Best gym equipment
Keeping fit has never been easier. Ok, that’s not really true, it’s just as hard as it’s always been but at least now there’s more specialised tech than ever to make getting fit more fun. Not just at the gym either, there are now beautiful machines boasting instant connectivity and precise stats that you can use stay in tip-top physical condition from the comfort of your home.
Here, we've sought out new, state-of-the-art machines, and ones that have been giving results to buff fitness buffs for several years now. There's everything from rowing machines and pro-grade cycle trainers to the not-so-humble barbell and skipping rope, all given a tech twist.
If you're looking to get in shape with tech, we've also got no shortage of techy fitness bands (not to mention tips on how to get more out of them), running shoes (plus an in-depth look at what makes them bounce) and cycling gear. Now if you'll excuse us, we need a lie down.
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Never mind boxercise - these leather-bound seven impact pads mean you can make like Bruce Lee in the comfort of your own home, with full data capture via the built in accelerometers bluetoothed out to anywhere you fancy.
In addition, there’s built-in avatar sparring and multiplayer/gaming round capability, so you can go head-to-head with challengers across the globe. There’s a more mundane High Intensity Interval Training cardio workout for the less assured international pugilist.
£6,495 I gymcompany.co.uk
Ever wonder if you’re getting fitter, or fatter on your current regime? Skulpt has the answers. This iPhone-sized device measures precisely whether you’re losing fat or gaining muscle, and tracks the good (or bad) news over time, so you can see which areas need work.
£149.99 I skulpt.me
Sophia Skipping Rope
Bringing the skipping rope stumbling into the digital age, Sophia brings a tri-axial accelerometer and Bluetooth sync smarts to a simple weighted rope - and looks awesome into the bargain. Add in an epic battery life of 30 mins exercise per day for a month before a charge and brilliant ergonomic touches, this rope sets the bar very high.
£38 I sophiatherope.com
Tanita Dual Wifi Scales
There’s nowhere to hide with the Tanita smart scales. Using medical-grade body composition sensors powered by Advanced Dual Frequency BIA technology, these claim to be the world's most accurate home-use wireless body composition monitor. There’s a handy app too, so you can check your progress (or lack of it) anywhere, including at your desk and in the pub.
£144.70 I tanita.eu
Built like a single steel girder, this sculptural fitness tool is in fact entirely impact-free, as it uses a flywheel immersed in a bowl of water for resistance, mimicking the natural feel of oars on a river. The monochrome display is self-powered, making this a strong eco choice. Just don’t expect this brushed stainless steel construction to float...
£1,599 I johnlewis.com
Bin that weird spinning contraption you got from Argos, this is the choice of cash-conscious cycling pros. With more accurate stats than most, Bluetooth sync with HR belts and a fully adjustable frame, bars, crank length, etc, this is not for dabblers in the sport of cycling. By using a combination or air and magnetic resistance any desired workout can be created - even the Col du Tourmalet (steepest section off the Tour) - if you can face it...
£2,250 I wattbike.com
This tech-laden treadmill will keep you in tip-top condition no matter what your level. Syncing with a tablet/app combo brings your fave tunes and playlists to your workout, while MyRun’s Running Rate gait analysis tracks your performance and helps you improve your technique, increasing workout effectiveness and lowering injury risk. It’s also compatible with all Bluetooth HR belts for even more accurate workout planning.
£2,650 I technogym.com
The entirely self-powered - thus highly eco-friendly - Woodway curve treadmill offers smooth indoor walking and running, thanks to a friction-efficient belt lubricated with 112 ball bearings, but also burns 30% more calories in the process than comparable treadmills. It also provides gait analysis, and needs no maintenance - the ideal man-gym product!
£3858.36 I woodway.com
Les Mills SMARTStep
When is a stepper more than a step? When it’s a Les Mills step! Built to withstand at least 2.4 million step ups, this super-tech version of an adjustable height stepper locks together so moving it is a synch, while visual footstrike guides and a non-slip surface make each contact a pleasure not a chore. Ideal for Bodypump and Bodystep-style workouts.
£83 I lesmills.com
An ingenious solution to faffing around with allen keys, the Selectabell allows you to pick any weight from 2.5kg - 25kg by simply rotating the selector dials. The system saves on space and time, but doesn’t spare the pump...
£229.99 I powerhouse-fitness.co.uk
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