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Fitness Gets Funky: Beautifully Designed Dumbbells

You can finally throw away those gross velcro ankle and wrist weights, those toe breaking heavy steel dumbbells that sit on your floor, or god forbid, the ones whose spongey coating is peeling off, in favor of any of these. These hand weights or dumbbells look so great, that even when not in use, they can be left out as sculpture or a conversation piece.

Philippe Starck's ergonomically designed Dumbbells come in silver aluminum with metal inserts or in an anodised gold finish . The gold set weighs 2 kilos, the silver set weighs 3. Both are fabulous and come in a nice XO starck designed case.

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Another great looking set of dumbbells are the stainless steel magnetic dumbells designed by Henriette Melchiorsen. Each way a kilo and are as stunning as a sculpture.

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Another pair of sculptural dumbbells are the Vita stainless steel hand weights

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This set of polished “Zimbabwe” granite dumbbells on solid oak stand by Big-Game was made in a limited edition specifically for No. of editions 15. Price: £2,700.00

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The design firm, Greece Is For Lovers, makes these fun all brass dumbbells called Build your Myth in the shape of Greek columns. They come in weights of 1.5 and 3 kgr.

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Even Chanel makes a pair of hand weights, available in pink or yellow, they are made of neoprene and cost $760.00 bucks a pair.

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Spotted on Yanko Design are these Orrefors crystal dumbbells designed by Alex Undall. Unfortunately, as far as I know, these are a concept and not available for purchase:

The Wellness Rack is an innovative, yet stylish, weight rack for strength training. Contains eight 2kg discs, eight half kg discs and two high-tech handles with a unique locking mechanism, all contained within a clear acrylic container. Maximum load per handle is 12kg.

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Don't want to work out with weights? Dumbbells and free weights aren't the only workout gear to get a modern makeover. Jumping ropes or skipping ropes are fast becoming fashionable as well.

Two beautiful examples are the Seletti leather skipping rope with gold handles and the Philippi Vita skipping rope with nickel plated handles:

buy The Seletti skipping rope here.
buy The Philippa skipping rope here.

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