In Shape (And In Style) With Technogym
Impeccable design and acute function combine for the Italian marque’s covetable ‘Personal Line’.
Life is limited without good design.
It’s a philosophy we live by at Robb Report – continually drawn to ateliers of luxury and unique craftsmanship, where objects move well beyond simple form.
It’s why we’ve long engaged all that’s presented by Technogym – firmly established as more than simply a ‘fitness brand’ given the deep levels of design, grafted to incredibly accessible levels of functionality, that has for thirty-plus years been central to all its delivered.
Technogym’s Personal Line is another ascendent family of equipment framed by heightened levels of composition and innovation. Perhaps not surprising given each piece has been sculpted by acclaimed Italian architect and industrial designer Antonio Citterio – a man noted for complexity in design and detail across a vast oeuvre that has also seen him twice claim Italy’s Compasso d’Oro award for industrial design.
Anchoring the Personal Line’s cardio equipment is Technogym’s multimedia interface, Unity. The swipe screen interface allows access to customised training programs, data, content apps, websites and favourite TV channels – modernising any home workout. Further, the MyWellness App allows users to access personal data from smartphones and link with third party tracking apps.
Of the cardio equipment, Bike Personal is an alluring professional cycling experience. Here, the stationary bike presents a sleek design (it debuted at Milan’s Salone del Mobile 2019), finished with micro polished steel and aluminium. The machine comes with programming that immediately places a rider on various international routes at varying degrees of difficulty, while sensors measure heart rate and a wireless charger keeps external devices in full health. There’s also the option to binge Netflix and more.
Elsewhere, the Recline Personal is an award-winning design that offers a stylish and ergonomic experience. Here, users can comfortably cycle with back support and make use of a height adjustable seat and reach positions across a range of in-built (and testing) programs.
The Cross Personal presents an elliptical machine boasting an aluminium body and mirrored look that packs an impressive 15.6-inch touch screen in tempered glass – allowing music and apps to be engaged through the Treble Dolby surround speakers built into the handles of the cross-trainer. The fluid movement here resembles Nordic walking for an intensive cardio workout with minimal joint stress as well as monitoring heart rate.
The Run Personal proves a unique and elegant treadmill experience. Designed for function and comfort with features such as large shock-absorbers, grip handles (with heart rate monitoring), non-slip edges and essential emergency stop button. The machine boasts a near silent motor and is finished with touches of polished aluminium, tempered glass and soft-touch plastic. Here too an outdoor training experience is offered and enhanced via the machine’s ability to adjust speed and incline in relation to the virtual terrain.
For resistance training, the Kinesis Personal boasts 200 exercises built into one-square metre of exemplary design. The unique system allows users to push, pull and twist via a pivoting pulley system of resistance cables that harness the ability to perform exercises such as (but not limited to) chest presses, squats and rows across 20 graded levels of difficulty. The sleek machine is available in the mirrored Vision or American oak stylings of Heritage Black as well as Heritage Leather’s soft finishes of both black and brown leather.
The Power Personal, meanwhile, is a heady device that will attract a certain type with its combined bench press and weights rack (allowing free weight training with 115kg on hand). Here, a chrome-plated steel bar is used for pull-ups, with adjustability of benches and weight positions easy and safe via Technogym’s Smart Lock system.