Finally, a piece of gym equipment you won't need to hide in the basement. The Technogym Run Personal Treadmill ($10,000) may be expensive, but it looks the part, too, with a sleek, modern design by Antonio Citterio and Toan Nguyen, and a number of high-tech features like iPod and iPhone integration with Nike+ support, a 19-inch touchscreen display with an IPTV interface, heart rate monitoring, a joystick control for speed and incline, a software-based training guide, and interactive games to keep your mind off the fact that you've been running in place for the past 20 minutes.
We're not 100% sure when the crutch was first designed, but we are sure that it's been overdue for an overhaul for quite some time. Mobilegs ($60) are a replacement for the traditional crutch, offering soft underarm saddles, a curved leg, adjustability from 4' 9" to 6' 4", the ability to handle humans up to 300 lbs., soft handgrips with natural wrist angle, and a high-traction rocker foot. Of course, it's best to try and stay off crutches as much as possible, but as we all know, shit happens.
As if you didn't already have enough feedback from your scale following your 6-month bacon excursion, along comes the Tanita BC-350 Ironman Body Composition Monitor ($270). Yes, that's right: for under three Benjamins you can be gawking at the percentage of body fat, body water, muscle mass, bone mass, and other clinical-sounding measurements, all made by this scale. [Thanks, Ed]
One of the biggest problems with most exercise equipment is the sheer space it takes up. At just 40 inches by 40 inches when closed, the Torque Fitness F7 Fold Away Strength Trainer ($TBA) does away with this requirement while still offering a full-featured spec list. It offers two independent weight stack systems, that tie into fully adjustable swivel pulleys with 30 adjustment holes, and a removable, fully adjustable flat-to-incline bench, that allows you to do standing exercises as well as more strenuous exercise ball-based movements — all of which lets you get in better shape without the need for an airplane hanger in your yard.
Keep your prophylactics within arm's reach without looking like a sex addict with the Stainless Steel Condom Dispenser ($42). An extended slot on top allows for easy access — leaving one hand free for... whatever — and lets you see what you're grabbing, so if you loaded up a variety pack, you'll know whether you're getting a french tickler or a glow-in-the-dark, strawberry-flavored sheath. [Thanks, Benjamin]
Avoid infection, disease, and nasty-ass boils with Jack Black Mr. Fix It Antimicrobial Wound Rescue ($20). This petrolatum-free antimicrobial gel employs the benefits of silver to quickly absorb into and help heal scrapes, cuts, and burns, and halt the growth of MRSA, E coli, staphylococcus, and other nasty germs and bacteria.
Sporting a lust-worthy design, the Radius First Aid Box (€50-€90; roughly $70-$125) gives you an excuse to keep your emergency medical supplies within easy reach. Made from stainless steel and nylon fabric, the Radius is available in "Home" and "Professional" styles, the former meeting the din 13164 standard for private use, with the latter meeting the more robust din 13157 standard, good for up to 25 people.
Not everyone likes taking their vitamins, but nearly everyone likes gummy candy — which is why One-A-Day combined the two in their new VitaCraves Adult Multivitamins ($9). Available in fruit and sour fruit flavors, these tasty supplements contain high levels of 11 key vitamins and minerals, including Vitamins A, C, and E for a strong immune system, B6, B12 and Pantothenic Acid for metabolism and energy, Folic Acid for heart health, and more.
Kettle bells are great for a variety of strength training exercises, but not all require the same weight. So instead of spending a small fortune on a whole set, just pick up a PowerBell ($200-$250). This ingenious training device uses a set of weight plates that can be easily removed and reconfigured to create the ideal weight for your current exercise — from 5 to 20 lbs. or 10 to 40 lbs — saving you precious space in your home gym and a whole lot of cash.
Give your home gym an extreme makeover with the new line of Livestrong Fitness Equipment ($800-$1,700; Fall 2009). Highlighted by a race-inspired indoor cycle with a 40-pound flywheel and a Kevlar multi-ribbon belt drive, the lineup also features four treadmills and three ellipticals, offering niceties like built-in speakers and iPod docks, industrial-strength components, LED displays, multiple workout programs, and more. Of course, each piece carries Lance Armstrong's seal of approval, and proceeds from each sale go to help the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the fight against cancer.
There are few faux pas more embarrassing than heading home with a hottie only to pull out a wrinkled, beaten condom package from your wallet. Trojan 2Go ($5) helps you avoid this problem by packing two rubbers into a thin, pocketable case that will keep your jimmy hats safe and ready for use.
Although indoor training bikes are a great way to get in shape, they don't do a great job of reproducing the feeling of actually being outdoors. The RealRyder ABF8 ($2,000) offers an alternative to the stiff, immobile ride from the typical stationary bike. You'll work out muscles usually untouched while biking as the RealRyder flexes, tilts, and turns as you ride, forcing you to rely on your core and upper body muscles to resist the instability. The ABF8 sports a black frame and shrouding, with a polished flywheel and two bottle holders (one for water, the other for the TV remote). You'll burn more calories and get in shape faster, all without leaving the living room.