The best gym equipment for superyachts
by Zoe Dickens & Jeremy White
Time spent on board your superyacht shouldn’t mean relinquishing your commitment to health and fitness but there is no denying that buying exercise equipment for use at sea can be a little more complicated. Make sure you stay in top condition wherever you are with our guide to the best high-tech and marine specific equipment for your superyacht gym.
Developed in collaboration with athletes, trainers and academic researchers, the Skillbike is the first stationary bike with a real mechanical gear shift and the ability to incline and decline from -3 per cent up to +15 per cent. As a result, you can challenge yourself to some of the toughest hill climbs imaginable – you can even download famous routes via Strava – using real road cycling skills while benefiting from continual pedal-stroke analysis to enhance your technique.
Bowflex SelectTech 1090i adjustable dumbbells
What’s clever about the Bowflex SelectTech system is that it allows you to replace up to 34 dumbbells with just one set – making them the ideal yacht weights. Simply turn the dial on the side, and you can change the resistance from 4kg all the way up to 41kg. The system should be good for more than 30 separate exercises, too.
SelectTech 1090i adjustable dumbbells, £599, bowflexinternational.com
Tangram smart rope
The 23 LEDs in the rope are connected to magnetic sensors so your fitness data is displayed in mid-air as you jump. Much like in an animated film, the LEDs fire at different times as the Smart Rope rotates, cleverly creating the appearance of a single display floating in front of you. Stats shown include jump count, calories burned, interval training data and more. Two sets of ball bearings in each handle ensure smooth, natural motion. As one of the top 10 cardio exercises, skipping is serious exercise and can burn up to 1,300 calories per hour, improve balance and tone muscles. A fun way to get bikini or swimming trunks ready.
Smart Rope, £80, tangramfactory.com
Fuoripista exercise bike
Fitness equipment need not be utilitarian and ugly. To prove this point, surely one of the most attractive exercise bikes available is the Fuoripista by Italy’s Adriano Design. Crafted from tempered glass and expertly turned wood with accents of chrome, the bike is not to be hidden in an onboard gym but is an object of desire in its own right. The classic leather Brooks saddle ensures your stationary ride is a comfortable one, while the iPad integration allows you to tackle some of the most spectacular virtual cycling routes in the world, displayed on the tablet that can be mounted on the front of the bike. You may be in Bermuda but you can still cycle the Tour de France.
Exercise bike, POA, fuoripista.eu
Originally crowdfunded by Bose, but now available for all, Sleepbuds are connected earplugs designed to help you drift off and stay asleep more easily. Ideal for frequent travellers and bunk-sharing crew members, each bud weighs an astonishing 1.4g – too small to play music through – but they come with an app and 10 pre-loaded soothing sounds designed to block out noisy revellers on the next boat or snoring from the adjoining cabin. And you can also set alarms if you need to wake without disturbing your room-mate.
Unlike the traditional treadmill you drive the belt yourself by running on it. This has no motor. To go faster you move slightly forward on the curved belt; to slow down you move backward. Sessions are great fun as you must concentrate to stay balanced and this makes workouts more intense (and more effective) than a traditional treadmill. It is loaded with tech and connects to your phone, allowing you or your trainer to programme, record and track workouts.
Skillmill, £9,680, technogym.com
Fitbit Ionic watch
A proper fitness smartwatch – water-resistance, GPS, heart rate monitor, notifications and contactless payments are all on board. Dynamic on-device workouts adjust to your vitals, and a blood oxygen sensor identifies issues such as sleep apnoea. The cherry on the cake? A four-day battery life.
Ionic watch, £249.99, fitbit.com
Adidas Alphaedge 4D trainers
Featuring a geometric lattice structure that provides stability, support and pinpoint energy return, Adidas’s latest running shoe absorbs pressure from any angle, helping to propel the foot forward. The sole is created using a manufacturing method called Digital Light Synthesis, which uses digital light projection, oxygen-permeable optics and programmable liquid resins to print polymers to precise shapes. Combined with a second-skin smooth Primeknit upper and Continental rubber outsole, you’re guaranteed grip whatever the terrain.