performed in just 1.5 square meters of space. All materials used are of exquisite quality, with chrome plating covering many of the levers and handles. The thermosetting powder coated finish on the frame sets off the Unica’s stylish aesthetic.
Price: £5,390; technogym.com