All summer you’ve waxed lyrical about getting in shape. Now, it’s time to put words into heart-pumping action. In the past, this may have meant booking a workout class and squeezing in a session of cardio or weights, but upon entering the age of social distancing, there’s no denying that the standard workout class is difficult to return to. Don’t let it cut into your fitness – although re-entry anxiety is very much real, the pandemic has also proved that the confines of gyms and fitness studios are not necessary to enjoy a good and satisfying workout. Below, find our recommended roundup of products to elevate your home exercise routine – from recovery tools to chic gadgets with an elevated tech upgrade.
LARQ Self Cleaning Water Bottle
Designer it-bags may hold the most currency as far as covetable arm accessories go, but the rising star of sleek yet sustainable water bottles only proves that function doesn’t have to forsake style. While there may be many totems of chic hydration to choose from, including cooling couture variations – like this Chanel carafe donned by folk singer Maggie Rogers, we recommend going for the self-cleaning LARQ Pure Vis bottle as a pandemic-proof way to quench your thirst amidst your work out. Claiming to use UV-C LED Light to eliminate bacteria and contaminants, the bottle also self-purifies and keeps drinks both hot and cold with a double-insulated wall.
HK$1,066 at lanecrawford.com
KettlebellConnect® 2.0. by JaxJox
For the fitness fanatics that favour exercising in the luxury of their own homes, the Kettleball Connect is a piece of space-saving equipment – perfect for cozy Hong Kong apartments – promising the same gruel of a gym workout. With an intuitive design and simple-enough setup, the digital kettlebell by JaxJox self-adjusts its heaviness (ranging 12-42 Lbs) with rotating weights and a connecting mobile app for controls. You’ll also find complimentary workout videos and a tracker that allows you to record your reps and fitness progress. Coupled with its lustrious matte-black design, there is unlikely a chicer method to complete your strength sessions with.
HK$1942 at jaxjox.com
Lauded as the world’s quietest massage gun, the Hydragun offers six different speed settings that can reach up to 53 pulses per second to soothe and relax muscles in between workouts. The versatile tool offers a means to speed up warm ups or to provide targeted treatment to tight and sore muscles, whether for a 10-minute light recovery or more intensive post-workout relief. Thoughtfully designed, the “head” of the Hydragun is crafted from a sleek, seamless steel barrel coated in Niflon for increased stability and reduced friction for a smoother, quieter experience.
HK$2,399 at hydragun.hk
Apple Watch Series 6
The new Apple Watch Series 6 is strides ahead of its competitors, with a brand new blood oxygen sensor to offer in-depth insight into overall wellness. The user-friendly interface and sleek design that Apple is known for provides a foolproof means of tracking your health and fitness, including built in sleep tracking, a variety of new workout programmes an automatic handwashing detection. This latest generation also brings a collaborative element, where users can curate and share watch faces with one another for additional fitness motivation.
From HK$3,199 at apple.com
Lekfit Ankle Weights Set
Founded by celebrity instructor Lauren Kleban, the LekFit concept is all about low-impact yet high-intensity training to tone and sculpt the body all-round. Classes are typed by either a mat-based or trampoline approach, using ankle weights to incorporate the element of strength training. To bring the concept from studio to apartment, you can take a piece of the LekFit exercise home with the same ankle weight sets celebrities like Busy Philips highly vouch for. Available both as 3lb or 6lb sets, these are your classic, ever-versatile workout gear with a stylish, elevated twist.
HK$452 at lekfit.com
Jabra Elite Active 75t
The Jabra Elite Active 75t are must-haves for any fitness aficionado, or even for an audiophile looking for a something durable and lightweight with great sound quality. Active noise cancellation allows users to focus entirely on their workout, while the ergonomic design enhances comfort and user experience. The waterproof, dustproof and sweatproof earbuds have a rating of IP 57 meaning they can be submerged within 1 metre of water for up to 30 minutes, while Jabra is so confident in their product’s durability that they also guarantee a 2-year warranty.
HK$1,099 at jabra.hk
Tangram’s SmartRope tracks and monitors your jumprope sessions while also offering a smooth and comfortable jumping experience. Each handle is weighted with angled ball bearings to ensure a natural, smooth workout, while proprietary sensors detect 360 degree revolutions of the rope for increased tracking accuracy. Synching to the product’s Smart Gym app, more accurate calorie monitoring and workout times can also be recorded, while the app can be paired with Apple’s HealthKit for an even more holistic tracking experience.
HK$698 at apple.com
Hyperice Vyper 2.0
Although gratuitous in theory, for the uber-active, a vibrating foam roller may be a necessary recovery item to add to the home gym. Foam-rolling, a form of self-myofascial release can help to relieve muscle soreness, inflammation and any tightness felt around the body and the added vibration helps to provide a deeper massage. The Vyper 2.0 is favoured in fitness circles for its impressive power – measuring at less than a foot in length and 3 lb, it packs a fair punch – and quiet motors. Particularly great for runners, the massage tool is expansively beneficial if you want to avoid any soreness the next day.
HK$1,709 at fortress.com
EditorCarina Fischer & Rachelle Ma