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In our monthly series on consumer products, we feature some of the latest fitness equipment available in the Indian market.

By: | Updated: April 5, 2015 1:21 AM

In our monthly series on consumer products, we feature some of the latest fitness equipment available in the Indian market. Compiled by Anirudh Vohra.

PRIMARY MODE

Chrome-handle kettlebell set

Kettlebells—cannonball-like weights with thick handles—were weapons of choice of Russian lifters more than a century ago. The weight of a kettlebell hangs a few inches below its handle, making it more difficult to control. Hence, while exercising with a kettlebell, you have to work harder than, say, if you were using a dumbbell. The Body Solid KBCS275 chrome-handle rubber kettlebell set includes 10 kettlebells (weighing from 5 pounds to 50 pounds) ideal for pulls, squats, rotational training, core exercises and more.

All yours for: Rs 45,000

Working the ball

Swiss exercise balls are one of today’s top fitness tools, and for good reason too. They have become an extremely popular way to increase one’s core balance and abdominal fitness. The TheraGear Swiss Exercise Pro Ball features extra thick walls, constructed to provide exceptional durability and offer maximum firmness and support. In case of a puncture, it deflates safely and slowly.

All yours for: Rs 3,600

Portable workout step

The Tunturi Classic Power Aerobic Step is a highly convenient and effective portable workout step. It’s lightweight and the sturdy reinforced plastic construction allows you to store it away with ease. With features such as height adjustability (at three different levels: 11 cm, 16 cm and 21 cm) and a weight load capacity of 160 kg, this step comes with a non-slip surface for safety and ease of use.

All yours for: Rs 7,100

Treadmill on wheels

Wellness Spazio Forma, a treadmill, which is less than 80 cm wide, is fitted with wheels, so you can decide where to train each day. With a maximum speed of 16 kmph, engine power of up to 75 hp and an intuitive display showing time lapsed, distance covered and calories burnt, it can fit in any corner of your home and allows you to train while staying close to your family.

All yours for: Rs 30,000

MODERATE MODE

Scalable training system

TRX Home consists of a suspension trainer and a door anchor. With this lightweight, portable and scalable training system, you can work out anywhere you want. It comes with complete set-up instructions to get you started and workout cards to help you exercise. TRX Home helps you acquire lean muscles, burn fat, strengthen your chest and arms, and increase your flexibility and endurance.

All yours for: Rs 12,000

Lightweight indoor bike

Unique design, exceptional fit and exquisite attention to detail define Technogym’s Group Cycle indoor bike. The light but solid high-quality aluminum frame makes the bike resistant to corrosion. Features like integrated wheels, vertical handlebars, and horizontal and vertical seat adjustments (it can accommodate various training positions, as well as users of various heights and body types) make this a must-have. It’s also equipped with a wireless device designed specifically to give feedback on parameters such as heart rate, distance covered and calories burnt during and after workouts.

All yours for: Rs 35,000

Exercise around the world

The Reebok Titanium Series’ Cross Trainer comes with a ‘Run On Earth’ feature, which is integrated with Google Maps and lets you set routes and enjoy the realistic experience of exercising around the world. Using elevation data, the Run On Earth feature automatically communicates with your fitness machine to simulate real-world conditions in terms of incline or resistance levels. It also comes equipped with features like a 5-inch LCD display with MP3 input and speakers, 20 console programmes, Bluetooth connectivity and heart rate control. Just connect your smartphone or tablet to your Cross Trainer and exercise away.

All yours for: Rs 99,990

Wooden rowing machine

The WaterRower Natural is a contemporary rowing machine. What makes it stand out from other such machines, though, is the fact that it is made with wood. Handcrafted in solid ash and stained honey oak, and hand-finished with Danish oil, it absorbs sounds and vibrations, enhancing the WaterRower’s smooth and quiet operation.

All yours for: Rs 69,600

Total body workout

VersaClimber, a vertical climbing machine, is one of the most effective ways to burn fat and calories. Unlike treadmills, steppers or spin bikes, the VersaClimber is a total body workout, which actively engages all major muscle groups of the body. As per experts, working out on a VersaClimber for just 20 minutes burns more fat and calories than you would on, say, a treadmill.

All yours for: Rs 1.26 lakh

Gentler on joints

The Cybex Arc Trainer, a cardio machine, offers broad incline and resistance ranges. It is gentler on your joints and burns 16% more calories than an elliptical. On the Arc Trainer, the legs travel in a biomechanically correct path of motion. So there’s less stress on the knees and more activation of the glutes and hamstrings. It also comes with features like a 4.3-inch touchscreen for workout, entertainment set-up and control, numeric display of time elapsed, distance covered, strides per minute, heart rate, etc.

Price: On request

HARD-CORE MODE

Compact training station

If space is not a problem, you should consider The Fitness Master, a compact home training station. It helps you strengthen both your lower and upper body without the stress of moving from one machine to the other. It also has a lower pulley system with functions such as leg stretching and rope extension.

All yours for: Price on request

Multi-gym

Technogym’s Unica weight training machine facilitates over 25 exercises for the chest, arms, legs, biceps, etc. Frequent use of Unica can help improve the shape and strength of your muscles, as well as maintain and improve your fitness level. If you are an athlete, you can also use the Unica to help supplement your training.

All yours for: Rs 3 lakh

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