Game changing equipment for home workouts
Get your heart rate up for the all the right reasons during lockdown
From investing in game-changing equipment to following along with formerly exclusive studios that are now throwing the doors open to all, we’ve rounded up several worthy options to tide us over until we can all step into a gym again.
Leave it to Swiss designer Yves Béhar to rethink the home gym. Two years in the making, Forme Life is a stylishly integrated piece of equipment that takes the eyesore out of the typical home gym. Comprised of a single six ft mirror with touchscreen capabilities, Forme transforms into an intelligent gym portal that comes with its own exclusive programming, ranging from interval training and boxing to meditation, stretching and barre. It tracks all movements and collects data with every use to encourage progress.
Pulleys and adjustable cast-aluminum arms for resistance exercises can be deployed or retracted from behind the mirror at will, while integrated speakers, a camera and microphone enable users to be guided through their workout interactively by instructors. Any additional attachments and accessories are neatly stored behind the elegant piece, ensuring that its one sq ft footprint remains in tact.
‘Forme sets itself apart from competing systems by not being a single sport or single use product,’ says Behar. ‘It was developed thoroughly to be a beautiful functional solution that encompasses many wellbeing activities with great on-screen user experience, as well as an industrial design that makes Forme disappear in the home when not in use. It’s the first multi-activity home wellbeing system that can provide a single user or an entire family with the full gamut of activities and world-class trainers.’
Since its launch in 2012, Peloton has brought together technology, fitness and design together to enable its patrons to exercise at a formerly unprecedented level at home. While much of that has been dependent on investing in the brand’s bike and treadmill hardware, Peloton has recently launched a new app platform which makes a library of strength, yoga, HIIT, dance cardio, bootcamp workouts, along with stretching, meditation and its signature running and cycling content, all available on Android TV, Fire TC and Apple TV. Although technically only offered to Peloton members, the Peloton app is currently available for an extended 90-day free trial, if started before 30 April.
Saint Laurent yoga mat
Given how many ways the humble yoga mat can be used, we’re all for this joint effort from Saint Laurent and the Italian activewear label No Ka’Oi. Made using No Ka’Oi’s signature quilted polyurethane and spongy gummed trimming to prevent any slipping, while embracing Saint Laurent’s sharp and glamorous aesthetic, the mat is available as a textured all-black version or in a extroverted leopard print to provide the perfect foundation for your exercising needs.
When Aarmy first launched in November 2019, its highly considered approach to slowly opening studios – first one in New York and then another in LA this past January – mirrored the high caliber of training it purveyed. Drawing from the principles and practices of professional sports training, Aarmy’s method incorporates four areas – high intensity cycling for endurance and cardio, bootcamp classes for conditioning, team lifting circuit classes for strength training and stretch programmes for recovery. Now with the in-studio experience on pause, the brand is bringing its trainer-driven method to the masses with daily workouts streamed for all who are interested on Instagram Live.
The Los Angeles-based fitness company Equipt is behind a collection of hand weights that are worthy of being given pride of place in your home, rather than hidden secretly in a corner. Equipt’s signature U-barre is an ergonomic piece that combines weight with an element of support, so that it can be used in lieu of a kettle bell, dumbbell, yoga block or a resistance weight while doing high repetition exercises. Available in several sophisticated colours and four different weights (4lb, 8lb, 12lb and 16lb), the U-barre purposefully cuts a sculptural figure in order to motivate users to keep it close to hand.
If boxing strikes you as the best way to let off steam, the London-based boxing gym BXR is hosting a series of online workouts with its key trainers. Broadcast over Instagram Live and also available to non-members, the routines include lower body sessions, boxing conditioning, HIIT workouts and yoga. The schedule is released weekly and free of charge.
Nike Super Rep Go trainer
Nike brings the outdoors in with its recently launched Super Rep Go trainers that have been specifically designed with circuit-based fitness classes and streaming workouts in mind. Designed with responsive foam cushioning and a soft lightweight mesh that breathes while providing additional support around the foot, the shoe also possess rubber tread in high-wear areas for added traction and an arc up the outer side of the shoe that supports side to side movement. §