The majority of home gym equipment design focuses on function, neglecting aesthetic appeal and lacking the ability to blend into a home’s decor.
Introducing the exception: the Ciclotte could carry the superlative of best looking or possibly best all around. This design-y exercise bike came from one of Milan’s leading designers, Luca Schieppati, and produced by the Italian Lamiflex Group that debuted in 2010. Ciclotte coexists with a home’s design just as would another piece of contemporary furniture.
The center wheel is reminiscent of a 19th century monocle; the bike features sleek design elements such as the carbon handlebar, a touch screen display, and stylish supporting fins for stability.
Style did not impede the functionality; designed to reproduce road bike dynamics it is ideal for high intensity spinning workouts. Ciclotte operates on an epicycloid system, which works by generating a concentrated magnetic field using a copper ring that is rotated at a high speed in front of five magnets. The resistance can be controlled via the touch screen.
Ciclotte will likely retail for £6,800 (read: not cheap) and is available in Carbon, Silver, and Purple. This design has secured a spot as part of the permanent collection on display at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan.
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Heel-Side is taking a look at the fashion fitness label ADAY. ADAY targets the millennial consumer (or those that have acclimated the characteristics embraced by this generation) of the work hard – play hard a constant push-pull of work life balance and flexibility. So much to do and so little time.
Founders Nina Faulhaber and Meg He partnered up while working at Goldman Sachs over their mutual love of boutique fitness. The developed the line to solve a daily struggle of their own; intelligent busy women with endless work life balance, exercising and staying healthy being one of them. The current marketplace athlesure offerings were lacking the versatility of fully active clothing that doesn’t look active. Leaving you with the choice od lugging around daily workout clothing changes or not working out – far from ideal.
ADAY took away that obstacle with their performance fabrics you’re meant to sweat in and transition seamlessly from day to night – fully active clothing that doesn’t look active. Placing equal emphasis on contemporary ready-to-wear design and high performance quality pieces won’t hold you back from whatever your daily daily calendar throws your way – and through all of the beautiful chaos in between.
Check some of the ADAY 2016 season online now. The design speaks for itself at ADAY. Consensus here at Heel-Side, “we’re into it.”
The team at ADAY also curated WANDER – a global content edit on where to work out and the spots to wear it out. Sharing these places and spaces that focus on spots where the ADAY fans can do business, grab a bite, sweat it out and travel to.
Heel-Side got in the ring with Shadowbox NYC this past weekend – the newest boxing gym dubbed the ‘Soul Cycle’ of its creed.
The class process breakdown starts when you reserve a class online. Pick a bag (akin to grabbing a bike for spin). The 20 min early arrival for new Shadwboxers is a wise suggestion to allow enough time to get equipment (if you don’t have yours in tow): wraps and glove rentals, both needed to participate in class. Navigating the traffic is a bit overwhelming on the first go – one packed class is assembling while soaked boxers are leaving the single studio.
Each class is directly related to the instructor’s perception of students’ abilities: catering to the more advanced but keeping the beginners in the ring as well. Here is where you may need some skills under your belt. If you have never boxed before, technique and cardio sequences can quickly get lost. The bags make instructor visibility difficult at times depending where your bag is and if you have no clue about how to properly execute a jab, cross, hook, or uppercut you could be asking for an injury.
The studio seems to offer night club ambiance: dim lights and stacked sound system. Music is legit – great remixes never miss a beat throughout the class. Five minutes before the class starts, instructors offer a quick orientation on correct stance, types of punches, and combinations you will encounter throughout the class.
Go time – kick off with cardio planks, squats, burpies, and jumping jacks. These cardio sprints come back into play throughout the workout. Each new sequence is brief and the instructor will announce the sequence combination before each boxer is released to put their own spin on it (pick it up or slow it down depending on your experience/fitness level). The instructor navigates though the bags during each sequence before instructing the new combo doling out some tips and tricks.
The soundtrack was steady, the sweat was heavy and the workout was intense. Heel-Side left with good feeling workout that will keep us coming back into the ring for more.
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