If you appreciate design in all its forms, your regular workouts might leave you feeling a little underwhelmed from an aesthetic standpoint. In which case you’re in luck, as gym equipment is the latest sector to be given a luxe upgrade


For good-looking basics, Pent should be on your radar. Known for its bespoke dumbbells made from European walnut with steel or brass ends, the brand’s latest offering, in June, will be a range of barbells with removable weights, called the Lesna. Pent also produces kettlebells, elegant wall bars and exercise benches. Clients can have an engraving of choice on each item; turnaround time is just weeks, with global shipping.


Elsewhere, German company Hock Design has a limited-edition run of 50 sets of dumbbells made from 18-carat gold and rare Grenadilla wood. At £75,995, your love for weight training will need to border on the fanatical… A more considered choice perhaps is the beautiful boxer’s skipping rope, with four ball-bearings enclosed in anodized aluminium giving a viciously smooth whip to the nine-foot-long leather rope. Vital in your quest to float like a butterfly…


Finally keep an eye out for Swedish company Tingest, which launched a collection of magnificent marble dumbbells at this year’s Stockholm Furniture Fair in February, along with a powerfully sleek iron kettlebell. The dumbbells are available in three weights, and come in black or white marble, or iron. And if your enthusiasm for exercise should somehow wane, we suspect they would look equally elegant as a doorstop.

Charlotte Hogarth-Jones